By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Customs Area Controller, Apapa Premier Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Compt Yusuf Malanta has received an award as the Customs Revenue Mobilizer of the Year 2022.
The award was bestowed on him by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) as part of it’s 34th Anniversary and Awards themed; 16-Years of Port Concession; The Pains and The Gains
Even though Comptroller Malanta was not on ground to receive the award at the ceremony which held at the Providence Hotel in Ikeja GRA Lagos last Friday, planning committee of the ocassion presented him his plaque in his office in Apapa on Wednesday.
According to MARAN, the award was in recognition of the giant strides of Compt Malanta in revenue collection and transforming the face of Apapa Command.
Comptroller Malanta is also the highest revenue collector for the Nigeria Customs Service presently.
While receiving the award, the customs boss said “I have been given so many awards, but this is an award that I will cherish more than any other awards, this is because, the award is not just from MARAN as an association, but from the closest people to me.
“I had wanted to be part of the gathering, but my schedule was so tight that I couldn’t be able to make it”
Compt Malanta appreciated MARAN for what honor they bestowed on him and the command.
Speaking on the projections for the years 2023, he said that this recognition from MARAN would only spur him to do more for the service.
“If we can successfully move this year with all the effect of the pandemic and other crunch in the economy, I am sure that next year would not be a challenge to us, the CGC has been very agile in making sure that the structures he put in place has been strictly followed to make sure that all the lacunas in the service are being closed or mitigated so that revenue can be flowing.
“Today, I am happy to say that Apapa Area Command is the pride of the Nigeria Customs Service, as well as the pride of the nation in terms of revenue, anti smuggling and export operations in the Nigeria Customs Service” he said