The just concluded Comptroller General of Customs Conference in Katsina state was regarded as one of the best in terms of organization and high profile by participants.
The conference which was held at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University was attended by two former presidents, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo while President Goodluck Jonathan was represented by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar were among others in attendance.
The highpoints of the event was the awards of honours to merited officers of the service both serving and retired.
Among the award winning officers was Assistant Superintendent of Customs 1 Ape Fagga G.D, who was honoured by the customs management with a silver medal for realsing over N 1 billon revenue by raising Demand Notices (DN).
Demand Notice is issued on imports which were either undervalued, misclassified or underpaid.
It is only an expert and trained officer on classification and valuation that can detect and raise demand notices for such undervalued goods. This is the reason why Fagga was the only officer honoured for such uncommon feats.
Born on the 25th January 1966, in Obi LGA of Nassarawa State, Fagga attended St. John Bosco College, Domain Nassarawa state as well as the Federal polytechnic, Mobi Adamawa state and graduated with both National Diploma and Higher National diploma in Business administration. He joined the Nigeria Customs Service in October, 1989 as a customs assistant: Fagga continued to improve himself as he did his post Graduate Diploma (PGD) at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi in Financial management before obtaining his Master Degree in Financial management from Lagos state University in 2005. With his educational qualifications, he was upgraded from the rank of Inspector of Customs to Assistant superintendent of Customs II in 2006.
In 2010, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Customs 1.
Fagga is regarded as a brain box of Customs laws and procedures, with smart takes on classification and valuation. He is very dedicated and hardworking officer who discovered various fraudulent attempts perpetrated by importers and their agents.
At the PTML command, the fear of Fagga is the beginning of wisdom for agents of fraudulent antics, as he fished them out and made them pay for their sins. He is an expert on physical examination of goods and giving correct reports. He is also a guru on preparation and issuance of unquestionable Demand Notices (DN) on underpaid and undervalued goods. It is on record that Fagga has raised, such DN of not less than N 1 billion for the PTML command. He served at various commands across the country including Adamawa, Nassarawa, Tincan Island Port, Lilypond, Enforcement and Drugs and EI & I in the Customs Headquarter.