Port Operators, Others Laud Customs Controller


Operators, stakeholders and other users with genuine mind of doing business have lauded the adminsitrtive style of the Ogun State Command Customs Area Controller, Compt. Ade Dosunmu, saying his efforts to enhance a better working environment in Ogun Commnad has greatly paid off with better service rendering.

Dosunmu, who has silently been preaching the gospel of genuine business practice among officers and stakeholders was described as a man that always goes for the optimal, the very best.

Speaking to The Tide, during a recent visit to Idiroko, operators at the border interviewed showered praises to the customs boss on his efforts to reduce sharp practice and maintenance of cordial relationship with the border’s host communities.

Comptroller Dosunmu to me is a man that is known for hard work and excellent administration and will never allow a stick of matches to pass without payment of duty.

“It is an obvious fact that the Ogun command is witnessing a great revolution since Kabiyesi assumption of duty, a great revolution that has never happened in the history of the Ogun State Command,” an operator declared.

In the words, a freight forwarder, Mr Saddick Mutiu said “the honeymoon for duty evaders from the area is over as there are untireless efforts by the area administration to nail these duty evaders.

“In fact, the tiger wave is so much that there is no bar from such evaders of duties to anchor,” and official of the command declared.

“Idiroko has had constraint in its operation. Apart from low revenue, inspite of the volume of good that was coming through the border, there was this dearth of working facilities. It was an area detested by customs men and women during posting. Cut off from the rest of the country courtesy of youth holy war with government agencies, as they believed that smuggling is alegitimate right, suggling to them, is a oil well found at their backyard,” the officers who pleaded anonymity said.

Soon after, Dosunmu’s redeployment, meeting of stakeholders in the industry was summoned after that of the Command’s rank and file to acquaint them with the expectations of the new Ogun command.

The meetings which had brought corporation from maritime operators in Ogun has witnessed successes that with discipline, freight forwarders, customs officers, duty collections banks, importers, youths, OPC and traditional rulers are now abreast of what they should do to foster good working relations with the various agencies.

The issue of economic sabotage, nderpayment of any duty was harped upon to drum in into their ears that such act would not be tolerated.

This rule is at their finger tips that even if there was any miscalculation in duty, importers especially would call the command attention with a view to paying the balance of any duty that were not paid as a result of oversight.

The command has witnessed a harvest of revenue boom, without shortfall since he came on board. For now he seems to operate the best command system in terms of steady revenue generation.

In the area of welfare, he established an x-ray machine in the commands clinic. The customs secondary and primary school, Junior and senior officer’s mess and a Armoury were all renovated.

He also created over an acre of land for all imported cars landed from across he border with Benin Republic for duty payment.