The new Customs Area Comptroller, Western Marine Command(WMC) of Nigeria Customs Service Ibafon Apapa,, Mr Oduadu Salefu, led his key management staff on curtsey visit to Niwa lagos Manager, Engineer ( Dr) Sarat Lara Braimah on Thursday, seeking strategic collaboration ecosystem that will calibrate new opportunities for brown water economy.
Comptroller Salefu requested for Niwa safety protocol cover and engineering support to assist Customs Marine Corp, deliver on mandate and check revenue leakages.
” we want our men on water to operate within the best safety standards, and we believe Niwa as regulators can brush us up and even help us take a second look at our boat engines, to avoid incidents of breakdowns in the middle of nowhere,” Comptroller Salefu, who was a former DC, Compliance, FOC, before his new posting as the Customs Area Compttroller, ( CAC) WMC ibafon Apapa.
Comptroller Salefu further enjoined the Niwa Area Manager to assist him enthrone a joint patrol with niwa police, noting his deep self discipline and respect for extant regulations which will be robustly marshalled to change compliance narratives , particularly on Badagry to Seme waters, adjudged as a difficult and porous route for bursting alleged smuggling activities.
” Am aware that something need to give way here and I request your office to help us understand this Badagry Seme route, so can properly access what is happening there, and to ensure goods in transit are captured for custom duties.” he added
Earlier in a welcome remark, the Niwa area manager, Engineer (Dr) Sarat Braimah informed the visiting Comptroller of Customs, that Niwa in lagos is open to collaboration to help sanitze activities on water transportation on lagos waterways.
” we shall assist you in the area of safety awareness and education, and every other possible way that can make your assignment easy” Engineer Sarat Braimah assured.