Customs Comptroller Bomai takes over at PTML and promises to sustain stakeholders’ engagement
Comptroller Suleiman Bomai took over as the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Ports Terminal and Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command on Friday, August 26, 2022, at a brief but sprightly ceremony.
Bomai took over as the helmsman of the command from the Acting Assistant Comptroller General (ACG), Festus Oyedele Okun, who will now take charge as the Customs Zonal Coordinator of Zone C in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria.
Delivering a short but impressive maiden speech, Comptroller Bomai promised to sustain the robust stakeholders’ engagement in the Command.
He also promised that he would do everything within his power to ensure that the four-hour clearance of vehicles for compliant traders is sustained.
The new CAC urged licensed Customs agents, importers and freight forwarders to be compliant at all times as this will guarantee them the full benefits of trade facilitation.
Comptroller Bomai said he would continue to improve on the laudable revenue collection strides of his predecessor as well as the measures he had put in place to facilitate trade in the Area Command.
While reeling off the achievements of the command during his tenure, Acting Assistant Comptroller General Okun, the outgoing Controller, disclosed that the revenue profile of the Command had risen from 11billion to N27 billion monthly.
He said the incoming Controller should consider himself lucky to take over the reins of a command that is particularly blessed with dedicated officers and stakeholders who would make his job as Area Controller easy.
The Acting ACG used the occasion to express gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali for the opportunity given him to serve at PTML Command from February 2020 to August 2022.
Responding, Comptroller Bomai reiterated that he would explore inter-agency collaboration and constant engagements with stakeholders to resolve trade disputes and promote teamwork for maximum results.
These, he said, are necessary ingredients in the management of 21st-century customs.
Commenting on VIN Valuation, Comptroller Bomai urged agents to provide quality data that would be of assistance in improving the system and also reminded stakeholders that VIN Valuation was introduced at their request and would continue to be improved upon.
Comptroller Suleiman Bomai, who has vast experience spanning over three decades in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and has continued to positively impact the trading community everywhere he had served, was born in the Fika Local Government Area of present-day Yobe State.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc.) in Banking and Finance from the University of Maiduguri and has served in many units and formations of the NCS which he joined in 1990.
He was O/C Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU), Airport, Abuja; O/C Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU), Tincan Island. He has earned special recognition and was promoted to the rank of Deputy Comptroller (DC) of Customs after which he served as Deputy Comptroller (DC), Customs Intelligence Unit, Headquarters, Abuja. Deputy Comptroller of Customs (DC), Customs Intelligence Unit, Apapa Command. Deputy Comptroller of Customs (DC), Post Clearance Audit (PCA), Onne, Zone C. Acting Customs Area Controller (CAC), Oil and Gas and later substantive Customs Area Controller (CAC), Oil and Gas Command.
He has also attended several courses in Nigeria and abroad including the Basic Intelligence Course in the Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada, Nigeria; United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Course on illicit traffic of cultural objects at the Centre of Excellence Police Unit in Vicenza, Italy.
He is also a member of some professional bodies and he is a Fellow of the Defence College, FDC, Nigerian Institute of Management, NIM and National Defence College Nigeria as well as a member of the Institute of Cooperate Business Affairs Management, ICBM.
Happily married and blessed with children, Comptroller Suleiman Bomai’s hobbies include watching football and travelling.