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Comptroller Yusuf Takeover as Customs Area Controller, PTML Command, Lagos

The Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML), Area Command, Lagos, now has a new Area Controller. He is Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf, who took over on Monday, June 5, 2023 as the Area Controller.

Giving a brief remarks at the handover ceremony held at the command, Comptroller Yusuf assures officers and stakeholders that the due diligence which was clearly upheld by his predecessor, Comptroller Ali Ibrahim will be sustained.  

While commending Comptroller Ibrahim for setting up mechanisms that have clearly helped to increase revenue collection, trade facilitation and strict enforcement in the Area Command, he urged all port users operating in PTML to make compliance a lifestyle.

According to Yusuf, compliance saves clearance time, improves revenue collection and builds up the integrity rating of traders towards enjoying fast-track benefit and possible migration to the status of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).

The new CAC added that voluntary compliance creates a win-win situation for everyone as it prevents losses that result from seizures, demand notices and penalties which come in the course of enforcement.

Comptroller Yusuf assured the PTML management, bonded terminal operators, shipping companies, importers, exporters, freight forwarders and haulage operators of an open-door policy to sustain and improve on the template of trade facilitation 

He said the command will rigorously implement all government policies including those that encourage ease of doing business without compromising national security and government revenue.

Inside Watch Africa (IWA) reporter, who covered the ceremony, reports that the former CAC had earlier introduced Comptroller Yusuf to senior officers and some stakeholders while imploring them to extend maximum cooperation to the new Controller.

Yusuf’s brief Bio

Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf, who hails from Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State, was born in Kaduna.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in History from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State and also holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) from the University of Lagos.
The CAC joined the Nigeria Customs Service in 1991 and has vast experience spanning over three decades in the Service having impacted positively in various areas where he served.

Some of the Area Commands he served include: 

  • Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) Command; 
  • Cross River/Akwa Ibom Command;
  • Sokoto Command.
  • Tin-can Island Port Command.
  • Apapa Area Command
  • Adamawa/Taraba Command.
  • Tariff and Trade Department and also served as the D/C Valuation PTML Command. 
  • Area ll Onne Command, and at the Human Resources Department of the NCS Headquarters.

He has attended several courses in Nigeria and overseas which have prepared him for various customs functions including anti-smuggling, revenue collection, trade facilitation and prevention of money laundering.

As a senior officer who has built a reputation worthy of emulation, Comptroller Yusuf has mentored many younger officers, making them productive in the discharge of their official duties and promoting capacity building to achieve efficiency.

His hobbies are reading and boxing.

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