The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has commended the outstanding performance of the Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service over its effort at curtailing the excesses of smugglers of frozen poultry products in the country.
Area Controller of the command, Garba Ndalati who made this known while destroying some of the poultry products seized by the command concealed in various forms to evade officers on duty stressed that smugglers of poultry products should find genuine and alternative ways of doing business as the tempo of zero tolerance to smuggling of poultry products would be sustained in the command.
In a press statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Taupyen Selechang, a copy of which was sent to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY, Ndalati noted that in compliance with Headquarters’ directive on enforcement of total ban on importation of poultry product into the country, it was evident that the command complied with the directive with the launch of operation ‘Hawk Descend’ on the 7th of July, 2015.
The Controller observed that the command had been able to achieve a remarkable success in the enforcement of the directive as the smuggling of poultry products through illegal routes at Seme had been contained and suppressed.
The statement reads in part” In compliance with the headquarters directive dated 03 July, 2015, on the enforcement of total ban on importation of poultry product into Nigeria; it is worthy of note that Seme Area Command complied with this directives by launching “Operation Hawk Descend” on the 7th of July, 2015.
“The Area command has been able to achieve a remarkable success in the enforcement of this onerous task, as the smuggling of poultry product through illegal routes of Seme has been contained with and drastically suppressed.
“Worthy of commendation is also a note of appreciation from the leadership of the Poultry Association of Nigeria and the entire Nigeria poultry farmers to the Customs Area Controller and the officers of his command for the excellent and outstanding performance through various onslaughts of the smuggled poultry products into the country,” the statement said.
On revenue performance, the Controller said the command generated N6.2 billion between January and August, 2015 adding that it also made 461 seizures of various goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N170.9 million during the period under review.
The item seized include rice, vegetable oil, frozen poultry products among others.
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