By Sandra Chukwunyere
Yusuf Bashar , a Comptroller of Customs has been promoted to the rank of Acting Assistant Comptroller General (ACG). , Joseph Attah, Customs Public Relations Officer, has confirmed. He said Bashar will be in charge of the Information Communication Technology – Modernisation Unit of the service headquarters.
Attah further stated that Bashar is taking over from Benjamin Aber, the outgoing Assistant Comptroller General who is proceeding on retirement.
Bashar who has close to two decades experience in the heart of Customs ICT operations from stages of Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), ASYCUDA++, Pre Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) and ongoing Nigeria Customs Information System ( NICIS) was a Comptroller in the PAAR Ruling Centre .
He served as Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port between 2016 and 2018 and earned four commendation letters from the Controller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali for various outstanding feats.
He achieved increased revenue collection, strict anti- smuggling enforcement, trade facilitation and promoted ease of doing lawful business. This earned the command, under him, an award from the World Customs Organisation (WCO)
Under his careful watch, Tin Can Customs deployed ICT cargo profiling that resulted in the interception of illegal weapons and drugs that has a street value of over three billion Naira. He also coordinated Interception of 2 Sport Utility Vehicles stolen from from the United States of America and these were later handed over to the INTERPOL for repatriation to the owners
Bashar supervised the conception and development of different NCS Modernization and ICT development drive from the Initial Zuma program of capacity building blocks and the automation of all payment and taxes to ensure transparency of service delivery.