Customs DG announces construction of North West regional head office.

The Director General of the Customs Department, Edwin Fongod Nuvaga, has announced plans to construct a new regional head office for the customs sector in the North West Region. He made the announcement during a three-day working visit to Bamenda recently.

The visit aimed at assessing the working condition of staff within the North West Customs Sector and to encourage personnel for their impressive records in revenue collection within the past two years.

“The Minister of Finance asked me to come and encourage them for their results of 2022 because they are amongst the best sectors in revenue mobilisation,” Fongod declared to reporters in Bamenda.

Hailing the resilience of his collaborators in the region, Fongod noted that the sector has continuously delivered beyond expectations in revenue collection despite the several challenges they are facing such as insecurity and inadequate working tools.

“I know they are working under very difficult conditions,” he acknowledged, adding that “working at the borders is always not an easy task and of course, when insecurity now comes into it, it makes the task even more complicated”.

The Customs boss revealed that government intends to construct two buildings for the sector worth 750 million FCFA.

“The good news about this exchanges is that there are two administrative buildings that the state is going to construct within the North West Customs Sector. Firstly, the Regional head office and the Abuenshie office in Ako Subdivision, Donga Mantung Division,” Fongod asserted.

The Customs DG also paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of the North West Region, Adolphe Lele L’Afrique, and some members of the North West administration whom he thanked for their cordial working relations with the customs services in the region.

“The governor calls the necessary services within the region and the Customs department is part of that. His input has always been very positive,” the Customs boss said.

He used the opportunity to also laud the Senior Divisional officers, SDOs, defence and security forces who work hand in hand with the customs sector to in the section of the task assigned them.

Meanwhile, the various challenges faced by the sector was presented to the Customs DG by the Chief of Sector, Epie Jerome.

The Customs DG gave assurances that measures will be taken to improve their working condition. The working visit the region ended with an exchange between the Customs DG and some taxpayers in the region.



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