14th December, 2010
The Comptroller, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command of the Nigeria Customs Service,Â Mr. Banji Akinloye, has been commended for his efforts in combating crime at theÂ port.
The commendation was made by a group, Society for Public Orientation Against DrugÂ and Crime, (SPODAC).
He was awarded the Best Distinguished Leadership award at SPODACâ€™s thirdÂ anniversary, which took place at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to the National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Fidelis Ogar, Akinloye hasÂ displayed an outstanding performance in office, seeing to it that nothingÂ disreputable gets into the country.
In his response, Akinloye said he appreciated the award.
â€œI really appreciate this award today and we in the Nigeria Customs Service, underÂ the leadership of Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, will do everything possible to make sureÂ that nothing unwholesome gets into Nigeria,â€ he promised.
The guest speaker of the occasion, Barrister Anthony Ebeh, while speaking at theÂ award presentation, urged the youths to come out, register and vote in the 2011Â general elections to ensure a free, fair and credible poll.
He identified the problems facing Nigerians as the absence of votersâ€™ registration.
â€œIn the absence of votersâ€™ register, every other thing about election is wasted andÂ that will make it impossible to have free, fair and transparent election.â€ EbehÂ said.
Delivering his welcome address, Ogar noted that just as the 2011 elections approach,Â the group has set a course to educate and sensitise the youths against electoralÂ malpractices and political thuggery.
â€œYou will agree with me that most of the heinous crimes committed today isÂ perpetrated by the youths under the influence of drugs. We have in the past sixÂ months embarked on aggressive sensitisation seminars to educate the youths and theÂ entire citizenry on the dangers inherent in drug abuse, electoral fraud andÂ thuggery,â€ Ogar said.
Other awardees include Assistant Comptroller of the Kirikiri Ligther Command, Mr.Â Kalla and Dr. Paul Olisa Ojeh, among others.