Personnel of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) in Tema mobilized ¢9.9 trillion revenue last year, representing 90 percent of its target estimated at about 11 trillion cedis.

Alhaji M.M. Nasirudeen, Sector Commander said this was achieved through their ‘collective resolve not to compromise in revenue mobilisation and therefore, recovered short-collections and penalties amounting to 39.4 billion cedis and covered other areas that have been sources of revenue leakage’.

He announced this at the end-of year get-together and awards night for the personnel at Tema on Friday. Alhaji Nasirudeen attributed their achievement to hard work, diligence, alertness, professionalism and was optimistic they would rededicate themselves and redouble their efforts to ensure they exceeded the target for this year.

However, he assured the personnel of management’s support by providing them with better working conditions and congenial environment to improve their performance to the satisfaction of customers and stakeholders.

Alhaji Nasirudeen commended the Management and staff of GCNet for partnering the service in their efforts to increase revenue mobilisation and hoped this collective effort would lead to a reduction or elimination of activities by detractors to cheat the State.

Mr Emmanuel Doku, Commander of CEPS in an address read on his behalf, commended the personnel at Tema for their collection that represented about 11 per cent of the national collection for 2006.

He called for an improvement in the performance of the personnel by being punctual and be professional in their work.

Mr David Quaye Annang, Tema Municipal Chief Executive, commended the award winners and advised the personnel to be guided by the principles of their work to improve their performance.

Forty officers were awarded with Mr Francis Otu emerging the best Junior Officer and Mr Alhassan Sameni the best Senior Officer.