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House of Representatives pays tribute to late NCS deputy comptroller, Etop Andrew Essien

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday paid tribute to the late Deputy Comptroller Etop Andrew  Essien, a officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), who slumped and died while briefing the Public Accounts Committee of the House on Tuesday

Describing him as a dedicated and exemplary, the House in a statement by its spokesperson, Hon. Akin Rotimi, recalled that the officer passed on Tuesday, in “active service during a convivial engagement with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), where he shared his expertise and insights with warmth and professionalism, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to public service.”

He adds: “His sudden passing has left a void that will be deeply felt, but his legacy of selfless service, distinction, and dedication will continue to inspire us all.

“Chairman, House Committee on Customs & Excise Duties, Rep. Leke Abejide (ADC, Kogi), described Deputy Comptroller Essien as “an outstanding and knowledgeable officer who served with distinction. He was a valuable partner in our efforts to strengthen Customs revenue collection and facilitate trade. His contributions will be deeply missed.”

Rep. Bamidele Salam (PDP, Osun), Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “We are shocked and saddened by his sudden passing. Deputy Comptroller Essien was a thorough and dedicated public servant who demonstrated a strong commitment to accountability and transparency.”

Extending his heartfelt condolences to the family of the Deputy Comptroller, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described his passing while on an official assignment as “most distressing.” The President prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased officer and comfort for his family.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, had previously expressed his condolences, stating, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of a dedicated public servant. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.”

On Tuesday, the Nigerian Customs Service disclosed that the late officer showed signs of discomfort, which eventually led to his death.

The Customs Service clarified that the officer died while presenting a management report on the ground before the National Assembly House Committee on Public Accounts.

The Service said, “During his presentation, approximately three minutes in, Deputy Comptroller Essien requested water and showed signs of discomfort. Despite immediate efforts to assist him, he unfortunately passed away.”

Born on November 16, 1967, Essien joined the Service on November 27, 1989, with over three decades of service to the nation.

The statement read, “Hailing from Nsit-Ubium in Akwa Ibom State, he was known for his diligence and exceptional service record in the Accounts Unit.

“His role as the DC Revenue was pivotal in ensuring the accurate reconciliation of revenue, which he performed with utmost precision and dedication.

“The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, On behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Deputy Comptroller Essien.

“The loss of such a dedicated and valued team member is deeply felt across the Service. We are committed to supporting and assisting his family and colleagues as they navigate this difficult period.”

CGC Adeniyi said, “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. His exemplary service and unwavering commitment to duty will be remembered and cherished by the entire NCS community.

“The Nigeria Customs Service will forever remember Deputy Comptroller Essien for his outstanding contributions, his exemplary service, and his dedication to the nation. We honour his memory, and his legacy will continue to inspire us all.”

“Deputy Comptroller Essien is survived by his loving wife and children. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”

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