The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced the substantial confirmation of the newly appointed members of its Management.
The confirmation was made during its 57th regular meeting held on Thursday 4th May, 2023 at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters, Abuja, and chaired by the Honourable Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed.
The minister at the NCS Board meeting confirmed five (5) Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCGs) and fifteen (15) Assistant Comptroller Generals (ACGs).
The details of the confirmation were made public in a press statement released by the NCS as sighted by THE PORTWAY
|S/N||DEPUTY COMPTROLLER GENERALS|
|1.||M ABBA-KURA||DCG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation|
|2.||AG SAIDU||DCG Human Resource Development|
|3.||JP AJOKU||DCG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives|
|4.||BA ADENIYI||DCG Strategic Research and Policy|
|5.||GA ITOTOH||DCG/Commander Training and Doctrine Command|
|ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER GENERALS|
|1.||O PETERS||ACG/Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘C’|
|2.||AI ALFA||ACG Strategic Research and Policy|
|3.||HJ SWOMEN||ACG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives|
|4.||KC EGWU||ACG Doctrine Development and Administration Command|
|5.||MBA MUSA||ACG Tariff and Trade|
|6.||A DAPPA-WILLIAMS||ACG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation|
|7.||BM JIBO||ACG Headquarters|
|8.||A HAMISU||ACG/Commandant Nigeria Customs Command & Staff College|
|9.||Y SALIHU||ACG Finance & Admin|
|10.||MI YUSUF||ACG Training and Coordination|
|11.||SA BOMAI||ACG Board|
|12.||CK NIAGWAN||ACG Technical Services|
|13.||KI ADEOLA||ACG ICT/Modernisation|
|14.||IO BABALOLA||ACG/Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘D’|
|15.||BU NWAFOR||ACG Human Resource Development|
The minister expresses delight at the outcome of her stewardship of the Nigeria Customs Service Board.
In her words “It has been a very interesting and educative experience for me as the Chairman of the Nigeria Customs Service Board. We have seen during this process significant improvement in terms of operations of the NCS. We had cause to get several approvals for the Service including enhancement of the remuneration of the staff, and improvement in terms of cost of collections for the Nigeria Customs Service. We have also been able to complete the process toward the realisation of the rollout of the Trade Modernisation Project. These are all fundamental building blocks that are going to work positively towards enhancing and modernising the whole of the Nigeria Customs Service in line with the requirements of the World Customs Organisation and other protocols that Nigeria is committed to.”
Addressing the future generation of Customs officers, the NCSB Chairperson emphasised the engagement of young officers, including women in the Service. In a related development, the Board has also approved the implementation of a Competency-Based Accelerated Career Progression Plan (CBACPP). The plan is a proactive strategy designed to close the generational gap that could lead to leadership vacuum in the higher hierarchies of the Service if not addressed.
The Board also expressed pleasure over the recent enactment of the new Customs Act into law. To facilitate a seamless transition, the Board has made plans to organise a retreat for the Board Members and expanded Management of NCS. Following the retreat, a stakeholder education and engagement forum will be launched to inform the public about the provision of the new ACT and the corresponding compliance requirement. The aim is to ensure clarity and understanding among stakeholders enabling them to adapt to the new regulations effectively. Also, the effective date for the full implementation of the New Act is a priority that will be addressed in due course.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) CFR congratulates the newly appointed officers and charged them to work diligently for a better and prosperous Service. He emphasised the importance of their roles in achieving the Service’s core function of revenue collection, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation.