Sunday, September 13, 2015

‘I will jail corrupt Customs officers’ - NEW CUSTOMS BOSS, HAMID ALI, SPITS FIRE

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The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd) on Friday evening said corrupt officers and men of the agency will go to jail.
He also said all Customs Area Controllers, heads of units and departments will be.....
accountable for infraction dealing with false declaration, deliberate misapplication of the tariff, undervaluation and concealment.
Ali read the Riot Act at his first meeting with all officers and men at the Customs Headquarters, in Abuja.
The meeting was a closed door session and the text of Ali’s address was kept under wraps because of the tension which enveloped the meeting.
Although there was panic among the top brass of the service, Ali said he will reward hard work in the same manner he will punish offenders.

Besides the war against corruption in the service, Ali reeled out 17 other agenda to reposition the Customs service.

The new Comptroller-General directed that “All Customs area controllers, heads of Units and Departments shall now send a weekly report on all proven cases of false declarations, deliberate misapplication of tariff, undervaluation, concealment and seizures with full compliments of action taken to the office of the Comptroller-General and all Customs Area Controllers, heads of units and departments will be accountable for infractions in their areas of operations.”

Ali promised to run a 24-hour policy for legitimate complaints from traders in order to ensure quality service delivery.
“The office of the Comptroller-General is open 24/7 to the legitimate complaint from members of the trading public in the spirit of optimising quality service delivery,” he added.

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