COMPTROLLER-GENERAL, 5 OTHERS IN BRUSSELS FOR STRATEGIC PLAN WORKSHOP

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) is putting finishing touches to preparations for a week-long workshop for top management staff of the Nigeria Customs Service. 

The workshop which holds next week at the Brussels Headquarters of WCO will provide a forum for participants to brainstorm on development of a strategic Action Plan for the Nigeria Customs Service. 

The workshop is a follow up to the Diagnostic Mission Study of the operations of the Service undertaken by the WCO in the second half of 2006. The WCO study had recommended to the Federal Government of Nigeria a number of short, medium and long term action plans for the development of the Nigeria Customs Service over the next seven years. 

Leading the team to Brussels is the Comptroller-GeneraL, Jacob Gyang Buba. Others in the team include Baritor Kpagih, ACG (Economic Relations, Research & Planning) and ACG Ade Fadahunsi in charge of Enforcement & Drugs. The rest are the Customs Area Controller Apapa Port, Rasheed Taiwo, Comptroller in charge of Asycuda, Tajo Othman, and Comptroller Julius Nwagwu, in charge of Import and Export seat. 

CUSTOMS UNFOLDS NEW SALARY PACKAGE FOR OFFICERS

The Nigeria Customs Service has announced a broad increase in the take-home pay for all cadres of Customs officers and men in line with the recent increase in salaries for public servants approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria. 

Known as the Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure (CONPASS), it provides a broad increase in basic salary and a range of allowances for Para-military personnels. 

Items consolidated with the basic salary are transport allowance and meal subsidy. Other allowances consolidated in COMPASS include those for Utility, Hazards, House maintenance, Uniform maintenance, General Services, Torchlight, and Detective. The rest are for Hardiness, Plain-Cloth, Furniture and Personal Servant for entitled officers. 

However Rent Allowance has not been consolidated with the rest of the emoluments as it payable only to officers not provided accommodation at Government expense. 

Under the new structure, the least paid Customs Inspector will earn a consolidated salary of ₦29,779 per month. He could earn an additional ₦4,740 as Rent subsidy if he does not occupy Government Quarters. 

Comptroller-General of Customs, Jacob Gyang Buba directed that details of the new salary structure which takes effect from January 2007. be brought to the notice of all officers, while the Accounts unit should immediately compute the financial implication of the new salaries to determine how much of the 7% cost of collection with holdings will now go for salary payments. 

CUSTOMS RE-DEPLOYS 46 COMPTROLLERS

Comptroller-General of Customs Jacob Gyang Buba has announced a major reshuffle of Customs Area Controllers and Unit heads. The re-deployment is meant to re-energise the reform process and prepare the Service for the challenges of 2007. 

46 Comptrollers were affected in the deployment which the Comptroller-General said would take immediate effect. 21 of these Comptrollers were deployed from Customs Headquarters and other Headquarter Units. 

They include: 
Compt. Ali Wakili – Tincan Island Port 
– Abdullahi Dikko – Seme Border 
– Dauda Gwary – M/M Inter. Airport 
– Gadue Tingir – Aba/Imo Command 
– Shehu – Adamawa/Taraba 
– Salleh Audi – Kano/Jigawa 
– Shehu Musa – Zone “D” Hqr. 
– M.D. Hwere – Sokoto/Kebbi 
– Rufai Adamu – Excise 
– U. Shehu – Zone “A” Hqr. 

Others are: 
– Hama-Adama – Stores 
– Nyako, Y. I. – Oyo/Osun 
– Ahmed Aliyu – Valuation 
– M. Mohammed – C. G. Office 
– L. K. Tairu – F.O.U Zone “D” 
– Jide Olojo – Insp/Servicom 
– S. A. Banye – Anti Corrup./Southern Zone 
– J. Odogwu – KLT 

Also moved were the commandants of the Two training colleges. They are: 
Compt. F. T. Degge from Kano Training College to Kaduna/Katsina Command and Compt. Nahum Angyu from Lagos Training College to Customs Headquarters 

To replace them are: 
Dr. Bolaji Yusuf from Kebbi/Sokoto Command to Kano Training College and Compt. Gabriel Aliu who moves from Cross River/EPZ Command to Lagos Training College. 

Present Customs Area Controllers moved to other commands or units include: 
– Compt. Sunkanmi Ay

JANUARY 26th, 2007

(cont..) CUSTOMS REDEPLOYS 46 COMPTROLLERS

– Compt. Sunkanmi Ayanlaja, Port Harcourt Port to Cross River/EPZ 
– Kolo Yisa, Western Marine to Discipline 
– Gideon Gotip, KLT to Technical Services 
– Tahir Musa, Seme to Customs Headquarters 
– Garba Makarfi, Kduna/Katsina to Customs Hqrs. 
– S. James, Oyo/Osun to Eastern Marine 
– M. Umar, Adamawa/Taraba to Bauchi/Gombe 
– I. Suleiman, MM Airport to Customs Hqrs. 
– I.M. Mera, Kano to CIU Hqrs. 
– Gusau Abdullahi, Abia/Imo to Customs Board 
– O.O. Eneh, Delta/Edo to Western Marine 
– J.O. Taylor, Niger/Kwara to Port Harcourt I. 
– J.E. Ogbide, Lilypond to Promotion 

The rest are: 
Mrs. O.Ogunfowoke, Zone “A” Hqr. to Lilypond and 
J.M. Garuba, Anti Corruption Northern Zone to E&D Hqrs. 

Two Comptrollers, fresh from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru (NIPSS) were also posted. 

While Comptroller Nathaniel Ihenacho moves to Niger/Kwara Command, Comptroller Ahmed Mohammed now takes charge of Edo/Delta Command. Comptroller Eno Ofem from Customs Headquarters will now proceed to NIPSS to take the service slot at the institute. 

The Comptroller-General announced the creation of two new commands and a unit in Customs Headquarters. The new seats and their Comptrollers are: 
Ikorodu Terminal – Compt. Hassan Kila 
Grimaldi/Roro Terminal – A.S. Maradun
and Project Monitoring – S.O. Adeniyi 

23 Comptrollers retained their commands/Units under the reshuffle.

SERVICOM UNITS HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED ON MANY AREA COMMANDS AND ZONES

A new policy of posting only officers with high integrity and polite disposition to desks that deal directly with members of the public is to be adopted by the Nigeria Customs Service. Minister of Finance, Mrs Nenadi E. Usman disclosed this while launching the Service’s Servicom Unit and inauguration of the Servicom Committee.

She explained that the current drive by the Federal Government to grow the nation’s non-oil export and increase Foreign Direct Investment in the country has placed on the officers of the NCS a crucial role of Public Relations officers in dealing with members of the foreign and local business communities.

The Minister called on the NCS to compliment the Federal Government various programs aimed at broadening the nations foreign exchange earning base by making export and import easier for exporters and importers.

Earlier in his speech, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Jacob Gyang Buba charged his men to see Servicom as an opportunity for a change in orientation and attitude in doing things. He called on them to render courteous, timely and efficient professional service that will meet the high expectation of the Nigerian public.

COTECNA POISED TO IMPROVE ITS PERFORMANCE!

A Service Provider Company – the COTECNA, is poised to improve its performance in the on-going Destination Inspection project. 

At a stakeholders’ workshop organized by the Firm in Abuja, the Vice President of COTECNA, Mr. Alpha Sy gave an assessment of the implementation of the scheme saying that deployment of scanning machines in the approved lots is following the approved phased implementation. 

He further mentioned plans that are underway for deployment of Scanners to the Border Areas. 

One of the highlights of the workshop was Demonstration on X-Ray Scanners in cargo examination at the airport. 

THE MINISTER VISITS CUSTOMS HEADQUARTERS

The ongoing reform process in the Nigeria Customs Service can be successful if stakeholders in the Maritime Industry, notably, Importers and Customs Clearing Agents, are reformed. Comptroller-General of Customs, Jacob Gyang Buba, disclosed this when the Minister of State for Finance, Engr. Elias Nbam made his first official visit to the Customs high command. 

He commended the government’s 7% cost of collection grant from Federation Account but appealed to the government to extend the 7% to cover all the charges accruing to Non-federation Account. 

Earlier, the Minister, charged Officers and Men of the Service to continue to discharge their responsibilities with utmost commitment and discipline. He said government is desirous of a discipline and professional Nigeria Customs Service that will be a pride of every Nigeria. 

He reminded the Officers and Men of the Service that, 7% cost of collection grant to the Service is intended to address infrastructural decay in the Service and the welfare of officers which is very dear to government. 

The Minister further said that the government is determined to reverse the aging workforce in the Service which is created by non-recruitment of new officers for over 14 years. 

He commended the efforts of the Nigeria Customs Service in checkmating smuggling activities in the country. 

NEW NCS CUSTOMS WEBSITE

The new NCS customs web site is available at www.customs.gov.ng. It offers online consultation of Customs CET tariff, query for valid form M’s importer details and community members services”.

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