TEXT OF AN ADDRESS BY THE COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF CUSTOMS, DIKKO INDE ABDULLAHI, OFR DURING A MEDIA INTERACTION AT CUSTOMS HEADQUARTERS ON THURSDAY 18TH AUGUST 2011
With gratitude to Almighty Allah, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Customs House for this media interaction. We give thanks and praises to God for giving me the opportunity to provide leadership for the Service in the last two years. While I feel humbled by this sacred responsibility, I also wish to use this medium to share with you, some of our achievements, challenges and aspirations for the immediate years ahead.
The Six Point Agenda of Action provided the guiding road-map for improving and re-positioning of the Service, since August 2009.
Its key components include:
After two years in Office, it is gratifying to note the giant strides we have made in the implementation of our Agenda, some of which are already captured in the Performance Scorecard. Permit me to highlight some of them:
With these catalog of successes, the temptation to roll out the drums and celebrate is human. However, we are rather focusing our attention on consolidating these gains in the immediate years ahead.
As you may be aware, the contracts for operating Destination Inspection will expire by the end 2012. To effectively manage the Service after the contract, a Customs Modernization Project Team has been established. This Team is working on how to manage the transition and eventual full take-over of the DI components. By the grace of God, the details of the Project will be made public after the necessary approvals.
I must register the gratitude of the Service for the support we have received so far from Mr. President, who have graciously approved Special Intervention Funds for our activities.
I am equally looking forward to working with the new chairman of the Nigeria Customs Service Board, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was sworn-in just yesterday. It is remarkable to note that majority of us in the Management Team are products of a Reform she carried-out in 2004 as Minister of Finance. I believe most sincerely that her wealth of experience and track record of achievements will enrich the quality of leadership of the Nigeria Customs Service Board.
I thank you all for coming. I wish our Muslim Brothers and Sisters Ramadan Kareem.
God Bless the Nigeria Customs Service
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria