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CGC DECORATES NEW MEMBERS OF MANAGEMENT

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has charged members of the new Management of Nigeria Customs Service to re-dedicate themselves to hardwork and commitment to nation building through efficient and effective service delivery. 

The CGC gave this charge after the decoration of 14 new members of management at the Customs headquarters. While congratulating them, he expressed happiness that the newly decorated officers were appointed purely based on merit devoid of lobbying and any external influence. 

The ceremony which marked formal constitution of a new management for the Service, brought on board 6 Deputy Comptrollers-General namely: Suleiman Idris, Ukaigwe Paul, Umar Iya, Ugo Daniel, Warikoru Austin and Adeyemo Grace. Also decorated were eight Assistant Comptrollers-General following a restructuring process that led to the retirement of some members of the former management. 

To the new team the CGC said “We must deliver on our mandate and work towards making 2016 the best year in the Nigeria Customs Service”. 

Responding on behalf of the newly promoted Officers, Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in-charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Service, Idris Suleiman expressed gratitude to God for providing the type of leadership in the nation and the NCS in particular. He said with a leadership that leads by example as exemplified by the CGC, it becomes easy for well-meaning subordinates to key in and work towards the achievement of the Service mandate. 

While thanking the President and Commander in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Comptroller-General of Customs, DCG Suleiman assured the CGC of their unquestionable loyalty and dedication to the course of nation building through hardwork and commitment to honest Service delivery. 

LIST OF NEWLY DECORATED MEMBERS OF CUSTOMS MANAGEMENT 

1. DCG SULEIMAN IDRIS IBRAHIM 
(FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND TECHNICAL SERVICE) 

2. DCG UMAR IYA ABUBAKAR 
(TARIFF AND TRADE) 

3. DCG UKAIGWE, PAUL CHIGOZIE, fsi 
(STRATEGIC RESEARCH &POLICY) 

4. DCG UGO DANIEL AYEGBA 
(ENFORCEMENT, INSPECTION & INVESTIGATION) 

5. DCG WARIKORU AUSTEN AYAPAYEFA 
(HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT) 

6. DCG GRACE OLABANKE ADEYEMO 
(EX AND INDUSTRIAL INCENTIVE CISE, FREE TRADE ZONE) 

7. ACG SANUSI UMAR mni 
(HEADQUARTERS) 

8. ACG AREMU OLATUNJI 
(COMMANDANT STAFF COLLEGE) 

9. ACG CHIDI AUGUSTINE 
(ZONAL COORDINATOR ZONE “D”) 

10. ACG AZAREMA ABDULKADIR 
(ZONAL COORDINATOR ZONE “C”) 

11. ACG DANGALADIMA AMINU 
(ZONAL COORDINATOR ZONE “B”) 

12. ACG EDIKE CHARLES BERNARD 
(ZONAL COORDINATOR ZONE “A”) 

13. ACG ABBAS, M.
(SECRETARY NCS BOARD) 

14. ACG ADEGOKE FUNSHO
(MODERNIZATION ) 

Signed 
Wale Adeniyi 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

CUSTOMS GENERATES ₦1.2 BILLION ON RICE THROUGH THE LAND BORDERS

Nigeria Customs Service has recorded a total revenue of ₦1,178,720,376 on Rice Imports through the land borders in October and November 2015. During the same period, the total quantity of rice imported through the land borders stood at 17.596 Metric Tonnes. 

2. These figures were disclosed at a strategy session convened by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) to review revenue performance for the year. 

3. Two months ago, the Comptroller-General of the Service had approved the removal of the restriction placed on importation of Rice through the land borders. The removal was predicated on the large scale rice smuggling through the land borders, resulting to huge revenue loss and distortions in the price of the item in the local markets. 

“The huge collection in just two months has vindicated our position. If we had stuck to our previous directive, this much quantum of rice would still have been smuggled anyway, and we would have lost over a billion Naira revenue as this critical period of our economic downtown”, the Comptroller-General disclosed during the meeting. 

4. The breakdown of the Rice imports shows that Idiroko border in Ogun Command has the largest volume of 8.276 Metric tonnes, with a collection of ₦555,152,344 duty. Katsina Borders come next in quantity of 3,636 Metric tones imported, where total revenue of ₦242,985,626 was collected during the same period. A total of 2.156 metric tones was imported through the land borders of Oyo/Osun command, generating a total revenue of ₦144,278,025. 

5. Other Commands include: 
Seme – 2,140 Metric Tonnes with ₦143,349,658 
Sokoto – 602 Metric Tonnes with ₦40,162,759 
Kano/Jigawa – 470 Metric Tonnes with ₦31,536,148 
Adamawa/Taraba – 248 Metric Tonnes with ₦16,545,422 
Niger/Kwara/Kogi – 68 Metric Tonnes with ₦4,710,394 

Signed 
Wale Adeniyi 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

NCS PAAR PROJECT EMERGES WINNER OF NITDA 2015 BEST E-GOVERNANCE PROJECT

The Pre Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR), a clearance tool introduced by the Nigeria Customs Service in 2013 has emerged the 2015 winner of Best e-governance project for the year. The Service also emerged Runner up in the Best MDA Category of the year. 

The award, organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency, in collaboration with NIHILENT was presented to the Comptroller-General of Customs during the E-Governance and Long Service Awards 2015 at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. It was in recognition of the project’s overall capacity to address the needs of stakeholders, demonstrate efficiency, and benefit the masses over a long period of time. 

The Comptroller-General of Customs who was represented by the Assistant Comptroller-General, ICT, Comptroller Funsho Adegoke said, “We are delighted to have won this award and we want to assure Nigerians that we will continue to fine tune the PAAR system and improve on it in order to meet global standards.” 

Since its official kick off in February 2009 and eventual launch in December 2013, the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report continues to be a robust and dynamic platform for facilitating Pre Arrival processing in line with Nigeria Import process and global best practices recommended by WCO. 

The platform has embedded risk and intervention mechanisms, fast tracking of compliant traders, building of a single and integrated risk management engine and entrenching a culture of transparency, professionalism and quality control into the system thereby further upholding e-customs agenda and eliminating human contact. 

The PAAR system, which has generated 426,636,000 risk assessment documents since its launch, has recorded tremendous success in enhancing revenue profile of the Service and improved Nigeria ranking in the ease of doing business. 

The yearly award is the second in the series organized by NITDA. In 2014, the Nigeria Customs Service emerged winner in 2 categories: Best Web Presence and Best MDA of the year. 

 

SIGNED 
Wale Adeniyi 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

CUSTOMS NAMES 6 DCGs AND 8 ACGs IN ACTING CAPACITY

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has approved the appointment of Six (6) acting Deputy Comptrollers-General of Customs in the on-going re-organisation in the Service. 

2. The six (6) Officers, who are of the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General, will occupy the positions of Deputy-Comptrollers-General in acting capacity. Those appointed are: 
I. ACG Idris Suleiman (Finance Administration and Technical Service) 
II. ACG Iya Umar (Tariff and Trade) 
III. ACG Dan Ugo (Enforcement Investigation and Inspection) 
IV. ACG Grace Adeyemo (Excise, FTZ & Industrial Incentive) 
V. ACG Austin Warikoru (Human Resource Development) 
VI. ACG Paul Ukaigwe (Strategic Research and Policy) 

3. Eight (8) Comptrollers were similarly announced to occupy the positions of Assistant Comptrollers-General created in the exercise. They are to occupy the new offices in acting capacity. They are: 
I. Comptroller Umar Sanusi mni (ACG Headquarters) 
II. Comptroller Funsho Adegoke (ACG ICT) 
III. Comptroller Mohammed Abbas mni (ACG Board) 
IV. Comptroller Olatunji Aremu mni (Command & Staff College) 
V. Comptroller Charles Edike (Zonal Coordinator Zone “A”) 
VI. Comptroller Abubakar Dangaladima (Zonal Coordinator Zone “B”) 
VII. Comptroller Azarema Abdulkadir (Zonal Coordinator Zone “C”) 
VIII. Comptroller Chidi Augustine (Zonal Coordinator Zone “D”) 

4. Seven Officers are equally redeployed in the new exercise. They are: 
I. ACG Adesina Odunmbaku (Finance and Technical Service) 
II. ACG Robert Alu (Tariff and Trade) 
III. ACG Ade Dosumu (Enforcement and Drugs) 
IV. ACG Monday Abueh mni (Excise & Industrial Incentive) 
V. ACG Ahmed Mohammed mni (Human Resource Management) 
VI. ACG Patience Iferi (Strategic Research and Policy) and 
VII. Comptroller Aminu Abba (Technical Services) 

5. The Changes take immediate effect. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali urged the newly appointed Officers to redouble their efforts to justify their new responsibilities. 

SIGNED 
Wale Adeniyi 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

34 OFFICERS RETIRED IN CUSTOMS RE-ORGANIZATION

As part of on-going re-organization in Nigeria Customs Service, 34 Senior Officers have been retired from Service with immediate effect. The re-organization of the Service is one of the core mandates of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd). 

2. Those affected in the exercise are five Deputy Comptrollers-General of Customs (DCGs) who have earlier given notification to the Comptroller-General for voluntary disengagement. They are John Atte MFR, Ibrahim Mera OON, Musa Tahir mni, Austin Nwosu and Akinade Adewuyi. 

3. Three others, of the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General are also affected in the re-organization exercise. They are Madu Mohammed mni, Secretary to the Nigeria Customs Board, Victor Gbemudu, Zonal Coordinator Zone “A” and Bello Liman, Assistant Comptroller-General, (Headquarters). The rest are of the rank of Comptrollers serving in Customs Headquarters, Zonal Offices and various Area Commands. 

4. The Comptroller-General of Customs stated that the retirements were part of measures to kick-start the repositioning of the Service for improved performance. 

 

SIGNED 
Wale Adeniyi 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

PUBLIC NOTICE ON FRAUDSTERS

Nigeria Customs Service wishes to remind our stakeholders that the Service is not presently recruiting and that auction of seized or overtime cargo remain suspended till further notice. 

This reminder is necessary to prevent people from being defrauded by criminal elements who open fake Facebook accounts in the name of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) advertising job vacancies, auction and contracts. 

It is disheartening to note that despite several warnings, arrests and prosecutions, internet fraudsters are still using this online platform to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians. It is therefore imperative to advice people to stop patronizing these seemingly juicy offers on the internet, promising job, auction and contracts upon payment of some amount of money into private accounts. 

For the avoidance of doubt, NCS wishes to inform the general public that it is not undergoing any recruitment exercise. Similarly, auction of seized vehicles or overtime cargo remain suspended until further notice. 

While refusing to patronize them you could also help the Service to get rid of the fraudsters by reporting suspicious offers online or traditional media to the nearest Customs formation. 

SIGNED 
MANAGEMENT 

COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF CUSTOMS SALLAH MESSAGE TO CUSTOMS OFFICERS AND MEN

I want to take the opportunity of this special moment to convey my sincere wish for a happy Sallah celebration and Holiday to you all and your families. 

2. It is the first major festivities I will be celebrating with you as Comptroller- General. I therefore find it auspicious to say “Barka da Sallah” to all Muslim Faithfuls and indeed all Officers and Men. 

3. As we celebrate this festival, I also find it necessary to urge you all to exercise restraints and moderation, as counseled in the Holy Quran. More Importantly, I urge you all not to forget one of the major lessons of the Eid- el-Kabir, which is sacrifice. 

4. As you are all aware, this period of our National history calls for sacrifice and service. It demands from us all a new orientation and dedication to give our best to our nation. It calls for selfless service rendered in a patriotic and transparent manner. 

5. Together, we must approach our statutory role of generating revenue for government, combating smuggling and facilitating trade with all seriousness it deserves. It is a task we all signed up for and for which we are paid salaries. It is a task that we must discharge all the time in an environment devoid of corruption and sharp practices. I believe you are already attuned to the new order and you know that we don’t have a choice. 

6. Congratulations once again, I wish you all Happy Celebration. 



Signed 
Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) 
Comptroller-General of Customs 
 

CUSTOMS STAFF COLLEGE MUST REMAIN WORLD-CLASS – COL. HAMEED ALI (Rtd)

Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has expressed his determination to ensure that the Customs Staff College remains a World class training institution. 

The Comptroller-General gave this indication in Gwagwalada after his inspection visit to the college. He expressed satisfaction with the College environment which he described as captivating, well- kept and commendable. 

The Comptroller-General said the College is capable of delivering a World class, skilled Customs Professionals but expressed his concerns about adequate maintenance of the college structures. 

“I am impressed and hope to keep the standard well above average, its one thing for us to build and another for us to maintain. The standard of training must not fall. The maintenance must not fall. Our staff college must be first- class at any given time” he declared. 

Earlier in his welcome address, the College Commandant Comptroller Aminu Abba told the Comptroller-General that the college which started in December 2011 had organized a total number of 99 Training Programmes, during which 5,011 senior Officers were exposed to various advanced and specialized trainings. 

He stated that the College had developed a comprehensive curriculum to cover various areas of modern Customs operations, as envisaged under the Strategic Plan 2014- 2019. 

The highlight of the visit was the inspection of the Customs museum, where items of historical value documenting Customs history since its inception were kept. Others places inspected include the college main auditorium, the lecture Halls, the e-library, residences for Directing Staff and College participants, the medical and sports facilities. 

The visit to the College, located in Gwagwalada, Abuja is part of the Comptroller- General’s familiarization with the Service structures. 

Signed 
Wale Adeniyi 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller- General of Customs 

WEEKS EIGHTH AND NINTH UPDATE ON “OPERATION HAWK DESCEND”

The war against smugglers of frozen poultry products into the Country tagged “Operation Hawk Descend”, has continue to yield massive results as the Service has recorded seizures of the banned products worth ₦37,836,000.00 (Thirty Seven Million, Eight Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand naira), in the eighth (8) and Ninth (9) week of its operations. 

2. The seizures which consist of 8,408 (Eight Thousand, Four Hundred and Eight) cartons of the frozen products were impounded at different locations along the south western borders of Nigeria. These include Badagry/Yekeme and Seme Ashipa Creeks in Badagry Seme axis. Others locations include Seme, Gbaji and Owode Creeks in Lagos and Idiroko axis. 

3. The breakdown of the seizures is as follows; 
OGUN 
QUANTITY = 2,213 cartons 
VALUE = ₦9,958,500 

FOU A 
QUANTITY = 4,412 cartons 
VALUE = ₦19,854,000 

SEME 
QUANTITY = 200 cartons 
VALUE = ₦900,000 

WESTERN MARINE 
QUANTITY = 1,583 cartons 
VALUE = ₦7,123,500 

Total cartons = 8,408 cartons 
Total value = ₦37,836,000 

4. In his maiden meeting with the officers and men at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ibrahim (Rtd), reaffirmed the Service commitment to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in the act of smuggling. He stated that all revenue leakages will be appropriately blocked. 

5. The CGC said every act of economic sabotage including false declarations, deliberate misapplication of the tariff, undervaluation and concealment shall be dealt with decisively. 

6. Ali called on all stakeholders to support the Service in order to achieve its mandate towards the Federal Government’s resolve to secure the nation, boost the economy and create job opportunities for the youths. 

 

Signed 
Joseph Attah 
Deputy Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

REFORMS KEY TO CGC’S MANDATE

Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has restated his mandate to undertake reforms and re-structuring to enhance the capacity of Nigeria Customs Service generate more revenue. 

The Comptroller-General stated this in Abuja at his maiden meeting held with Management of the Service on assumption of duty. He charged Customs Management to work with him to deliver on the mandate given by President Mohammadu Buhari. 

“The mandate he has given me are three basic things: go to Customs, reform Customs, restructure Customs and increase the revenue generation, simple. I dont think that is ambiguous, I don’t think that is cumbersome. It is precise and I believe that is what all of you are here to do”, he told the Senior Officers. 

He pleaded with the Management not to see him as a stranger in the Customs Family, noting that his mission in Customs is to help build and strengthen the Service. 

He solicited the support and loyalty of all Officers and Men in his collective approach to make Nigeria Customs a better service. 

Earlier, the Deputy Comptroller General covering duties for CGC, John Atte, while handing over gave him a brief history of the Service and assured him of unquestionable loyalty of Officers and Men to work towards suppression of smuggling, increased revenue collection, facilitation among others, in the interest of the nation. 

Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) was appointed Comptroller-General of Customs on 27th August, 2015. 
Born on 15th January 1955 in Dass Local Government of Bauchi State, Col. Hameed Ali attended Nigeria Defence Academy Kaduna, between 1974-1977, and the Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas USA, between 1984-1988. He holds the Bachelors and Masters degrees in Criminology, and the Nigerian Defence Academy Certificate of Education (NDACE). 

Col. Ali had a distinguished career in the Nigerian Army, during which he served as Military Administrator (MILAD) Kaduna State between 1996-1998 and Colonel Training TRADOC, Minna in 1998. 

His previous appointments include General Staff Officer II, Military Police Headquarters, 1981-1982, General Staff Officer II, 1 Mechanised Div, Kaduna, 1992, and Commander, Special Investigation Bureau, Apapa, Lagos 1994-1996. 

 

SIGNED 
Wale Adeniyi 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

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