Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced the disbandment and reconstitution of the Comptroller-General’s Compliance Team.
The Comptroller-General of the Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), also approved the redeployment of 48 Comptrollers of Customs in “a major re-jigging of the Service for effective and efficient service delivery.”
The new CGC’s Compliance team will be co-ordinated by Comptroller Azarema A.A who before now was the Comptroller Licence and Permit at the NCS headquarters.
The new compliance team is divided into three: Team A for Western Axis, B for Northern axis and C for Eastern axis.
They are to complement the Federal Operations Units in order to vigorously crackdown on all forms of smuggling activities nationwide with particular focus on the enforcement of non-importation of rice and vehicles through the land borders, a statement issued by the NCS’ Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah said.
The three Axis will be led by Assistant Comptrollers of Customs.
On the redeployment of the 48 Customs Comptrollers of Customs, the NCS said the exercise, which is in line with the ongoing reforms of the Service moved Comptroller Madugu M.J from Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara to Ogun Command; Comptroller Udo-aka E.A from Investigation to Oyo/Osun Command and Comptroller Isiyaku K from Tariff and Trade to Port Harcourt 1, among others.
The statement said while effecting these changes, the CGC expressed his determination to strategically reposition the service as a crucial contributor to the success story of the nation.
“Revenue leakages must be blocked; the nation needs all collectable revenue,” Ali was quoted to have said.
He called on all stakeholders to support the service by being compliant as well as provide needed information for the operatives to nip smuggling activities in the bud.