- The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has carried out a major reorganisation in the service
- One very senior officer was dismissed while another was compulsorily retired in a major shake-up
- The service's board also approved the appointment of 5 Assistant Comptrollers- General (ACG) and promoted 2,634 officers
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About 2,634 officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have been promoted while five Assistant Comptroller General of Customs (ACG) were appointed by the Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB).
This was disclosed by Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah, the national public relations officer in a statement on behalf of the Customs Comptroller General (CG), Col. Hammed Ali (retd).
The promotion of the officers takes effect from January 1, 2019. In a report by The Nation, Attah noted that ACG Aminu Dahiru was dismissed while ACG, Bashir Abubakar compulsorily retired for what it called “act of negligence”.
The spokesperson said the disciplinary action taken against the two senior customs officers was in line with the reform agenda of the service.
The minister of finance, budget and national planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, who is also the chairman of the board, said the approvals made during the meeting were meant to ginger and improve manpower and operations in NCS.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the battle against contraband and illegal smuggling got a massive boost as the NCS on Thursday, May 21, disclosed that it seized suspected hard drugs worth N1 billion in Lagos.
In a statement issued by Olugboyega Peters, the comptroller of Customs Western Marine command, the drugs, suspected to be cannabis sativa, were seized by operatives after intelligence reports.
Peters further disclosed the operatives of the service carried out surveillance after the report for three days in a maiden sea patrol on Lagos water.
In other news, customs said it rakes in between N5 billion and N6 billion daily from imports since the closure of Nigeria's land borders with neighbouring countries in West Africa.
This was disclosed by the NCS Comptroller-General on Tuesday, February 18 at a forum in Lagos where he was represented by a senior customs official.
Prior to the closure of the border in August 2019, daily duty collections hovered between N4 billion and N5 billion.
The customs boss also said the border closure had led to a 30 per cent drop in fuel hitherto supplied by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for local consumption.
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