The Federal Government has approved the implementation of a Competency-Based Accelerated Career Progression Plan (CBACPP) for personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service.
The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning ,Mrs Zainab Ahmed disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen by the National Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada on Friday.
Ahmed who doubles as the Chairperson, Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB) while addressing the future generation of customs officers, emphasized the engagement of young officers, including women in the Service, adding that”We had cause to get several approvals for the Service including enhancement of the remuneration of staff, and improvement in terms of cost of collections for the Nigeria Customs Service.
“We have also been able to complete the process toward the realization of the rollout of the Trade Modernization Project. These are all fundamental building blocks that are going to work positively towards enhancing and modernizing the whole of the Nigeria Customs Service in line with the requirements of the World Customs Organization and other protocols that Nigeria is committed to.”
“The plan is a proactive strategy designed to close the generational gap that could lead to leadership vacuum in the higher hierarchies of the Nigeria Customs Service if not addressed.
The Board Chairperson, also expressed pleasure over the recent enactment of the new Customs Act into law, which according to her will facilitate a seamless transition and has made plans to organize a retreat for the Board members and expanded management of NCS.
The Minister added that following the retreat, a stakeholder education and engagement forum will be launched to inform the public about the provision of the new Act and the corresponding compliance requirement.
She noted that the aim is to ensure clarity and understanding among stakeholders, enabling them to adapt to the new regulations effectively.
“Also, the effective date for the full implementation of the New Act is a priority that will be addressed in due course”, the statement noted .
The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning was quoted expressing delight at the outcome of the stewardship of the Board , pointing out that“It has been a very interesting and educative experience for me as the Chairperson of the Nigeria Customs Service Board.
“We have seen during this process significant improvement in terms of the operations of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB) during its 57th regular meeting chaired by the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed confirmed the appointment of five (5) Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCGs) and fifteen (15) Assistant Comptroller Generals (ACGs).
The details of the confirmation are as follows:
Deputy Comptroller Generals
- M ABBA-KURA DCG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation
- AG SAIDU DCG Human Resource Development
- JP AJOKU DCG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives
- BA ADENIYI DCG Strategic Research and Policy
- GA ITOTOH DCG/Commander Training and Doctrine Command
Assistant Comptroller Generals
- O PETERS ACG/Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘C’
- AI ALFA ACG Strategic Research and Policy
- HJ SWOMEN ACG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives
- KC EGWUH ACG Doctrine Development and Administration Command
- MBA MUSA ACG Tariff and Trade
- A DAPPA-WILLIAMS ACG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation
- BM JIBO ACG Headquarters
- A HAMISU ACG/Commandant Nigeria Customs Command & Staff College
- Y SALIHU ACG Finance & Admin
- MI YUSUF ACG Training and Coordination
- SA BOMAI ACG Board
- CK NIAGWAN ACG Technical Services
- KI ADEOLA ACG ICT/Modernization
- IO BABALOLA ACG/Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘D’
- BU NWAFOR ACG Human Resource Development .
The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has congratulated the newly appointed Officers and charged them to work diligently for a better and prosperous Service. He emphasized the importance of their roles in achieving the Service’s core functions of revenue collection, suppression of smuggling, and trade facilitation.
By Roland Ekama