Anti-corruption Crusade: Customs Places All Officers Under Close Watch

Anti-corruption Crusade: Customs Places All Officers Under Close Watch

Patrick Aigbokhan
In compliance with the anti-corruption crusade initiative of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, the Nigerian Customs Services has tidied up strategic security measures to fight corruption in the service to a stand still
As part of its measures, the service recently devised a means of placing all its officers under surveillance.
Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), Comptroller-General of Customs, who confirmed the development when he visited the FCT command on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that all officers in the Nigerian Customs Services are under close watch and will be punished if found guilty of corruption.
Ali noted that there would be no favoritism during posting as any officers who has occupied a position in a unit for three years can be transferred.
He said that no more permanent posting to unit commands and departments in the service, adding that every officer in Customs must work to earn promotion.
The CG stressed the need for officers to imbibe discipline in carrying out their duties and shun corruption.
He said, “All officers are under close watch because if any mistake is done by any unit command, it will register internationally and that is not good for the image of the service.
“The general view of the public is that customs is the most undisciplined and corrupt service because of the nature of our job that needs to be addressed.
“You are not in customs to make money and enrich yourself but to work hard because if you are caught you must face the law.
“None of you should make me use you as an example; if your intention is to be corrupt then you cannot survive this time around.
“No more god-fatherism in Customs; you will earn promotion, not get promotion and for you to earn it, you must attain the qualification based on performance evaluation,” Ali said.
The Customs boss assured that officers’ welfare would be upgraded, urging them to work hard in carrying out their duties to boost the service revenues.
He said that the service was doing everything possible to meet its 2015 revenue target set by the Federal Government.
“We (Customs) are working hard to meet our set target by the Federal Government which is N944 billion for 2015.
“We are hopeful of that and with the cooperation of all segments in our industry, commitment of people and now with the new management we have gotten in place, I am optimistic that we would achieve our goal.
“Fighting corruption, let me say, is not the job of customs alone; it is not the job of police; it is a job for everybody.
“So if we as individuals are ready to rid our minds of corruption, I am sure our jobs would be very easy.
“Enforcement is again the second option; we must enforce; there must be punishment for infraction and reward for those who comply,” Ali added.
Ali, who also visited the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC); National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), and the Federal Inland Revenue Service, explained that the essence of the visit to the stakeholders was to further strengthen collaboration between the agencies to achieve a common goal of improving the economy.