15th January, 2016
Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), has directed officers of the Nigeria Customs Service to make full disclosure of their assets within 14 days as part of a new measure to enshrine transparency within the service.
Wale Adeniyi, Public Relations Officer for NCS said in a statement that the directive on assets declaration is contained in a circular, signed by Col. Ali (Rtd) and addressed to all Deputy Comptrollers-General, Zonal Coordinators and Customs Area Controllers.
According to the circular “all officers are to comply with the directive within 14 days”.
Adeniyi pointed out in the statement that the directive on assets declaration is in compliance with “The Bank Employees Declaration of Assets Act Cap B1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004” adding that “though the Act provides for asset declaration by all bank employees, it also empowers the President to extend its application to other categories of persons.”
Section 12 (1) states that “The provision of this Act shall apply to the Comptroller-General, Deputy Comptroller-General, Assistant Comptroller-General, Chief Collector, Principal Collector and other Officer, Staff or employee of the Nigeria Customs Service as the apply to a Chief Executive or an employee of a Bank”.
Adeniyi also noted that the Comptroller-General had observed that many Officers have not complied with the provisions of the Act over the years, stating that the 14-day ultimatum for compliance will be strictly enforced.