The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) may set to boost the war on corruption, with a declaration that all officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) are to make full disclosure of their assets in a new measure put in place to push up transparency and compliance with the Rule of Law.
A circular on Assets Declaration signed by the Comptroller-General specifically instructed all Deputy Comptrollers-General, Zonal Coordinators and Customs Area Controllers; as well as all Officers to comply with the directive, within 14 days.
According to the Circular, 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.
And 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.
The Service image maker, Deputy Comptroller Wale Adeniyi specifically noted that, 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 Officers, Staff or employees of the Nigeria Customs Service as it applies to a Chief Executive or an employee of a Bank”.
“The Comptroller-General 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”, the image-maker concluded.