…As Ali vows to make another Dikko’s ‘baby’ one of the best institutions possible!***
***Katsina Govt. increases corps members’ welfare package by 200%***
Immediate past Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi on Thursday publicly acknowledged as an outstanding administrator, as his successor, and current Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), retired Col. Hameed Ali, inaugurated a seven man board to provide a roadmap, for Customs Staff College, in the policy direction.
“We want to make it one of the best institutions possible,” Ali emphasized.
Dikko conceived, incubated and delivered the Staff College in Gwagwaalada, Abuja, which till today is adjudged a world class institution, by every standard.
Speaking during the inauguration, Ali said there was no better time to do this than when the college was being mobilized with all it requirements to commence full operations of training and capacity building.
“The inauguration of the board is intended to provide a roadmap for the college in terms of board policy direction as well as a governance structure that will streamline public spending in line with the requirements of due process.
“The board shall be the highest decision making organ of the college responsible for formulating board policies aimed at realizing the vision and mission of the college.
“The board will also set and approve thresholds for spending of funds approved to run the college.
“This is to ensure that the running of the college complies with its governance structures and requirements of transparency and accountability,” Ali said, highlighting that the college commandant should submit half year and end of the year reports to the board, detailing how funds approved for the college were expended.
Ali stressed that no effort would be spared to ensure that the college gets needed fund, adding “we must put enough checks and balance for transparency.’’
The board is chaired by the CGC and it will be meeting quarterly and any other time as may be deemed necessary by the chairman to discuss matters affecting the college.
The board held its first meeting which lasted for over an hour.
Ali, who spoke to newsmen after the board meeting said the board discussed issues needed to immediately get the college going effectively.
“A lot of renovations are ongoing at the college; we tried to renovate the place and make it more inhabitant to the participants.’’
“Now we are going to open it gradually to our neighbours in ECOWAS to offer them opportunities to come and participate in the Staff College.
On Wednesday, Ali launched a ‘Improved’ Pre- Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) Centre of the Service, which again, was another baby of Dikko’s administration.
In the meantime, the Katsina State Government has increased welfare budget for National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to the state by about 200 per cent, igniting wild applause from 2,200 corps members deployed to Katsina state for the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream II.
Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim, the chairman of NYSC Katsina State Governing Board, disclosed this on Thursday at the formal opening ceremony of the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream orientation course in Katsina.
Ibrahim, who represented Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina state at the orientation course, is also the Special Adviser to the governor on Youths Development.
Declaring the orientation course open, the governor said that his administration placed top priority on the welfare of corps members.
Masari said that his administration would ensure provisions were made for the welfare of corps members to enable them to enjoy their stay in the state.
He promised to provide adequate security to the corps members deployed to the state.
The governor noted that the choice of Katsina as hosting camp for Borno and Katsina States was no doubt predicated on the antecedents of Katsina as a hospitable and accommodating state.
He urged all security operatives to ensure maximum security at the camp and throughout the time of the corps members’ primary assignment.
In his speech, the Chairman of the NYSC governing board, Ibrahim explained that there were two combined orientation course for Katsina and Borno States’ corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Katsina.
Earlier, the NYSC Katsina State Coordinator, Hajiya Ramatu Sanda, described the decision of NYSC management to select 15 secretariats as hosting states for the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream Two as a strategy to clear the backlog of graduates.
She added that the simultaneous orientation course for the corps members deployed to Katsina and Borno States at the same venue and at the same time for the first time ever was not unconnected to Katsina’s impressive track records.
“The state government has been adjudged to be the most NYSC friendly in the country.
”Secondly, the state is always peaceful; thirdly, it is one of the first states that its government keyed into the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme of NYSC, ” she said.