JUST IN: President Muhammadu Buhari All Smiles, As Customs Boss Delivers Very Outstanding 2018 Report

By Joshua Amaugo June 8, 2018 09:17

JUST IN: President Muhammadu Buhari All Smiles, As Customs Boss Delivers Very Outstanding 2018 Report

News reaching Post-Nigeria, indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari is happy with the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, over the May 2018 report.

Recall, that the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, on Thursday, June 7, said that it recorded its highest ever monthly revenue collection of N100.1 billion, in May, this year.

Confirming the report at the Graduation of Senior Division Course One participants, held in Abuja, Col. Ali said that the feat was recorded in the area of revenue generation reforms embarked upon by the management of the NCS, under his leadership.

According to him, with the blockage of leakages in revenue across the country, the Service was ready to generate more revenue for the Federal Government.

“Last month, May 2018, was the month we realised our highest collection in terms of monthly revenue. As it stands today, we collected a total of N100.1 billion.

“We do hope that this feat will continue, and we are hoping that the inflow of imports will continue, and the blockage of the leakages will continue at the rate we have. Then we will see more increase in revenue”, Col. Ali said.

Applauded for the feat, he used the medium to call on President Buhari to look into the salary structure of the Customs Service.

He lamented that currently, Officers and men of the Customs, were the least paid out of all the members of staff of revenue-generating Agencies in the country.

Col. Ali stated that for the Officers and men of the Service to be motivated to perform their duties effectively, there was a need to have a better incentive system that would be commensurate with what was obtainable in other revenue-generating Agencies in the country.

He said: “To whom much is given, much is expected; the Nigerian Customs today is the least paid among its peers of revenue-generating organisations.

“With this monumental increase in what we are collecting for the government, I, therefore, plead that we should be considered with our peers in the Service. I believe that if we do this, it will help in reducing corruption in the Service.”

Meanwhile, at the Graduation event, forty senior Officers of the NCS graduated from the Nigeria Customs Commands and Staff College.

Col. Ali had while speaking to the Graduants, called on the Board of the Customs to consider the legislation that would make it possible for the College to be self-funded, rather than waiting for budgetary provisions from the NCS.

Ali challenged the graduates to bring the knowledge they acquired at the College to bear, to assist in taking the Service to greater heights.

The event was attended by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar; Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and other top government officials.

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