TOP STORIES: Customs Board Confirms Appointment of 5 DCGs, 15 ACGs, Outlines Future Plans.

The Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB) has confirmed the appointment of five (5) Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCGs) and fifteen (15) Assistant Comptroller Generals (ACGs) during its 57th regular meeting chaired by the Honorable Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed.

The Meeting was held on Thursday 4th May 2023 at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters, Abuja.

     

The details of the confirmation as stated by the Customs National Spokesperson CSC Abdullahi Maiwada are as follows: Deputy Comptroller Generals:

1. M ABBA-KURA DCG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation

2. AG SAIDU DCG Human Resource Development

3. JP AJOKU DCG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives

4. BA ADENIYI DCG Strategic Research and Policy

5. GA ITOTOH DCG/Commander Training and Doctrine Command.

Assistant Comptroller Generals:

1. O PETERS ACG/Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘C’

2. AI ALFA ACG Strategic Research and Policy

3. HJ SWOMEN ACG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives

4. KC EGWUH ACG Doctrine Development and Administration Command

5. MBA MUSA ACG Tariff and Trade

6. A DAPPA-WILLIAMS ACG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation

7. BM JIBO ACG Headquarters

 8. A HAMISU ACG/Commandant Nigeria Customs Command & Staff College

9. Y SALIHU ACG Finance & Admin

10. MI YUSUF ACG Training and Coordination

11. SA BOMAI ACG Board

12. CK NIAGWAN ACG Technical Services

13. KI ADEOLA ACG ICT/Modernization

14. IO BABALOLA ACG/Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘D’

15. BU NWAFOR ACG Human Resource Development.

The Honorable Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning at the meeting according to Maiwada expressed delight at the outcome of her stewardship of the Nigeria Customs Service Board “It has been a very interesting and educative experience for me as the Chairperson of the Nigeria Customs Service Board. We have seen during this process significant improvement in terms of the operations of the Nigeria Customs Service. We had cause to get several approvals for the Service including enhancement of the remuneration of the staff, and improvement in terms of cost of collections for the Nigeria Customs Service. We have also been able to complete the process toward the realization of the rollout of the Trade Modernization Project. These are all fundamental building blocks that are going to work positively towards enhancing and modernizing the whole of the Nigeria Customs Service in line with the requirements of the World Customs Organization and other protocols that Nigeria is committed to”.

Addressing the future generation of Customs Officers, the NCSB Chairperson, Maiwada said, emphasized the engagement of young officers, including women in the Service.

In a related development, the board has also approved the implementation of a Competency-Based Accelerated Career Progression Plan (CBACPP).

The plan, Maiwada said is a proactive strategy designed to close the generational gap that could lead to leadership vacuum in the higher hierarchies of the Nigeria Customs Service if not addressed.

 The Board, it is stated also expressed pleasure over the recent enactment of the new Customs Act into law.

To facilitate a seamless transition, the Board has made plans to organize a retreat for the Board Members and expanded Management of NCS.

Following the retreat, according to Maiwada, a stakeholder education and engagement forum will be launched to inform the public about the provision of the new Act and the corresponding compliance requirement.

“The aim is to ensure clarity and understanding among stakeholders, enabling them to adapt to the new regulations effectively. Also, the effective date for the full implementation of the New Act is a priority that will be addressed in due course”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) CFR has congratulated the newly appointed Officers and charged them to work diligently for a better and prosperous Service.

He emphasized the importance of their roles in achieving the Service’s core functions of revenue collection, suppression of smuggling, and trade

SEME COMMAND: Customs Intercepts Fake Drugs Worth Over N27 Million, Arrest Four Suspects.

The Nigeria Customs Service at its’ Seme area command, has through her operatives, made major interceptions of adulterated pharmaceutical drugs being smuggled into the country via the Seme axis.

   

The consignment of drugs seized include 1076 bottles of 100ml Morphine Sulfate, 94 bottles of 60ml Amodiaquine Suspension, 2,970 packages of Vermox, 390 packets by 1000 tablets of 100mg Mepacrine, 298 packets of 100mg Clofenac SR, 1,485 packages of 50mg Losartail Potassium and 499 packages of 400mg Virest 400 Aciclovir tablets.

 

During the parade of the suspects and seized items, the Controller of the Nigeria Customs Service at Seme area command, Dera Nnadi, said the items were unregistered and the actual duty paid value for them was N27, 861,538. Which is a loss for custom duties to the command and the country.

The seizure of the unregistered pharmaceuticals was made around 8:30am on May 9 ,2023 during a routine stop and search by men of the command. They were found concealed in a truck with registration number GL6663, belonging to a major conglomerate in the country.

The comptroller said that earlier preliminary investigation had revealed that the drugs were bound for Kaduna State through the FCT and this had established a strong nexus between the drugs and violent crimes in that part of the region.

     

He brought to recollection, how on his assumption of office, fake currencies and fake international passports had been seized and thus, it was building up to a possible network of an illegal drug importation that funds insurgencies. This he said, is currently undergoing investigations through the collaboration of the Nigerian Customs Service and other security agencies. He said more details will be released upon approval in the course of the investigation.

Insurgencies and other criminal activities in the Northern part of the country continue to be on the rise and most of the criminals are largely hooked on illegal drugs or unregistered and adulterated drugs. If not checked, this could lead to these high crimes moving closer to the Southern part of the country.

Although the seized drugs bore the names of licensed Nigerian companies, their movement into the country, makes it an intellectual property contravention. Also by NCS and NAFDAC laws, importing pharmaceutical products into the country without approval is not allowed.

 

Furthermore, he said five of the pharmaceutical products were expired.

Also,two suspects and 553 parcels of Cannabis Sativa seized on the 21st of April 2023 during patrols were handed over to the Seme Commander of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Abubakar Wada, in line with directives from the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali( rtd).

Nnadi said his agency will continue to fight smuggling and expose smugglers as the Nigerian Customs Service remains committed to protecting and safeguarding the country’s borders facilitation

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