Customs Boss, Hameed Ali Directs All Officers To Declare Assets Within 14 Days
The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali (rtd) has given a directive to all officers and Men of the service to make full disclosure of their assets.
The directive according to a statement contained in a Circular, signed by him and addressed to all Deputy Comptrollers-General, Zonal Coordinators and Customs Area Controllers is a new measure put in place to push transparency and compliance with the Rule of Law.
The directive which all officers are to comply with within 14 days, the statement said is in compliance with “The Bank Employees Declaration of Assets Act Cap B1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
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.
Specifically, 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”.
While observing that many Officers have not complied with the provisions of the Act over the years, the CG stated that the 14-day ultimatum for compliance will be strictly enforced.