increase in systemic corruption at ports
(NAGAFF) has called on the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service
(NAGAFF) to exercise restraint in the current reform in the Service that has
led to compulsory retirement of many senior officers.
The association also said that the current situation
in the ports is one in which there is increased systemic corruption, a
situation he described as not the best for the industry.
Logistics, FWDR. Ugochukwu Nnadi, said most of the officers have become
apprehensive of possible retirement with the way the new Comptroller-General,
Col Hammed Ali (rtd) has been carrying out his reform mandate.
embarked on aggressive corruption for the fear of not being sure of how long to
remain on the job.
that systemic corruption is in the increase at the ports because most of the
officers are of the belief that they may either be retired or transferred. It
is therefore a situation whereby you get what you can, because you do not know
what happens next. Aside from the fact that the hydro scanners are not properly
working, physical examination of containers are no longer an attraction or a
responsibility for obvious reasons”.
threat to revenue generation but also of public concern.
also a public interest concern. It is most unfortunate that Government even
though may have good intentions in the business of governance, there is the
need for consultations to be made with the stakeholders and other concerned
parties before arriving at conclusions on port related matters and
came as a mix feeling to the officers and stakeholders. What may play out at
the moment is to evolve damage control in the leadership of Col. Ali in the
Customs because we perceive that these officers may not be happy if the
scenario is that they cannot aspire to the highest position of the Service.
Rtd. Col. Ali Hameed seems not to be encouraging in the leadership of Customs.
Except otherwise stated it is our view that the primary duty of Col. Ali is to
carry out the mandate of Mr. President within the shortest possible time frame
to restructure, reform and put a system in place that will ensure maximum
revenue collection and accounting.”
officers in the ranks of DCG’s, ACG’s and Comptroller cadre said there was the
need to exercise restraint to “avoid throwing away the baby with the bath water.”
observed to avoid brain drain in the personnel and liquidity of the Service. We
wish to acknowledge the fact that Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali had accepted the fact
that NCS personnel cannot be separated from the greater numbers of Nigerians on
matters of corruption. We consider that a plus for the Customs for the reasons
that the CGC is a man of honor and integrity.”
Service, there was the need to exercise caution on matters of loyalty to a
constituted authority which is the roadmap to success in nation building.
of coercion to actualize its objective for the good of the greater numbers.
Therefore care should be taken to avoid the introduction of Georgian reforms in
a corrupt society by the Government.”
restructuring should be made transparent to avoid undue speculations of
expected workforce for Comptrollers in the Service may be 75 officers, where
there are over 140 Serving Comptrollers calls for extreme caution. To
restructure the Service it means that half of the Comptrollers will have to go.
transparent otherwise the exercise may attract litigations from the affected.
We must appreciate the fact that Customs officers like other civil servants are
in contract with the Federal Government of Nigeria and therefore there must be
restraint the way they are forcefully retired without reaching the mandatory
date and time of tenureship.
fire in private organizations and or as the case may be. We are in a democracy.
Decree 17 of 1984 might have shielded Mr. President in matters of sackings as
happened in the 1984 purge. We urge public interest and transparency in this
necessity for the reasons that so many things have gone wrong in the Service
since 2004. It is in the public domain that external forces have not helped in
the proper management and administration of Customs laws.
international body of World Customs Organisation is expected to be sacrosanct
in its existence. The emergence of a Veterinary Doctor, Permanent Secretary and
Army General respectively in the organization’s leadership in the past may not
have helped the Customs. When the Service was about to recover from external
influences, the “Abuja 88” officers became another intruder in the system.
etc were injected into the Service at a very high ranking Cadre of the Service.
They did not undergo tutelage of growing from the ranks to master the
technicalities of being proper revenue collectors of the Customs. This was a
measure of destabilization factor in the Service which they have not fully
thunder storm when some officers in the rank of Assistant Comptroller staged a
civil service coup to usurp power and promoted themselves three steps above
their colleagues in ranks.
went to headquarters with operational issues rather than policy matters. Under
the doctrine of necessity the service cannot afford to be a judge in its own
Ali needed to right the wrong in the Service over the years. The mandate of Mr.
President is sacrosanct and should be carried out in the most transparent
manner and time limit.”