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Hameed Ali Vows To Block Revenue Leakages

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), on Thursday, April 20, reshuffled top officers for optimal performance.

He redeployed 48 comptrollers of the Nigeria Customs Service, a statement from the Public Relations Officer of Customs, Mr. Joseph Attah said.

Attah said the redeployment is in line with the ongoing reforms in the service, adding that it would also assist to check smuggling and block revenue leakages in the country.

The statement gave the identities of some of those affected as M. J. Madugu, who was redeployed from Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara to the Ogun Command; E. A. Udo-aka, who was moved from Investigation to Oyo/Osun Command; and K. Isiyaku, who was redeployed from Tariff and Trade to Port Harcourt 1, among others.

“In a major re-jigging of the service for effective and efficient service delivery the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), has approved the redeployment of 48 comptrollers of Customs,” the statement read in part.

It also noted that Ali’s compliance team has been disbanded and a new team reconstituted.

The new compliance team is said to have been divided into three teams for the western axis, northern axis and eastern axis.

The statement added that the teams are to complement the Federal Operations Units in order to vigorously crack down on all forms of smuggling activities nationwide, with particular focus on the enforcement of non-importation of rice and vehicles through the land borders.

“The new CGC’s compliance team will be co-ordinated by Comptroller Azarema A. A., who before now has been the comptroller, license and permit, at the NCS headquarters.

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“While effecting these changes, the CGC expressed his determination to strategically reposition the service as a crucial contributor to the success story of the nation,” the statement said.

Stressing the need to stop revenue leakages, Ali was quoted as saying, “revenue leakages must be blocked; the nation needs all collectable revenue.”

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