The Nigeria Customs Service has set a revenue target of N1.5 trillion for the 2018 fiscal year even as the management restated its determination to continually improve the human and other resources’ capacities for enhance operational efficiency in the years ahead
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd), gave these hints at the first management meeting for this year held in Abuja.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Service, Joseph Attah, on the outcome of the meeting, indicated that total revenue collections by the Service last year totalled N1.37 trillion, indicating N770.57 billion higher than the budgetary target for the year.
Attah disclosed that discussions at the meeting also covered the promotion of officers, the list of which would soon be approved by the board as well as the review of salaries and payment of bonus to men and officers.
According to him, 577 officers were retired through a circular titled ‘Circular No/HRD/2017/003-List of Officers/Men for Statutory Retirement in Year 2018’ and signed by the Comptroller Establishments, M.S.J Sulaiman.
He clarified further: “The officers included a Deputy Comptroller General, an Assistant Comptroller General, 11 Comptrollers, 27 Deputy Comptrollers, 27 Assistant Comptrollers and 23 Chief Superintendents of Customs.
It would be recalled that in a statement issued some weeks ago Attah said that the Service carried out promotion and redeployment of some officers.
“Among those promoted in acting capacity were Isa Talatu Mairo to Deputy Comptroller-General Tariff and Trade; Amajam Bukar, Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone C, elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection and David Elisha Chikan as ACG (Human Resources and Development),’’ Attah added.
He listed other rank and file listed on the retirement notice to include, five Chief Inspectors of Customs Terminal (CIC T); 21 Chief Inspector of Customs (CIC); 21 Superintendents of Customs (SC) and 36 Deputy Chief Inspectors of Customs (DCIC)
Others are 23 Deputy Comptrollers (DCs); 121 Assistant Chief Inspectors of Customs (ACIC); four ACIC1; 131 Deputy Inspectors of Customs (DIC) and one Assistant Superintendent of Customs 11.
The spokesperson of the Service stated that the CGC charged the promoted officers to see their promotion as opportunities to contribute their best towards consolidating the gains of the ongoing reforms in the service.