Yesterday, September 11, 2015, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hammed Ali (Rtd), had his maiden meeting with officers at Customs Headquarters in Abuja. Contained in his address are some ideas he says would form “the principle and platform for a smooth take off ” of his administration. Read on…!

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Good morning Officers and Men.

Since I took over yesterday, I have been receiving briefing notes to enhance my understanding of the Nigeria Customs Service. I have articulated some ideas to start with, and I have found it necessary to share these ideas with you. These ideas shall be the guiding principle and platform for a smooth takeoff.

2. First and foremost, it is important that we know where we are going. We can start by ensuring that we pick up the mantle of Mr. President’s policy thrust. Therefore, in conjunction with you, moving with you and fighting with you, we will fight corruption and restore discipline through attitudinal orientation for effective service delivery.

3. We will optimally achieve the core statutory functions of the service, of revenue collection, trade compliance, and facilitation, anti-smuggling activities, national security amongst others, based on the service motto of “Honesty and Justice”.

4. We will commensurately further enhance the welfare of Officers and men for maximum service delivery.

5. We will ensure the strict application of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP-C45 Laws of Federation of Nigeria (LFN) as amended 2004, Customs codes, Extant Laws and Federal government’s circulars in all customs operations, through training and re-training of officers and men on how to apply them in their day to day operations.

6. We will address all anomalies manifest in recruitment, training, posting and promotion of officers and men of the service.

7. All Customs Officers and Men shall adhere strictly to the customs clearance, guidelines and procedures.

8. All Customs Area Controllers, Head of Units and Department shall be held accountable for all established infractions to do with false declaration, deliberate misapplication of the tariff, undervaluation and concealment.

9. All Customs Area Controllers, Heads of Units and Departments shall now send a weekly report on all proven cases of false declarations, deliberate misapplication of tariff, undervaluation, concealment and seizures with full compliments of action taken to the office of the Comptroller-General.

10. The extant procedures of disposal of seizures and overtime cargoes would be comprehensively reviewed to address the current abuse. A public statement shall be issue as soon as the review exercise is complete.

11. The Legal and Investigation Units of the Service shall be overhauled and strengthened to meet the maximum demands of the emerging challenges.

12. The welfare of Officers and Men shall remain uppermost in my mind, in the same manner; officers with corrupt tendencies shall not be tolerated.

13. The Customs training colleges in Lagos and Kano and the Academy in Abuja shall be further upgraded to meet the current demand.

14. The trading public including Importers, Excise traders, Exporters and Agents are expected to comply strictly with the extant Laws, rules and regulations.

15. The Service shall work hand in hand with other critical Agencies including but not limited to the Army, Navy, Air force, Central Bank of Nigeria, DSS, EFCC, ICPC, Immigration, FAAN, NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON, Ports Security, Plant/Animal Quarantine, and NESREA.

16. The Service shall also strengthen its existing relationship with commercial Banks, Terminal Operators, Shipping line, Shipping Agents and various registered and recognized clearing Associations and all the maritime correspondents of the press at our areas of operation.

17. The Service commitment to International Organizations such as ECOWAS, World Customs Organizations (WCO), World Trade Organizations (WTO) and other International Agencies under the United Nations shall continue to be respected and strengthened.

18. The office of the Comptroller-General is open 24/7 to the legitimate complaint from members of the trading public in the spirit of optimizing quality service delivery.

19. However, I must stress this for emphasis. I will not tolerate indiscipline. I will not tolerate corruption. I have zero tolerance for corruption. Considering my military background, I believe punishment must be punitive for others to see as deterrent. Therefore, as an officer of the Nigeria Customs service, if you are caught involved in corruption, I am not only going to dismiss you, I will make sure I prosecute you and jail you. That is basic.

20. Thank You

Posted on : September 12, 2015


  1. Sir Chike Ngige

    Well, the new Nigeria Customs helmsman’s maiden address was succinct, and very clear. If he can, in the shortest possible time, acquaint himself with the administrative dynamics of the Customs Service that has gone deeply technical over the years. It behoves on serving officers to brace up for the challenges ahead, given an outright stranger to the Service, ad its Head.

  2. Ovien Alaba Imonitie

    This is welcome development by Mr.PMB, by moving alongside with his promise of sanitising the entire work force of the economic and the civil service corp. by the introduction of an Administration of Rt. Col Hameed as the Comptroller General of Custom, this could be the starting point of correction of the act of corruption in the sectorial. Nigeria belong to all of us in regardless of your ethnic and background, practise and principle, let’s come together to support the course of this administration and put our differences behind us to fight against this dare devil called CORRUPTION. You are welcome sir and may God give you the strength and Wisdom to lead us through. Thanks Ovien Alaba Esq (Custom Broker)

  3. Okonkwo Sunday R

    It will be a daunting task for the broom that lives under the carpet to sweep out its neighbors,its like going to equity with hands that needs washing. So the choice of a “stranger” to give the NCS a good sweep is a nice move.What the Nigeria Customs Service and indeed all Nigerians and the entire government structure needs now is fresh orientation,not just trap-setting and threats.As long as the new Col. Hameed Ali(Rtd) does not surround himself with the rotten-eggs of the service,he definitely will succeed in this daunting task of his.Goodluck sir.Sunday Okonkwo ( Chapter Chairman Nagaff, AIIA,Enugu)


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