By Godfrey Bivbere
The new Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Abdullahi Dikko, has rolled out a six point agenda for officers and men of the Service, even as he has promised an enhanced salary packaged to encourage productivity.
The six point agenda by the new Customs boss are as follows: MaximizingÂ the potentials of the Service
through capacity building; Moral rebirth for discipline and integrity in the Service, in tandem with the nationâ€™s current rebranding; Ensuring enhanced welfare package for officers and men of the Service and
Consolidating on the current e-customs through ASYCUDA for international best practices.
Other he stated are Continued collaboration and partnering withÂ stakeholders andÂ international
organizations; and Fostering mutual understanding between the Service and the general public through
coordinated public relations activities.
A press statement signed by the acting public relations officers of the Service, Joseph Attah, stated that the new helmsman who was speaking to his new management team noted that the impression the general public has of Customs is not right and charged them to work at correcting it.
According to him,Â â€œA new beginning, a fresh orientation is what is expected from us as we tackle corruption and undue harassment of the Public in the name of collection of duty.â€
â€œSmuggling has robbed this Country of much needed revenue and also robbed the Customs of its reputation. I intend to confront head on, the hydra-headed monster of smuggling, side by side with fighting to rid the Service of officers who aid smuggling.â€
He further pointed out that the â€œCustoms Service under my watch will break barriers to collection of highest possible revenue for this country. In doing this, I will not ascribe to myself monopoly of knowledge as good suggestions will be welcome from within and outside the Service. I am not averse to constructive criticisms.â€
Meanwhile, the Service has announced the re-deployment of 16 Controllers who have since reported to their new posting.