June 22, 2009

Task Force vows to reposition Customs

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — The Presidential Task Force on Nigeria Customs Service Reform has assured the nation of its resolved to reposition the Service in line with the Vision 2020 dreams.

Deputy Chairman of the Task Force, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Mustapha, told newsmen in Kano that the workings of the services would be computerised to deemphasized human contact in line with the global practices.

“We are all out to fulfill the presidential mandate, and I assure you that we are going to reposition the Customs Services to complement the dream of Vision 2020, and the implementation of the 7-Point Agenda,” Mustapha said.

Alhaji Mustapha who led other members of the Task Force to Kano yesterday as part of its nationwide inspection of Customs formation in Kano Zone that comprises Jigawa and Katsina explained that the visit would expose them to reality on ground for desired actions.

The Presidential Task Force approved by President Umaru Yar’Adua has the mandate to crystilise major reorganisation and transformation of the Nigeria Customs Service into a modern institution capable of enhancing revenue generation, facilitating trade, curbing smuggling, all of which are critical to Nigeria’s Vision 2020, and the implementation of the 7-Point Agenda.

While in Kano, the task force visited the NAHCo warehouse, the Customs Training College, the export processing zone and were confronted with the dilapidating structure and ongoing projects at the affected sites.