The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Alh. Abdullahi Dikko has purchased 120 units of 3-bedroom duplexes, with boys quarters for senior staff of the organization in what he described as the demonstration of his commitment to staff welfare which remains one of his administration’s priorities.
Speaking in Abuja after the inspection of several projects of the NCS in the Federal capital Territory, the C-G said his policy of improved staff welfare was based on the understanding that a well-motivated workforce was a guarantee for higher outputs.He said that “in line with the pro-active posture of the present management of Nigeria Customs Service, all the capital projects of the service for 2010 have been awarded and they are progressing comfortably”.Altogether, 92 capital projects have been awarded in the 2010 fiscal year to shore up infrastructure development of the service nationwide.
The Command and staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja which was one project that was very dear to the C-G who resolved the law suit that stalled its construction for about five years.
Already, the road network of the college has reached advanced stage following the constructions of virually all necessary facilities such as lecture halls, the administration blocks, hostels, staff quarters and visiting guest lecturers’ chalets have all been completed.Besides, the top management quarters at Wuse II, Abuja, as well as the senior staff quarters at the Utako area of the capital city were also being renovated.
The C-G added that officers and men of the service were being provided the opportunity to own their own personal houses through the Federal Mortgage Scheme which facilitates housing loan facilities .He said that the administration has been liaising with the Federal Mortgage Bank to actualize this policy in favour of officers to utilize their contributions to the National Housing Fund with which they could purchase houses from private developers.
“This will assist officers to acquire homes under this proposal so that at retirement, they will not be thinking of where and how to build a house of their own”, he said.
Alh. Dikko who was appointed C-G by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on August 18, 2009, had articulated a six-point agenda of action, with staff welfare topping the list a view to refocusing the service to achieve its mandate.
In about one year, Alh. Dikko has promoted about 46 deputy comptrollers to the rank of comptrollers. Effectively concluded the posting of 1,399 senior officers and 4,912 junior offices, to the various area commands, units, zonal offices and headquarters of the service.