10 August 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — To rejig the operations of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, tackle smuggling; boost revenue collection and trade facilitation, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), has approved the redeployment of 70 Comptrollers of Customs.
Among those redeployed are Comptroller Abubakar Bashir who moves from Port Harcourt II, Onne seaport to Apapa seaport, while Comptroller Sa’idu Galadima moves from Information Communication Technology to Port Harcourt Area II, Onne seaport.
Others redeployed are Comptroller Musa Jibrin from Apapa seaport to Human Resources Development; Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu of Seme Command swapped positions with Comptroller Mohammed Garba of Federal Operations Unit Zone A, etc.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, said redeployment is with immediate effect.
Ali charged all the redeployed officers to bring their experiences to bear in their new postings by fighting smugglers to a standstill and collecting every collectible revenue.
“Federal Government policies on agriculture, economy, and security can only be successful with a strong, determined and patriotic Customs Service.
“In the face of challenging security situation and increasing inclination to non-oil revenue drive, the service must step up to be counted as a necessary safety valve for national growth,” the statement quoted the Customs boss.