In line with the directive of the national leadership of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for its officers across the country to declare their asset, the officers of the command outstations in Kwara state have began implementation of the directive, National Pilot can report.
Kwara Outstation is under Minna Command and comprises of Kogi, Kwara and Niger states.
In a telephone chat with National Pilot on Wednesday night, the command Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state, George Onuoma confirmed that substantial part of the officers have began to comply with the order.
The directive is in line with public servants rules and regulations and a circular had already been issued to that effect.
According to him, 70 percent of the officers have already filled the form since Friday when the directive was received in the state.
In line with the directive, the officers have started complying with the custom boss directive and i can tell you that over seventy percent have already filled the form for onward submission to Minna in Niger State which is our controlling centre.
“We got the directive on Friday from our national body”, he added.
Meanwhile, the national Public Relations Officer of NCS, Wale Adeniyi had stated that all officers are to make full disclosure of their assets in a new measure put in place to push transparency and compliance with the rule of law.
According to him, “The directive on Assets Declaration is contained in a Circular, signed by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and addressed to all Deputy Comptrollers-General, Zonal Coordinators and Customs Area Controllers. All Officers are to comply with the directive within 14 days,” the statement reads in part.
The statement further said the directive on assets declaration is in compliance with the bank employees’ declaration of assets Act Cap B1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
“Specifically, section 12 (1) states that “The provision of this Act shall apply to the Comptroller-General, Deputy Comptroller-General, Assistant Comptroller-General, Chief Collector, Principal Collector and other Officer, Staff or employee of the Nigeria Customs Service as the apply to a Chief Executive or an employee of a Bank”.
The statement added that the comptroller-general observed that many officers have not complied with the provisions of the act over the years, stating that the 14-day ultimatum for compliance will be strictly enforced.