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Nigeria Customs Service gives officers 14 days to declare assets

Valentine Chinyem

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Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has directed all its officers and men to make full disclosure of their assets within 14 days.

This is in a bid to push for transparency and compliance with the rule of law.

In a statement issued by Wale Adeniyi, NCS spokesman, on Friday said the directive on assets declaration was contained in a circular signed by Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of customs, and addressed to all deputy comptrollers-general, zonal coordinators and customs area controllers.

“All Officers are to comply with the directive within 14 days,” it said.

“According to the circular, 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. Although the Act provides for asset declaration by all bank employees, it also empowers the president to extend its application to other categories of persons.

“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 they apply to a chief executive or an employee of a bank.’

“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.”