The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) has directed all Customs Area Controller (CAC) to achieve the 2017 revenue target of N1,100, 000,000,000 in few months.
The CGC gave this directive during a strategy meeting with the CACs where he said Area Comptrollers must either “shape in or ship out” as there is no place for complacency in a Service that plays the crucial roles of revenue collection and border security.
Joseph Attah, Customs spokesman, in a statement noted that harping on knowledge based service delivery, Ali declared 2017 as a year of training and re-training.
Ali stressed that, “ignorance will not be excuse for any officer as there will be refresher courses for officers in batches this year.”
The strategy meeting which provided another opportunity for management members and the CACs to share experiences and map out strategies for optimum performances resolved as follows:
“Customs Area Controllers to step up supervisory role on their subordinates; Ensure tighter border security; Block revenue leakages.
Others are “punishing erring officers and promptly reward hard work; robust stakeholder engagement for mutual understanding”.
The meeting on the heels of recent seizures of 661 pump action rifles, underscored the need for the Service to resharpen operational strategies for higher productivity.