Wednesday, 2 December 2015

NCS Boss Issues Another Stern Warning To Corrupt Officers

Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has issued another stern warning to any official caught in corrupt practices.

The customs boss who addressed officials of the service in Calabar, on Tuesday, December 1, told officers to abstain from any form of corrupt practices as anyone caught would be dismissed and sent to jail.

Speaking on the need to be of good behavior and display professionalism when executing tasks, Ali said his administration has zero tolerance for corruption, and stressed the need for officials to ignore corrupt practices.

“I want to make it clear to all of you that I have zero tolerance for indiscipline and corruption. I will dismiss and jail any officer found guilty.

“Indiscipline will no longer have a place in the Nigeria Customs Service. We must have officers and men with impeccable characters to promote the image of the service.

“Anyone caught falsifying any document or compromising with fake imported goods will also be dismissed and jailed.

“We have resolved that anyone caught in an unprofessional conduct, no matter the circumstances, will be dismissed and jailed for the offence,” Ali said.

The NCS boss further explained that the dismissal and imprisonment of any corrupt official will serve as a deterrent to others, which would go a long way in reforming the service.

“I am determined to undertake reforms and reconstruct the service to collect more revenue into the coffers of the Federal Government.

“We have been seen as the most indisciplined paramilitary organization because we have refused to obey the laws that govern us.

“Paramilitary is all about discipline and we must operate on that basis. We must also work in line with the law establishing the service,” he said.

Ali further assured the officers that there would be reward for hard working officers, adding that the improved arrangements for the welfare of the officials were already ongoing including appropriate accommodation.

“We are aware of the challenges of accommodation in your command. We will try our best to provide a better accommodation for you all,” he said.

The comptroller-general of Nigeria Custom Service who is becoming renowned for his zero tolerance for corruption recently called for death sentence for any customs officer that is caught indulging in corrupt practices.