Customs Officials Jittery Over Assets Declaration Deadline

Following last weekend’s directive by the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Hammed Alli that all senior officers should declare their assets within the next 14 days indications have emerged that palpable fear has gripped the affected senior officers.

The circular signed by the Comptroller-General and addressed to all Deputy Comptrollers-General (DCGs), Customs Area Controllers (CACs), Zonal Coordinators directing the officers to declare their asset was aimed at ensuring transparency and compliance with the rule of law.

 An officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that, the asset declaration exercise might be aimed at getting at officers who are perceived to have amassed wealth illegally but equally expressed apprehension that the exercise might be a futile one as smart officers won’t declare more than what their salaries could afford.

According to the CG, the assets’ declaration directive was in compliance with “the Bank Employees Declaration of Assets Act Cap B1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”, ?the circular said 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.

Credit: DailyTimes

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