ONigeria Customs Service (NCS) officers will now be assessed for promotions and career progression based on their performance in internal courses conducted by the Service, NCS Comptroller General Col. Hameed Ali said.
Ali, who made the statement over the weekend at the Senior Course 6 graduation ceremony at the Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, also accused the officers and availing himself of any capacity building program, especially now that the service is about to being the digital establishment, with the signing a few weeks ago of the $3.1 customs modernization contract.
“When it comes to modernization, we are making steady progress and elevating ourselves to global best practices. We recently signed the customs modernization project.
“Within three years maximum, everything will be dematerialized at customs. You must have computer knowledge. We give you the ability to upgrade and do business, communicate and interact with those buttons without which you have no place here,” he said
Earlier in her address, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, who is also the Chairperson of the Customs Board, Ms. Zainab Ahmed, represented by the Permanent Secretary for Finance, Mr. Aliyu Ahmed, urged the leadership of the Customs to expand College facilities to accommodate more staff.
She also tasked senior officers to deploy the expertise they have gained in improving the Agency’s revenue collection mandate.