ABUJA: The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd), has directed all officers and men to make full disclosure of their assets within 14 days to show transparency and compliance with the rule of law.
This was contained in a statement signed by the service Public Relations Officer, Mr Wale Adeniyi, on Friday in Abuja.
The statement said that the directive on assets declaration was contained in a circular signed by the Comptroller-General and was addressed to all Deputy Comptrollers-General, Zonal Coordinators and Customs Area Controllers.
” All officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service are to make full disclosure of their assets in a new measure put in place to push transparency and compliance with the rule of law.
“All officers are to comply with the directive within 14 days,” Statement said.
The statement said the directive was in compliance with The Bank Employees Declaration of Assets Act Cap B1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
It said that the Act provided for asset declaration by all bank employees,and empowered the President to extend its application to other categories of persons.
The statement said that Section 12 (1) stated that the provision of this Act should apply to the Comptroller-General, Deputy Comptroller-General, Assistant Comptroller-General, Chief Collector, Principal Collector and other officer, staff or employee of customs as apply to a chief executive or an employee of a bank.
The statement said that the Comptroller-General had observed that many officers had not complied with the provisions of the Act over the years, adding that the 14-day ultimatum for compliance would be strictly enforced.