The Nigeria Customs Service has appointed five new Deputy Comptrollers General DCGs. and seven  Assistant Comptrollers General ACGs, in acting capacity in what stakeholders described as a major shake-up in the management of the service.

Comptroller General of the service, Col.Hameed Ali Rtd., said that the shake-up, which also saw the redeployment of eight officers of the rank of Comptroller was to fill existing vacuum and also inject fresh blood into the management team.

A statement by the National Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, said that the Comptroller-General has also approved the reconstitution of the management team of the service, which led to the appointment of four new DCGs and seven ACGs in an acting capacity.

This follows the statutory retirement of some members of the management team about three months ago.

This shake-up is in line with efforts to re-engineer the management of the service to cope with future challenges.

The statement reads in part: “Following the statutory retirement of some members of the management team, within the last three months, the management of the Nigeria Customs Service has been reconstituted with the appointment of four  acting Deputy Comptroller-Generals and seven acting Assistant Comptroller-Generals”.

“While re-constituting the new team, the Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali Rtd has also approved slight redeployment of eight Comptrollers to re-engineer the management of the service for efficient service delivery”.

The newly appointed DCGs are former ACG Alu Sule Robert, who was ACG in charge of Tariff and Trade, now becomes. DCG, Tariff and Trade  while former ACG in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services FATS, Mrs. Ronke Olubiti becomes DCG in charge of Human Resource Development HRD.

Similarly, former ACG in charge of Excise, Industrial and Incentives E, I & I,  Dangaladima Aminu becomes DCG E, I & I, while former ACG in charge of Strategy, Research and Planning SR & P, Mrs. Patience Ifere becomes DCG SR & P even as former ACG  Chidi Augustine formerly of Excise, Free Trade Zones and Industrial Incentives EX. FTZ & I.I  becomes acting DCG EX. FTZ & I.I.

DCG Umar Abubakar, who was formally in charge of Tariff and Trade now moves to Finance Administration and Technical Services.

Among the new ACGs are former Comptroller Hamza Ladan, former of Investment section who now becomes acting ACG FATS while former Comptroller in charge of valuation, Mr. Ekezie Kaycee becomes ACG T & T while former Comptroller in charge of the Federal Operations Unit FOU Zone A, Haruna Mahmud becomes acting  ACG in charge of  E,I & I and former Customs Area Controller in charge of Edo and Delta States, Sarki Umar, who now becomes acting. ACG EX. FTZ & I.I.

Also appointed are former CAC in charge of Ports and Terminal Multi-services PTML Command, Fatade,  A. O.B, who becomes acting ACG Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone ‘D’ even as former CAC in charge of Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi Command, Mrs. Frances Enwereuzor and former CAC, Federal Capital Territory FCT Command, Dahiru Aminu becomes acting ACG in charge of SR & P and ACG Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone ‘B’, respectively.

In the same vein, a total of eight Comptrollers of Customs were redeployed in the shake-up, among who are former CAC in charge of FOU Zone C, Mohammed UG, who moves to FOU Zone A, Lagos while Comptroller Amajama, B.A moves to FOU Zone C.

Comptroller Umar, D (Mrs.) moves to FCT as Comptroller in charge of welfare Comptroller  Dixon F.O (Mrs) formerly in charge of posting moves as CAC Edo /Delta Command even as Comptroller Aremu, A. M (Mrs.) former   CAC Lagos Industrial Command moves to PTML as CAC.

Others include Comptroller Sulaiman, M. S. J formerly in charge of establishment now becomes CAC EN/AN/EB, Comptroller Gimba, B U former Comptroller headquarters now moves to Technical Services department even as former Comptroller in charge of L & P, Comptroller Oladunmi MO, Mrs. now heads the Lagos Industrial Command as the CAC.

The CG has charged the new members of management to to bring their experiences to bear on the administration of the Service.

Ali however attributed the modest achievements of the ongoing reform agenda in the areas of revenue generation, anti-smuggling operations and trade facilitation to the support and cooperation of these officers.

He therefore insisted that these achievements must be sustained and improved upon in the interest of the nation and in line with the objective of the Federal Government in diversifying the economy.