President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Abdullahi Inde Dikko, who is expected to hand over the management of the service to one of the Deputy Comptrollers General, DCGs, until a substantive boss is announced by the Federal Government. The President’s approval which he signed was dated August 14. The Customs boss is expected to proceed on voluntary retirement from today. The President, in his letter entitled “Voluntary retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service,” thanked the NCS boss for his services to the county in the last six years. Deputy Comptrollers General, DCGs, until a substantive boss is announced by the Federal Government.
Buhari’s letter read in part: “Dear, Alhaji D.I. Abdullahi. I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter Ref. No. NCS/ADM/HQ/P. 35802 of August 3, 2015 conveying your decision to voluntarily retire from the Nigeria Customs Service with effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2015. “I note with appreciation your services to this nation, especially as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service in the last six years. Accordingly, I hereby approve your voluntary retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service with effect from August 18, 2015. I wish you the very best in your future endeavours.”
Abdullahi had, in his letter to the President, thanked him for the confidence and trust reposed on him since he (Buhari) was inaugurated on May 29. He said by August 18, he would be six years in office as the Comptroller-General of the NCS. He recalled that on assumption of office, he articulated and vigorously pursued a six-point agenda which include capacity building, introduction of e-Customs, enhancing productivity through improved welfare package, moral rebirth for discipline and integrity in service, collaboration and partnering with stakeholders and international organisations, as well as fostering understanding of the service in the eye of the public using an intensified and a well-coordinated public relations platform.
He said the agenda had positively impacted on the efficiency and performance of officers of the service and had drastically changed the negative perception of the service. The NCS boss said under his watch, the revenue collection into various coffers of government increased drastically. He said the Service’s average monthly collection in 2009 when he took over was about N29billion, adding that the average monthly collection is currently between N90billion and N100billion. He hinged his decision to embark on voluntary resignation on the need to allow the younger ones to take over the mantle of leadership of the Service in order to sustain and improve on his legacy.