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THERE is palpable confusion at the
Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) over the service asset declaration forms one
year after the Federal Government asked all agencies officials to declare their

It would be recalled that the Code
of Conduct Bureau (CCB), while responding to enquiries by a maritime firm over
the issue, revealed that only 1,191 asset declaration forms were received from
the Customs headquarters despite administering 1,598 forms to Customs officials

Speaking to Urban Express Online ,
a Customs Broker who declined not to have his name in print wondered why 387
Customs officers are yet to declare their asset.

According to him, “It is worrisome
that such reports are out that almost 400 Customs officers are yet to declare
their assets. Under this no nonsense administration, I was not expecting to be
reading about such.

“After all, we now have a
Comptroller General of Customs who goes about looking for corrupt agents. Maybe
he should look inwards with this report of some of his men refusing to declare
their assets.

“With series of retirement and
dismissal having happened at the Customs headquarters, how do we know if some
officers who had left declared their assets before they were asked to leave?”

When contacted, the NCS national
Spokesman, Joseph Attah, told Urban Express Online  that reports of some Customs officers not
declaring their assets is not true as some of them had earlier declared their
assets prior to the declaration by the CG earlier last year.

In his words, “When the directive
came that all Customs officers should go and declare their assets, it was not
as if everybody had not declared as at that time. There would have been people
who would have declared a year earlier. Some officers might have declared
months before that time.

“For those people who had earlier
declared, they are not obliged to declare again. The directive was for those
who are yet to declare their assets. It was for those sets of people to comply
with the law.”

When reminded that the CCB said
that out of 1,598 assets declaration forms administered at the Customs
headquarters, only 1191 were returned, the Customs Image Maker replied that,
“Asset declaration is between the person who is declaring his or her assets and
the CCB. It’s not as if officers submit their forms to the Customs headquarters
after filling it. They forward it straight to the CCB.”

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