Why the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have not recruited personnel since 2004

Why the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have not recruited personnel since 2004

The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Ahmadu Ali (retd), on Thursday explained to the Senate why the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have not recruited personnel since 2004.

The Customs boss, who was responding to a plethora of questions from members of the committee on the subject said, “As for recruitment, I want to say that It is only the President that can decide. It is not within our purview to do that. If we take the issue to the President, he will ask if we have enough resources to pay the people we are recruiting.

“We must convince him that we have the funds to pay them. The committee must know that Customs has had 17 years without recruitment,” he said.

Why the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have not recruited personnel since 2004
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

He also told the committee that of the N13 billion budget made available to the Customs from 2018-2020, only about N17 million was utilised, provoking an outrage from the lawmakers.

The CG, also denied that the agency was involved in budget manipulations, insisting that some budget provisions regarding purchases of vehicles and other capital projects were rolled over to other years because the projects attached to them were either delayed or not approved by the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP.

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