The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hameed Ali, says he wants to be remembered for putting the NCS on “a pedestal of fast development’’.
Ali made the announcement when he featured as guest on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja on Sunday.
He said he was working hard to put the NCS on a training pedestal where the capacities of officers and men would be well harnessed.
The customs chief said that his dream and passion were to make the customs technology-based, where every process would be done electronically.
“I want to leave customs on pedestal of training and enabling equipment. We need technology, we need modern technology for today and tomorrow.
“That is why we pushed and got approval for e-customs. E-customs is key to the survival and progress of the service.
“By the time we deploy e-customs, it will be an end-to-end automation, which means that from that moment even on the table of every customs officer, you won’t find a paper, everything will be electronic-based; that is our hope.
“In a nutshell, I want to be remembered as somebody who has gone into customs and did his best to improve and increase the progress of the service.
“Most especially, that I have been able to put customs on a pedestal of fast development in tandem with global best practices.”