Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde has voluntarily stepped down today from the office, (effective Tuesday, 18th August) after six years in the saddle.
This follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s acceptance of Dikko’s decision to retire voluntarily.
The President, who is expected to name a successor immediately, also expressed appreciation for Dikko’s services to the country, while wishing him “the very best” in his future endeavours.
A letter from the President tagged: “Voluntary Retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service”, indicating acceptance of Dikko’s voluntary retirement reads in part: “I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter Ref. No. NCS/ADM/HQ/P. 35802 of 3rdAugust, 2015, conveying your decision to voluntarily retire from the Nigeria Customs Service with effect from Tuesday, 18THAugust, 2015. I note with appreciation your services to this nation, especially as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service in the last six (6) years.
“Accordingly, I hereby approve your voluntary retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service with effect from 18th August 2015.
“I wish you the very best in your future endeavours”.
The CGS is drawing the curtain on a 27-year career with the commissioning today of an ultra-modern hospital built to provide basic and comprehensive medical care for men and officials of Customs and their family. It is located at Karu, near Abuja.
Abdullahi, who enlisted in 1988 as a superintendent, rose rapidly through the ranks, becoming an assistant comptroller-general within a few years and the Comptroller-General on August 9, 2009.
His disengagement draws the curtain on an exciting career which saw him serving at Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Imo Command, Kaduna Command, Investigation and Inspection, Headquarters, Abuja, Badagry Area Command and Seme Border.
He distinguished himself as the ACG, headquarters, a feat which earned him the top position ahead of his peers.
Feelers from Aso Villa last night indicated that President Buhari, who personally signed Abdullahi’s letter of retirement, may re-assign him in consideration of his sterling performance as Custom’s boss in the last six years.
“Despite the high-wire politics surrounding that seat, his record of performance, especially on revenue generation, has endeared the man to the President,” a source in government circle said last night.
Besides taking the revenue of Customs from a monthly average of N30 billion to about N100 billion, Abdullahi is also credited for modernising the Customs service through far-reaching reforms he introduced in his six-point agenda upon assumption of office.
At the Abuja headquarters of the Customs, officers were seen yesterday discussing his departure in hushed tones even as some agreed that their boss is leaving with an impeccable record.
“I think the man has decided to bow out when the ovation is still very loud,” a lady assistant comptroller-general was overheard discussing with two other officers.
“He certainly made a success of his mandate, especially in improving staff welfare and giving the service some clout on the international scale,” another officer quipped.

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