Customs allocates items to orphanages only after verification- DC Attah
.Says Committee has accurate data on the exercise
By Udeme Clement
The National Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Deputy Comptroller, DC Joseph Attah, has declared that the Committee on allocation of items to orphanages across the country acts only after verification of details, in order to ensure the exercise achieves its intended purpose.
He made this known at Seme Customs Command, when his team swiftly arrested one man and a woman, who went about collecting documents from unsuspecting managers of orphanages within Seme community, on pretence of working for the Service.
DC Attah explained that the Customs Committee has operatives who visit different orphanages to take records of the number of people in such homes, adding that the Committee has accurate data on the exercise.
This, he said, is imperative to enable the Committee ascertain how many persons are in each orphanage home and the number of items to allocate based on the records.
He pointed out, “The Committee is doing a thorough job because our operatives actually visit these homes, discretely record the number of occupants in each orphanage before we allocate items accordingly”.
On the arrest of two suspects obtaining documents under false pretence, he said, “We discovered that some unpatriotic elements who do not have human feelings in them have attempted to catch into this good gesture by the Federal Government, to further subjugate our people, especially the suffering Nigerians into more hardship.
“We caught this man and a woman going about, collecting documents from orphanages in the name of Customs, on pretence that they are working for the Service.
“We have been able to nip this issue on the bud, as we immediately arrested and detained them here at Seme Command.
“Let me state categorically here that the Service has a Committee made up of five Comptrollers, one Deputy Comptroller, who is the National PRO, a representative of the Legal Adviser and Assistant Comptroller, who is a representative of the Zone. As such, the Service is not using any intermediary and has not given any person permission to collect documents from orphanages on its behalf.
“Also, the Committee is headed by Comptroller Salihu Yakubu, who is known for integrity and competence”.
Responding to allocation of items at Seme border, he said, “We allocated 20.000 bags of rice from Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’ to orphanages within Lagos. In continuation of this exercise, the Committee has allocated 1,235 bags of rice, vegetable oil, clothings and other items to five orphanages at Seme border. The next place will be Idiroko in Ogun Command”.