By Frontline Reporters
Kanwan Katsina 111 and District Head of Ketare District, Alhaji Usman Bello kankara ‘mni’ has described the passing away of the former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Late Abdullahi Inde Dikko as a great loss to Katsina State and the country at large.
Alhaji Bello stated this recently when he led a delegation of village heads and other traditional title holders on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased in Katsina.
Alhaji Bello who received with rude shock the news of the passing away of Abdullahi Dikko, disclosed that the ex-Customs Comptroller General, was his former boss whom he worked with for a period spanning over thirty years.
The Ketare District Royal Majesty credited Dikko for modernising the Customs Service through far-reaching reforms he introduced in his six-point agenda upon assumption of office, adding that the Late former Comptroller General warmed himself to the heart of many with his six-point agenda, which led to the radical renovation of customs quarters coupled with the provision of improved medical facilities.
Alhaji Usman Bello recalled that the Late Dikko as Customs’ boss, recorded tremendous achievements in training and retraining of staff of the service, while also enhancing the welfare of his staff.
The Kanwan Katsina who was received by the brother of the deceased and Sarkin Musawan Katsina, Alhaji Sagir Bature, and other family members, extolled the outstanding efforts of the late former Customs Comptroller in the areas of Capacity building, Introduction of e-Customs, Enhancing productivity through improved welfare package and moral rebirth for discipline and integrity in service.
Also, paying a glowing tribute to Dikko, Alhaji Bello said that the deceased was able to collaborate and partner with stakeholders and international organizations, as well as successfully fostering understanding of the service before the public, using an intensified and a well-coordinated public relations platform.
Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara ‘mni’
According to him, before Dikko was appointed Customs CG, Customs barracks was a sorry sight where there was no order. But Dikko was able to clean up the mess and restored orderliness and respect for members of the service.
The traditional ruler who also served in Customs as Comptroller alongside the deceased, noted that apart from modernizing Customs’ headquarters, Dikko built Customs’ Training College in Gwagwalada which remains second to none in West/Central Africa sub- region, and went ahead and increased the agency’s revenue generation from N29 billion in 2009 to N100 billion.
He fervently prayed for the repose of the soul of Abdullahi Dikko and asked Allah to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.