Gen. Akol Ayii Madut (in police uniform) the new Director-General for Customs Service (photo by Bullen Bala):
By Bullen Bala Alexander
The new Director-General of South Sudan Customs Service has vowed to fight corruption in the revenue collecting body.
Speaking during his welcoming ceremony at the Customs Headquarter in Juba, on Monday, Major. Gen. Akol Ayii Madut, the newly appointed director said he has been appointed by the President to fight corruption and improve services delivery for the benefit of all South Sudanese.
“To fight corruption, it will not be me alone but everyone who is going to work with me and it needs our collective efforts to make Customs achieve its goals,” he said.
Gen. Ayii urged his colleagues to try their best to collect every single Pound into the central bank of South Sudan, so that the country does not only rely on oil revenues alone.
“I will be a friend to someone who will be with me in fighting corruption and I will be an enemy to someone who is contrary to fighting corruption,” Gen. Ayii added.
He also reiterated his commitment to cooperate with other organized forces to make sure that there was no illegal collection of taxes at illegal road blocks at the borders and within South Sudan so that unnecessary high prices of commodities levied on final consumers is minimized.
Gen. Ayii assured his colleagues that he is not going to remove anybody who worked with the former Director General of Custom Services, saying what he needed is working together as a team for the betterment of our country’s welfare as well as our economic improvement.”
Meanwhile Erjok Bullen, the Deputy Commissioner General for National Revenue Authority said Custom Service was under the Ministry of Finance and Planning, but now with the new system of Revenue Authority, it is going to be under the National Revenue Authority.
He urged the public to be patient as things were going to be put in place. He acknowledged that it is going to be difficult to collect revenue but with the help of the people of South Sudan, it will be possible to collect revenue for the benefit of the country.
“At first it is hard for one to understand the system used to collect the revenue from the public because sometimes you may see the Ministry of Interior collects its own, Juba City Council collects its own, Custom Services collects its own, Revenue Authority does the same but today I assure the public that with the new system in place we are going to work hard so that those issues will be tackled,” Bullen added.