The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Board yesterday approved the promotion of 1,729 officers and men of the Service.
A breakdown of the figure shows that a total of 587 Senior officers of the Superintendent cadre, 743 of the Inspectorate cadre and 258 from the supporting units of the Service were approved for promotion to the various next ranks; same for 141 junior men from the ranks of Customs Assistants to Inspectors of Customs.
Among those promoted are Comptroller Olanrewaju Taju of SR&P, Comptroller Olawuwo Julius of the NCS Board, the Service Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi, and his deputy, Joseph Attah who were promoted from the ranks of Assistant Comptroller to Deputy Comptroller and Chief Superintendent to Assistant Comptroller, respectively, as well as the Comptroller General’s Special Assistant (SA) Abdulmumuni Bako who was promoted from CSC to AC among others.
Decorating the newly promoted Comptrollers at the Service headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, Comptroller-General of Customs Dikko Inde Abdullahi, charged the affected officers to see their promotion as a call to higher responsibilities.
While expressing satisfaction on the growth of revenue from a monthly N30billion collection in 2009 to over N90billion monthly in 2012, Dikko said that the new ranks had brought some fresh hands into some offices to contribute to the ongoing transformation of the Service.
“You must prove yourself worthy of this trust, the present Customs Service has no place for those who see higher position as opportunity for selfish interest,’’ Dikko admonished the officers.
Responding on behalf of the newly promoted Comptrollers, Comptroller Ade Dosumu, thanked the board and management of the Service for the confidence reposed in them and promising that the officers would work harder to justify their elevation.
While stating that the privilege of promotion cannot be toyed with, he assured the CGC of their determination to contribute towards the achievement of the Service 6-point Agenda with a renewed vigour.