*South East loses out
ABUJA—THE Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, is expected to approve promotions in the category of deputy comptrollers general, DIG, assistant comptrollers general, ACG, comptrollers and other cadres this week.
Vanguard gathered that the customs authorities had submitted names of officers for promotion to the ranks of DCG, ACG and comptroller, which will be considered by the board in a meeting scheduled in Abuja.
All the zones except the South East and South West, currently have at least one DCG, while North West has two. The distribution of DCGs and ACGs among the six geopolitical zones is as follows: DCG Makarfi, ACG Mera, ACG Sulieman, ACG Mohammed, and ACG Liman (North West). DCG Jatua, ACG Mohammed, ACG Tahir, and ACG Iya Umah are from North East, while DCG Saka, ACG Aliu, and ACG Dan Ugo are from North Central.
From the South West are: ACG Adewuyi, ACG Banke, and ACG Dosumu, while DCG Atte, ACG Gbemudu, ACG Wanikoro, and ACG Iferi are from South South. The South East has ACG Nwosu, ACG Okafor and ACG Okoli.
It was gathered that in the list for promotion submitted by the customs authorities to the board, South East was also excluded from the DCG cadre, while South West is tipped to get one DCG. Sources revealed that one of the DCGs from North West is billed to retire in April.
Competent sources said the customs board had rejected the recommendation for promotion to DCG and ACG last year, when it was discovered that not all zones got a fair share. The board, it was gathered, had asked for another list, demanding balance, especially as all geo-political zones are supposed to have at least one DCG.