By Ifeyinwa Obi
The Nigerian Custom Service Management has approved the promotion ofÂ 1,297 junior personnel of the rank and file. A statement by the deputy public relation officer,Â Joseph Attah stated that the promotion which was based on performance during examination, qualification and availability of vacancies in line with the Federal Character, comprised general duty officers and the support staff category.
A break down of the officers who benefited from the promotion showed thatÂ 647 Assistant Inspector of Customs (AIC) were promoted to Inspector of Customs (IC), 475 Senior Customs Assistant to Chief Customs Assistant while 20 enjoyed lateral transfer as 9 were up-graded based on acquisition of additional qualifications amongst others.
Advising the newly promoted officers the Comptroller-General (CG), AlhajiÂ Dikko Inde Abdullahi, charged all the beneficiaries to see it as a call to rededicate themselves to the service of fatherland.
â€œThe Customs of our dream can only be built by Customs Officers, as all Officers should see themselves as critical contributors to an economically vibrant and secured Nigeria and relentlessly work towards it,â€Abdullahi added.
Meanwhile approval for the promotion of outstanding Officers in the Superintendent Cadre is before the Nigeria Customs Service Board for ratification.