By Godwin Oritse

THE recent retirement and promotion of men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service  may be causing some rancour in the rank and file of the Service.

It will be recalled that the board of the Customs Service met last week to approve the proposed promotion and retirement of some officers.

It was however gathered that some of the affected officers who were retired were not due nd the action of the Customs management has pitched some officers from a particular geographical zone against officers from other zones.

Commenting on the development, Customs Public Relations Officer, Adewale Adeniyi told Vanguard that the board was yet to release the list to them adding that he cannot comment on what he is not sure of.

He explained that the board met last week and that the meeting was inclusive .

His words “the board met last week but did not conclude their meeting and they met yesterday(Monday) again until late into the evening  and today is a public holiday so I cannot speculate on the issue because I do not have the details”.

Vanguard gathered that the Assistant Comptroller General in charge of Headquarters Musa Tahir has been promoted to Deputy Comptroller General, while Mr. Austin Ayepayefa Warikoru who until  the promotion was a Comptroller, is now an Assistant Comptroller General.

The NCS is expected to approve promotions in the category of Deputy Comptrollers General, DCG, 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 the 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.

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