The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.), has abolished the longstanding dichotomy between Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor degree (BSc) holders in employment cadre.
Ali following Presidential approval has also released the promotion of 3,487 Senior Officers to various ranks including the affected HND holders.
The Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Customs Service (NSC), Joseph Attah, in a statement on Monday, said the promotion was strictly based on merit.
“As part of the ongoing reforms in line with circular Ref: HCSF/EPO/EIR/CND/100/ST/98 of 8th September 2016 from the Head of Service of the Federation and the approval of Government since April 1992 for Nigeria Customs Service to align with the Nigeria Police Force rank structure, the CGC approved the removal of dichotomy against holders of Higher National Diploma from Bachelors’ Degree in the Service.
“He directed immediate alignment of rank structure of the service with that of NPF,” he stated.
The previous arrangement has placed the rank and promotion of the BSc holders above their HND counterparts.
According to Attah, the decision considered the cumulative scores from examination, oral interview and seniority.
“A breakdown of the promotion shows: DC-CC=17, AC-DC=27, CSC-AC=156, SC-CSC=62, DSC-SC=86, ASC1-DSC=144, ASC II-ASC I=2,522, DCIC-CIC=23, ACIC-DCIC=30, PIC-ACIC=57, SIC-PIC=56, Support Staff DC-CC=3, AC-DC=4, CSC-AC=2, SC-CSC=8, DSC-SC=8, ASCI-DSC=8, ASCII-ASCI=44, DCIC-CIC=2, ACIC-DCIC=5, PIC-ACIC=2, SIC-PIC=21, Lateral Conversion=119, Upgrading=81 bringing it to a total of 3,487 officers,” he stated.
Attah listed some of the newly promoted officers to the rank of Comptroller to include: Musa MBA, Wale Adeniyi, Angbalaga J.J, Seriki-Kebbi, MM, while the Public Relations Officers, Joseph Attah and his deputy Abubakar Dalhatu were promoted to Deputy Comptroller and Chief Superintendent respectively.
He said that during a symbolic decoration at the Customs HQ, Abuja, the CGC charged the officers to see their promotion as a call to higher duty.
The Customs’ Spokesperson, said the officers in the Inspectorate cadre on Salary Grade level 08 and above are to align with the appropriate rank in the Superintendent Cadre.
Responding on behalf of the newly decorated officers, Comptroller Olusemire Kayode thanked the Management and gave the assurance of recommitment to effective service delivery.
He said the newly promoted will uphold the confidence reposed in them by contributing their best to the course of Nation building.