By Innocent Orok
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has officially denied skewed appointments into its Management cadre of the Service.
Reacting to the alleged Nothernization of the Service in some quarters by the present management of the Customs , the Customs spokesman , Joseph Attah has issued a press statement clearifing the true reflection of the present management structure of the Service which has a wide spread geographical balance.
The statement reads “the attention of Nigeria Customs Service has continued to be drawn to a skewed narrative of Northernization following the recent appointments into the management cadre of the Service despite explanations by the Service at different times and fora.
” For the umpteenth time, the Service wishes to state as follows: That all the zones of the country are equally represented at the management cadre of NCS.Vacancy for new appointment is only made available through retirement resignation, dismissal or any natural cause.When any of the above occurs, such vacancies are filled by new appointments from the zone(s).
In the last few months, there have been retirements of two DCGs, one from the North East and the other from the North-West. There were also three ACGs that exited the Service, two retired, and one dismissed. (One from the North-East and two from North-West).
” Two DCG vacancies provided spaces for two Senior serving ACGs from the same zones of North-East and North-West to be appointed to the rank of DCG. This therefore increase the number of ACG vacancies to five which must be filled from the two zones that have the vacancies.”
The statement further explained that inline with the procedures, new appointments were made.
“Consequently, inline with procedures, the following appointments in acting capacities were made, DCG Abdullahi Babani HRD (North-East), DCG Mohammed Boyi – NCS TRADOC (NorthWest), Acting ACG Saidu Galadima ICT /Modernization (North-Central) and ACG SM Modibo – Zone ‘B’ (North-East). Others are ACG Uba Mohammed – E,I&I – ( North-West), ACG Hamza Gummi – T&T North-West, and ACG Usman Dankigari, Doctrine & Development (TRADOC) North-West.
“Following above appointments, the status of the Service Management stands as listed below.