The Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, has said that promotion in Customs is strictly based on merit stating that for any officer who desires to be promoted into the next rank in the Service, must be tested and pass statutory examinations.
Ali stated this on Wednesday, while decorating some of the newly-promoted officers in Abuja.
The NCS had earlier announced the promotion of 2,707 senior officers to various ranks.
Ali explained that those promoted worked hard as the service has “no halfway measures for promotion”, adding that he had set a standard that was now a culture in the organisation.
“I must congratulate the newly promoted officers for your well-deserved elevation. I insisted on the standard we set, in spite of the pressure, we will never compromise.
“We have established a standard and part of the standard is that as an officer in the customs, you must be tested before you get promoted.
“If we had not established a standard format, it would have been difficult for us to maintain it for the past five years,” he explained.
The customs boss said the promotion came with added responsibilities and urged the promoted personnel to brace up for the new tasks.
The NCS Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, was among those promoted to the rank of Comptroller of Customs.
Four officers were promoted from the rank of Assistant Comptroller General to Deputy Comptroller General while 11 Comptrollers were elevated to Assistant Comptroller General and 35 Deputy Comptrollers got Comptrollers’ position.
Others were 64 Assistant Comptrollers who got elevated to the position of Deputy Comptrollers.
In his remarks, Deputy Comptroller General, Mr Mohammed Boyi, who spoke on behalf of the promoted officers, thanked the management and Customs Board for finding them worthy of promotion.
Boyi pledged to live up to their responsibilities and put in their best to move the Service forward.