The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd)

By Oladapo Okeowo with agency report

HND holders on salary Grade Level GL 07 in the Nigeria Customs Service  (NCS) have been moved to the next grade level, GL0 8, with immediate effect.

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This was disclosed by Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), the Comptroller-General of the NCS, during the decoration of the newly promoted senior customs officers on Monday.

This decision, a morale-boosting one, also involves a payment of their salary arrears from a supplementary budget that would be prepared for that purpose.

He said that officers in the inspectorate cadre on salary GL 08 and above are to align to the appropriate rank in the superintendent cadre.

Going forward, the rank structure of the Customs would be in line with that of the Nigeria Police Force.

The service promoted 3,487 senior officers.

“From this moment things have changed, therefore; you are now required to take up greater responsibilities.

“All the promoted officers have worked hard to achieve this; in the past, officers were promoted when they are not supposed to.

”Merit is the key to promotion; diligent and hard work is the key to success.

“We have to get godfatherism out of Customs before we leave, ” Ali added.