Proficiency in service : Customs conducts nationwide examinations for officers

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Proficiency in service :
Customs conducts nationwide examinations for officers

Photographs taken during the exercise

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), under the leadership of CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has shown that proficiency is imperative in public service, as it conducted promotional examinations for officers nationwide.

The exercise becomes necessary, in order to promote transparency and career growth in the system.

The examinations, which started with the rank of Deputy Comptrollers, Assistant Comptrollers and Chief Superintendent of Customs on October 16, 2023, at Sascon International School in Abuja, saw dedicated officers from various Area Commands and Units showcasing their intellectual prowess in line with the Standard Operating Procedure established to promote deserving officers based on merit.

The CGC, who is ensuring transparency and fairness in the process, stressed that promotion is not just a welfare programme for Customs but essential to the service, to ensure that those who are deserving of various positions are elevated.

He emphasised :  “We had some pep talks with officers, to help them believe in the system and understand all the efforts we made to ensure integrity in the process. We want them to know that promotion now is based on performance and not who you know.

“The report I got regarding the level of preparation attests to the fact that we are now reconciling ourselves to that reality. It’s about what you know, how capable you are and how you can demonstrate the knowledge of the job. So that is what should come out. That is what we count for each of these officers writing the exams”.

Speaking with newsmen, an Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Odedeji Babajide, noted that the promotion would serve as an incentive to spur officers to perform more efficiently.

He pointed out :  “Anyone granted the privilege of leadership should definitely know that to whom much is given, much is expected. That means we should put in more than we have been doing before to make sure that the Service is improved. We must ensure that there is value addition”.

DC Oluremi Omisere, in her remarks, noted that officers who gain promotion must ensure that the primary roles of Customs, which are trade facilitation and border security, must be carried out judiciously

“Officers must ensure that revenue targets set by the government are met and every leakage in revenue is being controlled,” she stressed.

Commenting on the examination, Deputy Comptroller Hussein Ejibunu said; “There is transparency in it. My expectation is high and I hope to climb higher. Because to whom much is given, much is expected, this promotion will help me do better.”

Deputy Comptroller of Customs Idris Abba-Aji said; “We give others the lead to follow. The examinations were conducted with world-class standards. With the trend of development globally and the training we get, we will be able to withstand every challenge.”

Photographs taken during the exercise

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