The Nigeria Customs Service has reemphasised it’s adherence to the Federal Character principle in the appointment of top officers into its management cadre.

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The spokesman for the service, Joseph Attah disclosed in a press statement that all the zones of the country are equally represented in the service management team.

Attah noted that new appointments recently made to the team were in replacement of persons who either retired, resigned or were dismissed with the vacancies being filled by officers from same zones where vacancies were created.

An excerpt of 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 2 DCGs, one from the North-East and the other from the North-West. There were also 3 ACGs that exited the Service, 2 retired, 1 dismissed. (1 from the North-East and 2 from North-West).

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“Two DCG vacancies provided spaces for 2 Senior serving ACGs from the same zones of North-East and North-West to be appointed to the rank of DCG.

“This, therefore, increased the number of ACG vacancies to 5 which must be filled from the two zones that have the vacancies.

“Consequently, in line with procedures, the following appointments in acting capacities were made: Ag. DCG Abdullahi Babani – HRD (North-East)Ag. DCG Mohammed Boyi – NCS TRADOC (North-West)Ag ACG Saidu Galadima – ICT /Modernization (North-Central)Ag. ACG SM Modibo – Zone ‘B’ (North-East) Ag. ACG Uba Mohammed – E, I&I – ( North-West)Ag. ACG Hamza Gummi – T&T North-West

“As can be seen above, those who have chosen to impugn Northernization or any other sentiments are far from the truth.

“The intention of those promoting this negative narrative is suspect as the same people did not come out to shout ‘marginalization’ when due to disciplinary issues, 2 ACGs from the same zone of North-West were affected by Forced Retirement and Dismissal.

“It is therefore surprising that these people will wish their replacements came from different zones.

“As a Federal Government agency, NCS has and abides strictly by the rules governing Recruitment, Promotion and Appointment into the Management cadre. We, therefore, urge Nigerians to ignore this mischievous twist.