There is currently rumblings at the headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja as the Comptroller General of the Service, Colonel Hameed Ali is being accused of nepotism and bias regarding alleged secret promotion of some personnel.
In all, seven personnel, all from the northern parts of the are said to have benefitted from the exercise to the gross exclusion of zones making up the southern part of the country.
A source within the service who confided in in DAILY RIPPLES said two gentlemen, namely Abdullahi Babani and Mohammed Boyi have been elevated to the rank of deputy comptroller of the service.
While Babani has been assigned the duties of manning the Human Resources Department, Boyi on the other hand has been handed the portfolio of training and doctrine (TRADOC).
The two officers would now join their six senior counterparts who of the same rank thus tilting the balance of national spread int eh appointments to that rank in favour of the north who now has 5 personnel in that cadre.
The South West has only a female, Mrs. R.O Olubiyi representing it. She is currently in charge of the Strategy and Research Department.
There is only one representative from the both the South East and South South at that cadre and they are A Chidi who is the Head of the Department for Enforcement, Investigation, Inspection and Mrs. P.K Iferi of the Export and Industrial Incentives respectively.
Apart from newly promoted Galadima and Boyi, other officers from the north are, Mr. A.A Dangaladima who is incharge of the Finance and Administration Department, Mrs. T Isa who is manning the T&T Department as well as Mr. A.U Sanusi who is the Head of Human Resources Department.
In the assistant comptrollers’ cadre. five officers of northern extraction, namely, Saidu Galadima, S.M Modibbo, Uba Mohammed, Hamza Gunmi and Usman Dakingari have been elevated to the rank of assistant comptroller general.
The portfolio allorted to each of them in the promotion that has some air of secrecy attached to it include, Galadima who is to supervise the ICT/Modernisation department, Modibbo who has been posted to Zone B’.
The others are Mohammed who has been asked to man the E, I&I Department, Gunmi who has assumed office as the head of T&T Department. Dakingari on the other hand has been posted to the Doctrine & Development Department.
The same scenario is equally prevalent in this cadre where the various promotions and appointments have been skewed in favour of the northern part of the country with many officers from the southern parts of the country questioning the modality that are being adopted for the promotion and appointment processes.
An officer who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said the situation has left many officers from the south very despondent and frustrated thus dampening their morale for effective service delivery.
“My brother, we are tired. We have been rendered as onlookers in our country. It is very unfortunate that we are being made to feel like second class citizens in our country. God help us.” Said the affected officer who does not what his name in print.
Findings conducted by DAILY RIPPLES indicate that the service conducted some promotional examinations recently, results of which are being awaiting before the announcement of the affected office, a move that sparked tension within the service.
“I am still wondering how these people got to be appointed when we are still awaiting the results of the last examinations that we conducted. As we speak, we don’t know what set of criteria were used by the service for the appointment of these gentlemen.” Another aggrieved officer told our correspondent in a telephone interview.
Efforts to get the Public Relations Officer of the Service is still ongoing as he said to be attending a course as at the time of filing this reports but a source within the unit told our correspondent in a telephone chat that indeed there some promotions recently.
“I know that there were some promotions and appointments that were carried out recently but all I can say is that the force has carried out some promotional examinations for those who are due to be promoted and we are still awaiting the results,” he said.