Federal Character: NCS Names Top Customs Officers by Geopolitical Zones

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).

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 increase the number of ACG vacancies to 5 which must be filled from the two zones that have the vacancies.

Consequently, inline 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

➢ Ag. ACG Usman Dankigari – Doctrine & Development (TRADOC) North-West.

Following above appointments, the status of the Service Management stands as listed below.
S/NO RANK NAME DEPARTMENT GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

1) DCG ED CHIKAN FATS NORTH-CENTRAL

2) DCG RO OLUBIYI SR&P SOUTH-WEST

3) DCG A CHIDI E,I&I SOUTH-EAST

4) DCG TM ISAH T&T NORTH-CENTRAL

5) DCG P IFERI FTZ,E&I,I SOUTH-SOUTH

6) Ag. DCG A BABANI HRD NORTH-EAST

7) Ag. DCG MB BOYI TRADOC NORTH-WEST

8) ACG AOB FATADE HQ SOUTH-WEST

9) ACG D UMARU HRD NORT-CENTRAL

10) ACG AM AREMU FTZ, E&I,I SOUTH-WEST

11 ) ACG CO ODIBU BOARD SOUTH-EAST

12) ACG KC EKEKEZIE ZONE ‘A’ HQ SOUTH-EAST

13 ) ACG EI EDORHE ZONE ‘C’ HQ SOUTH-SOUTH

14) ACG K AJIYA ZONE ‘D’ HQ NORTH-EAST

15 ) ACG BA ADENIYI C&SC GWAGWALADA SOUTH-WEST

16) Ag. ACG HK GUMMI T&T NORTH-WEST

17) Ag. ACG AG SA’IDU ICT NORTH-CENTRAL

18 ) Ag. ACG UG MOHAMMED E,I&I NORTH-WEST

19) Ag. ACG SM MODIBBO ZONE ‘B’ HQ NORTH-EAST

20 ) Ag. ACG SMU DAKINGARI DOCTRINE & DEV. (TRADOC) 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.

Signed:
DC, Joseph Attah
Public Relations Officer
For: Comptroller-General of Customs