The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has laid to rest the controversy over the disparity between degree and HND holders as it elevates the diploma holders to salary Grade level 08.
The elevation has effectively placed the HND holders on the same starting point with their counterparts with degrees.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, has announced that HND holders on salary Grade Level GL 07 in the service are automatically moved to GL0 8 while a supplementary budget will be made for their salary arrears.
Ali said this during the decoration of the newly promoted senior customs officers on Monday in Abuja.
He said that officers in the inspectorate cadre on salary GL 08 and above were to align to the appropriate rank in the superintendent cadre.
“This is expected to boost the morale of officers and eliminate confusion in the seniority of officers, “Ali said.
According to him, the rank structure of the Nigeria Customs Service is align with the Nigeria Police Force forthwith.
Ali said that the service had just promoted 3,487 senior officers.
He said that the promotion was a great height in the lives of the newly promoted senior officers, adding that promotion came with greater responsibility.
“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 `God father syndrome ’ out of Customs before we leave, ” Ali added.
According to him, by June this year, officers will commence full training at the Customs Command, Gwagwalada, FCT.
He said that the essence of the training was to enhance their skills and make them to be specialists in carrying out their duties.
The News reports that during the ceremony, nine officers were decorated.
Six of them are Comptrollers; two Deputy Comptrollers and one Assistant Comptroller.