Ali threatens Customs officers: Fail exam three times, lose your job

Hameed Ali
Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali. PHOTO CREDIT: Hopefornigeria


By Omotilewa Quadri 

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, on Friday said he would sack any officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) that fails examination of the staff college course three times. 

Ali said this at the 2018 course two (senior and junior courses) graduation ceremony of officers in the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College in Abuja.

He said the new rule was part of a reform being undertaken in the area of capacity building.

The Customs boss said attendance at the staff college was now mandatory, adding that officers who failed to attend would face severe sanctions.

He said, “The era of scoring 99.9 percent in APPER form to determine officers’ promotion is over because henceforth, the promotion will be based on performance. 

“If you attempt this training courses three times and you fail, it will bring you to the end of your career in the service.

“We are already implementing strictly the standing operational procedures to guide regular staff movements, as well as to determine the promotion of deserving officers from one rank to the other.

“Henceforth, promotion to the next rank and the nature of postings of an officer will depend to a large extent on participation and performance during the staff college courses.

“The implications of this include the fact that attendance of the college is now mandatory for all officers due or nominated.”

Ali said directives would be issued to demonstrate seriousness and importance of his commitment to training.  

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