Buhari appoints retired Army Colonel as new Customs CG

President  Muhammadu Buhari today approved the appointment of Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) as the new Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). He replaces Dikko Inde Abdullahi who retired from the NCS August 18.

The Customs Comptroller-General holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Criminology. He was military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998 under the regime of late General Sanni Abacha.

A press release issued today by the President’s Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina also named Kure Martin Abeshi as the new Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service.

Adesina said Abeshi hails from Nasarawa State. He joined the Nigerian Immigration Service in 1989 as an Assistant Comptroller. His educational qualifications include a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Other appointments made by the President today are as follows:

Engr. Babachir David Lawal – Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Alhaji Abba Kyari  – Chief of Staff to the President

Senator Ita S.J. Enang – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)

Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu   – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives).

Adesina said the appointments are with effect from today, August 27, 2015.

Engr. Lawal, the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation hails from Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State. He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and worked with the Delta Steel Company, Aladja,  Nigerian External Telecommunications Limited and Data Sciences Limited before establishing his own ICT and Telecommunications consulting firm in 1990. He is also a member of the Nigeria Computer Society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the  Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.

Alhaji Abba Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology. He has worked with the New Nigeria Development Company, New Africa Holdings, African International Bank, United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil in various capacities over the years.


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