The Comptroller-General of Customs (rtd) Col. Hameed Ali, has announced that HND holders on salary Grade Level GL 07 in the service are automatically moved to GL 08.
Ali said this during the decoration of the newly promoted senior customs officers on Monday in Abuja.
Nine officers were decorated – six of them Comptrollers; two Deputy Comptrollers and one Assistant Comptroller.
Ali noted 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”, he said.
Ali said that the service had promoted 3,487 senior officers.
“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 ‘godfathereeism’ out of Customs before we leave, ” Ali added.
Ali said by June this year, officers would commence full training at the Customs Command, Gwagwalada, FCT.