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Custom officers to be rated by knowledge and skills acquired in service

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Custom officers to be rated by knowledge and skills acquired in service

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col Hameed Ali (Rtd), has indicated that henceforth, officers and men will be measured for career growth based on knowledge and skills acquired in service.

Ali gave the indication at the Graduation Ceremony of Junior Course 9 at Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, FCT on Friday.

Represented by Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Strategy and Research, Mrs Ronke Olubiyi, the customs boss noted that knowledge and skills had become a prerequisite for promotion and posting.

He said to deal with multi challenges of modern customs, knowledge, skills and discipline were paramount.

“We are entering into an era where your future will now be determined by what you know rather than who you know.

“Your growth will depend on your capacity to deal with multi challenges of modern customs,” he said.

Ali assured that NCS under his leadership would ensure continuous training programmes for both junior and senior officers of the service.

He said capacity building was now a priority in the service, adding that officers and men due for short courses would be granted.

He tasked the graduating students to be more committed and disciplined as well as become ambassadors of the college.

In his remarks, the Commandant of the college, ACG, Adewale Adeniyi, said 40 students were graduated from Junior Course 9, adding that about 400 personnel had been graduated in the last three years.

Adeniyi said the graduating officers had been moulded in character and learning, hence there was high expectation from them while discharging their duties.

Mrs Opayemi Itulua, who won best graduating student and other two awards, expressed gratitude to God and customs management for the opportunity to be part of the course.

Itulua said though she was surprised for winning three awards but added that she worked very hard during the programme.

She stated that the development had encouraged her to be more committed and put in her best while discharging her responsibility. (NAN)

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CUPP scribe felicitates with Muslims at Eid-El-Fitr

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The National Secretary of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Chief Peter Ameh has congratulated Muslims in Nigeria and other parts of the world, for being alive to witness the end of Ramadan fast and be part of the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.

In a statement signed and issued in Abuja on Thursday, he advised Nigerians to be united.

Chief Amed described this year’s Ramadan fast as exceptional and very important, considering what Nigerians are going through in the hands of enemies, who are exploiting every means to destabilise the country.

The statement urged Muslims to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri moderately and continue seeking Allah’s intervention in the problems militating against security, economy, peace, development and progress of Nigeria.

“The enemies of this country are not Muslims or Christians, but invisible forces, from those who are jealous of our country” Chief Ameh added

“We must not also fail to admit that saboteurs among our people are working for these enemies”

According to the statement, Chief Ameh prayed that this season of worship will usher the country into the needed peace and prosperity.

He also prayed that that the celebration may bring Nigerians together as a people to work for their progress and good of tge Nation.

“As we roll out drums to worship and celebrate, it is my prayers that Almighty Allah accept the ibadah of all the faithful”

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Nasarawa Speaker urges Muslims, others to sustain the spirit of Ramadan, pray for nation’s security

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From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

As Muslims celebrates this year’s Eid-el- Fitr, the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, has urged Muslims to sustain the spirit of the Holly month of Ramadan and continue to pray for God’s intervention in order to overcome the security challenges facing the country.

This was contained in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr. Jibrin Gwamna which was made available to the NationalUpdate in Lafia on Thursday.

The statement quoted the Speaker to have called on Muslims and other Nigerians to have faith and trust in God as well as believe in Nigeria’s greatness.

He admonished the people of the state to continue to pray and strive for the nation’s unity, peace,  progress and development. Balarabe-Abdullahi also called for intensive prayer against insecurity and other challenges.

He also urged wealthy individuals in the society to extend hands of fellowship to the less privileged ones in order to improve on their standard of living as well as to give  them a sense of belonging in the society.

He enjoined Muslims to sustain the spirit of sacrifice, perseverance, commitment to God’s activities and enhancement of prayers among other good deeds  associated with the month of Ramadan.

The speaker enjoined political, religious, traditional and community leaders to continue to preach peace and love among their followers.
Balarabe-Abdullahi further called on Muslims and other Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Bahari and Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administrations and other leaders at all Levels fir them to succeed.

He urged Nigerians to unite, embrace peace, tolerate one another irrespective differences and remain committed to constituted authorities for development to thrive for an egalitarian society.

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Group alleges corruption in selection of Permanent Secretaries, decries appointment of non-carrier civil servants

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A group, New Era For Sustainable Leadership and Accountability Initiative (NESLAI) has alleged that, the selection examination processes for Permanent Secretaries in the recent past have been fraught with corruption, outright fraud and all manner of malpractices.
The group also frowned at the appointment of non-carreer civil servants as Permanent Secretaries which they say dampen the moral of civil servants that have risen through the ranks.
The executive Director of the initiative, Comrade Edwin Olorunfemi spoke while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday on the skewed process in the selection/appointment of Permanent Secretaries to Federal ministries.
He therefore asked the Federal Government to jettison the examination process and use appraisal of the civil servants in terms of merits.
He said, “Further Findings also revealed that the selection examinations processes in time past were laden with fraud, corruption and also enmeshed in all sort of malpractices, as monies were alleged to have usually changed hands between the examiners and the desperate candidates in order to boost their scores believing that they stand a better chance with higher scores. 
“Few weeks ago candidates were asked to submit CVs, a situation which has prompted many running to banks for loans which will invariably put them under pressure for repayment there by leading to corruption which the current administration out rightly frowns at from the beginning of its emergence in office.
“Moreover, judging that in a time like this whereby government is considering cutting down cost of governance, whereas lots of money is required for the conduct of examinations, wisdom dictates that we jettison the idea of conducting examinations but rather, set up a committee and invite prospective candidates for a one on one interactive session where their antecedence will be properly scrutinised and merit given to those who deserves it.” 
On the appointment of non-carrier civil servants he said, “We must not be oblivious of the fact that, as much as competence is important and required, appointing non-career civil servants as Permanent Secretaries should be discouraged as it dampens the morale of the civil servants that has grown through the ranks and put in most active parts of their lives in service diligently.”
He said such actions invariably will deprive them of getting to the peak of their career which also couldlead to inefficiency and dereliction of duty in the civil service. 
According to him the position of Permanent Secretary requires a candidate to have been in the civil service for at least 25-30 years
In the light of that he urged the Federal Government to develop a workable template and mechanism that will see to the emergence of best hands for the job. 
He also challenged the Government to jettison selection examination considering its cost implication coupled with the corruption it breeds in the system. 
Another demand by the group is for a committee to be set up to invite all the candidates for an interactive section.
“This we believe will help save cost, time and streamline the numbers instead of having to conduct examination that has no direct bearing on the job description. 
“Past records, competence and potential be given consideration above every other thing as what we need is delivery on the job and not figure heads. 
He indicated that career civil servant that have grown through the ranks should be appointed to boost the morale of the civil servants giving them the hope and assurance of getting to the peak of their career which will lead to efficiency and commitment to service. 
He expressed the optimism that the Federal Government will heed tgeir advice and act fast. 

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