For Princess Toyin Kolade and her dotting hubby ACC Kayode Kolade, the month of July 2020 has been a month of blessings, thanks giving and now promotions. News filtering has just confirmed the promotion of Assistant Comptroller of Customs Kayode Kolade to the rank of Deputy Comptroller of the Nigerian Customs Services.
It will be recalled that it was barely two weeks ago that the Empress of Lagos Commerce and Iyalaje of The Source celebrated her birthday that was marked with thanksgiving and benevolent acts of charity that saw princess Toyin Kolade giving outreach gifts and palliatives running into millions to the less privileges.

According to an official release by the Nigerian Customs Service,
The Board of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCSB) has approved the dismissal of lmy lone Assistant Comptroller General for act of serious misconduct while another was compulsory retired for act of negligence.
The Board also approved the appointment of five other Assistant Comptrollers and promotion of 2, 634 officers.
A release by the Customs national public relations officer Joseph Attah, a Deputy Comptroller, stated that the decisions were taken at the Board’s 52nd Regular meeting presided over by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, who is also the board’s chairman.

Commenting on the exercise, the minister posited that the decisions were meant to ginger and move the Service forward in-terms of manpower and operations.
The new Assistant Comptrollers General of Customs include ACG, Mohammed Boyi – Training and Coordination, ACG, Adewale Adeniyi – Commandant C&SC Gwagwalada, ACG, Jack Ajoku – Strategic Research and Policy, ACG, Olakunle Oyeleke – Doctrine,Development and Administration and ACG, Emmanuel Edorhe – Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘C’.

A breakdown of the 2,634 officers, whose promotion took effect from 1st January 2019, shows Deputy Comptrollers to Comptrollers of Customs (37), Assistant Comptrollers of Customs to Deputy Comptrollers (110), Chief Superintendent of Customs to Assistant Comptrollers (138), Superintendent of Customs to Chief Superintendent of Customs (93), Deputy Superintendent of Customs to Superintendent of Customs (93), Assistant Superintendent of Customs I to Deputy Superintendent of Customs 1,224, Assistant Superintendent of Customs II to Assistant Superintendent of Customs I,475 and Inspector of Customs to Assistant Superintendent of Customs II,464.

According to the release, 205 out of the 2,634 are Support Staff who also enjoyed promotion to various ranks.
”In-line with the reform agenda, the Board took some disciplinary actions against two Senior Officers. ACG Aminu Dahiru was dismissed for act of serious misconduct while ACG Bashir Abubakar was compulsorily retired for act of negligence.
The Hon. Minister described the NCS as “Making Progress” and expressed the hope that the coming of the e-Customs will help improve NCS operations”, the release read in part.

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