- By Ajibola Abayomi.
January 12, 2018.
TheLead Online can authoritatively report that a total of 577 officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had been penciled for retirement this year.
According to a circular erroneously dated 27 January 2017 and titled CIRCULAR NO/HRD/2017/003-LIST OF OFFICERS/MEN FOR STATUTORY RETIREMENT IN YEAR 2018, obtained by our reporter, the faith of the affected officers had been sealed.
The circular was signed by one of the top officers of NCS, Sulaiman, M.S.J, Comptroller Establishments on behalf of the Comptroller General, Col. Hameed Ali, (rtd), listed one Deputy Comptroller General and an Assistant Comptroller General, respectively, 11Comptrollers, 27 Deputy Comptrollers, 27 Assistant Comptrollers and 23 Chief Superintendents of Customs as part of the affected officers.
Other include 5 CIC ‘T’, 21 CIC, 21 SC, 36 DCIC, 23 DCS, 121 ACIC, 4 ACIC1, 131 DIC and 1 ASC11. The others are 83 SIC, 2 CCA ‘T’, 18 IC, 6 CCA, 3 AIC, 2 SCA and 1 CA. The affected officers are disengaging either on the basis of mandatory 60 years of age or 35 years in service, in line with the civil service rules.
They were expected to furnish the headquarters with their notice of retirement on or before end of March this year, just as the Col. Ali led management insisted that all those due for retirement must proceed on the mandatory three months pre-retirement leave, starting March 2018.
However, the 577 officers had already proceeded on their pre-retirement leave.
The retirement circular reads in part, “I am directed to forward the attached list on the above subject as a Pre-Retirement notice to all affected officers, adding “all affected officers due for retirement in 2018 are to disengage from active service and proceed on three-months pre-retirement leave, three months to the effective date of retirement.
“All affected officers are to ensure compliance and forward their three months pre-retirement notice to the Comptroller General of Customs accordingly.
“Any observed error, omission or legitimate complaints should be forwarded to the office of the Comptroller General of Customs on or before 31st March, 2018.