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Nigeria Customs Service Cancels Promotion Exams For Senior Officers Due To Examination Malpractice

The Nigeria Customs Service has cancelled the promotion examination recently conducted for senior officers from the rank of Assistant Comptroller to Deputy Comptroller over irregularities observed in the conduct of the examination.

According to an internal circular, dated November 22, 2017, the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), ordered the cancellation.

The circular, signed by the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Human Resources, stated that Monday, November 27, 2017, had been fixed for a repeat of the examination at the Customs Command at Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

The circular with reference number NCS/ABJ/HRD/560/C/VOL.VIII addressed to all management staff and Customs formations nationwide read, ”The 2017 Promotion Examination (CBT) AC-DC (GD) taken on October 11, 2017, has been cancelled.

“This is consequent upon violation of the integrity of the examination process.”

Sources within the service said the examination, which was conducted on October 11, 2017, was allegedly marred by irregularities including leakage of examination questions.

They added that the promotion examination under the management of Ali was of higher integrity compared with the previous ones.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, informed our correspondent that promotion exams were conducted for all the ranks in the service but only one paper was cancelled.

He explained that the paper that was cancelled was the promotion examination paper written by Assistant Comptrollers that was to qualify them for promotion to the Deputy Comptroller rank.

He said, “The paper was cancelled due to integrity issue and because the current NCS has zero tolerance for lack of integrity. The exam was rescheduled for Monday.

“The NCS is doing this so that the officers who would be promoted would be people of high integrity who have no question mark on their character.”

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