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Promotion exam: Don’t expect me to favour you, Minister warns NSCDC personnel

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, has advised eligible officers sitting for the 2022 promotion examination not to engage in any conduct that is inimical to the corporate image of the corps, assuring that due process would be followed as always.

Audi assured that the examination would be conducted in adherence to the principle of transparency and fairness, stating that modalities are already in place to ensure that officers qualified for promotion to the next ranks are not left uncatered for.This was contained in a statement signed by the corps spokesperson, Olusola Odumosu, on Wednesday.

The CG intimated that promotion of senior officers in the corps remained an exclusive preserve of the Civil Defence Correctional Fire Immigration Services Board based on performance evaluation, availability of vacancies, quota system among other considerations.He maintained that under his watch, the era of junior officers getting promotion before their seniors is gone.

He noted “I urge my officers to shun the habit of lobbying to get promotion through backdoors and other influential people.“This is uncalled for and also giving our administration a bad reputation as those who do not  have anyone to influence on their behalf are misled to believe that the CG is the one responsible for the lopsidedness, thereby causing insinuations that the CG is conducting arbitrary promotions and favouring selected few.

“The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who doubles as the Chairman of the Board is solely committed to meritocracy, transparency, fairness and justice in the entire promotion process and nobody should expect less this time around.

“I am CG to all and not to a few officers and men, therefore, anyone expecting me to favour him or her at the expense of others will be disappointed.“Promotion in the public service is by seniority amongst other requirements and we are going to uphold that.”Audi further congratulated all eligible officers writing the promotion exams and wished them success.

He said, “On this note I congratulate all of you writing the examination and wish you best of luck as you move on in your career.“I know you must have studied hard but also maintain decorum, respect and conduct yourselves as disciplined and well trained officers, so the world would know that we are organised people in the NSCDC.”

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