The founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has commended the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC), Col Hammed Ali (Rtd) for abolishing the First Degree/Higher National Diploma disparity in the service.

He made this commendation recently when he paid a courtesy visit to the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) secretariat in Apapa, Lagos.

According to him, the move by the Customs boss will go a long way in boost the morale of men and officers of the service who have suffered stagnation in promotion for so many years.

Aniebonam enjoined Ali to continue the good work he is doing in the Customs even as he called for a closer working relationship between the Customs and other relevant stakeholders.

It would be recalled that it was announced recently that “The CGC has directed as follows: all HND holders currently on salary grade level 07 are automatically moved to salary grade level 08. Supplementary budget will be made for payment of arrears of salary.

“The rank structure of the Service is aligned with the Nigeria Police Force forthwith; officers in the Inspectorate Cadre on salary Grade Level 08 and above are to align to the appropriate rank in the Superintendent Cadre.

This is expected to boost the morale of officers and eliminate confusion in the seniority of officers,” Ali declared.

On the controversy surrounding the creation and composition of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Aniebonam lamented the development but declined further comments, because according to him, the matter is still in court.

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