March 28th, 2008
Customs Set to Recruit Marine Officers
In pursuit of its reforms and modernization programme, the Nigeria Customs Service is set to commence recruitment of young qualified professional personnel to man different areas of its operations.
The recruitment exercise which will be conducted in phases will start with engagement of young Nigerian professionals to man the Marine unit. Those recruited will be charged with the responsibility of re-establishing a strong Customs presence along the Creeks, Inland waterways and the High Sea. Apart from regular marine patrols, they will also be involved in the maintenance of the growing fleet of Customs patrol boats and Seafarers.
Last year, the unit acquired eight new patrol boats and 2 Seafarers to boost its fleet.
Also to be recruited in the first phase are Drivers who are expected to provide a tonic for Customs enforcement operations, nationwide. Marine officers and Drivers were major Casualties of the Rationalization exercise carried out last year. Most of the officers affected were laid off on account of low academic qualifications and old age.
To cope with the expected deluge of applicants, Customs is considering the option of on-line application by prospective candidates.
The proposal for recruitment of other Graduate professionals is currently awaiting consideration and approval of the Nigeria Customs Service Board.