By Palma Ileye
Federal Government through the Civil Defence Immigration, Correctional and Fire Service Board, CDICFB, has approved the promotion of 32, 361 of personnel of Services supervised by the Ministry of Interior.
Reading out the reports of the Board shortly after its meeting on Friday in Abuja, while granting a press conference, Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr. Abubakar Ahmed Audi, stated that the Board met on its 5th meeting for the year 2023, chaired by Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, approved the promotion of 32,361 personnel across services in the Ministry of Interior.
While reading out the breakdown of the number of personnel across the Services, Commandant General of NSCDC stated that there was an improvement in the numbers of promoted personnel as against previous year’s exercise, which he attributed to strategy adopted by the Minister.
Audi, reeled out the detailed numbers of the promoted Officers according to each Service during the press conference as thus: “Nigeria Correctional Service a total number of those promoted, out of the number that actually sat for the promotion exams were 4,498 personnel have been promoted to the next rank out of seven thousand plus.”
While for Nigeria Immigration Service 4,598 personnel promoted, he said this cut across various ranks out of 6,544, also expressing satisfaction for the improvement as against last year’s number.
While for the Federal Fire Service, he disclosed that 1,680 out 1,698 were promoted, which cuts across all ranks, he equally acknowledged improvement in the numbers of personnel promoted as against last year’s promotion.
Meanwhile, for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, which he described the improvement as being very unprecedented, he said this was the first time the Corps was having this sizeble number being promoted in the Service.
He said out of about 25,921 that sat for the exams, the Board promoted 21,355 personnel from the NSCDC.
The NSCDC boss thanked the President and Commandant in Chief of the Arm Forces of Nigeria, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his fatherly support he was giving to the Board via the Chairman also Minister of Interior Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.
He subsequently congratulated all the promoted personnel across Services and also charged them to do more in the service of the country, by quoting a famous speech of American President J. F. Kennedy, “always think of what you will do for your country not for what your country will do for you.”