No fewer than 32,361 personnel in all the paramilitary services under the Ministry of Interior have been promoted by the Federal Government.
The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire, and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at a news conference after the 5th meeting of the Board in 2023, which was presided over by the Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.
The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Abubakar Audi, who briefed newsmen, said the whopping number of officers approved for promotion to their next rank by the Federal Government was unprecedented.
According to him, the promotion cuts across various ranks in the four paramilitary agencies, namely, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), and the Federal Fire Service (FFS).
Audi gave the breakdown as follows: Nigerian Correctional Service: 4498 out of over 7,000 who sat for the promotion examination; Immigration Service: 4,598 were promoted out of 6,544 who sat for the examination; Fire Service: 1,680 got promoted to their new ranks out of the 1,698 who sat for the examination.
For NSCDC, he disclosed that the promotion of 21,385 personnel of the Corps was approved out of the 25,921 that sat for the promotion examination, saying this was quite unprecedented since the establishment of the Corps.
Audi commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the support given to the board through the chairman, the Minister of Interior, Dr. Tunji-Ojo, in the bid to reposition the paramilitary agencies for more effective services.
He also thanked the minister for his tenacity and doggedness in the pursuit of his set agenda to transform the services to properly contribute to securing the country.
He charged the officers being promoted to see the Federal Government gesture as an invitation to do more, adding that, “to whom much is given, much is expected.”