The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has approved the promotion of 2,788 of its personnel and also redeployed 406 others. The promotion exercise as well as the redeployment cut across both Narcotic Agent and Narcotic Officer Cadres.
The spokesman of the agency, Jonah Achema, on Monday said that a total of 290 Chief Superintendent Officers have been promoted to Assistant Commanders of Narcotics; 529 Superintendent of Narcotics were moved to Chief Superintendent of Narcotics, and 673 Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics have been promoted to Superintendent of Narcotics.
“Others promoted are 115 Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics now promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics; while 662 Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II have now moved to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I.
“Others within the rank and file promoted are 519 in number. This includes those promoted on account of additional qualification, special promotion and upgrading,” he said.
The Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, (rtd.) urged the officers and men to see their promotion as a call to higher service and to continue to distinguish themselves.
“The exercise is expected to spur the benefitting officers and men to put in their best in the service of the Agency and the nation,” Abdallah said.
He noted that the exercise was commenced in phases and that this final phase has succeeded in normalizing the structural disjointedness of the workforce.
“The promotion exercise followed the completion of the process set in motion by the Agency to address the lingering backlog of promotion in the Agency.
“In the process, the Agency interfaced with the Office of the Head of Service which approved a new Scheme of Service for the Agency in line with 2019 Establishment Rules.
“The Scheme of Service, geared towards professionalizing the Agency has made provision for a new ranking structure of three (3) cadres which are: Narcotic Assistant Cadre, Narcotic Agent Cadre and superintendent of Narcotic Cadre.
Earlier, six officers of the rank of Commander of Narcotics (CN) were promoted to the rank of Assistant Commander General of Narcotics (ACGN).
The Agency equally elevated a total of 1,311 staff, made up 1,291 staff within the rank and file and 20 others converted to officer cadre in the first phase of the promotion exercise.
He said the redeployment affected 24 command officers, 198 superintendent cadre officers and 114 other ranks.
He said the development will boost morale of officers and men who must have overstayed in one duty post leading to declining productivity and exposure to hazards.