He also pointed out that the management is taking the issue of accommodation serious.
According to him,Â â€œ I have worked in some of these major towns, and I know what officers go through to get decent accommodation. Intervention of successive customs managements has been a function of the limited resources available to them
DikkoÂ said the project will kick off with Abuja and Lagos. â€œWe are starting from Lagos and Abuja. we are developing a site in Kado for senior staff barracks. we are going to engage technical consultants to redevelop our barracks in Okokomiko along Lagos-Badagry road to a decent place habitable for our officers.â€
The customs boss also assured of the renovation of old barracks in Kano, Gowon estate in Lagos and Kano.
Continuing, he said, â€œThe service is funded though what we get from the seven percent of our collections into the Federation Account. Of course, it is grossly inadequate because almost 80% of this is used as monthly overhead costs. This is the central message I have been telling officers, that we need to generate more, so that we can have more to spend.
â€œThe increase in our salaries can only be sustained if we keep the present momentum. Beyond this however, we are making informed presentations to the National Assembly to reconsider a percentage of FOB value of imports as alternative funding formula. This is how the service providers are funded. What is good for them is only fair for us too.â€