By Godfrey Bivbere
ABUJAâ€”Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi, has said that officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, deserve more than they are presently getting, when compared to their counterparts in other revenue generating agencies.
The Deputy Governor, who disclosed this in Abuja at the recent Customs Merit Award organised by Maritime Media Limited, said that the risk being faced by Customs officers in the cause of performing their duty makes it even more imperative for them to get more than they are getting presently.
Ebebi called on the Federal Government to look into the current remuneration of the Customs officer in a bid to improving it to meet the standard of their counterparts at the international level.
Speaking earlier, Managing Director of Maritime Media Limited, Chief Asu Beks, said that the salaries and other entitlements of the service personnel should be at par with their counterparts in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, among others.
Beks noted that while an Assistant General Manager, AGM, in NPA collects about a million naira a month, his counterpart in Customs (Customs Area Controllers) gets less than N250, 000.
He said that the seven percent being given to the Customs on revenue collected should be on all the monies raked into government coffers.
Explaining the need to for improved package for the Customs, the Maritime Media Limited boss pointed out that tax collectors the world over are not generally loved and that is why government most ensure that officers and men of the Service get better insurance packed as a booster for their moral.
He noted that the present management of the Service under the leadership of Dikko Inde Abdullahi, have been able to lighten the working condition of officers and men in the last eight month that he assumed leadership of the NCS.
He gave some of the achievement of the leadership as 199 percent increase in the salaries of personnel, provision of bullet-proof patrol vans, renovation and construction of new barracks.