Buhari’s Administration Set To Raise Salaries Of Customs Officers
In recognition of the effort of the staff of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), the federal government has pledged to raise their salaries.
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The pledge was made by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, on Friday at an event in Abuja.
The event which was held at Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada was organised to mark the International Customs Day.
This year’s celebration centred on how to ensure a safe business atmosphere to improve the country’s economy.
Scholars were invited across the country to contribute to the event tagged “A secure business environment for economic development’’.
The Director of Finance, Mrs Oladudumi Bisola stood in for the minister of finance at the occasion.
Delivering the minister’s speech, Bisola noted that the federal government is aware of the assiduous work being carried out by NCS and appealed to the officers not to relent on the good work and to also increase effort in order generate more revenue for the country.
Adeosun also appraised the officers over their effort to ensure that weapons and ammunition are not illegally brought into the country.
In the words of Adeosun, “The theme of this year Customs day coincides with the current ease of doing business initiative of the Federal Government.”
Speaking further, the minister said, “We understand that the initiative is already yielding dividends based on the fact that we have improved by 24 points in the World Bank ranking system.”
The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali who was also present at the event spoke on the effort being made by the federal government to improve the welfare of the NCS staff.
In his words, “The minister has been working diligently on how to see the welfare of the NCS improves”. “We are presently working on the computation of figures and she is waiting for that figure.”
“As soon that is made available, then, the decision between her and Mr President will determine what Customs gets.”
Ali appeals to the citizens of Nigeria to patronise local producers of goods, noting that this would help improve the economy of the country.