Customs still owe workers allowance despite generating N5bn daily

Several workers of the Nigeria Customs Service have lamented over the failure of the NCS to pay them the full special allowances promised to them for border patrol duties. Despite the claims by the Comptroller-General of the NCS, Hameed Ali, that the agency had been generating more than N5bn daily since the borders were shut, it is surprising that they still owe their workers allowances.

It was confirmed that the NCS in August paid some officers special allowances for their active border patrol duties and this was done based on their ranks. It was also learnt that the Assistant Superintendents of Customs were paid about N380, 000 each while other officers with lower ranks received about half of the sum.

However, in September 2019, the allowances were slashed by about 80 per cent, which caused chaos among the officers. “These allowances cover our feeding, transport and other expenses. It was also given to us so that we would not yield to temptations. As a Superintendent of Custom, I was paid about N380,000 while lower ranks were paid around N200,000” a senior officer said

Another senior officer said he had to pay some of his men out of his own allowance so that they won’t be discouraged. He further stated that if the authorities did not take any action on the allowances, the men might fall into temptation. Mr Jerry Attah, who is the spokesman for the NCS has refused to comment on the matter but a senior officer confirmed that the officers would be paid their allowances very soon.

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