The federal government is planning to increase the remuneration of officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service to motivate them to raise the level of revenue generation for the government, Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun has stated.
The minister explained in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Festus Akanbi, that a review of the constraints currently impacting the performance of the NCS had been undertaken.
“This exercise found that the provision of modern equipment, elimination of inappropriate waivers and remuneration emerged as issues,” she stated.
She said that a consulting firm had been hired and was working with the NCS to develop and implement a performance-based incentive plan to ensure that there was an alignment of interest between individual Customs officers and the objectives of the government.
“Appropriate remuneration of revenue collecting agencies to align the interests of staff with maximising collections is critical to motivate performance and to reduce the temptation to compromise,” Adeosun said.
Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.) confirmed the development.