The Nigeria Customs Service, some years ago, announced a broad increase in the take-home pay for all cadres of Customs officers and men in line with the increase in salaries for public servants that were approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria and this had been since 2007.
The new salary structure is referred to as the Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure (CONPASS). This new salary structure provides a broad increase in basic salary and a range of allowances for Para-military personnel.
The increment was implemented by the Federal Government since the Nigerian Custom Services is able to meet up to its annual financial expectations of the Federal Government.
The basic salary is also included with some allowances. The items consolidated with the basic salary are transport allowance and meal subsidy. Other allowances consolidated in it also include the following:
- Utility allowance
- Hazards allowance
- House maintenance allowance
- Uniform maintenance allowance G
- General Services allowance
- Torchlight allowance
- Detective allowance.
- Hardiness allowance
- Plain-Cloth allowance
- Furniture allowance
- Personal Servant
It must be noted, however, that not all members of staff can benefit from the allowances. Some of the allowances are only given to specific members of staff of the Nigerian custom services since not all of them are involved in the tasks and duties that attract some of those allowances. In the same vein, there are some allowances that all members of staff are entitled to.
However Rent Allowance has not been consolidated with the rest of the emoluments as it payable only to officers not provided accommodation at Government expense. This means the government is responsible for providing accommodation for some of the men and officers of the Nigerian Customs Services. Those to whom accommodation is not provided are encouraged to seek for accommodation elsewhere, but the government will include their accommodation allowances as part of their take-home pay. It must also be noted that the amount received as accommodation allowance differs from one cadre to another.
Expectedly, the top cadres will receive more on accommodation allowance, while the lower cadres will receive less according to their qualifications.
Under the new structure brought forward by the federal government, the least paid Customs Inspector will earn a total salary of N29,779 per month. He could earn an additional N4,740 as Rent subsidy if he does not occupy Government Quarters. Other allowances specific for his post as Customs Inspector are also included in the amount mentioned.
The Comptroller-General of Customs has a say in the new salary structure. However, it must be noted that the salary structure being discussed had been in force since 2007. It is yet to be given any update in recent times. Such information will be easily available to the general public once it is publicized by the Nigeria Customs Service.
Aside from the salaries received by the men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, some of them also collect kickbacks from individuals who may want to import certain items into Nigeria. However this practice is completely illegal and the government frowns at it.