The Nigeria Customs Service has confirmed that the N1.6bn it received was budgeted for both the recruitment and training of the 3,200 personnel it will engage soon.
Sunday Punch of January 12, gathered in an interview with the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Ade Fadahunsi, who is a retired Assistant Comptroller General of Customs and current Senator representing Osun East Senatorial District, had accused the Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), of paying N1.6bn to a consultant for the recruitment of 3,200 persons to the service.
“The CG wants to recruit 3,200 persons and he paid N1.6bn to a consultant to recruit 3,200 persons”. “The money is not for training, but to just recruit them”, he said.
Mr Joseph Attah, the Public Relations Officer, explained on Tuesday, he said, “dropping the figure as recruitment fee was misleading”, the funds covered the recruitment and training of the 3,200 personnel, which will last six months.
However, Attah went further to give a breakdown of the budget; “The feeding of 3,200 people is estimated at N2,000 each per day – breakfast, lunch and dinner (N6.4 million/day and N192 million/month), which is about N1.152 billion for the 3,200 persons for the six months. So, you can see that even the training alone has taken the chunk of the money.
“The process of recruitment and the technical partners has a budget of about N300 million. We have not even talked about t-shirt, canvass, logistics, pay for resource persons and bonus for teachers (which are all part of the figure),” he explained.
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