Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has urged Rivers State Government to redefine the structure and status of its Internal Revenue Service.
ASCSN also tasked the state to pay the 5% minimum point of collection to the workers as provided in the State Internal Revenue Service Law, 2012.
The body worried that the current status of the board makes it difficult for workers to enjoy work place experience.
Speaking during the inauguration of the new executives of RIRS, the Secretary of ASCSN in the state, Mr. Bashman Mohammed, stated that the workers are marginalized, stressing that they are deprived of their entitlements as provided by the state law.
Mohammed explained that RIRS workers are paid less compared to those at the ministries, stating that the workers at the board do more works than those at the ministries.
He further urged the state government to raise the structure of the board to ensure equal status with those at the ministries, and ensure regular release of at least 5% of the total monthly revenue collected in the state.
Responding, Mr. Meshach Nicholas, the Chairman of ASCSN RIRS, said he would ensure that its members are not marginalized by the management of the board.
However, the Director of Administration, Mr. Godwin Ogbu, who responded on behalf of the management of RIRS, expressed worries that the workers are poorly paid.
Ogbu noted that the management is in discussion with the state government on the issue of remuneration of the workers and pleaded with the staff members to remain committed and hardworking.