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News: Salary increment: Kogi revenue officers, government set for showdown

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Revenue officers in Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) have threatened to embark on strike to press home their demands for confirmation of employment and increment in salary.
A source at the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) disclosed
this to DAILY POST in Lokoja.
The source, who is a Revenue officer said that they were planning to toe this part after several efforts to ensure that the management addressed the pending demands, proved abortive.

He said that by 4th of October 2017, they will be one year in the service.


According to him, the management was yet to confirm them and their salary was terrible.

“It was indicated on our appointment letter that we will be confirmed as full staff after six months, which they failed to fulfill after 11 months,”‎ he said.

He said “Revenue Officers who are Bsc and Msc holders, and also do the bulk of work receive forty five thousand naira (N45,000) as monthly salary, while assistant managers who are some steps ahead of the Revenue Officers receive One hundred and Seventy five thousand naira (N175,000) every month; is that not wickedness?”

He said that Kogi Internal Revenue Service had been generating above one billion naira for the past four months due to the revenue officers strenuous efforts on tax drive but there was no motivation in anyway from the management.


He lamented that some directors in Kogi State Internal Revenue Service who go home with mouth watery salary every month were hindering their confirmation and increment in salary.

“Our directors receive above six hundred thousand naira (N600,000) as salary every month.

“If the management refuses to motivate us, the tax payers will gladly motivate us with open arms and that will be the beginning to an end of revenue boost in Kogi State.

“The revenue officers have shown enough patriotism and understanding on these matters in the last few months, we are tired, we are frustrated.


“We are perplexed and disappointed that the management is not responding to our consistent appeals,” he said.

According to him, embarking on strike has never been a favourable choice.

“We have no option anymore as we have been pushed to the wall by the management.


“It is unfortunate that the only language government and agencies appear to respect and listen to is that of industrial action,’’ he said.

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