Nigeria Customs Service hits N1tr mark in six months


…Records 2,333 seizures worth over N4bn

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated the sum of N1,003,752,951,735.55 as against the N713,548,395,834.93 it generated in the corresponding period in 2020 with a positive difference of N290,204,555,900.62.

The Customs Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah who gave this hint while presenting the Service’s half year report in Abuja on Thursday disclosed that hitting the Trillion-Naira mark within 6 months was unprecedented in the Service.

Attah noted that the feat was as a result of resolute pursuit of what was right and willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by covid-19.

He observed that the Service revenue profile continued to be on the increase due to on-going reforms that exploits the potentials of technology through robust automation of the processes and procedures, deployment of officers strictly based on the Standard Operating Procedure, robust stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance as well as improved working relationship with the National Assembly among others.

“As stated by the CGC earlier in the year, it is always the desire of the Service to generate more revenue than what is set for it, given favorable environment. NCS will always be willing and happy to break its records as it is in this case of over One-Trillion naira in 6 months”, he said.

Speaking on enforcement drive of the Service, the Customs spokesman stated that in line with the recommendation of the tripartite meeting (Customs administrations of Nigeria, Benin and Niger) which was adopted by the government, the Joint Border Patrol teams were operating at both sides of the land borders sharing intelligence that help to deal with the challenges of cross border crimes and criminalities.

He revealed that the Service between January and June 2021 effected a total number of 2,333 assorted seizures with duty paid value of N4,422,548,980.00 adding that some of those seizures include dangerous items like arms and ammunition, illicit drugs and food items like rice, vegetable oil among other items that could have had grave consequences on national security and economy.

Photo: Customs Public Relations Officer, Comptroller Joseph Attah.

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