Customs at Niger,Kwara,Kogi generates N791.2million …Records N51.1million seizures

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Customs at Niger,Kwara,Kogi generates N791.2million

.Records N51.1million seizures

By Udeme Clement

From left: DC ENFORCEMENT (DC JALO MUSA), CUSTOMS AREA CONTROLLER (COMPT. ABBA-KASSIM YUSUF), AC AKOGU JACOH, at the press briefing:

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Niger/Kwara/Kogi Command has generated over N791. 2million revenue from August to October, 2018 into the coffers of the Federal Government.

The Command also made an impressive performance with records of 23 seizures, estimated at the Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N37, 9million realised the same period under review.

Remarkably, the N791.2million revenue realised by the Command shows an increase of N474. 7million when compared to N316. 5million generated from August to October, the same period in 2017.

The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller YUSUF ABBA KASSIM, made this known while briefing the media.

He said, “These strategic seizures were made in the month of October alone.934 (50kg) bags of imported foreign Rice suspected to have come in through the land border, with a DPV of N160, 066,700; 12 bales of second hand clothing worth N432, 000; one used Volkswagen Golf with DPV of N180, 000; one use Toyota Camry with DPV of N3, 577,500; one Used Toyota Avencis (black colour) 1998 model; one Used Toyota Rav4 (red colour) 2017 Model and one trailer loaded with bags of imported foreign Rice and Sugar”.

He went on, “I believe the year has been a blessing to every one of us. I resumed in the Command on Monday, August 13 2018, determined to build on the success records of my predecessors both in revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities. As we all know, the Service is very strategic in sustenance of the Nation’s Economy.

The CAC with top officers of the Command during the press briefing:

“I recognise the critical role the media plays especially in sensitization, as well as enlightenment of all our stakeholders and the society at large. That is why I have called the briefing to partner with the media, in order to achieve willful compliance from the public and to showcase what the Command is doing.

“I took it as my first point of duty to visit all the Heads of Sister Agencies, traditional Rulers and Customs formation within the Command to recognise them, strengthen the co-existing cordial relationship between the Command and the critical stakeholders, as well as to solicit for greater cooperation in terms of information gathering.

“The results of the action coupled with the Command’s renewed vigour in utilisation of cutting edge strategies in anti-smuggling war have been positive, as shown on our activities within this period.”

He stressed, “I want to use this medium to reiterate that the current administration of Customs under the leadership of CGC Hameed Ali has zero tolerance for corruption and revenue leakages in all ramifications.  As such, Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command is committed to enforcing same. We would continue to police our area of operations in line with the Comptroller General’s zero tolerance for smuggling”.

The CAC and other officers showing some of the seized items:
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