Customs in Niger, Kwara rakes in N814.7million
.Records N19.1million seizures
By Udeme Clement
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command has generated N814. 7million revenue, in the first quarter of 2019 fiscal year.
The amount is the highest revenue collected in the past three years by the Command, even when the Command is yet to receive official communication on revenue target for 2019.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Yusuf Abba Kassim, disclosed this in a press statement, released to news men by the Public Relations Officer, PRO.
Comptroller Kassim analysed, “In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Command generated N 539. 1million,
N 417.3million and N 387. 2million.
In January 2019, the Command collected N210, 466,789.18, which surpassed with N94, 567, 317.31 of the same month last year. In February this year, which was an election month, we generated N4, 307,586.65 with difference of N142, 215, 970.9. By March, we returned and recovered from heavy impact of the elections and generated N599,981,188.03, which surpassed that of March last year with N475, 192,799. 89”.
The CAC went further, “On anti-smuggling activities, the Command recorded seizures of foreign rice, vegetable oil and used vehicles. The breakdown is as follows, 732 bags of rice (50kg each), with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N13. 5million; 11 assorted used vehicles with DPV of N5. 5million; 175 liters of vegetable oil with DPV of N84,000. The total DPV for all the seizures is put at N19. 1million.”
He informed, “To this end, we are thanking the Management of the Service at the National level for creating an atmosphere conducive for the success recorded so far”.
The CAC warned, “I am warning economic saboteurs to desist and allow sanity in our economic environment, as our officers are properly trained and motivated to carry out their official duties without fear or favour. I urge officers to shun corruption, or they will be shown the way out.”
He stressed, “The Command is determined to surpass its target. We believe that our joint efforts this year will yield better result, as we anticipate going beyond the revenue achieved in 2018”.
He enthused, “I recognise the critical role the media plays, especially in the area of enlightening all our stakeholders and the society at large. That is why I called this press briefing, to partner with the media, in order to achieve willful compliance from the public and to showcase what the Command is doing, our activities and the success recorded within the first three months of the year”.
He added, “The Command has two approved border stations, Chikanda in Kwara State and Babanna in Niger State, with the core function of suppressing smuggling. The Command equally engages in trade facilitation and Border Security, working hard to carry out its statutory duties”.