Customs in Niger, Kwara, Kogi rakes in N323.3 million
.Exceeds revenue target with N69 million- Says Comptroller Abba-Kassim
By Udeme Clement
The Nigeria Customs Service, Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command, has generated over N323.3million into the coffers of the Federal in April, 2019.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Abba-Kassim Yusuf, disclosed this.
He explained that with N323.3million revenue generation, the Command exceeded its target for April with N69million, out of a monthly target of N254. 3.
According to him, “N3billion is the annual revenue target for the Command. Our record shows that within the first four months of the year, (January to April, 2019), the Command generated over N1. 1billion, which represents 37.2percent of the annual target.”
He went on, “In the same corresponding period under review in 2018, the total of N534. 9million was collected as revenue. This shows an increase of N 603.1million.”
The CAC pointed out, “The Command has been receiving its maximum revenue from excise duty and also established synergy to over haul operational methodology, which has been embraced by the stakeholders”.
On the feats achieved by the Command, Comptroller Yusuf said, “We attribute this huge success to the support of the management of CGC Hameed Ali Ibrahim and strategic policies put in place. The Command is optimistic that its will surpass this year’s 2019 revenue target going by our records. So, with 37.2percent of the annual target already generated in four months, the Command has eight months to generate 62.8percent.”
His assertion, “The efforts put in place to realise the mandate of CGC Ali is yielding positive result, as the rate of smuggling of prohibited items through the Command’s territory has reduced to the barest minimum. This resulted to increase in revenue generated in the first quarter of 2019”.
At NTA Minna, where the CAC visited, he stressed, “The long standing relationship with NTA and the Service at the Headquarters, needs to be strengthened at the State level, in order to achieve our aims.
“Until there is total Compliance that will translate to effective revenue generation, Suppression of Smuggling, Facilitation of legitimate trade and protecting our national security, our officers will not rest”.
In the same vein, the Command revitalised anti-smuggling operations yielded positive result with a total of 18 seizures and Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N21. 1million from January to April 2019.
The items seized include used vehicles, second hand clothings, foreign rice and other prohibited goods.
During his visit to Search FM, Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna and the College of Education Ultimate FM Station, the CAC met the Management of both FM stations, the Vice Chancellor of FUT Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala and the Registrar COE Minna, Alh. Yabagi Alfa.
During the visit, the CAC called for greater synergy, as he said, “Together we can protect Niger State economy and the country at large, by joining hands with the media and the Service to enlighten the students, youths and the public on the dangers involved in smuggling of goods into the country.
“The Command is determined to continue in doing its best until all forms of smuggling activities are completely wipe out, or reduced to the barest level”.