Seme Border Fully operational for legitimate trade

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  • Rakes in N431.2million revenue

*Makes seizures worth over N409.8million

(Report by Udeme Clement):

The Seme Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated N431,160,300.72, (approximately N431.2million) revenue for the Federal Government from January 2021 till date.

The Command under the leadership of Comptroller B. M. Jibo, as the Customs Area Controller (CAC), also made seizures worth over N409.8million in Duty Paid Value (DPV), for the period under review.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, ASC1 HUSSAINI ABDULLAHI, made these details known through a press statement.

He informed; “The attention of Seme Area Command has been drawn to a misleading narrative in some quarters of the public that the Seme-Krake border has not been fully reopened, thereby limiting seamless inflow and outflow of legitimate goods.

“It is pertinent to state that since the re-opening of some land borders by the Federal Government of Nigeria in December, 2020, with Seme Border Command being among the four borders re-opened, its operations has since been sustained on full scale. Although some initial hitches were encountered by our Nigerian importers concerning high charges of fees and levies imposed on Nigeria bound goods before entry.”

The PRO emphasised; “On the other hand, the Command made pragmatic moves towards cementing the synergy with host community and other security agencies including Benin Republic Security agencies operating at the joint border post.

“In addition, the Command processed and exited the following number of trucks from January till date; ETLS – 1059; EXPORT – 2487; IMPORT/BAGGAGE – 179; and a total of 713 declarations were captured and processed.”

He enthused; “The above achievements are indications that the border is not only open, but fully operational since the re-opening of four land borders by Government.

“To this end, the Command is calling on the public to disregard such false information, as it was just an imagination of the perpetrators mischievously aimed at casting doubt in the minds of Nigerians engaging in legitimate businesses at the border.”

He assured; “The Command will continue to actualise sustainable campaign and provision of necessary instruments, with a view to facilitating legitimate businesses in line with government fiscal policies”.

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