Unprecedented :Customs hits over N1trn revenue in 2021 half year

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  • Extends deadline on verification of private aircrafts

(Udeme Clement):

The Nigeria Customs Service has generated a whopping sum of N1,003,752,951,735.55 (N1trillion), as against N713,548,395,834.93 with a positive difference of N290,204,555,900.62.

The National Public Relations Officer (PRO), of Customs, DC Joseph Attah, disclosed this information to reporters.

He said: “Hitting the Trillion-Naira mark within six months is unprecedented in the Service. This feat is as a result of resolute pursuit of what is right and willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by covid-19.

“The Service revenue profile continues to be on the increase due to on-going reforms that exploits the potentials of technology; through robust automation of processes and procedures.
Deployment of Officers strictly based on the Standard Operating Procedure.
Robust stakeholders sensitisation resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance.
Improved working relationship with the National Assembly.

“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 favourable environment. NCS will always be willing and happy to break its records, as it is in this case of over One-Trillion naira in six months.”

ENFORCEMENT

He went on: “In line with the recommendation of tripartite meeting (Customs administrations of Nigeria, Benin and Niger), which was adopted by the Government, the Joint Border Patrol teams are operating at both sides of the land borders sharing intelligence that helps to deal with the challenges of cross border crimes and criminalities.

“The Service from January to June 2021, effected, a total number of 2,333 assorted seizures with duty paid value of N4,422,548,980.00. Some of these seizures include dangerous items like arms and ammunition, illicit drugs and food items like rice and vegetable oil that could have had grave consequences on national security and economy.”

VERIFICATION OF PRIVATELY OWNED AIRCRAFTS

He informed: “You may recall that on May 31 2021, the Service announced its intention to verify all Privately Owned Aircrafts in Nigeria from June 7 to July 6, 2021.

“At the end of the verification period, a total number of fifty-eight (58) private aircrafts owners complied. Infractions discovered during the verification exercise include: Breach of Temporary Importation agreement;
non appropriate payment of duty and taxes.

“Interestingly, those in default have indicated interest to pay with some already commencing the process by making appropriate declarations.

“Considering the level of response and indications for more, CGC Hameed Ibrahim Ali, has graciously extended the verification period for 14 days, that is 7th to 20th July 2021.

“By the end of this extended period, the Service will not hesitate to invoke appropriate sanctions as contained in the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004 as amended against any Private Aircraft Owner, who fails to take advantage of this period to verify his or her Aircraft.

“The Service will continue to insist that all Imports and Export activities are done in compliance with extant laws of the land, as no individual is above the law.”

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