Kwara Customs command generates N1.2b in 3 months 

By Tunde Akanbi, Kwara


The Nigeria Customs Service, Kwara Area Command under the leadership of Comptroller Ahmed Bello has taken a giant stride by generating a whooping sum of N1,270,907,860.72 into federation account.

The management of Nigeria Customs Service led by Colonel Hameed Ali had recently unbundled and created additional eight Commands to enhance Administrative Convenience, boost Revenue Generation for the Service and effective Coverage of our land borders.

Given the recent autonomy attained, Comptroller Ahmed was posted as the pioneer Controller of the Command with a mandate to carry out the 3Rs transformation agenda of Comptroller General of Customs “Reform, Restructure and Revenue Generation” three months into the assumption of duty.

In August 2019, the Command generated N980, 652.00 while in September, the Command collected N 697, 810,389.50 which shows that what was generated in the month of September tripled the Revenue generated in the
month of August. In October, the Command generated N572,116,819.22.

This great feat was achieved due to strategic policies and plans put in place by the Command to bring all the excise factories within the Command under effective control by forcing them to comply with the extant laws.

The Command has been able to make changes, by ensuring that its driving wheel is strictly adhered to, which led to the increased level of compliance by Stakeholders, as the Controller is determine to make Kwara Area Command a new haven for legitimate trade facilitation.

“In our desirous efforts to key into the Federal Government’s Policy on Agricultural Development in the area of boosting local rice production, the Command has made our territories unfavorable for rice smugglers and other prohibited items,” Comptroller Ahmed said.

He urged all Nigerians to embrace the Nigerian
government fiscal policy on production of Agriculture produce with particular reference to Rice production for both home consumption and export for self reliance.

The Customs area Controller also reiterated the Command’s resolve to rid the Kwara Command off all prohibited goods.

The command is already complementing the efforts of operation Ex Swift Response Team, Code named “Border Drill” which led to Seizures of foreign Rice, Petroleum Products and large quantity of Mosquito Coils with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N25,403,500.

The seizures were made around Okuta, Ogundele Ilorin express road, Jabba-Mokwa express road, Maigida-Arogaji Road Ilorin and Chikanda axis of Kwara State respectively.

Comptroller Ahmed has therefore warned economic saboteurs that the ban on importation of rice, used vehicles through the land borders, Vegetable Oil, Secondhand Clothing, Used Tyres, and other dangerous Drugs such as Tramadol is still in place and the Kwara Command is committed to enforcing this to the later.

The command says it remained grateful to the current Management under the leadership of the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali for equipping it with Brand New Patrol Vehicles, other resources and Logistics needed to make operations more effective and efficient.



Mercy Chukwudiebere