The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) says, it will continue to improve on revenue generation annually.
The Service generated the sum of N1,341,690,568,327.18 in the year 2019. The amount is over the target of N937,286,121,586.00 set for the year 2019 and N139,241,835,082.29 over the sum of N1,202,448,733,244.89 generated in 2018.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), commenting on the feat, attributed it to a resolute pursuit of what is right rather than being populist by sacrificing national interest on the altar of individual or group interests.
The service revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise annually as the ongoing reforms in the Service insists on:
- Strategic deployment of officers strictly using the standard operating procedure.
- Strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department.
- Automation of the Customs process thereby eliminating vices associated with the manual process.
- Robust stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance.
- Increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above self.
Commenting on border closure, Col. Ali stated that the partial border closure which has forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports raised revenue collection from ports.
According to him, before the commencement of the border drill on 20th August 2019, revenue generation was between N4 billion to N5 billion but now Nigerian Customs Service generates between N5 billion to N7 billion daily.
He said the partial border closure was a decisive action against the challenging issue of trans-border crime and criminalities, fuelled by the non-compliance to ECOWAS Protocol on transit of goods by neigbhouring Countries.
The Customs boss hoped that the ongoing discussions with Nigeria’s neighbours will yield permanent solution to the challenges of border security:
“The Service wishes to express its readiness to strictly implement the outcome of the ongoing diplomatic engagements.”
In the same vein the Service’s efforts to prevent the entry of items that could compromise the citizens’ security, National Economy and Nigerians’ wellbeing resulted in the seizures of 30,906 assorted items with a duty paid value of N62,134,426,199.00.
Col. Ali enumerated seizures that increased revenue to include: arms, ammunitions, illicit drugs, used clothings, vegetable oil, frozen poultry and foreign rice, among others; these, he said, have grave consequences on economic security and wellbeing of Nigerians.
While giving assurances of total commitment to the cause of nation building, he called on Nigerians, especially the business community to support the Nigerian Customs Service in the ongoing drive to robustly contribute to national security and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country.
Amaka E. Nliam