By Gboyega Oni
The Nigeria Customs Service between January to June 2017 collected a sum of N486,728,302,625.00 into the coffers of the Federal Government as against N385,704,401,136.00 collected in the same period in 2016.
The development was contained in a press release made available to PortNews by the National Pyblic Relations Officer of the Service Joseph Attah.
According to Attah, the half year collection shows the demonstration of the Service management’s determination to meet the 2017 revenue target of N772,883,082,876.00, despite the challenging economic environment with negative consequences on international trade.
“In the same vain, the Service reinvigorated anti-smuggling operations have yielded a total number of 3,798 seizures with a duty paid value (DPV) of N7,283,626,899.00 compared to 3,106 seizures with DPV of N4,975,204.88 in 2016.
“In line with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) drive to ease ways of doing business in Nigeria, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has directed the immediate dismantling of all illegal check points. The CGC reminded all Commands that any check point mounted outside forty (40) kilometers to the land border is illegal, while information patrols beyond the 40km limit should not last more than 24 hours at any given time.
“The 40km radius applies to land borders, while no check point should be erected within the port areas. While directing Zonal Coordinators, Customs Area Controllers and Operatives of Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU) to ensure strict compliance, the CGC enjoins members of the business community to always comply with extant laws to help the NCS perform better,” said Attah.
Attah attributed the success to the recent strategic steps took by the management of the Service to remove all obstacles to trade facilitation, block revenue leakages and redeployment of personnel have continued to boost revenue generation.