In the face of declining imports and reduced volume of trade,Nigeria Customs Service has collected above its 2017 target of N770,573,730,490 by N10b ahead of the year end.
This feat is being achieved five years after it had failed to meet its annual targets even when there was higher volume of imports, stronger national currency for international trade and more relaxed import regime allowing cars and rice importations through land borders.
Speaking during a telephone interview, Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer of the service said the feat was achieved as a result of improved service delivery by customs workforce, blocking areas of revenue leakages, enhanced anti smuggling activities and entrenching zero tolerance for corruption.
”The Controller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, Rtd has been able to achieve blocking of revenue leakages and strategic deployment of personnel for increased productivity.
”We as a service are not relaxed on our functions and will not compromise our position in the cause of serving the country. We shall continue to maximally evoke the provisions of Sections 147 and 158 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (as amended) to enter anywhere suspected to be used to warehouse smuggled goods, seize the goods and legitimately patrol everywhere in the country to achieve our goals” Attah said.
Attah said the service anti smuggling activities has resulted in increased number of seizures amounting to over four thousand seizures with a duty paid value of over N10b and still increasing.
The customs spokesman added that the service is focused on achieving unprecedented revenue collection this year and beyond Customs in recent times intensified seizures of suspected smuggled cars parked in cars shops while also raiding shops and warehouses where smuggled rice were kept.