By Suzzy Tolofari
Abuja,Jan.5,2018(NAN) The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has expressed the hope to exceed 2017 record of revenue performance in 2018, appealing for support from all Nigerians.
The Public Relations Officer,Mr Joseph Attah, told newsmen on Friday in Abuja.
He said that the NCS received Federal Government support in 2017, adding that this will translate to more patrol vehicles and equipment to perform even better in 2018.
“We are prepared to do more of what we did last year and we look forward to breaking the record of 2017 in 2018 by God grace,”Attah said.
Attah expressed diapleasure in the publication of some national dailies who choose to report the Service press conference that was held in Lagos on Thursday, Jan. 4, in a disturbing matter.
He said that the publication appears to suggest some lingering friction between the NCS and National Assembly.
According to him, some national dailies choose to put a headline like “Customs blames the National Assembly for 2017 performance.
“For avoidance of doubt, we want to say that the relationship between the NCS and the National Assembly is very cordial, there is no problem and we have no reason to blame the respected body for what is generally accepted as a very good performance in 2017.
“How do we(Customs) blame an individual or an organisation when many are commending the Service a job well done in terms of revenue collection and suppression of smuggling?
“We are not reporting something nagative, we are reporting something positive, does it make sense to blame somebody for performing very well,”Attah said.
Attah said that the Service generated a total sum of N1.037 trillion at the end of 2017.
According to him, the reinvigorated anti-smuggling operations in 2017raked in a total of 4,492 assorted seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N 12.78 billion.
He added that these include the 2,671 pump action riffles, dangerous drugs, vehicles and rice among others, adding 207 suspects were arrested in connection with these seizures. (NAN)