Customs generates N2.714bn in three months

Kwara State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Wednesday, said that it generated a sum of N2.714 billion in three months.

In a statement by the head of the command, Comptroller H. B. Ahmed, in Ilorin, he said that the generated revenue represented 33.77 per cent of the third quarter of the year.

The Customs boss, who said that the 2020 revenue target for the command is N 8.038 billion, added that the command had so far generated N5.058 billion out of it from January and September 2020.

He also said: “Since the creation of the command in July last year, the command has so far generated N7.463 billion and remitted same to the federation account.

Comptroller Ahmed also said that the command recorded a total of 21 seizures worth N35.495 million within the period under review, comprising of rice, vegetable oil and used vehicles.

“The breakdown is as follows; 1,023 bags of foreign parboiled rice with duty paid value (DPV) of N18 million, 11 used vehicles with duty paid value (DPV) of N6.972 million, general merchandise with duty paid value (DPV) of N86,400. The total DPV of all the seized items is N35.495 million,” he said.

He also said that the command had gone beyond revenue collection/generation, to creating an enabling environment for legitimate businesses to thrive in line with the Comptroller General’s mandate, with the resolve by the Command to achieve and equally reduce the cost of doing business.

“The collective resolve of the Customs and its sister organisation is to fight criminality, protect law-abiding Nigerians and ensure seamless information sharing and operational synergies whenever or wherever the need arises,” he said.

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