Kwara Customs rakes in N1.6b in three months

Kwara state area command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it generated over N1.696 billion in the first three months of the year through seizures of contraband items.
The seizures include vehicles of various types, bags of foreign rice, sacks of marijuana, jerry cans of vegetable oil among others.
In a statement by the Comptroller of the command, Ahmed Hussaini Bello fsi, the revenue represented 21 per cent of the command’s annual target of N8.038 billion, saying that the coronavirus pandemic brought about the lull in the revenue.
“Within the period under review, the command has also recorded 54 seizures with duty paid Value of N282,198,292 million, 21 units of vehicles of various types, 1, 159 Bags of foreign Par Boiled Rice (50kg each),  737 Jerry Cans of Petroleum Product,  20 Jerry Cans of Vegetable  (25 liters each), 48 Sacks of 3,593Kg of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana),
3 different seizures of Narcotics, 9 Used Pneumatics Tyres”, he said.
The  Customs boss also said that the breakdown of the revenue generated on a monthly basis showed thus, JANUARY: 1,006,901,647.42, FEBRUARY: 332,272,223.68, MARCH: 356,844,823.64, with a sum total of 1, 696,018,694.74.
“This brings the total amount of revenue generated by the Command since its creation to N4, 100, 336, 737.22.
“To this end, the Customs Area Controller would like to send a note of warning to economic saboteurs to steer clear of Kwara area Command and engage in meaningful ventures or else they will meet their waterloo.
“Col. Hammed Ali’s implementation of the three-pronged Presidential mandate of Restructure, Reform and Revenue in NCS has continued to strengthen the Service as a crucial contributor to National economy and Security.
“These positive harvests in the areas of anti-smuggling and Revenue generation are a clear testimony of what can be achieved under a selflessly focused leadership. The Controller, therefore, calls on Nigerians to support the Command by providing credible information that will help nip smuggling at the bud and generate needed revenue for national development.
“Officers are properly trained and motivated to carry out their official duties without fear or favor. He urged officers to shun bribery and corruption or they will be shown the way out”, he said.



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