Nigerian Customs breaks record, generates N1.3trn in 2019, supersedes target by N404bn

Nigerian Customs breaks record, generates N1.3trn in 2019, supersedes target by N404bn

- Nigerian Customs has declared its revenue for 2019

- The service said it generated N1.3trillion in 2019

- Comptroler-General of the Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), said the service exceeded its traget for last year by N404billion

In what seems like a record breaking, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday, January 9, said it generated N1.341 trillion as revenue for the year 2019.

Daily Trust reports that the NCS said the the total revenue for the year 2019 exceeded the target of N937 billion by N404bn revenue. gathered that the Customs public relations officers, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah, said that the 2019 revenue generation milestone also exceeded the N1.202tr generated in 2018 by N139.2bn.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), while commenting on the feat, described it as a result of resolute pursuit of what is right rather than being populist by compromising national interest on the altar of individual or group interests.

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He said the service revenue generation profile had continued to be on the rise annually as the ongoing reforms in the Service insists on strategic policies.

Ali said those policies includes the strategic deployment of officers strictly using the standard operating procedure, strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department, and the automation of the Customs process thereby, eliminating vices associated with the manual process.

Nigerian Customs breaks record, generates N1.3trn in 2019, supersedes target by N404bn

Comptroller-General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd)
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He noted that others included robust stakeholder sensitization, resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance, increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves.

The NCS boss also noted that the partial border closure, which has forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports, raised revenue collection from ports.

“Before the commencement of the border drill on 20th August 2019, revenue generation was between N4bn to N5bn but now NCS generates between N5bn to N7bn daily.

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“The partial border closure is a decisive action against the challenging issue of trans-border crime and criminalities, fueled by the noncompliance to ECOWAS Protocol on transit of goods by neigbhouring countries,” he noted in the statement.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that officers of the Katsina command of the Nigerian NCS impounded smuggled goods worth N108 million.

It was reported that this was disclosed by DC Dahiru Kirawa, the acting comptroller of the command, who said that the NCS in the state also arrested six suspects said to be linked to the seized goods. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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