From Isa Dangana, Minna
As the year 2018 runs out, the Niger, Kogi and Kwara Customs Area, Command has netted more than N791.2 million into the coffers of Federal Government in the last three months, The Triumph has gathered.
As the nation approaches end of the 2018, frantic efforts are being made by various sectors of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to beef up revenue generation designed to improve the economic sector.
In the realization of this objective, the Custom Area Controller for Niger, Kogi and Kwara Area Command, Yusuf Abba-Kassim spoke at a media parley in Minna, the capital of Niger State recently told journalists in the state that since he assumed office in August this year a lot of successes were recorded by the command.
The controller said within the period under review seizures were made in different categories.
“I believe the year has been a blessing to every one of us. I resumed here in the command on Monday 13th August, 2018 determined to build on the success record of my predecessors both in revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities. As we all know, the Nigeria Customs Service is very serious on sustenance of the nation’s economy.
“I recognize the critical role the media can play enlightenment to all our stakeholders and the society at large. This is why I have called this briefing to partner with the media in order to achieve willful compliance from the public as well as to showcase what the command is doing.
“I took it as my first point of duty to visit all the head of sister agencies, traditional rulers and customs formation within the command to recognize them, strengthen the co-existing cordial relationship between the command and the critical stakeholders as well as to solicit for greater cooperation in terms of information gathering and dissemination.
“The result of the action coupled with the command’s renewed vigour in utilization of cutting edge strategies in our anti-smuggling war. These strategic seizures were made in the month of October 2018 alone. There are Nine Hundred and Thirty Four (934) 50kg bags of imported foreign rice suspected to have come in through the land border with a duty paid value of N160, 066,700; 12 bales of second hand clothing with duty paid value of N432, 000; one used Volkswagen Golf with duty paid value of N180, 000; and one used Toyota Camry with duty paid value of N3, 577, 500,” he stated,
Other seizures according to him are one used Toyota Avencis (black colour) 1998 model, one used Toyota Rav4 (red colour) 2017 model and one trailer (Howo)18-tire truck loaded with bags of imported foreign rice and sugar.
“On the other hand, the Command has generated a total of N 791,240,411.77 from August, 2018 when I assumed office to date. This period last year 2017, the Command generated N316, 517,521.96 (August to October, 2017), which shows an increase of N474, 722,899.81,” he explained.
He stated that a total of 23 seizures with the duty paid value of N37, 911,707 has been made under his leadership, adding that in the same period last year (August to October, 2017), the Command had a total of 25 seizures with a duty paid value of N51, 117,604.
“Another seizure was that of the Dongote truck containing 520 bags of rice with duty paid value of N8, 840,000, 50 bags of sugar with DPN of N697, 000.
“I want to use this medium to reiterate that the current administration of customs under the able leadership of Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has zero tolerance for corruption and revenue leakages in all its ramifications and the Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command is committed to enforcing same,” said he.