The Nigerian Customs Service’s Makes Over N9Billion In Four Months
The Nigeria Customs Service, Zone B, has generated over N9 billion from January to April 2018.
The Zonal Coordinator, Mr Udo Emmanuel, made the disclosure through Emmanuel, an Assistant Controller General, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
”We generated over N2.5 billion in January, over N2.2 in February and it then rose to over N2.3 billion in March and dropped to over N2.2 billion in April,” he said
“The reason for revenue drop in April particularly in Kaduna and Kano dry ports is because Customs introduced NISES 2, which is an automated system of collecting and computing revenue which is usually enhanced yearly”, he stressed.
Emmanuel noted that the revenue platform is upgraded yearly to avoid loopholes used by agents to exploit and defraud government in revenue collection.
While reviewing seizures made, the ACG stated that the Zone made about 528 seizures and 38 arrests during the period under review.
“In January, the Zone had 103 seizures with 10 suspects and a duty paid value of over N157 million, in the month of February we had 175 seizures with 11 suspects and a duty paid value of over N313 million while in March, we had 160 seizures with 12 suspects and a duty paid value of over N164 million and lastly in April, we had 90 seizures with five suspects arrested and duty value of about N95 million”.
Emmanuel further stated that the total amount of the duty paid value of the seizures made in the first quarter of the year stood at over N773 million.
He said that the customs service, with the support of the Federal Government, had reduced smuggling activities to the barest minimum.
Naija News understands that the Zone ‘B’ of the customs service covers 11 states namely ; Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Kogi, Kwara and the FCT.