Nigeria Customs Service, NSC, says it has generated the sum of N2,240,880,308,195.77 for the year 2021.
The amount generated, according to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), is over the target of N1,678,715,016,014.00 set for the year under review, adding that it is over the sum of N1,562,115,419,216.32 generated in 2020, representing 43.45% increase.
Commenting, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Ali (Rtd) said the feet was achieved as a result of resolute pursuit of what is right and willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by covid-19.
In a statement by Compt. Joseph O. Attah, Public Relations Officer of the Customs, the CG said service revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise annually as the ongoing reforms in the Service insist on Strategic deployment of officers strictly using the standard operating procedure.
The CG added that strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department, automation of the Customs process thereby eliminating vices associated with the manual process, robust stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance as well as Increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves are also part of the reforms.
In the same vein, the CG said that the Service’s efforts to prevent the entry of items that could compromise the Security of citizens, economy and the well-being of people resulted in the seizures of 5,096 assorted items with a duty paid value of N13,796,646,685.60 and 160 suspects at different levels of Investigation or Prosecution.
“Other landmark achievements in 2021 that are capable of boosting national security and economy are: i. The installation of three (3) brand new Scanners in Apapa, Tin-Can Island and Onne Ports. ii. Introduction of mobile tracker: A mobile application that enables individuals to remotely validate any declaration/payment and most importantly the status of any vehicle/cargo at any point. It can be installed in mobile devices.
“Others include, Introduction of Standard Operating Procedure for the use of Scanners, Acquisition of rugged, gun trucks to secure anti-smuggling operatives in an increasingly hostile environment, and E-customs take-off process now at the stage of final signing of agreement,” he said.
According to the CG, all these are expected to impact positively on trade facilitation, fight smuggling, block revenue leakages and significantly impact on revenue generation and national security.
He therefore commended his officers for the achievement, saying “The NCS management recognizes the selfless efforts of Officers and Men who remained undaunted throughout the year resulting in these achievements.”
He also appreciated and commendes the increasing numbers of compliant traders noting that compliance is a patriotic thing to do by citizens who desire a better nation.
While giving the assurances of the Service determination to continuously seek ways of making it easy for stakeholders to comply, the CGC prayed for the repose of the souls of operatives who paid the supreme price in the course of fighting smugglers. The living, he said must sustain the fight in honor of the departed.