The Kwara Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service under the leadership of Compt. Ahmed Hussaini Bello has generated a whooping N1, 696,018,694.74 between January and March 2020.
This is even as the command announced that through its anti smuggling prowes, it also recorded 54 seizures with duty paid Value (DPV) of N 282,198,292.00.
In a press release sent to our correspondent by the spokesman of the command, Mr. Chado Zakari on Tuesday, the command explained that the revenue generated represents 21% of the Command’s annual target of N8, 038,000.000.
A breakdown of the figures shows that 1,006,901,647.42 was generated in January, 332,272,223.68 in February and 356,844,823.64 collected in the month of March.
This bring the total amount of revenue generated by the Command since its creation to N4, 100, 336, 737.22
The items seized by the command during the period u der review includes;
• 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
According to Mr. Chado, Compt. Ahmed is also vigorously pursuing the Comptroller General of Customs Zero tolerance for duty evasion and smuggling.
“He has been reviving proficiency with regards to identifying and blocking all possible avenues of revenue leakages, enhancing capacity building in the areas of modern Customs Operation, reinforcing the commitment of officers and men in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities and ensuring disciplinary actions are taken on any erring officer found compromising”
Compt. Ahmed declared that seizures were successfully accomplished as a result of the renewed determination of the Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) to rid the country of all forms of illegal importation.
He stated that there will be continuous sensitization for stakeholders on the need to comply with extant laws governing Customs and Excise activities.
“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 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”