Border Closure : Nigeria Customs Service collects N1.3 trl revenue in 2019

                              Hits N7 bn daily revenue collection 

CGC, Col. Hameed Ali(Rtd.)
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday announced a revenue figure of N1, 341,690, 568,327 trillion collected in 2019, a performance it attributed to the partial border closure.
In a statement, Spokesperson of the NCS, DC Joseph Attah, said the amount generated surpassed the target of  N937,286,121,586.00 set for the year 2019 and N139,241,835,082.29 over the sum of N1,202,448,733,244.89 generated in 2018.
Attah said that the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) attributed the collected to a decision to carry out the customs duties accordingly, rather than fall for distractions from people’s interests. 

He added that the brilliant performance of the customs service in the year ended was as a result of initiatives including the strategic deployment of officers, done according to standard operating procedure, as well as the strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department.

Ali also gave credence to the automation of the customs process, which he said eliminated vices associated with the manual process, stakeholder sensitization and increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above self.

He said that the partial border closure forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports, thereby raised revenue collection from the ports.

“Before the commencement of the border drill on 20th August 2019, revenue generation was between N4 billion to N5 billion but now NCS generate between N5 billion to N7 billion daily.

“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.

“NCS hopes that the ongoing discussions with our neighbours will yield permanent solution to the challenges of border security,” Ali said.
Accordingly, Ali said that the NCS would readily implement strictly, outcome of the ongoing diplomatic engagements.

He disclosed that a total of 30,906 assorted items with a duty paid value of N62,134,426,199.00  were seized as the service worked to maintain the security and well-being  of citizens and national economy protection.

He said: “These seizures include arms, ammunition, illicit drugs, used clothing, vegetable oil, frozen poultry and foreign rice among others that have grave consequences on economy security and well-being of Nigerians.

“While we give our assurances of total commitment to the course of nation building, we call on Nigerians, especially the business community to support the NCS on the ongoing drive to robustly contribute to National Security and create enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country.”