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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
  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

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

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.”

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