Nigeria Customs Service has recorded highest ever monthly revenue collection of N140,415,355,659.97 in the month of August 2018.
Commenting on this feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, described it as a result of dogged pursuit of the reform programmes which include: Strategic deployment of manpower; Upgrade on the electronic systems from Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS I) to NICIS II which has blocked leakages.
Others are; Strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the Tariff and Trade department; Robust stakeholder engagements resulting in higher compliance; and Increased disposition of Officers and Men to change the way of doing things for the better.
In a statement made available to The Sight News, the Public Relations Officer, DC, Joseph Attah, noted that, Ali’s implementation of three pronged Presidential mandate of Restructure, Reform and Raise revenue in NCS has continued to strengthen the Service as a crucial contributor to National economy and Security.
According to him, “The last eight months, the Service has effected seizures of 156,090 bags of smuggled rice, 15,632 sets of military wears, 489,000 ammunitions and other items with the highest monthly revenue collection of over N140 billion in August 2018.
“These positive harvests in the areas of anti-smuggling and Revenue generation is a clear testimony of what can be achieved under a selflessly focused leadership”.
NCS therefore called on Nigerians to support the Service by providing credible information that will help nip smuggling in the bud and generate needed revenue for national development.