The Nigeria Customs Service Seme Command has for the third time this year broken its own revenue record with a One Billion One Hundred and Twenty Nine Million, One Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred and Thirteen Naira Twenty Three Kobo (N1, 129, 115, 213.23) as revenue for the month of September, 2016.
With this the Command has created the eight wonder in the customs revenue generation by its Comptroller Mr Victor Dimka who on resumption of office embarked on total sanitization of one of the most porous borders in the Country.
Mr Victor Dimka said the command also made a total of 76 Seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N67,729,225.18 for the period under review.
The upsurge in the revenue figure for the period under review has been commended by customs high command as unprecedented in recent times.
The command regreted that the previous months were characterized by a lot of challenges that militated against the smooth collection of revenue in the area,
it is heartwarming to note that efforts put in place to address the challenges yielded the expected result far above the preceding months.
The amount generated surpassed the sum of N883, 791,678.88 that was collected within the same period under review in 2015 with over N245, 323, 534, 35
Commenting on the revenue figure generated, the Custom Area Controller Mr Victor Dimka said that the previous challenge of revenue in the Command has been overcome.
He pointed out that there will be a boost in revenue if the Memorandum of Understanding signed with our counterpart (Republic of Benin) translates into handing over of all transit vehicles to Seme Command.
Mr Dimka stated that with the compliance in the general unification of values across border Commands, the implementation of the complete 17 digits declaration of VIN and the strict adherence to clearance procedure of general goods, he hoped that this feat will be recorded and sustained once the principle of compliance, transparency and integrity will be observed while discharging the core mandates of the Service.
The CAC pointed out that this impressive performance will go down memory lane to justify our commitment and determination to succeed at all times.
Mr Victor Dimka said “the Command remained undaunted and cannot be deterred in performing her statutory responsibility no matter the challenge’.
In a related development,, the anti-smuggling unit of the Command has also intercepted and arrested three (3) bullet proof vehicles smuggled into the country at different entry locations.
The three arrested bullet proof vehicles with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) ofN58,797,969.00 where arrested with the following registration:-
A black Jeep Escalade with Lagos Registration number GGE 225 BM.
A black Toyota Land Cruiser (VKR) with Lagos Registration number LSR 906 AG
A black Mercedes Benz Bus with a foreign number.
Inspecting the seized bullet proof vehicles, the Customs Area Controller disclosed that the security of the nation remains a top priority to the border Commands of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Mr Dimka re-iterated that apart from generating revenue, suppression of smuggling and facilitation of legitimate trade, the Nigeria Customs Service has a complementary role of protecting the territorial integrity of this nation.
He said that the challenge of security is vital to the survival of the nation’s socio-economic and political growth; hence the need to ensure that bullet proof vehicles undergo security procedure for approval from the office of the National Security Adviser before importation.
He highlighted that the Command’s seizures in recent times was a sign to the alertness and security consciousness of the anti-smuggling unit.
Mr Dimka stated that the Command located at the corridor of the West Africa sub-region will not relent in its effort in combating smuggling and other cross border vices.
He explained that when smuggling is drastically reduced through aggressive anti-smuggling operations as in the case of Seme Command, legitimate trade across the frontier would be facilitated and higher revenue generated.
He charged officers and men to sustain the healthy and symbiotic relationship with the stakeholders in the implementation process of the Federal Government fiscal policies.
The Seme Command’s Comptroller observed that a healthy relationship devoid of infractions in clearing procedure will give the Command the desired result, increase in revenue generation and suppression of smuggling.
Mr Dimka attributed all the good story of his command to the absolute dedication of his officers and men to the service of their motherland.