A sum of N1,202,271,240,478.30 was generated by the Nigeria Customs Service in 2018.The amount was N164,897,273,077.50 higher than N1,037,373,967,400.80 collected by the Service in 2017.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) noted that the increasing annual revenue generation in the last three years was the result of reform programmes carried out by the service.
The reforms, according to the Comptroller General, included upgrade on the electronic systems from Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS I) to NICIS II which has blocked leakages, strategic deployment of manpower, strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the Tariff and Trade department, robust stakeholder engagement resulting to increased compliance and increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves.
The service in the year recorded a total of 5,235 seizures with duty paid value (DPV) of N61,543,633,401.31. The seizures included arms, ammunition, more than 59 containers of Tramadol and other controlled drugs and 320,709 bags of foreign rice.
Ali admitted that smuggling was a great challenge but the service three layers security strategy continues to make smuggling unattractive to the would be smugglers.
He called on citizens, especially border dwellers and port users, to support the service by reporting any smuggling activity to the nearest customs formation.
‘’Together we can protect our economy and security by joining hands to fight smuggling and ensure that appropriate customs duty is paid on every dutiable import.
‘’Accordingly, we appreciate compliant stakeholders that have supported the Service in 2018 and call on all Nigerians and especially international trade actors to help make 2019 better for the nation,’’ said Ali.