The Federal Government is yet to set the 2019 revenue collection target for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
On its own, the organization last year pledged to overshoot the revenue generation of 2017, but when The Nation asked the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah to state this year’s target on phone on Monday, he said it was too early to conjecture it.
He said “it is too early. We shouldn’t talk about it yet. The Federal Government has not even set its target for the service.”
He had however, at the weekend, announced in a statement that the organization generated the sum of N1,202,271,240,478.30 for the year 2018, representing N164,897,273,077.50 over 2017 collection which was N1,037,373,967,400.80.
Commenting on this historic feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) described it as the result of dogged pursuit of what is right rather than being populist by compromising national interest on the altar of individual or group interests.
According to him, the rising annual revenue generation from the service in the last three years is the result of reform programmes which include but not limited to:
Upgrade on the electronic
systems from Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS I) to NICIS
II which has blocked leakages.Ø
Strategic deployment of manpower.Ø
Strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the Tariff and Trade department.Ø
Robust stakeholder engagement resulting to increased compliance.Ø
Increased disposition of Officers and Men to put national interest above selves.Ø
In the same vain, the NCS reinvigorated anti-smuggling operations yielded a total of 5,235 seizures with duty paid value (DPV) of N61,543,633,401.31.
These seizures include arms, ammunition, more than 59 containers of Tramadol and other controlled drugs and 320,709 foreign rice etc.
Though smuggling remains a challenge, the service three layers security strategy continues to make smuggling unattractive to the would be smugglers.
While the service continues to deal decisively with smugglers, fellow citizens, especially border dwellers and port users are advised to support NCS 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.