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Customs Generates N 1.072bn Revenue At Seme Border

Posted: Mar 4, 2016 at 10:22 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

*Seizes 55 Goods Worth N15.6m


The Seme-Badagry area command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said that it has generated N 1,072,484,462.82 as revenue for the Federal Government.

The command also said it made 55 seizures with a duty paid value of  N15,614,397.00  all in the month of February 2016.
Six suspects were also arrested in connection with the seizures during the period in review.
It was gathered that the revenue generated in the month of February, despite all odds, was indeed mind boggling as analysts’ are yet to come to terms with the mysteries behind the Customs Area Controller, Seme Border command, Dimka Victor’s miracle.

The Customs Area controller appears to have been up and doing in his duties.
Independent learnt that since his arrival at Seme command, the only language he is fond of saying is “Seme must get it right’,  to get it right he said the  conscious mistake of the past must be avoided, hence the re-structuring and re-strategizing of the command to meet the current dynamics of smuggling in a sensitive international border like Seme.

Comparatively, research from Seme data base has shown that the revenue figure of February 2016, is the first of its kind since the creation of the command. The revenue collected for the month exceeded the N899,800,250.76 collected within the same period in 2015, representing N172,684,212.06 excess collection.

The command noted that achieving this feat did not come easy, considering the hiccups that militated against such performance both nationally and internationally, such as the prevailing high exchange rate; the industrial action by the port Authority and the customs in the Republic of Benin, protest on the implementation process of unifying the ex-factory price nationally and the uncompromising stand of the command to remain resolute in adhering strictly to the service guidelines and procedures.

Independent gathered that the Customs Area Controller is not resting on his oars as he briefed his management team to intensify the effort of every unit towards actualizing same in the month of March 2016. According to the Comptroller, “It is easy to attain success, but not easy to maintain success; therefore all hands must be on deck to maintain and exceed the current record.”