Stories By Donald Tseen:
Some strategic measures in terms of restructuring and repositioning for efficient service delivery taken by Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali, (retired) resulted in the N1trillion historic revenue collection by service this year.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) record breaking collection is against N770 billion target set for 2017. NCS Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, Stated this at a news conference in Abuja.
According to him, “NCS has recorded the highest revenue collection ever of N1,012,259,006,779.74 with five more working days to the end of 2017. “This spectacular performance in revenue collection shows N241,685,276,289.74 over the N770,573,730,490 target for the year and well above the N898,673,857,431.07 collected in 2016.
“(This is) Despite the economic recession experienced earlier in the year, with low volume of imports and restriction placed on 41 items from accessing Forex.
He said that for the CGC to achieve this feat, took some measures like strategic redeployment of officers, restraining of the operatives of Customs Intelligence Unit were done, among others. “Sadly, in the process of enforcing the laws, six officers fell in the line of duty this year,’’ the spokesman said. He said that the Customs boss had directed sustained onslaught against smugglers, especially at this festive period. Attah, however, said that in the spirit of the season, all stakeholders were enjoined to reflect on the value of patriotism and resolved to avoid all forms of smuggling.