Customs earn N14.3bn in three months

*Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd).

21 April 2017, Lagos – Despite the downturn in the economy, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Murtala Mohammed Airport Command, Ikeja, Lagos, has announced revenue of N14.399 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017, compared with N11.1 billion earned in the corresponding period of 2016. This represents an increase of N3.258 billion when compared to the Q1 of year 2016.

Controller of the command, Francis Allanah, who disclosed this in a statement, said the command collected a total of N55.5 billion from January to December 2016.

This figure, he added, surpassed the envisage revenue target with a whopping N15.5 billion, and also exceeded the total collection of 2015 by N12.8billion.

Allanah said he and officers in his command would  continue to do their best to surpass targets set by customs high command and boost the revenue of the federal government.

According to him, “The year 2017 is just three months old, notwithstanding the harsh economic realities, by dogged determination, quality leader ship, and commitment by motivation of our officers and men, the MMA command is poised to do more going by revenue figures already collected for the first quarter 2017.

“Clearing agents and importers who work within the Airport can testify to our adherence to and insistence on professional conduct as stipulated by Customs guidelines/regulations. We have made remarkable strides in the areas of revenue generation, anti-smuggling, discipline, enforcement, trainings, officers’ welfare amongst others.”

He added that through in-house training and re-trainings, officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service at MMA have become more professional and unbeatable.

Maximum revenue, he stressed, has therefore been collected on all dutiable items be they exports or imported cargoes.


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