Customs generates over N1tr revenue in six months

Hameed Ali
Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has generated N1.003 trillion revenue in the first six months of this year.

Customs Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, stated this on Thursday while addressing journalists in Abuja.

Attah said the amount was realized between January to June 2021, stating that the amount was N290.2 billion higher than the N713.5 billion generated within the same period of 2020.

“Hitting the trillion-Naira mark within six months is unprecedented in the service. This feat is a result of the resolute pursuit of what is right and willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by COVID-19.

“The service revenue profile continues to be on the increase due to ongoing reforms that exploit the potentials of technology.

“This is possible through robust automation of the processes and procedures. Deployment of officers is strictly based on the standard operating procedure, robust stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance and improved working relationship with the National Assembly etc.” he said.

The Customs spokesman also said that a total of 2,333 seizures with duty paid value of N4.42 billion was made during the period.

“Some of these seizures include dangerous items like arms and ammunition, illicit drugs and food items like rice, vegetable oil e.t.c. that could have had grave consequences on national security and economy,” he stated.

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