The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) plans to spend the sum of N706.43 billion to pay salaries, run its operations and undertake capital projects in 2024, its Comptroller-General Adewale Adeniyi has said.
Speaking while defending the NCS 2024 budget before the Senate Committee on Customs at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja on Monday, Adeniyi said the service will focus attention on consolidating projects carried over from last year, increasing staff welfare by improving and motivating officers’ performance, and integrating technologies into customs processes.
Adeniyi also promised to surpass the NCS 2024 revenue target of N5.079 trillion.
“We intend to grant waivers to vehicle owners to pay duties within a specific time to avoid sanctions and to regularise the importation of vehicles through payment of duties,” he said.
He also said that the service plans to recruit 1,600 additional personnel in 2024.
“The low figure is due to the small vacancies we have available. These vacancies are primarily for junior staff who will carry out customs operations and guard duties. In subsequent years, more recruitment exercises will be carried out,” he said.