The Seme Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday said it generated N909.9 million as revenue in January.
The spokesman for the command, Mr Ernest Olottah, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry.
He said that the revenue generated was 13.92 per cent higher than the N783.2 million collected in the corresponding period in 2014.
“In the month of January, we generated so much because trading activities were high since it is the start of the year.
“As the year goes on, our revenue generation would get higher and we will definitely be able to surpass our monthly target of N1.1 billion,” he said.
Olottah said that the command generated N9.6 billion in 2014, adding that the figure was 3.4 billion less than the N13 billion target for the year.
He gave the assurance that the command would surpass the N13 billion target set for it this year.
He said the command made 52 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) N14.5 million.
“The items that were seized include cars, hard drugs, rice, vegetable oil, paints, second hand clothes, frozen poultry products and general goods.
The spokesman urged Nigerians to desist from smuggling due to its adverse effect on the economy.
“Smuggling isn’t good for the economy, so we must work together to save our economy and embrace legitimate trade.
“In the course of importing and exporting any products, protocol must be observed by paying levies and duties to the Nigeria Customs Service,” he said.
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