Seme Customs Command generates N722m in March

The Seme Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on yesterday said it generated N722.1 million revenue in March.

The command’s spokesman, Ernest Olottah, said in Seme that the revenue was N94 million higher than the N628.5 million generated in February.

Olottah attributed the increase to higher business activities in March.

“In the month of March, the command generated more revenue because trading activities were high. As the year goes on, our revenue generation will get higher and we will be able to surpass our monthly target of N1.1 billion,’’ he said.

He said that the command generated N8.48 billion in 2013, adding that the figure was N4.5 billion lower than the N13 billion target set for the year.

Olottah assured that the command would realise the N13 billion revenue target set for it this year by the management.

He said the command made 63 seizures in March with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N21.4 million.

According to him, the items seized include cars, hard drugs, rice, vegetable oil, second hand clothes, frozen poultry products and general goods.

Olottah said that the command also arrested one person for alleged smuggling poultry products during the period, adding that he would be prosecuted after investigation.

He urged Nigerians to desist from smuggling due to its adverse effects on the economy.

“We need to realise that smuggling is not good for the economy, so we must work together to save our economy and embrace legitimate trades. In the course of importing and exporting any product, protocols must be observed by paying levies and duties to the Nigeria Customs Service,’’ he said.