The Nigeria Customs Service has recorded highest ever monthly revenue collection of N140,415,355,659.97 in the month of August 2018.
Commenting on this historic feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd), described it as a result of dogged pursuit of the reform programmes.
Ali said such included strategic deployment of manpower; upgrade on the electronic systems from Nigeria Integrated Customs Information Systemto NICIS II, which has blocked leakages; strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the Tariff and Trade Department; robust stakeholder engagements resulting in higher compliance; and
increased disposition of Officers and Men to change the way of doing things for the better.
Ali’s implementation of the three pronged Presidential mandate of Restructure, Reform and Raise revenue in NCS has continued to strengthen the service as a crucial contributor to National economy and security, a statement by the Service on Wednesday said.
In the last eight months, the Service has effected seizures of 156,090 bags of smuggled rice, 15,632 sets of military wears, 489,000 ammunitions and other items with the highest monthly revenue collection of over N140 billion in August 2018.
These positive harvests in the areas of anti-smuggling and revenue generation is a clear testimony of what can be achieved under a selflessly focused leadership, the statement added.
The NCS therefore called on Nigerians to support the Service by providing credible information that will help nip smuggling in the bud and generate needed revenue for national development.