By Godwin Oritse
THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has collected over N1billion for the firstÂ quarter a total of the year 2010 as against N297million collected for same of 2009.
Disclosing to Vanguard in Abuja recently, the Command Area Comptroller AlhajiÂ UsmanÂ Kanakra Bello said that the collection is a far cry from what was collected the first quarter as a result of the measure he put in place to block revenue leakages.
Bello stated that with the impressive performance, the Command is set to exceed its 2010 revenue target of N5billion.He explained that while the January collection was put at N296million which comprises of import duty and other charges.
This is howeverÂ against the sum of N13.2million collected during the same period under review.
For February, athe sum of N260.2million was collected while over N413million was recorded against the month of March.Bello urged sectional heads in the Command to brace up and work toward meeting and surpassing its target.
The new Customs Area Comptroller urged importers and agents operating at the FCT Command to take advantage of the newly installed ASYCUDA systemÂ Â and quality and efficient service offered by the Command.
His words â€œ I urge importers and to ensure that proper documentation of the papers are completed during and after clearing that goods.
â€œThe Customs management gave us a target of N5billion for year 2010 and that translate to N450million every month. And we are doing out best to ensure that we meet this target every month.
â€œSo far we have collected over N1billion for the first quarter of the year, I believe we are moving in the right direction, we are making progress and I am sure that we will meet our target before the end of the yearâ€.