The Ogun State Customs Command, Abeokuta has realised a huge sum of N730million in the first quarters of its operations in 2011.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the zone, DC Oteri Richard, disclosed this in a chat with Sunday Business, stressing that the N730million was against N559million raked in the same period in 2010.
He said, “since I assumed office as the CAC in February 14, 2011, the command has witnessed significant progress in key strategic fronts of the service, improved revenue collection, high number of seizure and smooth trade facilitation process.
The success was achieved due to the new strategies put in place to change a whole lot of operational tactics which included motivation of units patrol leaders to exhibit genuine leadership which was hitherto lacking. A greater percentage of the revenue base of the command is sourced from excisable factories and import duties. Indeed 97 per cent of our revenue is earned from these sources.”
He added, it is noteworthy to say that earlier the command performed excise control over five factories in the state, but now a good number of infant factories had been discovered and brought under excise control. For the first quarter of this year, 319 seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N247,381,384.00 were made, compared to 59 seizures with DPV of N63,000,102.00 recorded in the period in 2010, showing an increase of 440 per cent.
These seizures included vehicles, frozen poultry products, textile, rice, shoes and handbags. The seizures recorded from February when I assumed to end of March were 264 with DPV of N193,744,384.00, and when compared to 47 seizures with DPV of N57,421,622.00 recorded in 2010 represents an increase of 461 per cent.