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‘How we broke revenue projections record’

The Nigeria Customs Service, Ondo State Command has boosted government’s revenue with N67.2million, realised between January and May 2011.

The immediate past Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, Comptroller Umar Yusuf, made this known at the occasion of the handing over of the zone to the incoming controller, adding that his command realised more than the projected revenue in April, when revenue generation in other units dropped due to election holidays.

According to him, he met only one factory when he took over the command, but later discovered 12 factories through a task-force, which he constituted to enhance their operations. “We recorded 17 seizures in 2010 with additional three seizures from January to May this year. The command also received a commendation letter from the current management for its outstanding performance in April when we overshot our target notwithstanding the elections. We also realised over N45million in 2010. The Ondo State Government was impressed with our performance and donated a new vehicle to the command to enhance our operations”, he said.

Yusuf, who was honoured by Akwa-Cross journalists as the most resourceful CAC of the year 2010, conducted newsmen round numerous projects that the command embarked on during his tenure. The projects included staff clinic, boreholes, barracks for officers, provision of conference room, renovation of the office area, and building of a new chapel and a new mosque.

Yusuf and his team broke the record of increase in revenue generation capacity last year from between N100,000 and N445,000 to N4million for the first time in the history of the command, which is 30 years now, even as he recorded seizures of contra-band with total duty paid value of N100 million within seven months of operations.

Speaking with our correspondent, he said that his team was not impressed with the low revenue profile of the zone and decided to map out new strategies on how to turn the command around for greater productivity.

He disclosed that the Comptroller-General, Dikko Inde, would soon visit the zone to commission numerous projects embarked upon by the command in the last seven months.


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