By Ifeyinwa Obi
Lagos—The Customs Area Controller, Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Ndalati Mohammed, has affirmed that the Command recorded huge increase in its revenue collection in the first quarter of 2015, because its anti-smuggling message and resistance to smuggling activities was paying-off.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Ndalati who reeled out the achievements of the Seme Area Command, within the first quarter of the year, said the Command collected N2.58 billion as revenue, an improvement over the N2.13 billion collected in the same period in 2014.
According to the Seme Customs boss, the Command’s “no go area” for illegalities, cooperation from stakeholders and security agencies, enlightenment programme in the surrounding communities and the zeal to get the best out of the officers and men necessitated the increase that was achieved.
He said: “Within the first quarter of the year, the Command collected the sum of N2,583,548,432.53 as revenue which was an improvement over the sum of N2, 133, 776, 367.31 collected in the same period last year 2014. A breakdown of the collections shows as follows January N909, 906, 291.39,
February N899,800,250.76 and March N773,841,890.38. The increase was achieved through the motivational effort of the Command’s Area Controller, co-operation from our stakeholders, result of the Command’s enlightenment programme in the surrounding communities and the zeal of Ndalati to get the best out of the officers and men.”
The Seme Customs boss, who decried that the revenue feat could have been higher but for the reduction in the volume of imports which some importers attributed to unfavourable exchange rate regime and apprehension towards the elections.