By Ifeyinwa Obi
Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has said that it collected N594 million as revenue in January 2017.
This is in addition to 43 seizures with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N92 million impounded in the period under review.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Taupyen Salenchang, said the major revenue collected was from imported general goods and baggage assessment using the Passengers Baggage Entry System, PBES, platform.
On the revenue figure, Controller of the command, Mr Victor Dimka, said that the ban on vehicles through the land borders had no negative implication on the Service since no revenue was lost to the Federal Government’s coffers.
This, according to him, is because the revenue that was supposed to be collected through the land border is still being collected at the seaport without leakages.
Dimka said every officer must ensure total compliance with the policy for it to succeed, saying that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the success of the policy was intelligently driven with a robust relationship between the border command and the host communities.