The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Niger Area Command, said on Wednesday that it collected N146 million as internally generated revenue in February.
Mr Benjamin Binga, the Command’s Comptroller, gave the figure in an interview with newsmen in Minna.
The command, which comprised Niger, Kwara and Kogi, has N3.4 billion revenue target for the year, as directed by the customs headquarters.
Binga said that the command had taken concrete working measures to ensure the realisation of increased revenue.
According to him, adequate security measures have been adopted by the command, to block the smuggling of goods into the country through the area.
“We have identified all the smugglers’ routes and have deployed competent officers to fight the menace to a standstill.”
Binga solicited the support of traditional rulers, especially those at border posts, in assisting officers manning the areas with relevant information, to discourage smuggling.
He also appealed for more working support from stakeholders, including members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in sharing information on smugglers’ activities.