By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has within the month of August 2016 realized over N95B in revenue generated, which is the highest ever in 10 years.
New Nigerian gathered this from a statement from the NCS, which attributed the restructuring carried out by the Comptroller-General, Colonel Hamed Ali (rtd).
“Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) on assumption of office as the Comptroller-General of Customs August last year arrived with a three prone Presidential mandate, namely:- Reform, Restructure and Raise revenue.
“To achieve these, he drew his policy thrust, which harped, on Honesty, Integrity and Transparency as bases for achieving the mandate. Starting from the Headquarters and then to all Customs formations across the Country,” the statement informed.
It explained that knowing that reform and restructuring are activities within the Nigeria Customs Service, while raising the much needed revenue requires cooperation and Compliance from the part of Stakeholders, the CGC embarked on Stakeholders visitations to secure their buying into the new way of doing business with the Service.
“After one year at the helm of affairs, the Nigeria Customs Service, revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise.
Last month, August 2016, the Service recorded the highest revenue in 10 years despite the Forex difficulty, low imports and general economic downturn. The Service generated N95, 760, 763, 642.04, a feat that points to the efficacy of the Comptroller-General’s policy thrust.
“The strong stance of the CGC on issues of Discipline, Integrity and Strict adherence to Customs Codes and Clearance procedures is yielding positive results in the areas of suppression of smuggling and revenue collection.”