By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
The Oyo/Osun Area Controller of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr Temitope Ogunkua has hinted that the command generated over N4billion in the first three months of 2016 .
Addressing a press conference at the command’s headquarters in Ibadan, on the command’s feats recorded in the first three months of the year, the Area Controller also said a total of 72 seizures with the duty paid value of over N200million were made by the command between January to April this year.
Mr Ogunkua disclosed that prominent among the seizures recorded by the Command during the period included 226 packages of cannabis Sativa, 3,103 50kg bags of rice with duty paid value of over N24million, 43 fairly used assorted vehicles with a duty paid value of over N52million.
He stressed further that other seizures made by Oyo/Osun NCS command also included 66 cartons of frozen imported poultry products with a duty paid value of over N548million
“The Oyo/Osun Command generated a total of Four billion, six hundred and eleven million, nine hundred and fourteen thousand, five hundred and ten naira thirty two kobo (N 4,611, 914, 510. 32) in the first quarter of the year 2016” he said.
Mr Ogunkua pointed out that “repeatedly, a total of 72 seizures with the duty paid value of N203, 649,995.00 were made by the command from the month of January to April 2016, saying, “we are looking at how we can block those revenue leakages”.
The Controller added that the command is determined to re-strategize and re-engineer its anti-smuggling operation modalities to match the ever evolving challenges posed by smugglers.
“It is expected that there will be increase in the command’s revenue profile in this quarter through voluntary compliance to duty payment by all genuine importers and excise factories, channeling efforts towards breaking new frontiers through stakeholders engagements, building a more robust synergy with other security agencies, intelligence sharing and utilization, discovering emerging extant factories and bringing them under excise control”.
According to him, during this period, a total of 617 vehicles paid duty to the tune of over N98million, saying all hands must be on the deck to generate maximum revenue while blocking all leakages within the Command’s area of coverage.
Oyo/Osun NCS generates over N4billion in 3months – Area Controller
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.