Customs Generate 1.1bn From Seme Border
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Seme Command generated N1.1 billion in September, up from N883.7 million recorded in the corresponding period of 2015.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Taupyen Selchang, in a statement issued on Sunday, the command recorded 76 seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N67.7 million in the month under review.
“The upsurge in the revenue figure in the period under review is unprecedented in recent times.
“Though the previous months were characterised by a lot of challenges that militated against the smooth collection of revenue in the command, it is heartwarming to note that efforts put in place to address the challenges yielded the expected result far above the preceding months,’’ Selchang said.
The Area Controller, Comptroller of the Seme command Victor Dimka, disclosed that the previous challenge of revenue generation by the command had been overcome.
“There will be a boost in revenue if the Memorandum of Understanding signed with our counterpart (Republic of Benin) translates into handing over of all transit vehicles to Seme Command,’’ Dimka said.
He talked about the level of compliance in the general unification of values across border commands; the implementation of the complete 17 digits declaration of Vehicle Identification Number (VIN); and the strict adherence to clearance procedure of general goods.
Dimka was optimistic that this feat would be recorded and sustained, once the principle of compliance, transparency and integrity while discharging the core mandates of the service, is strictly adhered to.
The controller said that the impressive performance would go down memory lane to justify officers’ commitment and determination to succeed at all costs.
He said the command remained undaunted and would not be deterred in performing its statutory responsibility, no matter the challenge.
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