Nigeria Customs Generated Over N2 Trillion In 2021

Hyacinth Chinweuba

Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, generated the sum of N2,240,880,308,195.77 for the year 2021.

Amount generated is over the target of N1,678,715,016,014.00 set for the year. It is over the sum of N1,562,115,419,216.32 generated in 2020 representing 43.45% increase.

Commenting on this feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) described it as a result of resolute pursuit of what is right and willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by covid-19.

The service revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise annually as the ongoing reforms in the Service insist on strategic deployment of officers strictly using the standard operating procedure, enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department and automation of the Customs process thereby eliminating vices associated with the manual process.

Others are stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance, increased and disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves.

In the same vein, the Service efforts to prevent the entry of items that could compromise the Security of our citizens, Economy and the well-being of our people resulted in the seizures of 5,096 assorted items with a duty paid value of N13,796,646,685.60 and 160 suspects at different levels of Investigation or Prosecution.

Other landmark achievements in 2021 that are capable of boosting national security and economy are, installation of three (3) brand new Scanners in Apapa, Tin-Can Island and Onne Ports, introduction of mobile tracker: A mobile application that enables individuals to remotely validate any declaration/payment and most importantly the status of any vehicle/cargo at any point. It can be installed in mobile devices.

Others are introduction of Standard Operating Procedure for the use of Scanners, acquisition of rugged, gun trucks to secure anti-smuggling operatives in an increasingly hostile environment and E-customs take-off process now at the stage of final signing of agreement.

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