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PRESS RELEASE – 2019 Financial Record of Nigeria Customs Service

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Press Release - 2019 Report - Nigeria Customs Service

A Whooping N1,341,690,568,327.18 was Generated in 2019 – “Col. Hameed Ali (Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service)”

PRESS RELEASE – Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of N1,341,690,568,327.18 for the year 2019. Amount generated is over the target of N937,286,121,586.00 set for the year 2019 and N139,241,835,082.29 over the sum of N1,202,448,733,244.89 generated in 2018. Commenting on this feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) described it as a result of the resolute pursuit of what is right rather than being populist by compromising national interest on the altar of individual or group interests.

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The service revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise annually as the ongoing reforms in the Service insists on:

  • Strategic deployment of officers strictly using the standard operating procedure.
  • Strick enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department.
  • Automation of the Customs process thereby eliminating vices associated with the manual process.
  • Robust stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance.
  • Increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves.
  • The partial border closure which has forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports raised revenue collection from ports.

Before the commencement of the border drill on 20th August 2019, revenue generation was between N4 billion to N5 billion but now NCS generates between N5 billion to N7 billion daily.
The partial border closure is a decisive action against the challenging issue of trans-border crime and criminalities, fueled by the noncompliance to ECOWAS Protocol on the transit of goods by neighboring Countries.NCS hopes that the ongoing discussions with our neighbours will yield permanent solutions to the challenges of border security.

The Service wishes to express its readiness to strictly implement the outcome of the ongoing diplomatic engagements.
In the same vein, the Service efforts to prevent the entry of items that could compromise the security of our citizens, the National Economy and the well being of our people resulted in the seizures of 30,906 assorted items with a duty paid value of N62,134,426,199.00.

These seizures include arms, ammunition, illicit drugs, used clothing, vegetable oil, frozen poultry, and foreign rice among others that have grave consequences on the economic security and well being of Nigerians.
While we give our assurances of total commitment to the course of nation-building, we call on Nigerians, especially the business community to support the NCS on the ongoing drive to robustly contribute to National Security and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country.

Signed:
DC, Joseph Attah
Public Relations Officer
For: Comptroller-General of Customs.

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Customs Intercepts Over N3 Billion Worth of Cocaine, 31, 950 Litres of Petroleum Products in Seme

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Customs Intercepts Over N3 Billion Worth of Cocaine, 31, 950 Litres of Petroleum Products in Seme

The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has reported the interception of cocaine weighing 11.913kg. The street value of the items was estimated to be N3,916,624,147.00
This was revealed in a press statement signed by DSC Hussaini Abdullahi, Customs public relations officer, Seme Command

The Area Command on Wednesday also intercepted One thousand and sixty-five (1065) jerrycans of petroleum products with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Ten million, forty-one thousand, one hundred and ninety-eight Naira (N10,041,198.00) only.

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This came after the Area Command initiated offensive patrol against the smuggling of petroleum products along the creeks within the Seme and Badagry.

The Customs Area Controller, Compt. Bello Mohammed Jibo stressed that the offensive crackdown on the activities of the petroleum products smugglers is with a mission of getting them arrested wherever they are. He reassured that the Command will continue to make life uncomfortable for the unpatriotic Nigerians trading illegal businesses in the area.

 

Speaking earlier on the cocaine seizure, Jibo explained that the substance was intercepted along Seme- Badagry Expressway at about 09:00 hrs on Sunday 23 January 2022.

Consequently, the substance was subjected to test and verification by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and was found to be cocaine weighing 11.913kg.

While appreciating the cooperation of sister agencies and relevant stakeholders at Seme Border, the CAC reiterated the commitment of his Officers and Men in enforcing government fiscal policies for the overall national growth and development.

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Customs Intercept Smuggled Goods Worth over N275 Million in Kaduna

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Customs Intercept Smuggled Goods Worth over N275 Million in Kaduna

The Comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna Comptroller Albashir Hamisu has disclosed that his Unit between 22 December 2021 and 27 January 2022 seized 856 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 474 kegs of 25 litres each premium motor spirit (PMS) amongst other items worth N275,989,659.70.

Other items seized include 22 units of vehicles, 92 bales of secondhand clothing, 41 bales of foreign new textiles, 825 cartons of foreign spaghetti and macaroni, 60 pieces of foreign jack knife, 20 cartons of foreign cigarette and other general merchandise.

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The Comptroller disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna on 27 January 2022. Hamisu in the same event handed over 250 parcels of indian hemp earlier arrested by the Unit to the Representative of the Commander NDLEA, DCN Aliyu Muazu Dan-Musa Deputy State Commander Operations and Intelligence NDLEA Kaduna.

The comptroller commended patriotic members of the public in border communities whom volunteered information to his officers.

However, he advised other members of the public in the zone to resist the temptations of smuggling and embrace genuine trades and vocations for the economic betterment of Nigeria.

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Nigeria Customs Harps on Scaling Up Data Ecosystem to Promote Efficiency

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Nigeria Customs Harps on Scaling Up Data Ecosystem to Promote Efficiency

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

In an event to commemorate International Customs Day (ICD), the Nigeria Customs Service has stressed the need for scaling up Customs Data Ecosystem in formulating strategies, enhancing the fight against fraud and revenue collection.

The Comptroller General of Customs Col, Hameed Ali (RTD) in his remarks said an effective Customs Data Ecosystem will enable the institutionalization of a Data Culture. empowering people to ask questions, challenge ideas and rely on concrete insights in decision making.

International Customs Day is a day set aside to see how the activities of Customs affect international trade. The theme this year is “Scaling Up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem”.

According to Ali, the 2022 theme for ICD accentuates Customs progress on Digital Transformation, through the entrenchment of Data-based culture and knowledge-driven data ecosystem.
Speaking on the digitalization of Customs, Ali said the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System II (NICIS II) platform has enabled NCS recent digitalization processes particularly in administrative, human resource management and trade processes.
He said the effect of NICIS II is evident in the facilitation of transactions which peaked at 858,843 transactions in 2021. This translates to 17.26% increase in the volume of transactions handled in the year 2020.

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‘‘Another Patent result of our effort in this regard is in our landmark revenue collection of N2.28 trillion in 2021. All these would not be possible without digital transformation and scaling up the use of data.’’ He mentioned

‘‘About this year’s theme, NCS is in the process of implementing the E-Customs project, that will ensure digitization and digitalization of NCS procedures,’’ Ali added.

Meanwhile, the World Customs Organization has implored Customs Services, across the world to prioritize data literacy of its staff to promote transparency and efficiency in their operations.

Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary-General in his message to commemorate International Customs Day said to nurture data-driven culture, Customs Administrations need to enhance data literacy of their staff; their ability to interpret and analyze data accurately.

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