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Kaduna Customs Records 21.93% Revenue Increase in 2023.



Records over Two Billion Naira Collection in 2 Months

Author: Vivian Daniel.

The Customs Area Controller, Kaduna Area Command, Comptroller Tijjani Abe, has highlighted his Command’s remarkable accomplishments in 2023, comprising revenue generation, stakeholders’ engagement, and corporate social responsibility.

In a press release made available on Thursday, 4th January 2024, by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Superintendent of Customs Muhammad Aminu, on behalf of the Kaduna Area Controller, the Command recorded N16,378,179,323.89 revenue generation as against that of 2022 which stood at N13,432,457,630.68, which translates to a Twenty-one-point ninety-three per cent (21.93%) – N2,945,721,693.21increase. A figure that was never collected since the inception of the Command.

Comptroller Tijjani Abe stated that the press release is aimed at highlighting the efforts of Kaduna Area Command in carrying out the core mandates of the Service saddled with the responsibilities of Revenue Collection, Suppression of Smuggling, and Trade Facilitation among others, during the preceding year.

Moreover, during the year under review, the Kaduna Customs Area Command furthermore collected the sum of eight billion, three hundred and forty-one million, sixty-one thousand, five hundred and thirty-five naira, (N8,341,061,535.00) from Import Duty, Five billion, seven hundred and thirty-five million, one hundred and seventy-six thousand, nine hundred and nine naira point eighty-nine kobo from Excise Duty (N5,735,176,989.89) and forty-three million, four hundred and twenty-nine thousand, seven hundred and eight naira from Fees (N43,429,781.00).

The CAC re-emphasised that the Command is essentially a Revenue Area with the following Excise Factories: Leaf Tobacco & Commodity Nigeria Limited, Nigeria Breweries Plc (Kakuri and Kudenda Factories), Seven-Up Bottling Company and an Inland Dry Port situated at Kakuri Kaduna while assuring his unwavering commitment to creating an enabling environment where all the exporters and importers in the region can thrive in their businesses.

“I wish to reiterate that the Office of the Customs Area Controller is accessible to all importers/exporters, excise traders, Customs Clearing Agents, Terminal Operators and other stakeholders,” he said.

Comptroller Tijjani Abe equally had robust stakeholders’ collaborations, which spanned from a series of meetings held to surmount their challenges for greater future achievements.

“The Command has a cordial relationship with its Stakeholders. Within the year under review, the Command was able to organize meetings and Round Table discussions with the Stakeholders to tackle some of their challenges and this yielded the great achievement of the above revenue generation,” he noted.

Furthermore, as part of the Command’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), it engaged with the host Communities in various activities, which include Customs Community Relations Meetings (CCRM), Security meetings, Provision of drinking water through the Customs Barracks’ facility.

Comptroller Tijjani Abe acknowledged the strong cooperation that exists between the Nigeria Customs Service and the sisters’ Agencies, as well as members of the Media outlets for their continued support to sensitize and educate the general public on the activities of the Nigeria Customs Service throughout the Kaduna Area Command.

“I appreciate the robust synergy that exists between the Nigeria Customs Service and Sister Agencies, namely, the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority (KASTLEA), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and other security operatives, he extolled.

He equally commended the outstanding leadership of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, and his Management Team for supporting the Kaduna Area Command in performing its statutory roles exceptionally.

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Customs Kickstarts 2-Day ICT/Modernization Retreat for Management Team



Author: Muhammad Bashir.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, marked Friday, 1 March 2024, as a pivotal moment for his administration, heralding an era of digital transformation within the Service.

Addressing attendees at the 2-day NCS 2024 ICT—Modernization Management Retreat in Abuja, CGC Bashir Adewale reiterated his commitment to leveraging technology to streamline customs operations. He emphasized the importance of engaging stakeholders to ensure the seamless execution of this ambitious project.

“In 2024, we cannot afford to remain entrenched in outdated practices. Stakeholders are demanding a Customs Service that embraces technology to enhance efficiency and transparency.” CGC Adeniyi remarked.

Encouraging his Management Team, particularly in ICT, to champion the digitalization efforts, he urged them to harness internal resources to expedite the implementation of the electronic cargo tracking system.

He, however, emphasized that “It is imperative that we modernize every facet of the Customs Enforcement Ecosystem. We must also integrate technology to fortify our operations.”

Welcoming the CGC to the retreat, the Chairman of Trade Modernization Project Limited, Alhaji Saleh Ahmadu, lauded the CGC’s resolve, highlighting the pivotal role of trade in national development. He underscored that the modernization initiative would revolutionize the NCS’s operations, fostering a conducive environment for trade across Nigeria and the African continent.

Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of ICT/Modernisation, ACG Kikelomo Adeola, commended the CGC’s unwavering commitment to the project. She highlighted its significance in reshaping, digitizing, and modernizing the Service’s activities.

“Welcome to this landmark retreat, where we embark on a journey to recalibrate and modernize the Service, aligning it with international standards.” ACG Adeola stated.

The NCS 2024 ICT-Modernization Management Retreat sets the stage for a transformative era in the Nigeria Customs Service, signaling its readiness to embrace technological advancements in pursuit of operational excellence.

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Customs Oyo/Osun Command Intercepts Fake Drugs, Others, Worth Over N1.8B



…As Comptroller Ben Expresses Dedication to Protect Well-being of Citizens

Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Area Command, has intercepted sacks of fake Pharmaceutical drugs worth over N1.8billion.

Customs Area Controller Comptroller Ben Oramalugo disclosed this to reporters during a press briefing at the Command headquarters on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Comptroller Ben stated that the Commands anti-smuggling activities have been strategically positioned to ensure the Federal Government’s policy on border closure is totally enforced by preventing the importation of prohibited items harmful to the great citizens of Nigeria. He also expressed the effort to prevent the exportation of essential food resources for individual economic gains by some economic saboteurs.

“We have successfully intercepted and seized contraband goods, including items that pose threats to economic stability and lives of citizens in the country,” He added.

Highlights of the seizures include 53 sacks of fake Pharmaceutical drugs with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦1,739,000,000.00, 1,309 pieces of used tyres with a DPV of ₦70,140,000.00.

Others are; 345 × 50kg bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice, 344 × 25 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 4 Wraps (4 Kilogram) of Indian Hemp, 45 Sacks, 8 Sacks (9 Bales) of Used Clothings and Shoes, 34 Cartons of Foreign Wine, and 40 Bottles (5 litres), 21 Bottles (1 litres) of Foreign Vegetable Oil, all with a Total DPV of N1,890,022,931.00.

The CAC stated that, despite the prevailing economic challenges, the Command demonstrated resilience and efficiency in revenue generation by collecting the sum of N5,664,295,751.15 in February 2024. When added to the sum of N6,824,954,338.96, already collected for January 2024, the cumulative sum of N12,489,250,090.11 was collected so far for the fiscal year of 2024.

Comptroller Ben reiterated that all Borders within the Commands Area of Responsibility are still closed due to the Federal Government policy on Border closure and as such, “Command Officers remain vigilant and dedicated to preventing the smuggling of items that could compromise the health and well-being of our citizens.”

He appreciated the efforts of all Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen and Key Stakeholders in both Oyo and Osun States, who have continued to enlighten their people about the negative effect of smuggling on the economy.

The CAC expressed the Nigeria Customs Service’s unwavering commitment to transparency, accountability, and the nation’s overall well-being. “We are confident that, through collective efforts, we can overcome the challenges we face and contribute to a more secure and prosperous future for Nigeria.”

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COWA Collaborates with Youths, Women to Combat Drug Abuse



Author: Iruoghene Abra, Muhammad Bashir.

The National President of the Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA), Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi, has expressed readiness to partner with the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria as part of her plans to empower women through various ‘progressive’ programs aimed at improving their economic status.

Mrs. Kikelomo made this declaration during a meeting with members of the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria, led by Ambassador Ibrahim Ibrahim, at the COWA National Secretariat on Thursday, 29 February 2024. She also emphasized her dedication to supporting women through educational initiatives.

In an address, Mrs. Kikelomo commended the organization’s executives for their tireless efforts in achieving the organization’s goals and objectives. She urged the young executives to continue their exemplary work in serving humanity.

Highlighting COWA’s activities, the President outlined initiatives such as providing support for women and children, empowering them with new skills and startup kits, and serving as the voice for the voiceless in society.

She emphasized that COWA stands as a pillar of support for wives and children during times of need, advocating for the rights of women who face similar challenges and discrimination in society.

Addressing the importance of mutual support, the COWA National President stressed the significance of women supporting each other to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential.

She remarked, “The strength of a woman should not be measured by the challenges she faces but by her resilience in overcoming them.”

Continuing, she emphasized, “A healthy wife brings a wealthy life, as the well-being of women is crucial for the prosperity of households and communities.”

Mrs. Adeniyi highlighted the transformative power of education for women, stating, “When women are empowered, they contribute significantly to the economy, health, education, and all sectors of society, leading to positive change.”

She advocated for women to hold significant societal positions, citing their consistent ability to surpass expectations.

Mrs. Adeniyi reiterated COWA’s commitment to empowering women and children, expressing willingness to collaborate with the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria to achieve shared objectives.

In response, the National Coordinator of the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria, Ambassador Ibrahim Ibrahim, briefed COWA on the organization’s activities, which include encouraging women to embrace education and advocating against child abuse and domestic violence.

He highlighted the organization’s focus on supporting widows and children, facilitating skill acquisition, and caring for the elderly, praising Mrs. Adeniyi’s leadership and integrity expressing confidence in her ability to lead COWA to greater heights.

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