Alhaji Hussaini Abdulkadir, the Area Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, said that the command generated more than N260 million as revenue from January to date.
The revenue generated by the command from January to date is more than N20 million higher than this year’s target of N240 million.
Abdulkadir told newsmen in Sokoto on Thursday that the command achieved the feat with the adoption of a religious-based approach to its revenue generation effort.
The comptroller said that the approach had forced second hand car dealers to come forward to pay for their vehicles’ customs duties.
He said: “This is the first time car dealers are coming forward to customs offices in the area command to register their vehicles without any molestation.”
He explained that the area command would continue to partner with the religious leaders to sensitise their followers to the need to pay duty on any good coming into the country.
“Our primary targets are the Imams of Friday Jumat Mosques in the zone, so that they can preach special sermons on what the society will benefit if revenue is generated for the Federal Government,” Abdulkadir said.
The area comptroller noted that “so far, the command has generated more than N260 million as revenue from January to date.
“Our revenue target for 2010 was N240 million and you can see what we have succeeded in collecting with various strategies put in place to generate more revenue.”
The customs chief added that competent officers had been stationed at strategic locations at the borders to arrest and prosecute smugglers.
Abdulkadir said: “We have introduced foot patrol and the use of camels and donkeys to check the activities of smugglers.”
He solicited the support of the rural communities at the borders to enable officers posted to such areas to discharge their assignments.
Abdulkadir urged the officers and men of the command to continue to put in their best “as the hard working ones will be rewarded”.