Agents Demand Part Of Customs Revenue

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The Association of Nigeria Customs Licensed Agents (ANLCA), Seme border chapter, on Tuesday demanded for five per cent of the revenue collected by the Nigeria Customs Service in the area.

Mr Metu Augustine, Secretary General of the chapter, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Badagry.

According to Augustine, the Federal Government ought to have rewarded the agents since they help the Customs in the collection of revenue at the border and elsewhere.

He said that the agents needed the money to meet the association’s needs such as building a befitting secretariat.

“As you know, the revenue collection at the border and elsewhere is a collective responsibility of the licensed customs agents and the Nigeria Customs Service.

“The agents provide the peace and enabling environment for the Customs in the collection of duties.

“Therefore, agents, being the twin brother of the Customs in revenue collection, should savour the gains of the revenue collected at the border,” he said.

Reports say that the Seme Border Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has exceeded the N6 billion revenue target for 2011 in the last seven months.

Augustine said that this would not have been possible if the agents had not assisted the Customs in the collection of the revenue, adding that since “this windfall” came the way of the Customs, it was very important that the agents be encouraged to do more.