Seme Customs Generates Over N3bn

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The Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Command, Sahabi Abubakar Sadiq said the command has generated a total of N3,319,490,578 between January and June, in contrast to the sum of N2,759,359,775.20 collected during the same period last year.

Compt. Sadiq said “though this signifies an increase in revenue collection, however we are not satisfied as we are working assiduously to meet our half year revenue target of N4.2 billon

“It is worthily to note that this command’s highest monthly revenue collection in recent history was collected in the month of may 2012. This command collected the sum of N 997,585,453.37 in the said month and our zeal to collect much more revenue remains unquenchable”, he said.

The command made a total of 92 seizures between January and June 2012, with duty paid value (DPV) of N46,321,992.00, a feat that expresses the command’s resolve to continue to deliver even under a new leadership.

The seizures comprises Tokunbo vehicles, 700 cartons of frozen turkey, shoes, textile materials, used tyres, rice and other prohibited item including mechandised that were attempted to be brought into Nigeria through unapproved routes.

Speaking to newsmen while displaying the seizures, Compt. Sahabi Abubakar Sadiq said the command emphasis will be on the unapproved routes where smugglers attempt to bring in what could be  described as un-customs goods either to evade duty payment or illegally import things on the federal government’s import prohibited list.

Sahabi  re-emphaised that the custom under its current Comptroller- General Abdullahi Sadiq will not relent in meeting the federal governments demand for more revenue in the non-oil sector including customs duty collection, adding that the Seme command will not relent in enforcing maximum collection of all revenue due to the federal government and arresting of un-customs goods in line with the relevant law establishing the customs and its function.

The Seme Command Boss, hinted  that trucks complaints with ECONS Trade liberalisation  scheme (ETIS) goods with a CIF (Cost Insurance and Freight) value of N4,177,118,01 were cleared in the command but because of waivers and some federal government’s privileges granted to some countries, companies or organisation,. the command lost N1,176,786,072.41 while the one percent CISS (Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme) revenue amounted to N37,554,018.00

“The revenue loss is the money we should have collected but did not. It is not embezzlement as speculated by one magazine. It is a government policy to maintain good rapport with our neighboring countries or in forms of waivers and so on”, the customs boss posited.