Nigeria Customs raked in NGN10 billion loss in 2016


The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar disclosed that the Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated NGN256.4 billion revenue between January and December 2016 which is as against the NGN266.1 billion generated in 2015 which represents a loss of about NGN10 billion.

The controller said“This figure represents a marginal difference when compared with the figure for 2016, with a shortfall of less than N10 billion,attributable to some factors beyond the control of the command’’.

The controller said that there was infrastructural facelift of the office complex which hitherto was in deplorable state.He mentioned the establishment of a well-equipped clinic to serve the health needs of both officers and other members of the public.

He also recalled that the command seized 31 containers of rice, falsely declared as bread improvers/flavoured yeast Disodium on Aug.19, 2016. The command  also intercepted 27 x 20ft containers of vegetable oil in 25 kg kegs at Emog Terminal on Nov. 3, 2016,another case of false declaration entered as disodium chemicals.

He said that 1,395 cartons of Ready to Eat food preparations imported from India-such as Egusi Soup, Porridge Yam, Beans, FriedRice, Jollof Rice, etc, were also intercepted by the command.

According to Bashar, a spectacular interception of eight bags of unmanifested substances in one container, were seized.He said that the eight bags consisted of 200 fully compressed substances which were handed over to the National Drug Law EnforcementAgency (NDLEA) and later confirmed to be cocaine with a street value of NGN2 billion.

He also said that some expired medicaments and expired sweets were handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Aug. 31 and Nov. 11, respectively.

Bashar mentioned the establishment of an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre with 320 work stations fully networked fortraining/retraining and capacity building of officers and other stakeholders.

“It is remarkable to state that at no time in the history of the Service has any command received four letters of commendation in a space of two months.That to us is a milestone which the Command will sustain in the New Year and beyond,’’  Bashar  said.

He thanked the comptroller-general and his management team for providing effective leadership to the Service.

The controller said, “The issue of integrity, transparency and due diligence which is encapsulated in the Change mantra of the CGC, hasprovided the needed impetus for the Service to thrive.’’

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