Nigeria Customs Service (Justice & Honesty)The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service revealed that it generated N1.4 billion as revenue in December 2015.

According to a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Taupyen Salenchang, the amount exceeded the command’s monthly revenue target of N1.021 billion with N398million representing a 40 percent increase.

The command also made 17 seizures worth N6.9 million within the period under review.

“It will be recalled that the command exceeded its November, 2015 monthly revenue target of N1.021billion with 25percent excess collection. In December 2015, the skyrocketing revenue profile collected was N1.4 billion which exceeded the monthly revenue target with N398million. This translated to about 40% excess collection.

“The December 2015 collection also exceeded the November 2015 collection with N146. 9 million which represents an unprecedented figure that has never been recorded since the creation of the command,” Salenchang said.

Acting Area Controller of the command, Deputy Controller Sabo, H.A attributed the increase in the command’s revenue profile to the lifting of restriction on rice importation through the land borders which he said was processed strictly according to the official benchmark price of $470 per metric tonne.

He was quoted as saying that the success story recorded in the command was a result of the determination and commitment demonstrated by its officers and men in strict adherence to import procedures and guidelines.

He called on stakeholders and the host community to support the NCS in order to achieve its mandate of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling and facilitation of legitimate trade across the frontier and security at the border.

By Pita Ochai

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