By Innocent Orok
The Seme – Krake Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has continued to sustain the tempo in harnessing all revenue components to achieve desired goals. The target for the Command for the year 2023 is N1,966,000,000.00 . As of the end of October 2023, the Command has collected a total of N3,050, 100, 912.28. The figure collected exceeded the allotted target of N1,966,000,000 with N1,084,100,912.28, which represents a 55.1% increase.
Briefing the media on Tuesday, Comptroller Timi Bomodi said
upon his assumption of duty on the 18 of September, 2023, he pledged to adopt sustainable ways and means of dealing with smuggling, while the focus will be on using administrative and strategic levels to block revenue leakages.
” I also promised to encourage compliant traders and our host communities along the corridor bearing in mind the challenges of the JBP as one that is still adjusting to the reality of the border closure. We have keep faith within government as talk are ongoing at the highest level to regularize the situation.”
According to the command, “the successes recorded could be attributed to strategies adopted by the leadership of the Command to checkmate revenue loopholes, in partnership with our stakeholders to ensure compliance”.
On Exports, the Command facilitated a total of 41,867.88 Metric Tons involving One Thousand, Forty-Eight Trucks of export products, with Free On Board (FOB) of N8,299,767,340.57 only. The Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) paid was N41,504, 608.45 only and the surcharge paid for the period under review amounted to N40,531,580.00 only.
In the area of anti-smuggling operations, Comptroller Timi Bomodi said, “you are already conversant with our past headline seizures of one 168 live Parrot birds and a Hawk which are prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which Nigeria is a signatory. This is in addition to other notable seizures recorded between September and October 2023 are listed below”:
3,805, 50kg bags of rice about Seven (7) trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice. 1,756 Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit equivalent to 52, 680 litres about, 2 petroleum tankers. 1,379 of General Merchandise Goods.Hard Drugs and Narcotics (40 parcels of Cannabis Sativa).
Two used vehicles and three live porcupines. Six suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures.
The duty paid value for the seized items is N326, 272, 794. 00 only.
Comptroller Bomodi said “Let me appreciate the Comptroller General of Customs for his support to the Command and also appreciate the Seme Badagry Community for their cooperation and to Officers and Men of the Command for their gallantry and patriotism. Our greatest appreciation goes to the media for highlighting our modest efforts in Seme Area Command.”