Customs Nets N1.8b for Blocking Leakages – Dangaladima
The Assistant Controller-General of Customs, Aminu Dangaladima, who is coordinator of the Nigeria Customs Service in the North-West zone, has affirmed that, based on last year’s target, the zone has generated a total of N1.8 billion in January 2016, amounting to about 125% of the zone’s 2015 target.
The Zonal Coordinator, who disclosed this in an interview through his Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, said the zone is working with federal government with the intention of realising revenue for the month of January 2016 but was yet to receive the monthly revenue target for the command for this year.
He said the zone has mapped out strategies to improve ravine based on the current government directive to look inward for revenue due to the fall in the price of crude oil.
“Based on the last year target, we were able to generate about one billion and eight hundred million naira, almost about 125% of our target for the month of January this year, and the collection surpass that of 2015 January, which is 92.25%,” he said.
He also said the zone is work with the policy trust of the present administration, which is geared toward revenue collection by avoiding any form of leakages.
According to him, the Zonal Coordinator is not relenting in ensuring that all leakages were blocked through his quarterly visit to Area Command to inform and educate them on the consequences of any leakages or breach of the law by any officer.
In the area of anti smuggling where leakages are possible, he said the zone recorded 94 seizure cases with duty paid value of N51,817,936 in January 2015, while that of January 2016 was 145 with duty paid value of N168 million, which doubles that of January 2015. The officer, therefore, said, “There were serious efforts ongoing to curb the menace.”
On invasion of herdsmen into Nigeria’s boundary through their zone, the officer said the zone paid courtesy calls on Katsina state government previously, in 2015, and appealed for synergy and collaboration among the sister security agencies to reduce the incident, which is currently ongoing.
“We are aware of the menace and we are collaborating with other sister security agencies to ensure it’s brought to its needs,” he maintained.
While he agreed on some foreseen challenges facing the zone, the report has, according the officer, been furnished to the appropriate authority accordingly. It will be recalled that N18,803,773,396.00, out of annual revenue target of N17,800,902,468.00, was realised in 2015, making the zone first to overshoot her target in that year.