The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it recorded the highest monthly revenue collection of N140,415,355,659.97 in the month of August this year.
Commenting on this feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) said it was a result of the dogged pursuit of the organisation’s reform programmes.
The programmes include: strategic deployment of manpower; upgrade on the electronic systems from Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS I) to NICIS II which has blocked leakages; and strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the Tariff and Trade Department.
He also attributed the feat to the robust stakeholder engagements resulting in higher compliance and increased disposition of officers and men to change the way of doing things for the better.
NCS Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah in a statement yesterday, explained that Ali’s implementation of three pronged Presidential Mandate of Restructure, Reform and Raise revenue in NCS has continued to strengthen the service as a crucial contributor to economy and security.
In the last eight months, the Service has seized 156,090 bags of smuggled rice, 15,632 sets of military wears, 489,000 ammunitions and other items with the highest monthly revenue collection of over N140 billion in August 2018.
He said these positive harvests in the areas of anti-smuggling and revenue generation is a clear testimony of what can be achieved under a selflessly focused leadership.
Ali called on Nigerians to support the Service by providing credible information that will help nip smuggling in the bud and generate needed revenue for national development.