By Abdullahi Jalalalluden
The Kano Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has collected about N38.8 billion as revenue from January to October.
Mr Dauda Ibrahim Chana, Area Comptroller of the command, comprising Kano and Jigawa, disclosed this in an interview with journalist in Kano.
He said that about N5.6 billion was collected in September due to aggressive and strict compliance adopted by the area command.
The Comptroller noted that the area command has seized prohibited items worth about N300 million in the last ten months.
” We have seized 2,681 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1,421 spaghetti, 419 bales of second hand clothes, 250 gallons of vegetable oil of 25 liters each, 172 pieces of powered milky and many others were collected from January to date.
” We have also since reach out to residents of Maigatari, Jeke and Babura border posts in Jigawa State to compliment the efforts of our personnel manning the border posts with information that could aid in apprehending all this involve in the illegal businesses”
Mr Dauda Ibrahim Chana maintained that the command had put in place various security measures that would ensure that goods coming into its areas of jurisdiction paid duties.
” We will continue to enhance trade facilitation, revenue generation, and border security in line with the directives of the management of the Nigeria Customs Service.
” We have also partner with traditional rulers in border communities to assist our personnel deploy with reliable information on movement of smugglers”,
” We have positioned our officers at strategic locations to deal decisively with all those involved in sharp practices and illegal businesses,” he said.
” We have also deployed various strategies to enable us get vital information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of smugglers,” he added.
According to him, the aim is to encourage Nigerians, especially those living in border communities to offer intelligence reports that could aid the command to apprehend smugglers.
He expressed optimism that the involvement of border communities would greatly assist officers of the service in protecting the nation’s economy from the activities of saboteurs.