Nigeria Customs Sets Revenue Target For 2018

By Ikenga Chronicles January 9, 2018

Nigeria Customs Sets Revenue Target For 2018

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday said it has set a revenue generation target for itself for the year 2018.

The Public Relations Officer of the NCS , Mr. Joseph Attah , who said this in Abuja, said the Service will generate more than the N1trillion it gathered for 2017. He therefore called for more support for the Service in achieving the set goal.

Attah said that the Service generated a total of N1.037tn at the end of 2017, adding that the feat will enable it acquire more patrol vehicles and equipments to perform better in 2018.

According to him, the reinvigorated anti-smuggling operations in 2017 raked in 4,492 seizures of assorted items with a duty paid value of N12.78bn.

“We are prepared to do more of what we did last year and we look forward to breaking the record of 2017 in 2018 by God’s grace,” Attah stated.

He however denied reports of a sour relationship between the NCS and the National Assembly;

“For the avoidance of doubt, we want to say that the relationship between the NCS and the National Assembly is cordial. There is no problem and we have no reason to blame the respected body for what is generally accepted as a very good performance in 2017.

“How do we blame an individual or an organisation when many are commending the Service for a job well done in terms of revenue collection and suppression of smuggling?

“We are not reporting something negative, we are reporting something positive. Does it make sense to blame somebody for performing very well?”

He explained that last year, the Service seized 2,671 pump action riffles, dangerous drugs, vehicles and rice, among others, adding that 207 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures.