The Assistant Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A, Lagos, Mr. Aminu Dahiru on Tuesday announced that the zone generated N698 billion as revenue from January to October.
According to him, the current revenue is an increase to the N593 billion generated in 2016 over the same period. He disclosed in an interview with NAN that the zone would continue to work in order to meet the target of N887 billion set by the headquarters.
Zone A comprised FOU ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos industrial Command, Festac; other formations in Lagos State, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti Area Commands.
He said, ”so far so good as we have achieved 78.72 percent of the revenue figure.” This is made possible because of the commitment of the personnel to duty and concrete measures taken to ensure diligence in collecting revenue due to the government, Dahiru said.
He expressed confidence in achieving the set target of the headquarters. He disclosed that the zone has intensified strategies “toward the implementation of the process, knowing full well that the dare-devil smugglers can be brutal and deadly in their operations”.
ACG Dahiru, also disclosed that the zone was battle-ready to discharge its constitutional responsibilities diligently. He explained that ”facilitating legitimate trade is one of the core mandates of the service and we are exploring all legitimate means to improve the system to the benefit of the country”.
He also urged for the support of stakeholders, including traditional and religious leaders in sensitizing their communities on the negative effects of smuggling on the nation’s economy.