Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it generated about N8.5billion and made 1,102 seizures in 2013. The Customs Area Controller of the command, Willy Egbudin who made the disclosure on Wednesday while briefing the media on the 2013 performance report of the command said on his assumption of office at Seme on November 28, 2013 called for a change of operational strategy as there were several loopholes in the system.
According to him, Seme command is mainly an enforcement area with the mandate to suppress smuggling to the barest minimum.
He said it also saddled with responsibility of revenue collection, facilitation of legitimate trade and general security of the nation. Pursuant to the foregoing, we wasted no time to engage critical stakeholders for, cooperation, collaboration and support necessary to achieve our goals in the face of challenges,” he said. Egbudin revealed that the command has a monthly revenue target of N1,095,000,000 which translates to N13,140,000,000 annually.
He further said the command surpassed its revenue target in December by N161,666,179.35 (14.77 per cent).
“It is worthy of note that the December 2013 revenue collection of N1,260,736,639.35 is the highest monthly collection in the last 3 years. The total revenue collected in 2013 was N8,482,231,289.81 which represents about 65 per cent of the annual target”, he added.
On the 1,102 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N548,389, 417.00 made in 2013, Egbudin said the feat was achieved by the Enforcement team led a Deputy Controller, Nkemdirim Emma. The 1,102 represents a significant improvement on the seizures made in the corresponding year of 2012 where only 480 seizures with a DPV of N227,035,726.00 was recorded.
Also 29 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures and are at various stages of investigation and prosecution. Goods seized during the period include, motor vehicles, motor cycles, frozen poultry products, rice, spirits, second hand clothes, and shoes, bags; among others.