Customs CG, Col. Hameed Ali

The Nigeria Customs Service has said it has generated a total of N2.14 trillion in the last nine months covering January to September 2022. The service is also optimistic that it would achieve its N3.019 trillion projected revenue for the 2022 fiscal year.

Speaking at the Ministerial Media Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Thursday, Comptroller General of the service, Col. Hameed Ali, further disclosed that service sacked no fewer than 2,000 personnel of the service in the last seven years as a result of anti-corruption mechanisms he activated when he took over the reins of power about seven years ago.

The CGC, who revealed that the sacked 2,000 officers and men of the service were found to have compromised themselves in the discharge of their responsibilities, warned that the list is still not exhaustive, as anyone still found culpable would have to leave the service.

It was further gathered that measures have been put in place to block revenue leakages, which account for the increasing revenue profile. Ali hinted that the service would intensify its anti-smuggling campaign.

“We have intensified our anti-smuggling campaign and so the fight against smuggling has assumed a stiffer and more sophisticated dimension. To this effect, with the collaboration of the Nigerian Air Force, the service is concluding plans to acquire more aircrafts to effectively tackle the menace of smuggling across the country’s borders.

“We also use this medium to warn Nigerians on the dangers inherent in the consumption of imported rice because of the implications on human health. We have observed that some of the products are preserved with harmful chemicals while some have a short lifespan. The service therefore constantly engages in the seizure of the commodity in order to make it inaccessible to consumers”, the CGC said.

He however admitted that the service has distributed some seized foreign rice to some Internally Displaced Persons IDP camps and the needy, adding that such categories of rice were made to go through a process of certification by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC.