ShareTweetEmail0sharesBy Shola Fadeyi The Controller of the Oyo/ Oshun Command of the Nigerian Custom Service(NCS) , Comptroller Helen Uche-Ngozi inspecting some seized illegal goods... Oyo/ Oshun Customs Achieves 33.3% Rise In Revenue , Seizes N636m Worth of Goods

By Shola Fadeyi

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The Controller of the Oyo/ Oshun Command of the Nigerian Custom Service(NCS) , Comptroller Helen Uche-Ngozi inspecting some seized illegal goods at Command’s Headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State recently.

 

Despite the raging Covid- 19 pandemic , which resulted in the lockdown of Nigeria’s economy for months this year, the Oyo/Oshun Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS)  has recorded  an increase of 33 .3 per cent, in its revenue,  from all its activities between January and September , 2020  compared to its performance in the same period of 2019.

The Command generated a sum of  N39,990,033,122.70  during the period out of the  N62,848,518,366.93 alloted to it as revenue target for 2020, even as the Area Controller, Comptroller Helen Uche- Ngozi  has pledged  to ensure that the Command realized the balance before the end of the year..

The Controller who made the revelation while giving the Command’s scorecard , said  despite all odds , the Command has not lost sight of its  very important function of the fight against smuggling, while it has  sharpened  its   intelligence,  re-strategized,  created new  patrol  teams  and  drawn  a  more robust Area of Responsibility(AOR) chart to help combat  illicit activities.

She said In line with Customs and Excise Management Act Cap.C45 LFN 2004 (CEMA), which guides the  operations  of  the  service,  the Command has also   conducted  its  duties  with professionalism and efficiency.

According to her, the Command in adherence with the directive of the   Comptroller-General  of  Customs, Col.  Hameed  Ibrahim Ali  (Rtd), would continue to   ensure that all forms  of  smuggling across  borders  are  suppressed,  legitimate  trade  is facilitated and maximum revenue is  collected and accounted for.

The Controller stated that the value of seizures recorded by the Command during the period was  N636,052,507  representing   a rise of  102.4 percent compared     to the level  of  N314,236,403.47    worth of seizures  in the    same     period    of     2019 .

Some of the seizures , according to her  include 265  kegs  of 25  litres , each  of Premium  Motor  Spirit  which  the Controller  said  would  be  auctioned  and proceeds remitted accordingly, while it also seized one truck  containing 600bags  of NPK  12-12-17  2 MgO fertilizer, along  Igbeti axis of Oyo  State, for lack of  necessary  regulatory  document.

She disclosed that another 800bags  of  NPK  15-15-15  fertilizer with N18,702,000 as  its Duty Paid Value(DPV)  was also   seized, due to its   failure  to  produce the required  document  within  the  90  days  grace  period .

Other seizures according to her , include:2270bags  of  50kg  each  of  Foreign  Parboiled  rice  with   N96,055,050  DPV   , Six(26)kegs  of 25  litres  each  of  foreign parboiled  rice with   DPV   of N530,692, fourteen sacks containing 28 bags of concealed rice  with   DPV   of N1,213,030.

The Controller said   60 bales   of   second   hand   clothing   with   DPV   of N11,519,550 ;314units  of  used  tyres  with  DPV of  N3,681,995  and 20 kegs  of 25  litres  each  of vegetable oil  with   N219,420  DPV were also impounded.

The Comptroller  said the  achievements recorded  were  made  possible  by  the Command’s resilient  and vigilant  officers    some  of  whom  she stated are being transferred  currently  to  other  commands.

She also acknowledged the  contributions and   collaboration  of other units  such  as  the  Customs  Intelligence  Unit  (CIU),  Federal  Operations Unit (FOU), Strike Force, Customs Police, Border Drill, Valuation Unit, ICT Unit,  Anti-Money  Laundering/CFT  Unit,  Anti-Corruption  Unit, and other sister agencies to the success of the Command.

The Controller also lauded the cooperation  of  the  traditional  rulers,  community  leaders,  stakeholders for their  provision of the  enabling environment for the officers to function effectively.

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