The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in spite of being more of an anti-smuggling outpost, generated a total of N15,205,286,408.63, between January and December 2014.
This figure, according to the Customs Area Command (CAC) Richard Oteri, came mainly from excise duties and duty from fairly used imported vehicles.
“The excise collection amounted to N14,561,262,542.43, while the latter is N644,023,866.20”, Oteri indicated, noting that the revenue achievement showed a 10 percent increase, above the revenue generated in 2013; which was N12,139,122,324.50.
He highlighted that the command recorded 453 seizures in the area of anti-smuggling; confiscating in the process, 30,000 rounds of live cartridges concealed with yam and dry cassava flour; 14,636 bags of 50kg rice; in addition to 23 bags of the 25kg and 20 bags of the 10kg bags of rice.
The command similarly impounded 125 bags of Indian hemp, 60 wraps of hemp, in addition to 28,343 cartons of imported frozen poultry products, particularly, turkey.
“Comparatively, the seizure figure recorded for 2014 represents 25 percent increase over that of 2013 during which 270 seizures were recorded”, Oteri stated further, explaining that the command’s anti-smuggling activities in 2014 actually accommodate various general merchandise which included used tyres, vegetable oil, textiles etc.
“The Oyo/Osun Area Command is poised in her resolve to continue building and improving on the achievements so far made both in the areas of revenue generation and anti-smuggling feats.
“This is expedient especially now that the current Management under the able leadership of Abdullahi Dikko Inde (CFR) has made the service a place of pride and a force to reckon with, in modern day Customs world”, he concluded.