By Jide Ajia
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone B, Kaduna State, has generated about N14 billion collected as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), from January to July 2017 as a boost to the Federal Government economy purse.
The Assistant Comptroller-General, Aminu Dahiru, disclosed the feat in Minna on Thursday; he stated that the zone had taken measures towards ensuring that duties were paid on all goods coming to the country through the zone.
According to him, our zonal revenue target was N24 billion and so far, we have achieved 55.33 per cent of the revenue figure, adding that already, Area Commanders had been directed to ensure all goods coming into the country paid custom duty.
“We will meet our target, as sensitive security measures have been put in place to ensure proper collection of funds,” Dahiru said.
He said that Area Commands had been adequately briefed on security measures to be adopted in preventing all kinds of smuggling business.
The customs officer described the zone as no go area for smugglers, as competent officers had been stationed on identified illegal routes of smugglers, to ensure their arrest and prosecution.
Dahiru also called on the media to assist in educating members of the public on the negative effect of smuggling on the nation’s economy.
“We need the support of stakeholders in mobilising residents to shun smuggling and embrace export of local goods, as there is much to gain than smuggling in illegal items.”