COVID-19: Nigeria Customs generate N39.9b during pandemic

COVID-19: Nigeria Customs generate N39.9b during pandemic

Despite the hardship across the country occasioned by the advent of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Oyo/Osun area command said it generated N39.9b at the end of September 2020.

The command Comptroller, Mrs Uche Ngozi made this known in an interview with newsmen at the area headquarters of the command in Ibadan on Tuesday.

According to her, the command generated the amount out of N62.8b allotted to it for the year 2020 fiscal year.

She stated that at this critical stage of the post-COVID-19 era, the strategic contribution of NCS was vital.

While highlighting the breakdown of the seizures made, she hinted that the command also made a number of detentions.

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Comptroller Ngozi listed 2,270 bags of parboiled rice valued at N96m; 60 bales of second-hand clothing estimated at N11.5m and 314 units of used tyres valued at N3. 6m; and 26 kegs of 25 litres stuffed with rice with a duty paid value of N530,692 among others.

She gave the cumulative duty paid value from January to October 10 2020 as N636m which represented a 102.4 per cent when compared to the same period in 2019 which recorded N314.236m.

“These achievements recorded, she stated, were made possible by resilient and vigilant officers of the area command.

She also commended the Customs Intelligence Unit, Federal Operations Unit, Anti-money Laundering, Strike Force, Customs Police, Border Drill, Valuation Unit and other units for their meritorious services.

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