Between 2009 and 2014 a total number of 34, 485 seizures were made and a duty paid value of N41.3 Billion was achieved by the Nigerian Customs Service.
A Deputy Comptroller-General of the NCS Tahir Musa, who disclosed this on Tuesday,during a meeting between the NCS and textile value chain stakeholders at the NCS Command and Staff College,Abuja, said the figure excludes recent seizures from Kano and the ones that were made over the weekend.
Presenting a paper titled, ‘Customs Anti-Smuggling Strategy: Issues and Challenges,’ Musa said the Federal Government is now paying attention to the revenue generated by the NCS following the global fall in government revenue as a result of the more than 50 per cent drop in oil prices. He said the Customs is next to the oil and gas sector in terms of revenue generation in Nigeria.
He said: “Over this weekend the Federal Operation in Lagos Zone seized more than 10,000 bags of rice on the Badagary boarders. The western marine also detected a vessel that was carrying over 2,000 bags.”
He added that the government has a high expectation from the service in order to ensure economic and national growth.