By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Nigeria Customs Service(NCS), Kwara Area Command under the leadership of Comptroller Ahmed Hussaini Bello fsi has generated a sum of N1.27 into the federation account in its three months operation in Kwara state.
The management of NSC led by Col. Ibrahim Hameed Ali (rtd) recently unbundled and created additional eight Commands to enhance Administrative Convenience, boost Revenue Generation for the Service and effective Coverage of our land borders.
This is was contained in a statement signed by the Command Public Relations’ Officer, Chado Zakari a copy made available to WESTERN POST on Tuesday.
Given the recent autonomy attained, Compt. Ahmed fsi was posted as the pioneer Controller of the Command with a mandate to carry out the 3Rs transformation agenda of Comptroller General of Customs “Reform, Restructure and Revenue Generation”
According to the statement, three months into the assumption of duty, Compt. Ahmed has started on the right foot by keying into the 3Rs of Controller General of Customs whose aim is to “Boost Revenue Generation, Restructure And Reformation”
It stated that in August 2019, the Command generated N980, 652.00 while in September, the Command collected N697. 8million which shows that what was generated in the month of September tripled the Revenue generated in the month of August.
It added that in October, the Command generated N572.1million.
“This great feat was achieved due to strategic policies and plans put in place by the Command to bring all the excise factories within the Command under effective control by forcing them to comply with the extant laws.”
“The Command has been able to make changes, by making sure that its driving wheel is strictly adhered to, which led to the increaslied level of compliance by Stakeholders, as the Controller is determined to make Kwara Area Command a new haven for legitimate trade facilitation,” it added.
The statement stated that in the desirous efforts of the Command to key into the Federal Government’s Policy on Agricultural Development in the area of boosting local rice production, the Command has made our territories unfavorable for rice smugglers and other prohibited items.
He urged all Nigerians to embrace Federal government fiscal policy on production of Agricultural produce with particular reference to Rice production for both home consumption and export for self-reliance.
“The Customs Area Controller would also use the opportunity to reiterate that the Command’s resolved to rid the Kwara Command off all prohibited goods”.
The statement noted that the Command is already complimenting the efforts of operation Ex Swift Response Team, Code named “Border Drill” which led to Seizures of foreign Rice, Petroleum Products and large quantity of Mosquito Coils with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N25.4 million.
The seizures were made around Okuta, Ogundele Ilorin express road, Jabba-Mokwa express road, Maigida-Arogaji Road Ilorin and Chikanda axis of Kwara State respectively
Ahmed said the banned on importation of rice, used vehicles through the land borders, Vegetable Oil, Secondhand Clothing, Used Tyres, and dangerous Drugs such as Tramadol is still in place and the Kwara Command is committed to enforcing this to the late
“We remain grateful to the current Management under the dynamic leadership of Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) for equipping us with Brand New Patrol Vehicles, other resources and Logistics needed to make our operations more effective and efficient, “the statement added.