Smuggling: Customs appeals for cooperation to with communities
-sets N1.3trn revenue target for 2018
The Niger Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday appealed for cooperation with border communities to check smuggling.
Mr Bengal Benjamin, the Area Comptroller, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna.
According to Benjamin, the command believes that the support of the border communities was necessary to achieve more success in ending smuggling across the borders.
He appealed to residents of members in the communities to offer intelligence reports on the movement of smugglers to help save Nigerian economy.
He said that the time had come for all Nigerians to see smuggling as a crime to the nation’s economy.
NAN reports that the command is made of Niger, Kwara and Kogi states.
Benjamin said that the command had also partnered some traditional rulers, especially those around border communities, to alert the command on the movement of smugglers.
He urged the mass media to educate members of the public to shun smuggling and embrace export of local goods because of the inherent gains in export trade than smuggling.
He said that officers and men in the command had been mobilised to ensure that the command would meet it’s N3.7 billion revenue target for 2018.
“We have since issued effective operational order to our officers in the border areas on how to prevent the illegal business and deal with smugglers.
Meanwhile, Mr Joseph Attach, the Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has said that the service had set N1.3 trillion revenue target for 2018.
Attah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja that the Service recorded its highest revenue collection ever of over N1 trillion as against N770 billion e targetted in 2017.
He said that this was contrary to the speculation by a section of the media that the Service had fixed N1.5 trillion target for 2018.
“As we speak, we (Customs) await the Federal Government official revenue target for the Service but we have already fixed N1.3 trillion for 2018.
“And that automatically, puts a line to those who have gone to say that we have fixed N1.5 trillion; nobody was quoted has a source for that section of the media,’’ Attah said.