The Cross River and Akwa Ibom states command of the Nigeria Custom Service has said it realised over N23b for the month of July 2011, even as the command discovered the underpayment of N190m.
The newly posted controller of the command, Abdulrasheed Ibrahim told newsmen in Calabar that the command impounded over 20,000 bags of used tyres, clothes and several bags of rice valued at about N5m. Also impounded were a truck with registration No. Lagos XW 328 XMA.
He explained that the bags of rice were intercepted on border routes, against Federal Government policy which restricted the movement of rice from border routes, and added that the owners of the bags of rice did not pay custom duties, hence the seizure of the products.
The service had a monthly revenue target of N500m totaling N6m for a year, but within July alone the command realised N22,423,326,431.00. The money was said to have come from custom duties from exploration companies that imported oil-drilling equipment.
The controller commended the federal government for providing operational vehicles and an enhanced salary package for officers of the command, and promised to ensure that smuggling activities in the area are curtailed.
Our personnel are in high spirits and are discharging their duties with a lot of zeal and vigour. They have been given provied with laptop computers to make them ICT compliant. The cost of the laptops will be deducted from their salaries and,as such, will not affect their take-home pay.”