The Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, Assistant Comptroller General Victor Gbemudu has expressed optimism that the zone will achieve the 75 percent of the entire revenue expected of it by the service this year.
Gbemudu who gave this hint in Lagos said based on the level of increased importation in the ‘ember’ months, he is sure that the commands under his watch will definitely meet their revenue targets.
According to him, the policies of the Comptroller-General of Customs are usually read out during his monthly meetings with Area Controllers to gear them up in achieving their targets.
His words: “75 per cent of the entire revenue is expected from this zone. So with that, we can’t afford to sleep. That is why every month, I meet with the Area Controllers, to gear them up and reiterate some of the policies of the Comptroller-General for us.
“Again, these are ‘ember’ months. From statistics we see that there is more inflow of imported goods at this last quarter of the year. Goods are coming in for Christmas and the New Year so we expect increase in cargo throughput into the country. With that, we will smile to the banks in terms of revenue collection. That is what I hope and I know we are going to achieve that,” he said.
The customs boss, who noted that the zone has placed officers on red alert, warned smugglers to stay off the nation’s border posts. According to him, this is to ensure that smugglers do not take advantage of the yuletide season to bring in smuggled goods as the level of importation is expected to increase.
One of the measures he said that has been adopted was to ensure commands operating at the border areas and the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) are strengthened to improve on their anti-smuggling activities.
“You can see some of the seizures of rice we have been recording at FOU, Oyo, Idiroko, Seme and Western Marine command. That is to tell you that we are very vigilant and we would be more on alert as we approach the yuletide season. We have strengthened our anti-smuggling activities especially around the border areas,” Gbemudu said.