The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced on Thursday that it has recorded its highest revenue collection ever with a total of N1.01 trillion as against the N770 billion target set for 2017 fiscal year.
The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, said this during a press briefing held at the Customs headquarters in Abuja.
Attah, who described the revenue performance as spectacular, noted that the N1.01tn was collected with about five working days to the end of the 2017 fiscal year.
He said: “NCS has recorded the highest revenue collection ever of N1,012,259,006,779.74 with five more working days to the end of 2017.
“This spectacular performance in revenue collection shows N241,685,276,289.74 over the N770,573,730,490 target for the year and well above the N898,673,857,431.07 collected in 2016.
“(This is) Despite the economic recession experienced earlier in the year, with low volume of imports and restriction placed on 41 items from accessing Forex.
“The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), retired Col. Hameed Ali, undertook some strategic measures in terms of restructuring and repositioning the service for efficient service delivery which resulted in this historic revenue figure from the service this year.”
Mr. Attah said that the NCS strived to deliver, adding that sometimes even at the risk of sustaining serious injuries or even death.
“Sadly in the process of enforcing the laws, six officers fell in the line of duty this year,’’ the spokesman said.
He said that the Customs boss had directed sustained onslaught against smugglers, especially at this festive period.