Nigeria Customs Targets N1.1 trillion Revenue in 2017

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The management of the Nigeria Customs Service, NSC, has set a revenue target of N1.1 trillion for 2017.

The Comptroller-General of the agency, Hameed Ali, made this known during a strategy meeting with Customs Area Controllers, CAC.

A statement released, Friday, by the agency’s spokesman, Joseph Attah, said the customs boss gave this directive while charging all the area controllers to ensure strict compliance with extant laws to enable it achieve its 2017 revenue target.

According to the statement, Mr. Ali said the Area Controllers must either “shape in or ship out” as there is no place for complacency in a Service that plays the crucial role of revenue collection and border security.

Harping on knowledge-based service delivery, Mr. Ali declared 2017 as a year of training and re-training, stressing that “ignorance will not be excuse for any officer as there will be refresher courses for officers in batches this year.”

The statement noted that at the meeting, Customs Area Controllers were charged to step up supervisory role on their subordinates; ensure tighter border security and block revenue leakages. They were equally urged to punish erring officers and promptly reward hardwork; and facilitate robust stakeholder engagement for mutual understanding.

Coming on the heels of recent seizures of 661 pump action rifles, the statement said that the meeting also underscored the need for the service to re-sharpen operational strategies for higher productivity.


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  • augustine akinyemi

    ‘Custom targeting 1.1trillion in 2017’. Same strategy that favors high corruption among the Custom staff, when the government itself is the driver of unethical method of revenue collection. How can the Custom Service predict the quantity and variety of imports to thereby estimate how much to expect in 2017? Encouraging this unethical method is the reason these people will throw caution to the wind and go after innocent marketers at Sango-Otta at midnight in search of Rice that has escaped their gaze at Idi-Iroko or Seme borders, which is deliberate. Just to meet more than the Federal Government target imposed by one Oga and have the extra for their own and the Oga’s pockets. No wonder an ex-Director can have 17 exotic cars in his garages and so much money to play around with in a country of 170 million hungry people. Someone needs to sing it in their ears that a government of change we voted for is expected to be a government that preaches tranparency and fairness to its peoples, not one that chooses to impose N450,000 on a 6- year old car from Europe or the US.

    • Fadama

      There is nothing wrong in estimating government revenue. If the government does not, then how will Economic Planning succeed? There are existing dataset on variables such as imports, exports, other duties, etc. that would enable the NCS forecast revenue to a reasonable confidence/significance level.

      • manny

        Well said man

    • Efemena Edafiok

      Stop deceiving yourself. You never voted for CHANGE. And learn to deal with reality cause a new Sherriff is in Town. Well done OGA Hameed Ali. #CHANGE

  • Dawood

    Hamed Ali should be president of Nigeria some day.