The Nigeria Custom Service in Adamawa has expanded its duty collection spectrum to cover imported livestock, including donkeys on Nigeria-Cameroon border.
Joseph Sambo, the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Adamawa and Taraba states, disclosed this in Yola on Tuesday.
Mr. Sambo was speaking when newly elected officials of the Adamawa Correspondent’s Chapel of the NUJ led by its Chairman, Usman Madaki, paid a visit to the command.
He said that the exercise would also cover some commodities, such as water melon, beans, groundnut and honey, if imported in reasonable quantity.
The deputy comptroller said that the expansion of the duty charges to some quota followed a demand from the Federal Government for more revenue generation.
“The livestock duty is not a new thing, for years they have been collected on other international cattle routes, especially in Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Borno and Yobe states
“And we have informed all the appropriate institutions, especially traditional rulers and other relevant agencies on the development,” Mr. Sambo said.
The Deputy Comptroller said that in 2011 the command generated N37 million naira as revenue, “while this year, I was directed to generate almost N120 million as target for 2012”.
He urged members of the public, especially the media, to give his command maximum support and cooperation in this regard.
Earlier, Mr. Madaki said that they were at the command to familiarise themselves with the rank and file as partners in progress.
He gave assurance of a cordial working relation between the members of the chapel and the command.