The Adamawa/Taraba State customs command has disclosed seizing 330kg of Pangolin scales, 33,000 litres of petroleum products and assorted foreign rice with a duty paid value of N98.3 million.
An end of the year press release signed by the Customs Area Controller, Kamaludeen Olumoh said that the command has surpassed its target in 2019.
“The command, though an enforcement area generated a total revenue of N161.9 realising an increase of N13.2 million or 8.9 percent over the given target of N148.6 million.
” This achievement was made possible through the various measures put in place to stimulate revenue generation,” he said.
Olumoh noted that in reaching the result, various measures including sensitization of stakeholders on import and export procedures, effective border community relations leading to suppression of smuggling, bringing into tax net various items and commodities on whose stead payment of duty was avoided in the past and the new resolve of officers and men towards commitment to duty.
He noted that during the year under review, the command made a total of 74 seizures and arrested 20 suspects.
Olumoh however noted that the achievements were recorded despite some daunting challenges including difficulty in surveiling the vast international border, Boko Haram insurgency/communal clashes and non adherence to import and export guidelines by traders despite sensitization by relevant agencies.
He noted that the enumerated challenges have to a great extent hindered the revenue generation drive of the command.
Olumoh however reiterated the zeal and commitment to achieve more in 2020 by stepping up anti-smuggling efforts, and further sustaining the stakeholder sensitization on import and export guidelines that will further enhance revenue generation and collection.