……..Enforces ban on new, fairly used Vehicles along Land Borders
The Nigeria Customs Service Seme Area Command generated the sum of One Billion, Five Hundred and Twenty One Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Nine Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty FourNaira Seventy Three Kobo (N1, 521,359,564.73) as revenue in the month of December, 2016. The amount exceededthe monthly revenue target of the Command and the amount collected in the corresponding year 2015 with N499, 558,434.40 and N101, 129,228.70respectively. It is worthy to note that the Command has consecutively surpassed its monthly target for the month of November and December respectively.
Seme Command also made a total of seventy four (74) seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of fifty five million, six hundred and forty one thousand, one hundred and twenty four naira fifty six kobo (N55,641,124.56) in the samemonth of December, 2016. TheEnforcement unit of the Command has succeeded in suppressing smuggling activities to the barest minimum. The anti-smuggling operation of the Command in recent times is evident bythe number of seizures made and therevenue generated by the Command in December, 2016.
The Command replicated theunprecedented feat recorded in themonth of November, 2016 despite obvious challenges that would have ordinary crippled the revenue drive of the Command in the month of December.The repeated success was attributed to the doggedness and unflinching commitment of officers and men of the Command who were prepared to succeed at all cost despite the many challenges that militated against revenue collection in the Command.
Commenting on the success recorded, the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Compt. Dimka Victor Daviddisclosed that apart from the commitment of his officers and men, the feat recorded is also attributed to the recent policy pronouncement of the Federal Government banning the importation of new and fairly used vehicles through the land borders. He said the policy statement on therestriction of new and fairly used vehicles through the land bordersbrought about an upsurge in the number of vehicles escorted into Seme border,which translated to the increase in the Command’s revenue figure realized.
The Customs Area Controller furtherdisclosed that the quest of the command to remain passionate and resolute in enforcing the fiscal policies of the Federal Government cannot be over emphasized. He said the Command generated into the Federal Government coffers a total of Ten Billion Five hundred and three Million, Eight Hundredand Ninety Four Thousand, Eighty NineNaira, Eighty One Kobo only (N10, 503,894, 089.81) from January to December, 2016 from general cargoes and vehicles. Duty and taxes accrued from escorted transit vehicles accounted for 56% of the total revenue generated from January to December, 2016.
The Command recorded an unprecedented number of seizures (848)with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N608, 219,970.94 from January to December, 2016. There is a corresponding decline in smuggling activities occasioned by the aggressive anti-smuggling operation of the Command in order to ensure total compliance with the policy thrust of theComptroller General of Customs and the Service extant laws.
Responding to the media on the Federal Government ban of new and fairly used vehicles, the Customs Area Controller said the Command is battle ready to implement the Federal Government policy to the latter. He re-stated that because the wisdom of the Federal Government is above every common sense, the Command have strategizedand is still re-strategizing towards the implementation process bearing in mind that the dare devil smugglers can be brutal and deadly. However, he re-iterated that the command is battleready and equal to the task.
The Customs Area Controller furtherdisclosed that presently, the vehicle seat in Seme border Command has been disbanded and its officers re-deployed to beef up border patrols for effective implementation of the Federal government policy. He said, the waysmuggling of rice was drastically suppressed by the command, it is alsofully committed to implementing same for vehicles that will be smuggledthrough the land border after 1stJanuary, 2017. He enjoined the general public, stakeholders to be adequatelysensitized and stay away from buying vehicles through the land borders to avoid loses. The Comptroller re-emphasized that facilitating legitimate trade is one of the service core mandate; however, he noted that legitimate trade in new and fairly used vehicles into Nigeria is now strictly facilitated in the seaports.