Customs Generates N2.14tn , Sacks 2,000 Officers in 2022
The Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that it generated N2.14tn in 2022.
The organisation also announced that it has sacked and prosecuted over 2000 of its officers that were found wanting since 2015.
The Controller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), disclosed this to journalists on Thursday during the 54th Session of the state House Ministerial Briefing, organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa.
He added that they projected N3.02tn for the year, noting that that the shortfall was because the Federal Government was yet to commence the collection of telecommunications tax.
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He noted that the custom’s fight against smuggling had since evolved, thereby necessitating the procurement of additional aircraft to intercept smuggling across Nigeria’s borders.
These efforts, he explained, were in collaboration with the Nigerian Airforce.
The customs chief also warned that imported rice was unfit for consumption and dangerous to human health.
According to him, imported rice is being preserved with chemicals that have short life span. Consequently, customs officers regularly seize such items from the markets to safeguard Nigerians.
The seized bags of rice, he said, are thereafter distributed to IDP camps and the needy after certification by NAFDAC.