- As Comptroller Nnadi Hands-over Leadership To Comptroller Bomodi
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has exceeded its revenue target for 2023 at Seme Border by N122million as it has collected N2,088,578,048.03k in less than 9 months, surpassing its N1,966,000,000 target.
The former Area Controller, Seme Border Command, NCS, Comptroller Dera Nnadi mni, revealed this during his valedictory speech as he handed over leadership reigns of the Command to Comptoller Timi Bomodi.
“As at Friday the 15th of September, 2023 the Command has collected N2,088,578,048.03 only. By this, the implication is that we have surpass our N1,966,000,000 allotted target for the year 2023 by N122,578,048.03 only, which represent 6.23% increase. In the corresponding period under review for year 2022, the revenue was N885,543,098.11 only,” Nnadi said.
In the area of anti-smuggling operations, he observed that there were headline seizures such as; fake six million US dollars equivalent to N2.7billion; 9500 units of 50kg bags of rice equivalent to sixteen (16) trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice with Duty Paid Value of N312,242,064.93k; 15,094 x 30 liters Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit equivalent to 455,850 liters or 15 petroleum tankers with a Duty Paid Value of N738,276,461k; 15,389 units of General Merchandise Goods.
Hard Drugs and Narcotics seizures included; 594 parcels of Cannabis Sativa; 4,900 Tablets 225mg of Tramadol Tamol-X; 3,600 Tablets 225mg Tramadol Royal 225; 157 Tablets of Heineken Ecstacy; and 864 Packs of Cigarette.
The former Seme Area Controller thanked his leadership team, Command officers, host community and other stakeholders for the robust collaborations which led to the notable accomplishments at the border even as he solicited the same support for his successor.
On his part, the new Customs Area Controller, Seme Border, Comptroller Bomodi announced that he would run an all-inclusive administration and be open to views and contributions from all stakeholders.
Bomodi stressed that facilitation of legitimate trade will be the Command’s thrust under his leadership, adding that this will naturally enhance revenue generation and curb smuggling.
“The border community dwellers are critical stakeholders from the obas, chiefs and ordinary citizens and we will ensure that the needs of everyone will be met,” the new Seme CAC assured.
Speaking on the multiplicity of checkpoints on the border route, Bomodi reiterated that Customs administration of Nigeria and Benin recently met to chart a roadmap to make trade facilitation with the issue of multiple checkpoints highlighted at the strategic meeting.
He explained that both countries have committed to attaining seamless operations by aligning fiscal policies and are contemplating creating windows for respective Customs operatives to extend their activities to each other’s ports and borders.
Bomodi equally praised his predecessor for the Command’s revenue feat, even as he encouraged him to continue his great results at the nation’s second busiest seaport, Tin Can Island Port.