By Ramatu Garba
The Kano/Jigawa Customs Area Command said it had generated over N13 billion as revenue from January to December 2017.
The Command disclosed this in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Isah Danbaba and made available to newsmen in Kano on Friday.
He said the amount collected was above the allocated revenue target of N10 billion given to the command by the Management for the year under review.
“The command under the stewardship of Comptroller Yusuf Abba-Kasim, has made history by recording an unprecedented performance in revenue collection from January to December, 2017.
“The command collected and accounted for N13.05 billion, as against the allocated revenue target by the Management for the year of N10 billion,” Danbaba said.
He said the command with the support of Comptroller General (CG) of Customs Compliance Team, Customs Intelligence Unit and Federal Operation Unit seized smuggled items with duty paid value of over N374 million in the period under review.
Danbaba said the major items seized included foreign rice, vegetable oil, second hand clothes and drugs, among others.
“In October and November 2017, officers of the command intercepted and seized tramadol hydrochloride 225mg and diazepam worth N40 million,’’ he said.
While commending the officers and men of the command for the giant strides in the discharge of their statutory duties, the Customs Area Comptroller attributed the achievements to CG, retired Col Hameed Ali, for his motivation and necessary support.
He also commended other sister security agencies, community leaders and other relevant stakeholders operating in the area command for their cooperation to the command.
On the ban on importation of vehicles and rice through the land borders, the controller called on the business community to key into the Federal Government’s economic agenda for the development of the country. (NAN)