By Aminu Ahmed Garko
The Niger State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) collected N146 million as internally-generated revenue last month.
The Comptroller of the command, Mr Benjamin Binga, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Wednesday.
The command, comprising Niger, Kwara and Kogi was given a revenue target of N3.4 billion for this by the customs authorities.
Binga said that the command had taken measures to ensure that revenue target would be met.
According to him, security measures have been put in place by the command to block smuggling of goods into the country through the area.
“We have identified all the smugglers’ routes and have deployed competent officers to fight the menace to a standstill.”
Binga solicited the support of traditional rulers, especially those at border communities to assist officers manning the areas with relevant information to discourage smuggling.
He also appealed for support from stakeholders, including members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in sharing information on smugglers’ activities. (NAN)