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Customs generate N124.89m revenue in Katsina

The Area Controller of the Nigerian Customs Service, Katsina State command, Comptroller Dalha Wada Chedi, has expressed satisfaction over gradual return of business at the…

The Area Controller of the Nigerian Customs Service, Katsina State command, Comptroller Dalha Wada Chedi, has expressed satisfaction over gradual return of business at the border areas of the state, saying N124.8m import revenue was generated over the last one month.

Comptroller Chedi, while briefing members of the press on Wednesday, said the month under review had seen an increase of N25.1m compared to the previous month.

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He added that the export aspect had also almost doubled compared to the previous month.

This, he said, was as a result of the synergy with other security agencies, especially along the Katsina-Jibia route, which helped in making the place a bit safer.

“One other factor that is also helping very well is the way our people continue to embrace lawful means of export and import due to our continued public enlightenment and trade facilitation,” he said.

He however pointed out that on the smuggling aspect too, some people were adamant to heed to warnings and counselling by the command to refrain from such illegal business.

He said in the month under review, 29 seizures were made with a total duty paid value of N79.3m, attributing such success to the intensified patrol strategies and quality information received from the communities.

He further explained that among the seizures made were 15 vehicles with duty paid value of N35.9m, as well as other food and non-food items which include rice, macaroni, spaghetti, vegetable oil and second hand clothing among others, valued at N43.35m.