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Customs targets N1tr in 2012

Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi disclosed this during the first revenue strategy meeting for the new year held with Customs Area Controllers in Abuja.…

Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi disclosed this during the first revenue strategy meeting for the new year held with Customs Area Controllers in Abuja.

A statement from the Customs Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi said that the 2012 strategy would be based on a strict implementation of current fiscal policy anchored on increasing use of IT tools.

“We benefited tremendously from the use of System Audit last year, we are going to consolidate on those gains by tapping into the opportunities which the Asycuda System provides us,” the Comptroller-General said.

In addition to the System Audit Strategy, the Comptroller-General disclosed that the use of the Risk Assessment Reports (RARs) would be closely monitored to prevent the abuse of the system.

He directed that all unutilized RARs carried over from 2011 and previous years be compiled and investigated.

He told the comptrollers that merit and performance shall be the major criteria for deployment, noting that no excuse will be entertained for non-performance.

“Last year there was 25 percent increase in the volume of cargo imported into the country. If the tempo is sustained, our target is realizable,” he said.

According to the Target Breakdown, Apapa Port leads the pack, with N27 billion projected revenue.  Revenue target for other commands include Tin-Ccan Island Port N22 billion, Onne Port N10 billion, PTML (Tin-Can II) N7.5 billion, Lilypond N5 billion, Kirikiri Lighter N5 billion, Edo/Delta N4.5 billion and  Port Harcourt I N4 billion.

Last year, the Nigeria Customs Service collected N741,836,653,478 representing a surplus of N148 billion over the service target of N596 billion.