Customs triples revenue generation in Northeast
In spite of the Boko Haram insurgency which has affected 11 out of the 13 border posts of the Borno and Yobe states Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, the Area Command recorded a 200 percent revenue generation increase in 2017 over its 2016 generation.
The Area Controller in charge of the Command, Controller Angbalaga Jesse Joshua, told a news conference in Maiduguri yesterday that the area command generated N69, 006, 882.00 in 2017, showing an addition of over N24 million on the N25, 627, 402.00 it generated in 2016.
Controller Joshua said the area command was able to achieve the feat with the only two border posts carrying out skeletal operations, and with the support and cooperation of over 150 officers and men in the command.
He said the import slowdown of agricultural products across the borders, which account for the bulk of imports into Nigeria through the Northeastern axis, as a result of the insurgency, coupled with the rainy season and dilapidating major roads to the borders had drastically reduced the area command’s capacity for revenue generation.
Joshua specifically blamed the dilapidated condition of the roads leading to the designated borders, compounded by heavy duty trucks navigating them, forcing all other vehicles to pass through sections of Niger Republic before emerging in Borno and Yobe for the importation slowdown even without Boko Haram insurgency.