Cus­toms triples rev­enue gen­er­a­tion in North­east

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Uth­man Abubakar & Olatunji Omirin, Maiduguri

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.

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