By Olufemi Adediran
The Ogun State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday disclosed that it has generated N1.131 billion as revenue for the month of May.
The Area Comptroller, Michael Agbara who spoke to journalists at the Command Operational Headquarters in Idi-Iroko, said the Command made 103 seizures, including 38 units of vehicles, 7,030 bags of rice and 372 kegs of vegetable oil.
Agbara noted that, with the amount, the Command had surpassed its monthly target of N643.4million by N488.3million.
According to him, the Command’s anti-smuggling activities also led to confiscation of 411 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol; 3 units of motorcycles; 5 sacks, 1,835 pairs of new and 264 pairs of used foot wears.
Agbara boasted that the Command had suppressed smuggling activities in the State and pruned down number of checkpoints along the Idi-Iroko.
He attributed the success recorded to enforcement of measures put in place in line with the Federal Government Policy on Agricultural Development.
“The seizure of over 7,000 bags of rice for the month of May, 2019 is the highest monthly seizures of rice made by the command during 2019 fiscal year. This was achieved due to strategic enforcement measures put in place in line with the Federal Government Policy on Agricultural Development in the area of boosting local rice production.
“The Command will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitise and educate the public on social and economic implications of smuggling and on the other hand, the statutory functions of enforcing compliance with strict adherence to rules of engagement will not be relinquished,” Agbara said.