Customs will generate 52.7 billion Naira in Kano, Jikawa District in 2023

Customs will generate 52.7 billion Naira in Kano, Jikawa District in 2023


The Nigeria Customs Kano/Jigawa Command generated revenue of NOK 52.7 billion in 2023.

Comptroller Ibrahim Chana, the Customs Area Commissioner of the command, said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.

Mr Chana said revenue increased by 26.4 per cent when compared to the N41.7 billion collected in 2022.

The command noted that last year performed better compared to 2022 in terms of revenue generation, trade facilitation and anti-smuggling.

He said the command achieved voluntary compliance by stakeholders through regular sensitization and active engagement with the business community in Kano and Jigawa states.

“Strong enforcement efforts by the command's personnel resulted in several seizures, contributing to the curbing of smuggling in both countries.

“Some of the seized items have been handed over to sister government agencies and the command has been working together in a spirit of inter-agency cooperation,” he said.

However, Mr Chana praised the support of various organizations for the service.

He said items seized last year included donkey skins, marijuana, and expired and unregistered medicines that were handed over to government agencies.

“If you recall, a few weeks ago we were supposed to invite the heads of our sister agencies to hand over to them a huge amount of confiscated contraband.

“We handed over 665 donkey skins to the North West Regional Coordinator of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service and 450 blocks of Cannabis Sativa to the State Commander of the National Narcotics and Law Enforcement Agency.

“Also, 1,290 cartons of expired and unregistered medicines were released to the National Director-General of the National Food and Drug Administration, Kasim Ibrahim.

“The continued synergy and collaboration between our organization and our esteemed partner institutions embodies our shared dedication to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all of our citizens,” he said. said.

Regarding trade facilitation, Mr. Chana has made several visits since assuming the leadership of the command to improve the overall compliance level of various parties engaged in customs trade activities.

He added that these visits are part of a broader strategy to streamline processes and foster a more efficient and transparent trading environment.

He noted that they work on a wide range of topics such as regulatory compliance and document accuracy, and are educated on being efficient in terms of complying with trade procedures.

Commenting on the recent Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) meeting held in Lagos, which focused on data analysis, Mr Chana said the work on data-driven customs services was highly commendable.

He noted that this takes into account its importance in the effective review and rationalization plan of customs operations.

Chana said the command is deploying data to predict, analyze and digest information on seizures, revenue generation and counter-smuggling efforts to improve its mission and predict the future.

“For the CGC meeting themes to trickle down to the command level requires continued stakeholder engagement with a view to ensuring compliance and seamless operations.

“In early November, we will coordinate training sessions for businesses operating in the Kano Free Trade Zone and plan to meet with all businesses within the first quarter of 2024, especially members of the Kano Market Association and Manufacturers Association. “Nigeria is underway,” he said.

Chana noted that his visit to Jigawa State Governor Malam Umaru Namadi in 2023 was mainly focused on the development and promotion of the Maigatari Free Trade Zone in the state.

“I have promised the Governor that we will promote an open door policy and an environment where services are available to business owners who want to use them.

He said: “A field of proposals and ideas on various strategies aimed at improving economic prospects, attracting investment and promoting sustainable growth, with special emphasis on the export potential of the state, and from a customs perspective. It will be strengthened.”

Source: guardian.ng

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