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Borders Closure: Customs Service Generated N115 Billion In September

Austin Papi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that it has generated over N115 billion in the month of September, which is the highest so far since the closure of the country's borders.

Borders Closure: Customs Service Generated N115 Billion In September

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, made this known to journalists on Thursday at an event in Abuja where he was awarded with honours by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Mr Ali explained that since the closure of the borders, the revenue being generated by the service was increasing on a daily basis.

“When we closed the borders, my fear was that our revenue was going to drop. To be honest, our revenue kept increasing," Ali said.

“There was a day in September that we collected N9.2 billion in one day. It has never happened before.

“This is after the closure of the borders and since then, we have maintained an average of about N4.7 billion to N5.8 billion on a daily basis which is far more than we used to collect."

He added that there was never a time when the NCS generated as much as N115 billion in revenue for one month but they realised it in September alone.

Mr Ali assured Nigerians that these measures were taken to prevent smugglers from bringing things into the country illegally. He said this would make them go to the ports and pay the necessary duties, adding that the closure is to be sustained till January 2020.