The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that the command generated the sum of N36,658,156,560.99 billion naira for the first half of year 2021.
The command made an history in its revenue generation when it recorded a whopping sum N15,871,894,311.83 only, between the period of May 1st through july 6th which brings the cumulative revenue collected for the 2021 fiscal year, as at 6 July 2021 to N36,658,156,560.99
Speaking with news men at the command on Tuesday , the Area Controller in charge of the command, Comptroller A.R. Abdulkadir disclosed that it has introduced Mining Task Force (MTF Team) in furtherance to tackle illegal mining activities in the two state.
Comptroller A.R. Abdulkadir stated that the MTF Team was created to comb the nook and crannies of both Oyo and Osun States respectively, in search of illegal mining operators who have failed to register their existence with the Service to enable proper monitoring, statistical data analysis and control of Precious Materials (Ornamental Stones) that are mined and exported to foreign countries.
He hinted that various special task forces had been setup previously amongst which are the Operation Fish-Out, Excise Task Force, PMS Task Force before the introduction of the latest team.
He appealed to companies engaged in mining operations of precious stones and other national mineral assets within Nigeria, to register their operations with the Nigeria Customs Service to avoid embarrassment and sanctions in accordance with relevant sections of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004.
On security issues, Abdulkadir disclosed that the command has put in place various means of tackling it. “In the midst of the recent security challenges across the country, we have sharpened our intelligence, revenue and enforcement capabilities to fight smuggling and enforce compliance with reference to extant laws guiding our procedures and rules of engagement.” he said.
He said the Oyo/Osun Area Command has remained steadfast and committed to enforcing government policies in contribution to the growth and socio-economic development of the nation pointing out that the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) has mandated that all laws, policies and directives of the federal government in increasing the economic potential and strengthening the political standing of Nigeria in the committee of Nations must be followed to the core.
The command boss disclosed that a total number of 50 various seizures and 8 detentions resulting in a Duty Paid Value of N66,976,000 were made .
He noted that the command made seizures of 525 kegs of 25ltrs each and 2 drums of 100 litres each of Premium Motor Spirit (otherwise known as Petrol) by the recently inaugurated PMS TaskForce. “Upon approval from the Headquarters, they would be auctioned and proceeds would be remitted accordingly and accounted for” he states.
Abdulkadir also disclosed that the Command made a detention of 1 unit of 2017 Honda Accord ,Sedan car along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway pending presentation of necessary Customs document.
He added that 2 suspects were arrested during e period under review but have since been granted bail pending determination of their cases.
While appreciating the officers and men of the command for their doggedness, the Area Controller said “These achievements were made possible by the dexterity of my officers, who have committed themselves to serving the Nation and making Oyo and Osun States better for the citizenry.
“While the CGC has directed more stringent measures to further strengthen the interception capabilities of customs officers in corroboration with the extant laws and regulations guiding import/export procedures of the country, we have carried out our enforcement and anti-smuggling activities with utmost professionalism, caution and intelligence gathering” he quipped.
He however urge the public to cooperate with the Nigeria Customs Service in the implementation of Government Fiscal Policies to help improve the Economic and Social welfare of the nation.
He also appreciate the Customs Intelligence Unit, Customs Police Unit, Joint Border Patrol Team, Federal Operations Unit and the Strike Force Team for their contributions and synergy in the course of duties.
Expatiating on the collaboration with sister agencies either through information or joint operations , Comptroller Abdulkadir therefore stressed for strengthened synergy with the DSS, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air force and the Oyo State Operation Burst team, even as he thanked them for their dependability and commitment.