Katsina Customs Command Hits N1.132 Billion Revenue, Decorates 30 Promoted Officers

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Katsina Customs Command Hits N1.132 Billion Revenue, Decorates 30 Promoted Officers

The Katsina Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of N1.132 billion in the 2023 fiscal year despite the challenges of banditry and border closure with the neighboring Niger Republic.

 

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Umar, disclosed this on Friday, 19 January 2024, while decorating 30 newly promoted Command Officers at the Command's Headquarters in Katsina, the Katsina State Capital.

 

Comptroller Umar said that the N1,132,831,484.75 revenue generated within the period under review was a shortfall from the 2023 revenue target of N1,304,548,912.93 given to the Command. “This figure represents about 87.8 percent of the revenue target issued. It, however, indicates an improvement in revenue by N299,110,632.35 from N832,946,852.40 revenue generated in the preceding year 2022, despite the border closure."

 

CAC stated that the Command ensured compliance with the border closure directive by strictly adhering to and enforcing the principles guiding the border closure. The command during the period under review, intercepted 369 contrabands, including used vehicles, tyres, second-hand clothing, vegetable oil, and foreign parboiled rice, among others, with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N553,339,240.00 in its ongoing anti-smuggling operations.

 

He added that the Command under his watch had made significant progress in fostering synergy with other security agencies in the state for intelligence gathering and improved operations within and outside the border corridors.

 

He noted that the Command has a cordial working relationship with the State Government, traditional institutions, religious leaders, border communities, and other stakeholders in the trade supply chain and would continue to facilitate trade without compromising economic and national security.

 

"We could not have achieved this feat without the support of the Comptroller-General of Customs Bashir Adeniyi MFR, his Management Team, Officers and Men of the Command, and other Units of the Service," he reiterated. 

 

Also, in the Press Release signed by the Command's Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Customs Tahir Balarabe on 19th January, 2024, the thirty (30) Officers decorated in the recently released promotion include One (1) Comptroller of Customs, Three (3) Chief Superintendents of Customs, Three (3) Superintendents of Customs, Nine (9) Deputy Superintendents of Customs, Ten (10) Assistant Superintendents of Customs l,  and Four (4) Assistant Superintendents of Customs ll.

 

Comptroller Umar charged the promoted Officers to rededicate themselves to work and deliver the Service’s constitutional mandate of revenue generation, legitimate trade facilitation, and suppression of smuggling. 

 

“You must ensure you behave as responsible Officers wherever you find yourselves by giving your uniform the respect it deserves because so many wish to be where you are today,” Comptroller Umar said.

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