The Nigeria Customs Service, Kano/ Jigawa Area Command said it generated N52.7 Billion revenue for the year 2023.
This record, according to the Command’s public relations Officer, SC. Saidu Nuruddeen represents 26.4% surplus increase.
According to him, the Service under the able leadership of Compt. Dauda Ibrahim Chana recorded the increase from N41.6 billion due to his determination on trade facilitation and anti-smuggling operations.
He said, the firm stance of the Customs Boss in the two states on smuggling has led to several seizures after deploying various methods including; sensitisation and other proactive engagement and enforcement actions.
Nuruddeen recalled that, Earlier in December, “we had course to invite heads of some sister agencies to handover huge confiscated contra-bands”.
“We handed over 665 pieces of donkey skins to ACGQ AI Gano, Northwest Zonal Coordinator, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), while 450 compressed blocks of Cannabis Sativa was handed over to the State Commander, National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) as well as 1290 cartons of expired and unregistered pharmaceuticals released to the State Director, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Kassim Idrisa Ibrahim”.
That the continuous synergy and collaboration between the Nigeria Customs Service and other esteemed sister agencies exemplify their shared dedication to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all citizens of the country.
He added that the trade facilitation visits the CAC conducted since assuming leadership of the command were designed to improve overall compliance levels among the various stakeholders engaged in Customs trade activities.
“These visits were part of a broader strategy to streamline processes and foster a more efficient and transparent trade environment. We engaged them on wide array of topics including regulatory adherence, accuracy of documentation and the efficiency of trade procedures.
“Most of the stakeholders demonstrated a greater commitment to compliance and with ongoing engagement, training programs and regular assessments. There is assurance of a sustained and progressively improved compliant trading environment”.
“The CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR initiative of having a Data Driven Customs Service has high importance in effective review and planning in order to streamline customs operations.”
The Command employs data to forecast, analyse, and digest seizures, revenue generation, and anti-smuggling efforts in order to improve its mandate and predict the future”.
“In this modern world, Data is the inevitable tool you can use to predict, plan and assess achievements and set backs”.
Furthermore, he said, the Command will continue stakeholder engagement with a view to ensuring compliance and seamless operations and also recalled, they coordinated a training session for enterprises operating at the Kano Free Trade zone, and there are plans in motion to meet with all of them within the first quarter of 2024 especially members of Kano Market associations and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.
The visit the CAC made to His Excellency Mallam Umar Namadi, the Executive Governor of Jigawa state was primarily focused on the development and advancement of the Maigatari Free Trade Zone (FTZ) within the state.
He promised the administration an open door policy in which proposals and ideas on various strategies aimed at improving economic prospects, attracting investments, and fostering sustainable growth, with special emphasis on the state’s export potentials, would be offered.
“Comptroller Dauda Ibrahim Chana promises a better and more robust performance in the year 2024 and prays for a prosperous and blessed year ahead”, he added.