Lagos based veteran licensed customs agent, Prince Olusegun Ologbese has given an insight into the reasons why the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has continued to generate more revenue and seizures across the country in recent times.
NCS which has Colonel Ibrahim Hameed Ali (retired) as its Comptroller General had in a public statement said it had not only generated more revenue since the beginning of the year but also intercepted more contraband across the country.
While commending the NCS for the feat, Ologbese who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Ogbese Maritime Services Limited attributed it to the blocking of revenue leakages in the system and the competition among the Customs Area Comptrollers (CACs) to deliver.
He stated that the feat was no surprise to those who had been following developments in the NCS High Command since President Mohammadu Buhari appointed the retired military officer as the NCS boss.
â€œThe steadfastness of the CGC and his officers, particularly the Customs Area Controllers who oversee NCS formations across the country also contributed immensely to these achievements,â€ he said.
Speaking to THISDAY in an exclusive interview in Lagos, Ologbese who is also the Life Patron of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo and Ekiti Councils said: â€œAs far as I am concerned, it is not a surprise that Customs is generating more revenue and making more seizures, the service has put in place a lot of mechanisms in place to block the loopholes where revenue often leak in the system.
â€œI strongly believe that it is now these measures put in place by the CGC and his management team have started yielding the results we are witnessing now. There is no doubt that we are going to witness more good results in terms of higher revenue generation by the service in the months ahead. Again, this increase in revenue can be attributed to the fact that officers and men have doubled up their efforts in three core functions of the NCS in line with the charge of the CGC. These include revenue generation, anti-smuggling campaign, and trade facilitation. Besides, there is more collaboration with other security agencies such as the Police and the Nigerian Army.
Ologbese expressed delight that the increase in the revenue collected by the NCS was coming at a time that there was not much expectations due to the downturn in the economy.
He also noted that the NCS was achieving the feat at a time the initiatives of the service was biting harder on port users, especially importers and licensed customs agents.
The maritime expert enjoined the NCS, especially Ali and his management team not to rest on their oars as there was still room for improvement in the service delivery in the months ahead.
â€œThey can only do this if they continue to maintain the hard work as well as ensure trade facilitation for port users, especially genuine importers and licensed customs agents,â€ he added.