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Customs announces fresh recruitment, seizes N39.2bn contraband

Nigeria Customs Service

By BENJAMIN OMOIKE

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Friday, said Computer Based Test (CBT), for employment into the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), will be conducted on August 23, 2022.

This was as the service said it impounded various goods with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N39.2billion that were seized due to regulatory and policy infringements in six months.

In a press statement by the national public relations officer, Timi Bomodi, he disclosed that the service generated N1.29trillion between January and June 2022 into the federation account.

He further disclosed that the management of the service approved recruitment for local government, states and zones with low turnout during the last employment exercise.

According to him, the 1500 newly recruited and trained officers have, however, been deployed to various Commands and units.

He said: “The second batch of recruitments which is a continuation of the 2019 exercise witnessed over 5,000 potential recruits drawn from all the 774 Local Government Areas participate in computer based tests conducted in the six geo-political areas of the federation.

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“Reports from this exercise indicated low turnout from certain local governments, states and zones. Hence, Management in its magnanimity has directed that these persons be given another opportunity to take the CBT on the 23rd of August 2022. Successful candidates in these exercises shall be notified, while plans are being made for their resumption at the various training colleges of the Service.

“Meanwhile over 1500 recruits who recently graduated from our training colleges in Lagos and Kano have since been deployed to various Commands and units.”

However, Bomodi, had said that the Service was given a 2022 revenue target of N3.019 trillion and that efforts were on to meet i as it generated N1.29trillion in 6 months.

He said: “Between January and June 2022, we have been able to generate the sum of N1, 29trillion into the federation account as against the sum of N1.003trillion for the corresponding period in 2021. The amount generated surpassed our achievements of last year by N289billion or 28.83 percent. This is even more remarkable given the fact that only 116,691 Pre-Arrival Assessment Reports (PAARs) were issued against 129,667 processed in the same period of 2021.

On Anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terror, the Customs spokesman said tremendous successes have been recorded in the period under review.

“Seizures of $339,800 USD, British Pounds, 3,013,500 RYD, 20,005 CFA, and 133 ATM cards. Seven persons were arrested in violation of the anti-Money laundering Act and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution,” he explained.

He revealed that Customs, in June, commenced the collections new tariff from extant traders producing carbonated and sugary drinks, as newly-added under schedule 5 of the Common External Tariff (CET).

“So far, the Service has collected from carbonated and sugary drinks more than one billion Naira in the month of June.

“Other revenues from telecommunication (call and data), and digital network services are yet to be collected. NCS is expected to start collecting revenue on these products and services as soon as the modalities for collection are put in place,” he revealed.

On anti-smuggling activities, Bomodi said various goods with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N39.2billion were seized due to regulatory and policy infringements.

“The top seven items seized are narcotics and other illicit drugs with a DPV of N8.77billion followed by foreign parboiled rice with a DPV of N8.25billion, and illegal imports of dangerous pharmaceuticals with a DPV of N7.63billion. Other items are used clothing with a DPV of N4.05billion, petroleum products with a DPV of N3.7billion, textiles and made up fabrics with a DPV of N2.56billion and motor vehicles with a DPV of N1.85billion. The DPV value of seizures in the current year exceeds that of seizures made in 2021 by a whopping N34.75billion.”

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