Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has collected N95.7 billion in August, its highest collection in the last 10 months.
Its Public Relations Unit on its website yesterday, said: “Last month, August 2016, the Service recorded the highest revenue in 10 years despite the Forex difficulty, low imports and general economic downturn. The Service generated N95, 760,763,642.04, a feat that points to the efficacy of the Comptroller-General’s policy thrust.”
According to the statement, the strong position of the Comptroller-General’s on the issues of discipline, integrity and strict adherence to customs codes and clearance procedures is yielding positive results in the areas of suppression of smuggling and revenue collection.
The statement reads in part: “Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) on assumption of office as the Comptroller-General of Customs August last year, arrived with a three prone Presidential Mandate namely:- reform, restructure and raise revenue.
“To achieve these, he drew his policy thrust, which harped, on honesty, integrity and transparency as bases for achieving the mandate. Starting from the Headquarters and then to all customs formations across the country.
“Knowing that reform and restructuring are activities within the Nigeria Customs Service, while raising the much needed revenue requires cooperation and compliance from the part of stakeholders, the CGC embarked on stakeholders visitations to secure their buy into the new way of doing business with the service.
“After one year at the helm of affairs, the NCS, revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise.
“Last month, August 2016, the service recorded the highest revenue in 10 years despite the forex difficulty, low imports and general economic downturn. The service generated N95, 760,763,642.04, a feat that points to the efficacy of the CG’s policy thrust. “The strong stance of the CG on issues of discipline, integrity and strict adherence to customs codes and clearance procedures is yielding positive results in the areas of suppression of smuggling and revenue collection.”
In the meantime, the country’s external reserves have been depleted by $1bn in the last five weeks; latest statistics from the Central Bank of Nigeria have showed.
This follows the CBN’s almost daily intervention at the interbank/official foreign exchange market in recent weeks, as chronic dollar shortage continues to weigh on the economy.
In its efforts to defend the naira and prevent it from falling further at the official interbank market, the central bank has been selling dollars at the interbank market more frequently.
The naira had fallen to an all-time low of 365.25 to the dollar at the interbank market on August 18 before making a gradual recovery. On Friday, the local currency closed at 310.64 against the greenback.
At the parallel market, the naira, which has been under persistent pressure, closed at 424 to the dollar on Friday.
The external reserves fell by 2.86 per cent to $25.45bn on August 29, 2016, up from the $26.2bn it recorded at the end of July.
Year-on-year, the reserves have fallen by 18.9 per cent.


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