By Nwangwu Uba
Nigeria businessmen appear to have queued into President Muhammadu of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, export
The businessmen were said to have intensified their drive to export Agricultural and made in Nigeria goods in the last four months to take over the West and Central African sub-regional markets due to the sensitisation Campaign embarked
Garba may have embarked on the export
It was not surprising why he appears to have repeated the same feat at Seme Command, less than five months of taking charge. Customs officers who spoke to The Value News disclosed that exporters who had abandoned the business in the past due to lack of basic enlightenment were said to have found their way to Seme to continue the business. The exporters, according to sources were said to have confined themselves to the items approved by the government for export. The Agricultural products exported include ginger
The made in Nigeria goods that were said have been exported, the source confirmed are fruit juice, cosmetics
Perhaps, what should gladden many Nigerians was that the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Economic Trade Liberalisation Scheme, ETLS, which had been abused at the Seme-Krake land border iover the years have stopped.
Prior to the tough measures put in place to ensure proper assessment of goods manufactured in the West African sub-region, some made in China products were said to have been repackaged in Togo and other ECOWAS countries and disguised as ETLS goods. Nigeria was losing out the market to China. A source confirmed that with the Jigawa born Customs Comptroller, it is no longer business as usual as some of those fraudulent ETLS gods importers have been whipped to
An elated Garba confirmed that 2,774,trucks loaded with ETLS goods, were handled through the Seme-Krake Border, regarded as the busiest in Africa last year, promising that the situation would be better this year with the number of people coming to making
What should surprise many was that despite the ban on the importation of vehicles through the land border areas by the government last two years, a total of 1,078 vehicles, were said to have been given ”Lasse Passe” by the government in 2018. That much was confirmed Garba, the Customs Comptroller, who disclosed that NN569.41 million was netted under Baggage assessment .
Given the rot at the -Krake Border in the past, leading to loss of billions of naira, the Garba led Seme Customs Management team were said to have initiated fraud control measures to ensure that all areas of revenue leakages were blocked in the Command, particular, ETLS and Baggage. This may have forced the stakeholders to comply with proper trade procedures and guidelines and to engage in
Saidu Abdullahi, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs and the Command Image maker noted that despite the Command’s effort to block areas of revenue leakage, they did not spare the money launders. According to him, under the government Anti- Money Laundering and Counter Financing Terrorism, the Command, made
In spite of the fact that Command witnessed low volume of cargo last year, it was said to have succeeded in paying into the Federation Account N9.2 billion which included seizures and the revenue generated for other and
Maritime watchers believe what the revenue that may be given to the Command this year would be surpassed as it moves to seal the illegal outlets at the Seme-Krake Joint Border Post. Only recently, the Seme Customs helmsman and Charles Inousa Saca Boco, the Director-General, Republic of Benin Customs Administration including the foreign partners were said to have carried out inspection of the planned final closure of all illegal outlets other than the single entry and exit approved by the ECOWAS following the Command decisive stand on the enforcement
At present, the Seme Command may not have been the only Area that could not meet its 2018 target. Even Tin-can Island, Apapa and Onne, which are known for surpassing their yearly revenue targets could not make it this time around.
Notwithstanding the reports from these high profile revenue generating Commands, Customs still overshot its target by over N160 billion as it paid into the Federation Account over N.202 trillion, which Joseph Atta, a Deputy Comptroller
Perhaps, what should gladden Ali, the Customs boss, was that the anti-smuggling fire in Garba, at the while Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, as Comptroller is still in him at Seme Command. Given Ali’s support and provision of necessary working tools, the Command was said to have made 1,119, seizures with a Duty Paid Value of NN1.3 billion. The seizures. the seizures include 37,568 bags of foreign rice, equivalent of 63 trailers load , with a Duty Paid Value , DPV, of about N876.09 million ,1,072, Jerry cans of processed vegetable oil with a DPV of N13.67 million, 169 vehicles worth about N367.59 million and 1,570 X 50Kg bags of sugar valued at about N6.6 million. This is in addition to 10,439 items of General
The seizure which may have the Youths of the Seme Community and its environs to cry out was the 3,954 litres of PMS, popular petrol valued at about N217,470.00.
Also, the 1,119, parcels of hard drugs and narcotics, intercepted by the Command Enforcement Unit were said to have been handed over to the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in the spirit of inter-agency relationship.
Moreso the Command was said to have prosecuted seven persons whose cases are said to be at various stages of prosecution at the Court. The Seme Customs Comptroller has confirmed that three judgments had already