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Customs say joint border drills has improved revenue generation

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Joint Border Operations Drill, for North Central states says the exercise has impacted positively on revenue generation and economic development of the country.

The coordinator of the Joint borders Drill in the zone which comprises Kwara,Kogi,Niger and Benue states , Comptroller Muhammed Garba made the disclosure while addressing journalists on the successes recorded in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

From left , Coordinator of Joint Border Drill Operations for North Central zone sector 3 ,in Ilorin , comprising Kwara ,Kogi Benue and Niger,states Comptroller Muhammed Garba and other members of the team addressing Journalists in Ilorin Kwara state

According to him the service now generate about 7billion naira daily as revenue to the federal government from the zone.

He said the initial daily revenue was N4.5 billion before the commencement of the joint operation in August last year.

Comptroller Garba explained that during the period under review the service has repatriated 204 illegal migrants which included 99 Nigeriens,100 Beniniose, three Malians, and two Chinese.

He explained that the joint border drill which was being coordinated by military and para-Militray agencies has seized about 10,000 bags of smuggled rice in addition to other contraband items since the operation started.

Garba, who noted that the increased revenue was made possible because many illegal border routes were blocked, also added that the fight against smuggling and illegal importation was intensified to encourage local agricultulral production and development.

The Customs boss, maintained that the border closure was not targeted at any individual or group of persons or community.

Ali Rabiu

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