.Sacks 2,000 officers; generate $17.6 bn after automation
Obiora Ifoh, Abuja
THE Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), Thursday said the Service has so far collected and remitted the sum of N2.143 trillion into the government’s coffers out of N3.019 trillion projection for the year.
The Comptroller General who made the disclosures when he was featured at the 55th session of the presidential briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the presidential Villa, Abuja also said the service dismissed over 2000 officers for one form of misconduct and complicity or the other since he took over as the head of the Service.
The CG while enumerating the challenges the Service has encountered in the course of its assignment said the protracted controversies around the agency to collect the Telecommunication Tariff which was recently resolved in favour of the NCS had affect its target.
He explained that the projection as at the time the N3.019 target was set was based on the assumption that the Service would start the collection from the beginning of the year.
The suspension of the telecom tariff until recently when it was resolved, he said, would pose a great challenge to meeting the target.
Ali also said that the delay in the collection of carbonated drinks tax may also pose another challenge.
The Customs boss said the Service only recently commenced the collection of the tax which he noted was also part of the assumption at the time the 2022 target was set.
Ali also disclosed that the Service would make about $17.6 billion for the country at the completion of its automation.
He projected that Customs would need $3.5 billion to fully automate its operations and limit human interactions.
Responding to questions on what he had been able to do to rid the Service of corrupt officials, the CG disclosed that over 2,000 officers have been dismissed for one form of misconduct and complicity or the other since he took over as the head of the Service.
The CG also said that the Service would realize at least $17.6 billion after the conclusion of the automation of its operations in a few years.