The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it generated N631.4 million as revenue for July.
The spokesman for the command, Afiz Ajao, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Seme, Lagos, that the revenue generated was N214 million lower than the N845 million generated in June.
“In the month of July, we generated lower revenue because of the lull in trading activities. As the year rolls by, our revenue generation will be higher and we will definitely be able to surpass our monthly target of N1.1 billion,’’ he said.
Ajao said the command generated N9.6 billion in 2014, adding that the figure was N3.4 billion less than the N13 billion target for the year, saying the command would this year surpass the N13 billion target set for it.
The command made 36 seizures in July with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N20.1 million, he said, noting that “the seized items include bags of rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, vehicles, among others.’’
The spokesman urged Nigerians to desist from smuggling due to its adverse effect on the economy, as “smuggling isn’t good for the economy, so we must work together to save our economy and embrace legitimate trade.
“Illegal trades erode the national wealth, so we must learn not to partake in such acts.”