—-as seven Area Commands record zero revenue
These Area Commands oversee activities in fourteen (14) states in the country.
The offices of the Auditor-General said that Paragraph 112 (i) (f) of the Financial Regulations mandates the accounts officer to ensure the collection of these levies and fees and ensure accurate collection and accounting for all public monies received and expended.
According to the report, the Adamawa/Taraba Area Command recorded zero CET for 9 months while Bauchi/Gombe and Benue/Plateau/Nasarawa Area Command reported no CET collection for ten (10) months.
Four of these commands, Abia/Imo command, Adamawa/Taraba Command, Bauchi/Gombe command, and Benue/Plateau/Nasarawa command, reported zero revenue from Customs fees throughout 2019.
The Borno/Yobe area command collected fees for only one month in 2019 while the Cross River and Delta/Edo area command defaulted for nine and six months respectively.
The Auditor-General said he couldn’t ascertain the magnitude of the loss as the Area Commands didn’t furnish him with the revenue target.
“Non-oil revenue performance in 2019 was impressive, 75.36%. Having generated N3.23 trillion of the N4.28 trillion target given. However, it could have had better outcomes if revenue sources like Customs plug revenue leakages like non-collection of statutory fees” the report stated.
“By the end of 2019, Nigeria borrowed N4.18 trillion rather than the N1.92 trillion proposed deficit. The additional N2.26 trillion would have been less if all revenue access points like these levies are properly managed.
“The management of these area commands provided no explanations on their inability to collect the levies” the AuGF complained.
He described this act as a weakness of the internal control system of the Nigeria Customs Service and requested that the Customs’ Controller General, Hameed Ali, provide compelling reasons to back up the inability of the area commands to collect levies as they should ” without which i will be forced to activate the sanctions on paragraph 3112 of the Financial Regulation”
“For Area Commands in the Northeast and other conflict regions, these conflicts might explain why no levies were collected.
“Although it doesn’t explain why these commands cannot provide proper explanations to the Auditor-General when it was requested of them.
“For other zones, it will be interesting to see what their reasons for non-collection are if they ever respond to the queries from the Auditor-General.
“The disregard for questions raised by the Auditor-General in the course of the audits is becoming an increasingly prevalent thread. MDAs feel no need to explain discrepancies” Mr. Adolphus stated in his report.
Alleged cross- border smuggling of fuel: Fate of detained Customs officer uncertain — summoned, detained in Abuja
Customs demonises officer amidst claims of official complicity in smuggling of petroleum products across border
” This video depicts a half-clad individual recording himself while claiming to have arrested trucks carrying premium motor spirit across the border as an officer of Nigeria Customs Service.
“The facts are as follows; the person in the video is indeed an officer of Nigeria Customs Service, and he is currently attached to the Federal Operations Unit Zone D in Adamawa.
” It is important to note that 55 kilometers separate this location from the nearest border.
“Between the place where this incident occurred and the border, there are fully operational petrol stations.
” As vehicles in transit, they are considered still to be well within city limits and therefore can neither be accused of nor arrested for transporting goods across the border.
“All our officers are compelled by a strict dress code to not only be in uniform while on duty, but to adorn their name tags for easy identification by members of the public.
” Indeed, his actions led to his immediate withdrawal by the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘D’, who instructed his detention pending medical evaluation.
“The NCS seriously frowns at any action that is inimical to the economic well-being of our nation.
“The levels of checks and counter-checks created as part of the NCS strategic enforcement initiative have made it extremely difficult for breaches to occur.
“Nigeria Customs Service wants to assure members of the public of the commitment of its officers and men to securing our borders.
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