The eyewitness reporter
The push for higher Customs revenue by the Federal government will become harder in the coming years as Nigeria Customs Service has now become a cash cow for the government which currently relies on the duties and taxes collected by the agency to fund its recurrent expenditure, especially the payment of salaries for federal civil servants and other expenditures.
Keyamo made the statement recently at the unveiling of The Progressives Forum at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
“NNPC is no longer remitting money into FAAC.
“So the government have to rely on revenue from customs, FIRS and others to pay salaries and carry out some other activities.
“Go and check the gas prices in the US and UK. They have gone up more than four or five times, even in oil-producing countries,” he said.
Mele Kyari, the Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) on July 29th, 2022, has said that the Corporation would no longer remit money to the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee for sharing to the three tiers of government monthly.
He hinged the decision on the latest transition of the corporation from a public corporation to a limited liability company, adding that all monetary arrears to the committee were owed by the old corporation and not the new oil company.
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” 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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