The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun II Area Command, proudly announced a substantial contribution to the Federal Government’s revenue, amounting to N12,830,493,630.06 from January to June 2024. Controller Olusola Bisi Alade shared these achievements during a media briefing held at the command’s headquarters on Quarry Road, Abeokuta.

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Emphasizing the command’s primary objectives of revenue generation, facilitation of legitimate trade, and safeguarding the national economic security, Alade highlighted a remarkable 51% increase compared to the N4,326,454,811.76 revenue achieved in the same period of 2023. He attributed this growth to the unwavering dedication, professionalism, and commitment of the officers and staff, who tirelessly ensured that the revenue targets were not only met but exceeded.

“The increase in revenue underscores our steadfast dedication to national economic growth,” Alade affirmed. He further noted significant improvements in activities within the free trade zones, which contributed to successful monthly revenue collections from April to June.

“In April, we collected N3,486,961,186.71; in May, N2,801,833,739.40; and in June, N3,564,776,499.07,” Alade detailed, highlighting the command’s consistent efforts to enhance revenue collection. He pledged ongoing measures to optimize collections, supported by collaboration with other units within the service and continuous engagement with local communities and traders.

Alade expressed gratitude to the Customs Intelligence Unit, Customs Police Unit, and other collaborators for their crucial roles in achieving operational success. He credited the visionary leadership of Comptroller-General Bashir Adewale Adeniyi and the Customs Service Management for fostering an enabling environment that facilitated these accomplishments.

“In our commitment to enforcing compliance with government fiscal policies, we have identified and brought under excise control eleven factories and one bonded terminal,” Alade revealed, underscoring proactive steps taken by the command under his leadership.

Alade thanked factory owners for their cooperation in timely excise duty payments and encouraged continued compliance. He reassured newly discovered factories of the Nigerian Customs Service’s unwavering commitment to fulfilling its statutory responsibilities under the NCS Act (NCS, Act 2023), affirming ongoing efforts to uphold national economic integrity and growth.