A boost in revenue generation by the Nigeria Customs Service may be expected this year as indication has emerged that the federal government may revise the foreign exchange restriction placed on importation of 41 items into the country.
Customs had attributed the restriction among other factors to the reason it could not meet its revenue target in 2016 according to the Authority.
Zonal Coordinator, Zone `A’ of NCS, Assistant Comptroller-General Monday Abueh, disclosed that the Federal Government may reverse the foreign exchange restriction order.
Abueh disclosed this in Ibadan during his familiarisation tour of Oyo/Osun Commands as part of his visits to Customs formations under his jurisdiction.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had on July, 2015, restricted 41 items, including vegetable oil, poultry products, cosmetics, plastic and rubber products, among others, from access to foreign exchange.
The apex bank said the country had the capacity to produce those items locally. Abueh said that when government’s policies were rolled out, they were in the interest of the people, adding that Nigeria could not be enriching other countries by allowing some banned items into the country.
He therefore appealed to officers to be fully sensitised about implementing government’s policies anywhere they were posted to serve.
On the ban placed on the importation of rice anf vehicles through the land borders, Abueh urged officers to ensure non-passage of both items into the nation.
He said that smugglers might be trying to make Oyo and other land borders their alternative routes since security at Idiroko and Seme has been fortified with serious surveillance.
The zonal coordinator who said that the Comptroller-General had redeployed officers to land borders’ commands to ensure that nothing escaped through all the routes in the areas, called on the officers to learn excise operations to assist in cargo clearance.
Abueh said his visit was meant to remind them about the Federal Government’s polices as well as the directive given by the comptroller-general to ensure security and protection of lives in the country.
“Officers should be mindful of their duties and responsibilities as you embark on your primary assignment.
“If you are careless in your duties and if you are caught, you will be held responsible for your action,” he stated.