The Controller of Ogun State command of Nigeria Customs Service, Sanni Madugu, had disclosed that the command generated over N600million monthly into the coffers of the Federal Government.
Madugu gave the disclosure on Tuesday while playing host to the newly elected executive members of Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun Chapter in Abeokuta.
He stated that the monthly revenue target for the Ogun command was N900million, saying that before now the command was generating N400million but was able to jack it up to N600million.
The controller promised that very soon the target would be surpassed, saying that activities in Abeokuta was low but greater part of activities were at the border stations.
” Our revenue target in Ogun command is over N900million monthly, there are places where revenue target is N300million, N400million and N500million.
“Then you have the highest, places like Apapa Port , Tincan Island Port where we generated over N1billion every working day.
“What we are doing in Ogun is to make sure we are making efforts, we have not met our target in Ogun command, the revenue is high, the target is high but the activities are low.
” Before now the command is generating over N400million every month, we have managed to Jack it up to over N600million, we are making a lot of efforts to ensure that we surpassed that target, ” he said.
The controller appreciated the correspondents’ chapel for the visit, saying that the partnership that existed between journalists and the Customs service had really assisted the Customs in promoting it’s activities.
Madugu, who said he served as a youth corps member some years ago in Ogun State, noted that Nigeria customs service implemented government policies but does not make laws.
Earlier, Mr Wale Adewumi, the Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel, Ogun NUJ, promised that members of the chapel would continue to carry out their duties professionally.
Adewumi urged the command to continue to do its best at stemming smuggling activities through the state.