ABUJA/Nigeria: The House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise has set the sum of N3.01 trillion as the 2022 revenue target for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The committee also approved N369 billion as the 2022 budget for the service.
Rep. Leke Abejide, Chairman House Committee on Customs and Excise, said this when the Comptroller-General of the service, retired Maj.-Gen. Hameed Ali, appeared before the committee to defend the 2022 budget.
Abejide commended the NCS for exceeding the N1.678 trillion for the 2021 revenue target.
He recalled that during the 2021 budget defence, the CGC presented the sum of N1.465 trillion, which he said was low compared to the parametres prevailing at the time.
He listed the parametres to include reduction and removal of 35 per cent levy on new automobile and devaluation of the Naira by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
He also mentioned the availability of COVID-19 vaccines which made many economies hitherto closed to be opened.
Ajibade said that house jerked up the revenue target to N1.678 trillion.
He said that though the CGC and his team were skeptical about meeting the target at the end of 2021, the NCS collected N2.241 trillion, thus exceeding the revenue target for the year.
“You have indeed performed well in this area and that is very commendable,” Abejide said, urging the service to improve its revenue collections in 2022.
Meanwhile, Ali, the CGC, stated that N45.89 billion was earmarked as running cost, N5 billion for staff loan and advances and N12.57 billion for miscellaneous expenses.
He added that N4.2 billion was earmarked for transport allowance of officers on local and international trainings, while N1.5 billion would go to general maintenance.
The CGC however noted that the service has no accommodation for its staff.
He said that the situation had forced their personnel “to go and rest in those smugglers’ accommodations to find shelter.