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Customs Ban Importation Of Drones Without End User Certificate

*Generates over N4 billion in September at MMA command

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that drones will not be allowed into the country without End-User-Certificates (EUC) for security reasons.

This was disclosed in a press release issued by the Public Relations Officer of Murtala Mohammed Area (MMA) Customs Command, Mr. Ephraim Haruna.

In the area of anti –smuggling activities, the command made impressive seizure for the month of September 2019 with duty paid value (DPV) of ₦12, 615,743.30.

The seizures include drones of different types, walkie-talkie radios and military armored Vests.

The Command also revealed that it generated the sum of ₦4,991,674,905.00 billion revenue in the month of September, 2019.

According to the report, the figure exceeded the Command’s monthly revenue target with ₦674,171,230.00 translating to 115.6%, and also exceeded that of September, 2018 collection ₦3.976, 291,655.00 with ₦1,015,356,250.00.

Ephraim noted that Command achieved this feat due to strategies put in place by the new Customs Area Controller, Comptroller L E Oyama (Mrs) who took charge of the command on 21st of August, 2019.

Some of the strategies implemented by the new comptroller are repositioning of man power, regular stakeholder engagement resulting in increased compliance, regular meetings with principal officers and Open-door policy.

Others are capacity building, removal of bottle necks by decentralizing the clearing process, resulting in trade facilitation; and regular consultations with the bosses at the Zonal Office and Headquarters Abuja.

However, Comptroller Oyama commended the level of stakeholders’ compliance and urged them to continue in their truthful declarations to enable seamless clearance of consignments.

She also encouraged the officers of the command to be disciplined and work as a team while on duty.

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