rice1-765x510According to local sources, it has been revealed that Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has total revenue of N1, 178,720,376 on rice imports through the land borders between October and November 2015. A total quantity of rice imported through the land borders during the same period stood at 17.596 metric tonnes. The CGC Comptroller-General of Customs who indicated this during a strategy session he convened to review revenue performance for the year and also noted that the total quantity of rice imported through the land borders during the same period stood at 17.596 Metric Tonnes. Maritime First reports that according to the breakdown he provided, Idiroko border in Ogun Command has the largest volume of 8.276 Metric tonnes, with a collection of N555,152,344 duty.

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Furthermore that figure was subsequently followed by Katsina Borders with a quantity of 3,636 Metric tonnes (MT)imported, grossing in a total revenue of N242,985,626;  when a total of 2.156 metric tonnes was imported through the land borders of Oyo/Osun command, generating a total revenue of N144,278,025. However the Niger/ Kwara/ Kogi came last with only 68 MT with N4,710,394 Further, the Comptroller-General of the service decided to un-banned the movement of rice into the country two months ago had not gone down well with the Senate but in next statement he said that the huge collection in just two months has vindicated our position. If we had stuck to our previous directive, this much quantum of rice would still have been smuggled anyway, and we would have lost over a billion Naira revenue as this critical period of our economic downtown. A total of 2.156 metric tonnes was imported through the land borders of Oyo/Osun command, generating a total revenue of N144,278,025.

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