THE Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), Thursday said the Service has so far collected and remitted the sum of N2.143 trillion into the government’s coffers out of N3.019 trillion projection for the year.
He explained that the projection as at the time the N3.019 target was set was based on the assumption that the Service would start the collection from the beginning of the year.
Ali also said that the delay in the collection of carbonated drinks tax may also pose another challenge.
The Customs boss said the Service only recently commenced the collection of the tax which he noted was also part of the assumption at the time the 2022 target was set.
Ali also disclosed that the Service would make about $17.6 billion for the country at the completion of its automation.
He projected that Customs would need $3.5 billion to fully automate its operations and limit human interactions.