N30tn Revenue Leakage Report will Shock Nigerians, Says Senate

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The report by the investigations conducted by the Joint Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport into the alleged revenue leakages in the import and export value chain, valued at N30tn, is due for presentation.

A member of the committee, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the findings made by the panel “will shock Nigerians” when eventually published.

We just met with the leadership of the Customs and it was made clear to everybody that they are not performing maximally; they must do more.”

In the report presented by the committee’s co-chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the panel said some banks had remitted N128bn to the Central Bank of Nigeria, while some of the 60 companies investigated, voluntarily paid N12bn into the Federal Government’s coffers.

The Senate had specifically mandated the committee to carry out a holistic investigation into the activities of the service “with a view to identifying the leakages and irregularities as well as the causes of the declining revenue profile of the service and come up with recommendations that will invigorate the revenue of the Nigeria Customs Service.”

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