[On Twitter]–Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has said in a recent tweet that he never believed in banning goods by the Nigeria Customs Service.
Abubakar, who was a former Deputy Director of the Service, said this in reply to a user’s tweet, “In the history of Nigeria Customs Service, only Atiku generated more money than Dikko Inde. Though he took it home.”
“You know, the way things work, if the Customs records monies an officer generated, it means the funds are already in treasury.
“How did I generate revenue in Customs? I never believed in banning goods. My job was to ensure anything you brought in, you paid the duty
“I did not see the sense in saying “Oh, these 20 containers are banned”. In that case, Nigeria lost revenue, the business lost too.
So my belief is, we should apply taxes to imports as required. Higher taxes if need be, but bannning deprives the country of revenue”
Another user tweeted his concern at him, that if importing is all about revenue, how will the nation check the importation of illegal items, to which he replied:
“The Standards units at the ports are responsible for not letting sub-standard goods in. They work in the interest of Nigeria.
“A Standards unit can still seize sub-standard goods after duties have been paid. But smart Customs (e.g. US) would ensure duties paid first.” He added.