The acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Bashir Adeniyi, has revealed that about 75 per cent of Customs revenue is generated from Lagos State.
He disclosed this when he paid a visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina.
Adeniyi, who commended the state government, said that Lagos, as the economic nerve centre of Nigeria, generated 70 to 75 per cent of customs revenue in the country.
He pledged to work assiduously to ensure smuggling become a thing of the past in Nigeria, so as to boost Made-in-Nigeria products and improve the country’s economy.
According to him, Lagos is very strategic, as it is the heartbeat of customs’ operations.
“For us to be able to excel at our full potential, we need a peaceful working environment. I want to assure the governor that as responsible officers and agency of government, we will live up to our civic responsibilities, and more importantly, we will operate within the framework of the law.”
Speaking, Sanwo-Olu restated his administration’s commitment to complete the Badagry Seaport by 2025 to decongest Apapa and Tincan Island ports.
He was optimistic that the port would drive in more investors into the state.
“The whole idea is to build strategic infrastructure for our citizens. Lekki is on the Eastern part and Badagry on the Western part, so that we can decongest Apapa and Tincan, which we have stretched beyond their capacities.
Sanwo-Olu said that the government would continue to partner with the NCS.