By Ajibola Abayomi,
December 5, 2017
The Post Clearance Audit (PCA) unit of the Nigeria Customs (NCS) has declared that its collected the sum of N12.8 million between January and October, 2017.The amount was one million naira short of what was collected in 2016 within the same period.
The PCA however called for legislation to grant officers and men of the service unfettered access to traders’ systems, accounting records and premises to shore up government revenue generation.
The Controller of the unit, Abdullahi Babani gave the figure recently when the Assistant Comptroller General in charge of Zone A, Dahiru visited the command as part of the tour of the commands under his zone.
Babani explained PCA was being challenged in the areas of wrong contact addresses registered by some consignees and those who declared the goods; multiple TIN numbers creation and manipulation; frequent network downtime which hinders activities at stations and computer systems, among others were responsible for the low revenue generation.
He called for the repositioning of the unit to be able to attain the Comptroller General’s revenue target, reform and restructuring.
The Controller sought the assistance of the management concerning capacity building for officers with increased use of electronic record keeping, training on auditing and accounting practices adding that “there is need for management to consider setting up an enforcement unit for the PCA to boost revenue drive.”
“It is important for enabling laws to be enacted to accommodate field audit and also unrestricted access to traders’ systems, accounting records and premises .Capacity building of stakeholders should equally be a priority of the Service with a view to encourage voluntary compliance,” he said.