Comptroller of Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone D of the Nigerian Customs Service, Mr. Bitrus Huhyi, has expressed optimism that the service would meet the N1 trillion revenue set for it by the Federal Government this year.
Huhyi who heads Zone D comprising Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Nassarawa and Benue states, was speaking while fielding questions from journalists in Bauchi.
"I am very optimistic that with the kind of leadership the service has in the person of Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko as the Comptroller-General of the service, the N1 trillion revenue target would by the grace of God be realised," Huhyi said.
The Comptroller, who also expressed confidence in the leadership of Dikko, noted that he has within the past three years transformed the service for others to follow.
He recalled that before Dikko was appointed, revenues generation ranges between N400 and N500 billion, but with his leadership, it rose to N600 billion and later achieved a target of N800 billion last year.
Huhyi explained that the service has been making all efforts to block leakages in revenue generation in the drive to meet the N1 trillion revenue target by the end of this year.
He attributed the feat in the customs service revenue generation to the resilience and doggedness of the Comptroller-General coupled with the consistent training of officers to meet the desired objectives.
"Under Dikko, there is no officer who has not attended one course or the other and either locally or internationally", Huhyi said, recalling how he was deputy comptroller for 13 years before his elevation by the Dikko leadership," he said.
He also expressed regret that security situation coupled with the state of emergency imposed in some local government areas of the Zone D this year, and the current devastating flood in some places have to some extent bogged down revenue generation in the zone.