CUSTOMS REVENUE GENERATION IN PERSPECTIVE.

Between Yorubaland and the Hausa/Fulaniland, there are 14 Area Commands of the Customs. The Yorubaland alone has 11 Area Commands whilst Hausa/Fulaniland has only 3 Area Commands.

The Yorubaland Area Commands of the Customs:

1. Apapa Customs Command;

2. Tin-Can Island Customs Command;

3. Lagos Airport Customs Command;

4. Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Customs Command;

5. Seme Customs Command;

6. Tin-Can Island II Customs Command;

7. Lagos Industrial Customs Command;

8. Ogun Customs Command;

9. Oyo/Osun Customs Command;

10. Ondo/Ekiti Customs Command;

11. Kwara/Kogi Customs Command.

The Hausa/Fulaniland Area Commands of the Customs:

1. Kaduna/Kastina Customs Command;

2. Kano/Jigawa Customs Command;

3. Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara Customs Command.

Now that we have recognized all the area commands of customs between Yorubaland and Hausa/Fulaniland, let us look at the revenue generated by each command in 2016.

The Yorubaland Area Commands of Customs generated N750 billion in 2016 whilst the Hausa/Fulaniland Area Commands of Customs generated N16 billion Naira in 2016 as follows:

Yorubaland Area Commands of the Customs revenue generated in 2016:

1. Apapa Customs Command; N300 billion.

2. Tin-Can Island Customs Command; N256 billion.

3. Lagos Airport Customs Command; N56 billion.

4. Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Customs Command; N85 billion.

5. Seme Customs Command; N11 billion.

6. Tin-Can Island II Customs Command; N8 billion.

7. Lagos Industrial Customs Command; N6 billion.

8. Ogun Customs Command; N8 billion.

9. Oyo/Osun Customs Command; N15 billion.

10. Ondo/Ekiti Customs Command; N517 million.

11. Kwara/Kogi Customs Command; N2 billion.

Total: N750 billion.

Hausa/Fulaniland Area Commands of the Customs revenue generated in 2016:

1. Kaduna/Kastina Customs Command; N5 billion.

2. Kano/Jigawa Customs Command; N9 billion.

3. Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara Customs Command; N2 billion.

Total: N16 billion.

Whilst Yorubaland contributes N750 billion to the revenue of customs in 2016, the Hausa/Fulaniland contributes just N16 billion. However, the sharing formula of using the number of states, local governments and population figure to share the revenue in Nigeria, gives Hausa/Fulani the lion’s share of the revenue so collected, whilst Yorubaland remains poor and underdeveloped.

Nevertheless, if the N750 billion had been wholly reinvested back into the Yoruba’s economy, the living conditions in the Yoruba rural areas would have improved; the Yoruba rural areas would have had equal access to public services, social amenities, etc.

Basic social amenities, particularly hospitals, schools, and clean drinking water, would have been available across Yorubaland.

Yoruba communities wouldn’t have experienced a vicious cycle of ill health, low-employment rate, inadequate social amenities and infrastructure.

As long as the Yorubaland remains as a part of Nigeria, Yoruba people will stay poor and miserable.

Anyone in doubt of the N750 billion contributions of Yorubaland to the customs revenue in 2016 should see the comment section for evidence.

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