The Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Port, Apapa Lagos, have collected a total of N237,265,538,567.88 between January and October 2017.
According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the unit Uche Ejesieme, the figure was against the sum of N207,934,704,906.23 in the corresponding period of 2016.
The Spokesman said Tincan Island Port Comptroller, Bashar Yusuf relied mostly on capacity building, training and re-training to extract reasonable level of professional integrity from the officers which ultimately led to the increase in Revenue Collection.
According to Bashar: “You will recall that the Command alone have recorded three different seizures of cache of arms and have recently seized two containers load of suspected controlled drugs (Tramadol) falsely declared as used vehicle and computer accessories”.
“Our new strategic focus has strengthen not only statutory responsibility of Revenue Generation but also safety of lives by decimating the tendency of unscrupulous importers who bring in unwholesome drugs, particularly Tramadol which consumption would naturally have a consequential effect on our large population of youth, thereby ultimately affecting their educational pursuits and socio-economic wellbeing amongst other negative effects.
“Just recently our president was in Turkey with the Comptroller General of Customs alongside other top government functionaries on a diplomatic visit and the issue of arms was discussed after which a memorandum of understanding was signed with a view to ensure that such illicit imports are curtailed”.
In the same vein, he expressed appreciation for the support of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) and his Management and promised to re-double his efforts at this time of the year when business activities are expected to be on the increase.
“It is instructive to note that the Nigeria Customs Service is putting measures in place to curb the influx of arms which is why the Service recently unveiled plans to introduce the Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) programme, a platform that will enhance the streamlining of cargo clearance”.
He stated that AEO is a programme introduced by the World Customs Organization to facilitate trade with security situation associated with the Import and Export businesses across international borders.
The Controller stated that the Command have leveraged on the change ideology of the CGC by ensuring that all loopholes for revenue leakages are blocked, while also applying sanctions for false and under declarations.
“We will continue to re-jigg and re-strategize to ensure that we remain on top of our statutory functions with a view to ensuring that the confidence reposed on us by the CGC and the Customs Management is not taken for granted” he said.