***Hands Over to Compt. Bashir
By Maritime Newsroom
The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the premier command has generated a total of N210,260,123,29203.07 (Two Hundred and Ten Billion, Two Hundred and Sixty Million,One Hundred and Twenty-three Thousand, Two Hundred and Three, Seven Kobo) from the months of January to July 2018.
Speaking to newsmen at the command headquarter, Apapa on Thursday, the out-gone Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Jubrin Musa who also used the opportunity to hand over to the in-coming CAC, Comptroller Bashir, who was redeployed from Onne command PortHarcourt, River State to take over from him, noted that the figure represented 84.6% collection of the target for the command.
According to Compt. Musa, this is in keeping with the promise of the command’s resolve to remain the lead in revenue generation among the commands. This superlative performance, he said, is possible despite the present economic meltdown in the country evidenced by the low cargo throughput.
Comparing the feat achieved within these seven months in terms of revenue collection, the CAC said, if it is placed at per with the Command’s collection in the previous months of the preceding year (2017), which he said was put at N196, 701, 774, 277.07, (One Hundred Ninety-Six Billion, Seven Hundred and One Million, Seven Hundred Seventy Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty-Seven Naira, Seven Kobo), the CAC added that from the foregoing analysis of the revenue generation of the command, the last seven months collection of over N210 billion naira is more than what was collected in the same period on thrall preceding year by N1 3, 558, 348, 926.00 (Thirteen Billion Five Hundred and -Eight Million, Three Hundred and -Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Six Naira no Kobo).
This figure, according to the command, shows an increase of 6.9% over the year 2017.
Giving a breakdown of the figures, Compt. Musa said, in the month of January the command made a total of N31,015, 084,626.86, generated the sum of N24,803,004,087.58 in the month of February while in the months of March and April, the Command netted N25, 930,384,477.86 and N28,416,483,130.90 respectively. Also in the month of May, it collected a total of N33,029,521, 825.25 while the months of June and July saw the command netting N33,526,313,997.11 and N33,503,331,058.15 respectively.
The CAC Said: ”’It is worthy of mention that the Command has a monthly revenue target of N35,516,068,984.95 billion cumulating to N246,612,492,894.06.”
On how the Command was able to make such a wonderful performance, Compt. Musa said, his Command put in place different strategic measures for efficient and superlative method for seamless cargo clearance.
However, he listed some of reinvigorated strategies of the command to include: thorough documentation checks, continuous stakeholders engagements for willful compliance, 100% physical examination of cargo and building a robust synergy with other sister government agencies and stakeholders who operate within the Customs Clearing process and by extension within the large blue economy.
Giving highlights on the Newly introduced Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS III), he added: ”The NICIS II was launched and rolled out in May,2018 either i intensive training organised for both officers and stakeholders in the Command. This upgraded ICT platform enables other sister agencies and stakeholders involved in cargo clearance chain to interface effectively as it is internet based and could be accessed with even android,” the CAC sad.
The command pointed out that this achievements mostly the improvement in revenue generation profile of the service and of command in particular since the months of May and July, 2018 shows that the agency is at its best at the moment as far as its statutory role is concerned.
Speaking on the Command’s anti-smuggling drive, the CAC said: ”The Apapa Command recorded a total of nine seizures comprising of pharmaceuticals, vegetable and other controlled goods.”
The most important seizure, according to the Command, is the seizure of 13 containers of Tramadol imported into the country in flagrant contravention of the approved guideline and procedures.
The seized items, the CAC noted has a Duty Paid Value (DPV ) of N3 57, 000,000.00 only.
Finally, the command reassured the importers, their agents and other numerous stakeholders of their total commitment on releasing their as quick as possible so long they are honest in their declaration.