By Sandra Chukwunyere
Despite stress and discomfort associated with the Coronavirus epidemic and all its troubles, the Maritime community has remained steadfast in keeping with businesses around the sector, which is quite commendable.
Also, the Nigeria Customs Service is not relenting in obeying the directive of the Federal Government in keeping the sector functioning despite the risks and challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was also based on the above that Maritime security News proudly inform you that the Tin Can Island port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has made a total revenue collection of 31,210,006,189.8(Thirty one billion,two hundred and ten million,six thousand, one hundred and eighty nine naira and eight kobo in March 2020 notwithstanding the Coronavirus otherwise known as Covid – 19.
This, according to a statement from the command, is against the sum of 25,990,013,289.84 (Twenty five billion,nine hundred and ninety million, thirteen thousand,two hundred and eighty nine naira and eighty four kobo, the command collected during the same period in 2019 indicating a difference of 5,219,992,904.96 (Five billion,two hundred and nineteen million,nine hundred and ninety two thousand,nine hundred and four naira and ninety six kobo.
Recall that the Customs area Controller,Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi, had earlier indicated and created a clear roadmap for the actualization of his mandate, knowing before hand the enormous expectations from the command, as one of the epic areas for REVENUE generation for the entire agency.
Comptroller Musa, a well refined and disciplined officer, had from the onset mapped out his strategies on how to actualize this, and thereafter has been mobilizing critical stakeholders through series of round tables and consultations towards ensuring easy flow of business aimed at trade facilitation and boosting the nation’s economy, in line with global best practices.
The determined Customs Area Controller (CAC), at such regular parleys solicited the support of all parties in the Trade value chain, particularly on the issue of compliance with the fiscal and monetary policies of the federal Government and the need to adhere strictly.
However, on the issue of removal of all manner of bureaucratic bottlenecks and obstacles which might hinder access to information and intervention in critical areas, the command is on top of it as it is doing everything humanly possible to eliminate such.
This, is practically noted and exemplified in the open door policy of the command as demonstrated by the CAC as well as establishment of Trade facilitation and Dispute Resolution Platforms for expeditious Resolution of Disputes arising from the various transactions.
In the statement signed Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Uche Ejesiem “We are optimistic that all things being equal,the operational templates that has been put in place by the customs Area controller,will surely lead to monumental Revenue collection.”
On the issue of the Global pandemic,we are glad to inform you that our Sensitization campaign on the subject,began with the news of the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan China in November 2019,following a circular from customs headquarters,which compelled customs commands to commence awareness and education on ways of containing the virus .
Following the report of the Index case in Nigeria,the command began even more intensive and aggressive campaign,with the visit by the Zonal medical personnel of the service,led by Dr Bello,in collaboration with our Resident Medical personnel.