Apapa CAC Mohammed, Comptroller Abba-Kura

By Sandra Chukwunyere

Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Command has generated the sum of N227.3 billion in the first half of the year.
The Customs Area Controller, Apapa command, Mohammed Abba-Kura disclosed this in a media briefing in Lagos on Thursday.
According to him, the commands collective  resolute to enforce the Federal Government Fiscal Policy measure  has yielded the desired results as can be seen from the revenue generated.
He added that equally, their secondary layers of checks and balances had contributed immensely in recovering lost revenues that escaped the first layer in one way or the other.
“In spite of all challenges, the Apapa Area Command has maintained its tempo at ensuring that maximum revenue is collected in addition to trade facilitation and suppression of smuggling.
“There has been steady improvement in revenue collection all through the half year except for the month of May which recorded a decline of about 3.531 billion when compared between  year 2019 and 2020.
“The command in half year of 2019 collected a total sum of N203.264 billion as customs duty and other charges like 7 per cent surcharge, value added tax, 1 per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) among others 
“From January to  June this year, the command collected a huge sun of N227,347,046,233.53, which represent an increase of N24,082,991,550.84 or 10.59 per cent increase from the previous year,” he said.
Abba-Kura noted that as regards smuggling and pursuant to section 46 and 48 of the Customs and Exercise Management Act(CEMA), which deal with offences in relations to import and export, in other words forfeiture of goods improperly imported, the command had seized 142 containers of various items.
He listed the items as one Rolls Royce 2018 and one Lamborghini Hurricane Sport Car 2019 model with a Duty Paid Value of N324.530 million.
Others are: 64 containers of pharmaceuticals, 32 containers of rice, 7 containers of used cloths and shoes, 25 containers of vegetable oil, 3 vehicles, 2 containers of packaging materials, 2 containers of detergents.
Also were candy milk, used tyres, cigarette filter, rugs and textile materials which all were in one container each and all items has a DPV of N15,904,954,220.
He urged stakeholders, importers, exporters and their agents to always follow and observe the laid down import and export guidelines and procedures and make sincere declaration in order to avoid their consignment being forfeited to government.
“Until one adhere strictly to these guidelines and procedures, we shall not relent in enforcing our laws as empowered by CEMA CAP C45, LFN 2004 as amended.
“In addition to seizing these goods, we have equally invoked the provisions of section 167 of CEMA which deals with detention, seizure and condemnation of goods.
“All these seized items have been condemned by a court of competent jurisdiction ‘ Federal High Court’ and have now become the properties of Federal Government of Nigeria,” he said.
Abba-Kura pointed out that in the area of export trade, goods worth N52,369,506,770.90 (Free on Board Value) had been exported from Nigeria and they include agricultural products, mineral resources and steel bars amongst others.
He noted that a total tonnage of these goods stood at 1.642 million times with FOB value in American dollars of $171,142,178.99.
He said that they are ever ready to push out export products, encourage legitimate trade as long as due process was followed and also urged exporters to explore other means like the barges to help bring in their products.
He added that the Advent of COVID-19 pandemic had occassioned some setback for the command as the building capacity that the command had embarked upon was stalled but would resume when things get better.
“From inception of the pandemic, management of customs sent down doctors to educate them on safety, procure sanitizers for them and also they got personal protective equipment from some stakeholders in the industry.
“Ten of our men in Apapa command got infected with COVID-19 and were sent to the isolation centre and as at today, they are all well now and we appreciate the Lagos State government and doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for their help,” he said.2 Attachments  ReplyForward

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