Makes 318 Seizures
By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Apapa Premier Port of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has between the months of January to December, 2020 collected revenue to the sum of Five hundred and Eighteen billion, Forty-six million, Eight hundred and thirty-two thousand, Sixteen naira and Eighty-four kobo (N518,046,832,016.84) and and has remitted same to the federation and non-federation accounts of the Federal Government, respectively.
The Command equally seized 318 seizures within the same period. The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura who stated this while speaking to newsmen in Apapa, Lagos on Tuesday.
According to the CAC, the figure is in contrast with what the command made in same period of last year 2019. This, he said clearly shows that the revenue profile of the Command has significantly increased by Ninety-four billion, Three hundred and seventy-nine thousand, Eight hundred and thirty-five thousand, Three hundred and fifty-two naira and Fifty-three kobo (N94,379,835,352.53) from the N423.6 billion that was collected in the year 2019. This indicates an increased collection of 22.3%.
On the anti-smuggling front, And in line with the provision of extant circulars; trade guidelines and enforcement of government fiscal policy measures, the Command Comptroller Abba-Kura need noted that his command was able to achieve such feat due to thestrengthening of the Command’s anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs, through credible intelligence driven operations and continuous partnership with other relevant agencies of the government for effective port management to stem their illegitimate activities.
For the above reasons, the Command, the CAC said the command made a total of three hundred and eighteen (318) seizures with Duty Paid Value of Twenty-one billion, One hundred and ninety-six million, Eight hundred and six thousand, Six hundred and thirty seven naira (N21,196,806,637.00).
His word: “These figures almost tripled the total seizures for the year 2019 which stood at 112 with total Duty Paid value of N12.5 billion. Some of the seized items include: 133 containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals including tramadol:58 containers of parboiled rice;30 containers of vegetable oil;31 containers of used clothes and shoes;13 containers of used tyres, and other sundry items”.
Speaking on the efforts of the export unit of the command, Apapa CAC pointed out that their export unit also witnessed a boost in its activities.
“From two hundred and sixty-two thousand and ninety-five metric tons (262,095) in 2019, it rose to one million, three hundred and eleven thousand, three hundred and sixty-five metric tons (1,311,365) in 2020. The Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items equally moved up from $132,760,512.94 million US dollars to $340,884,102.99 million within the period under review. The naira equivalent of the exported items is estimated at One hundred and four billion, Three hundred and ten million, Five hundred and thirty-five thousand, Five hundred and fourteen (104,310,535,514.00) naira only at 306 naira per US Dollar. Items exported include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products among others”.
However, the command said that the achievements It is instructive to note that these unprecedented achievements were as a result of the commitment of the officers and men of Command.”These are possible as a result of our Officers doggedness and tireless commitment to their duties, despite the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging economies all over the world. Nonetheless, as we look forward to a prosperous and glorious year ahead.”
The equally promised to be more committed in it’s activities and operations mostly in the collection of revenue despite the devastating effects of Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Command has taken bold initiatives to ensure the collection of appropriate revenue by creating an enabling environment for legitimate businesses to thrive.”
Comptroller Abba-Kura told the newsmen that the command could not have achieved all these if not for the support of the CGC, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.).
“On this note, on behalf of the Officers and men of Apapa Area Command, we extend our profound appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and his management team for their continuous support and encouragement.”