By Sandra Chukwunyere
Over sixty five billion naira was generated by the Apapa Area Command Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service( NCS) in April this year, the highest generation so far by the Command.
Within the period, the Command also intercepted hundreds cartons of banned and unregistered pharmaceutical products including 674 cartons of tramadol and 805 cartons of codeine syrup.
The Customs Area Controller ( CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Mallanta Ibrahim Yusuf made this known while briefing newsmen at the Command today.
Comptroller Yusuf while attributing the unprecedented achievement to the resilient and tireless commitment to duty among his Officers, vowed that they would double their efforts towards increasing revenue generation for government and creating an enabling environment for legitimate busineses to thrive.
Breaking down the figures, he said “the command in the month of April, 2021 collected revenue to the Sum of sixty five billion, four hundred and sixty three million, three hundred and ninety eight thousand, three hundred and fifty five naira, eighty five Kobo (#65,463, 398, 355.85).
“This shows an increase of thirty five billion, five hundred and eighty five million, five hundred and sixty one thousand, one hundred and thirty nine naira ninety two Kobo (25,585,561, 139.92), when compared to the collection of the same month in the year 2020, indicating a percentage increase in collection of 64%.”This unprecedented record has never been achieved in the history of Apapa Area Command”.
On the seized pharmaceutical products, comptroller Ibrahim Yusuf explained that, “in line with the provision of extend laws, trade guidelines and enforcement of governnment fiscal policy measures, the command was able to further strengthen it’s anti- smuggling operations against economic saboteurs through credible intelligence driven operations.”This led to the seizure of 4×4 ft containers laden with unregistered pharmaceuticals (674 cartons of tramadol tablets in 225mg and 120mg and 805 cartons of codeine syrup in 100ml) at APMT and Sifax 3 bonded terminals respectively.”These importations contravene section 46 and 47 of customs and Excise management act C45 LFN 2004).
The Apapa Area customs controller gave an assurance that the command remained poised to tackle the menace of illegal importations of dangerous drugs because of the serious threat that they pose the health of the “citizenry and economic of the country”.
Comptroller Ibrahim Yusuf further stated that apart from the pharmaceuticals, the command seized other items within the period under review which include ” two containers of unprocessed wood and one container of scrap copper wire”.
“The duty paid value of the seized items stood at one billion , seven hundred and sixty million, five hundred and six thousand, three hundred and sixty three naira”, he added.