*** As the Revenue Monitoring Committee lauds Compt.Yusuf Malanta Ibrahim for Impressive Performance
By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Apapa Customs Command Apapa of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has continued in it’s impressive revenue generation after raking N78.4 billion in which is an increase of over 90% when compared to the N42.4 billion collected in the corresponding month under review.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) Comptroller Yusuf Malanta Ibrahim disclosed the figure as half of the year in news briefing on Tuesday in Lagos.
He explained that the feat was made possible following a sustained enforcement of anti-smuggling campaign, which he said,has ensured increased level of compliance as well as resulted in reduction of smuggling activities throughout the Command.
The briefing was centered on revenue collection, anti-smuggling operations and trade facilitation for the period of June as well as half of the year Report.
Ibrahim revealed that cummulative revenue generation by the command since January to June totalled N366 billion which represents 61% increase when compared to the N227 billion collected in the first half of 2020.
While commending his men for job well done, he believed that the feat was a great motivation for the Command to do more in the coming months.
According to CAC, in the period under review, “the Command recorded 10 seizures of various uncustoms goods such as tomato paste, used clothing, unregistered pharmaceutical drugs, etc, with a Duty Paid Value of N442 million
“This unprecedented record is a great validation of our new approach to revenue drive.
“It is also fitting to emphasize here that this volume of revenue has never been recorded in the history of the Flagship Command of the Nigeria Customs Service.
“Consequent upon the above and in line with the provision of Extant laws, trade guidelines and enforcement of Government Fiscal Policy, the Command was abke to strengthen its anti-smuggling operation against economic saboteurs through timely credible intelligence driven network which led to the seizure of 46 containers between Jan-Jun 21 with Duty Paid Value of N27.6 billion.
” All these importations are contrary to the provision of sections 46 & 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and Customs & Excise Notices No.1491.
“This spectacular achievement was made possible by our Officers’ resilience and commitment in ensuring collections of appropriate revenue, robust stakeholders’ engagement and seamless facilitation of compliant trade”
On the volume of export in the period under review, he explained that “Export statistics of the Command showed that good worth N272.3 billion have been exported through Apapa port between Jan-Jun 21. These exports include Agricultural goods such as sesame seed, ginger, hibiscus flower and other mineral resources. The total tonnage of the said export stood at 1.6 million tones with FOB value of $103 billion”.
He unbehalf of the Officers and men of the Command, extended “appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs and his Management team for the opportunity, trust, support and encouragement given to us in the course of discharging our responsibilities”.
Ibrahim also seized the occasion to urge importers, exporters, Customs brokers and freight forwarders on the need to imbibe the culture of compliance just as he acknowledged the “valuable contribution of stakeholders in the clearance value chain, government agencies operating in the port and of course, members of the Forth-estate of the realm for their unflinching support towards the realization of this feat”.
In his speech Chairman, Revenue Monitoring Committee of the Allocation and Fiscal Commission led by Dr. Adekunle Wright said, the Nigeria Customs Service is an agency that the commission does not take for granted.
“They have continually supported the three tiers of government through this kind of brilliant performance that has allowed them to contribute into the federation account”
“It is the federation account that feeds the three tiers of government
“With this kind of statistics that the Comptroller has read out, you can see that we have hope, now that the prices of crude oil is going down, this is our own oil, and we thank him for the brilliant performance that he has continued to bring up.
“This is the Customs Revenue Monitoring Committee of the commission, we are on a working tour and we have met these records that have spoken for itself, this is the Flagship of the Nigeria Customs Service and the Comptroller is really doing very well here, we are happy to be associated with him” he added.