By Maritime Security News
The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has collected a record breaking total of N89,097,888,609.00 in November,2021.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, disclosed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Customs, Abubakar Usman, on Friday in Lagos.
According to Yusuf the tempo of increased revenue collection is being sustained through the volume of trade, strategies rising stakeholders, compliance level, and inter-agency collaboration between the Command and other government agencies
“This feat is coming after the command generated N86billion in the month of October following improved inter agency synergies, enhanced trade facilitation, speedy dispute resolution and prevention of revenue loss”
CAC “described the N89b collection as the beginning of improved outputs for the command, also said the tempo for rising revenue profile will be sustained”
Yusuf thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) for his support, direction in the deployment of artificial intelligence tools and improved logistics which has cumulatively added to the command’s productivity level.
” This N89,097,888,609(eighty nine billion,ninety-seven million, eight hundred and eighty-eight thousand, six hundred and nine naira) collection is an improvement but we are aiming higher than this.
“Our first step is to improve on our stakeholders compliance level, which in my assessment is commendable. Second is to strengthen the inter agency synergies between customs in Apapa and other agencies of government, this is also a huge success.
” We are gradually making Apapa Port a no go area for perpetrators of illegalities because all recent attempts at smuggling prohibited items through the port were uncovered.
“While we are facilitating trade , collecting revenue and promoting ease of doing business, our attention will also be focused on issues of national security too. This will continually be evident in our mode of cargo examination and intelligence sharing with sister agencies
” By the time we commence the use of scanners and other tools of artificial intelligence, trade facilitation will be at a higher speed and as the flagship command, this will reflect very positively on our revenue” Yusuf added.