Apapa Customs Collects Over N870b In 2021, Records 68 Percent Increase

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says it has generated over 870 billion naira between January to December 2021.

The Customs Area Controller(CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Ibrahim Malanta Yusuf made this known while addressing Journalists in a press briefing on Thursday in Lagos. He added that the Command also intercepted contraband goods worth N31, 227, 431, 225, within the period under review.

Comptroller Yusuf noted that the revenue generated has been remitted to the federation and non-federation accounts of the Federal Government respectively.

According to him, this clearly shows that the revenue profile of the Command had significantly increased by about 68 per cent when compared with the collection of N518.4 billion in the year 2020

“The year 2022 is a year of hope and high expectations, particularly with increase in the service revenue target to N4.1 trillion naira.
“For us in Apapa area command, we have already boarded and fastened our seat belts towards the realisation of this revenue target and we will leverage on deployment of digital transformation.

“The transformation will further harmonise the activities of our stakeholders towards a seamless ease of doing business in the port,” he said.

Yusuf also noted that the command in line with the provision of extant circulars, trade guidelines and enforcement of government policy measures strengthened its anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs.

He pointed out such feat was achieved through credible intelligence driven operations and continuous partnering with other relevant agencies for effective port management.

Accordingly, he said that the Command made a total of 103 seizures and worthy to mention was the seizure of 46.55kg of cocaine concealed on vessels MV Karteria and MV Chayanee Naree laden with raw sugar.
He listed some of the seized items as: foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, secondhand clothes, unregistered pharmaceuticals like captagon pills, tramadol, codeine syrup and others.

“These were seizures made in accordance with provision sections 46, 47 and 161 of CEMA(Customs and Excise Management Act) Cap C45 LFN 2004.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to repeat here that no matter whose ox is gored, the command is not going to tolerate any form of illicit behavior in the trade supply chain.

“We are not only going to expose these recalcitrant traders, we si ensure that they are brought to book with maximum penalty under the laws of the land,” he said.

For export, Yusuf noted that the Command recorded a boom in exportation of non-oil commodities with about 110 per cent increase in tonnage above the figure of the year 2020, that is, 5,380,000 metric tons in 2021 as against 1,300,000 in 2020.

The CAC mentioned that the Free on Board value for the exported items also rose from $340milion  in the year 2020 to $641 million US dollars in 2021, the naira equivalent of the exported items being N245 billion naira 
He listed the items exported to include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products among others.

He said that the command had strengthened the risk assessment capacity through forensic system audit and dispute resolution procedures in accordance with World Customs Organisation (WCO) standard. He also said that the command had achieved industrial harmony with all government agencies in Apapa port especially Nigerian Ports Authority, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and others.

The Customs Boss said that as regards the scanners gotten, 70 per cent of its procedures had been deployed, noting that by end of February, it would be fully deployed.
He added that deployment of the scanner would not only increase revenue but would beef up security due to the fact that it would reveal any kind of concealment.

Also, Mrs Olufumilayo Olotu, Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex said that as regards export, presently lilypond had been identified as the final export processing centre for export goods coming to the port complex. According to her, in due course, the NCS and other agencies of government would be informed of the take off date. 

R-L: Lagos Port Manager of NPA, Mrs Bola Olotu, Apapa Customs Controller, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, DSS Director of Apapa, and Apapa commander of NDLEA, Samuel Gadzama at a press briefing at Apapa Customs Command

“This means that whatever has been done and sealed there can now approach the port, no stoppage along the port corridor, it is just for them to come to the port and the vessel.
“If we are an import dependent nation, it will not build our economy, it is when we are able to export our goods and they reach the destination in the right quality and quantity, can the nation compete effectively in the subregion,” she said.

Olotu stressed that collaboration among agencies in the port corridor was  key and activities within these axis had been very successful because of the collaboration  enjoyed by everyone.

“We are all here to ensure that the necessary platform is given for everybody to do the right thing and for the name Nigeria not to attract any negative comment anymore,” Olotu said.

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