The Tincan Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has collected the sum of N25.7 billion in the month of November, 2016.
This was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Bashar Yusuf during a session with some critical stakeholders in his office recently.
The Controller stressed that the Command, would continue to explore all avenues for maximum revenue collection, in view of the exigencies of the moment, which had placed more responsibility on the Service.
Addressing stakeholders at the premises of SDV/SCOA where he had gone to handover a 1 x 20ft container of “Ready to eat food” preparations like – Egusi Soup, Jollof Rice, Ogbono, Yam Porridge among others, the Controller described the scenario as an aberration considering the fact that the Federal Government of Nigeria in her wisdom granted zero duty for the importation of machinery for the packaging of Agricultural products into the country, and wondered why an indigenous menu would be imported into the country at a time when investors were much sought for to boast local Industries.
Speaking further, he charged would be investors to look at the export potentials which abound in the country and take advantage of same for their Socio-Economic benefits.
In a related development, while briefing a group of senior officers undergoing training programme in the Command, the Bashar admonished them to see professionalism, integrity and transparency as their watchword, while also ensuring effective leadership and supervision in their areas of official duty.
He stated categorically that the various trade facilitation tools as provided in the automation of Customs procedures would guide them in the discharge of their functions and charged them to see training and re-training as a veritable tool that would sharpen their reflexes towards achieving desired results.
He however expressed appreciation to the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.) for effectively re-positioning the Service to the extent that despite the global recession, NCS was still working tirelessly to remain on top of their statutory mandate noting that it could not have been possible if not for the pragmatic leadership of the Col. Ali and his Management.
“In this era and dispensation, officers are expected to be above board with a deep sense of commitment and responsibility in the discharge of their functions”, he said.
He added that the change ideology of the Comptroller General must be given priority attention and warned that failure to key into the new order would be seriously sanctioned.
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