…Records N14.9bn difference over corresponding period of 2017
…Receives Senior Division 1 Course participants from the Command and Staff College
The Innovations and reforms towards re-jigging and re-engineering the consciousness of officers and men towards enhancing efficiency and productivity in line with its statutory mandate appears to be yielding results as evident in the quantum leap of the command’s revenue in the first quarter of 2018.
This was the position of the Customs Area Controller of the Tincan Island Customs command, Comptroller Baba Abdullahi Musa while delivering a paper on the General Overview of the Command before a delegation of participants of Senior Division Course 1, 2018 from the Command and Staff College Gwagwalada, led by the Commandant, ACG Charles Edike.
Speaking on the revenue collection for 2017 and 2018, the Controller stated that the Command in the First Quarter of 2017 (Jan – March) collected a total of Sixty-One Billion, Eight Hundred and Thirty-Nine Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty-Seven Naira, Ninety-One Kobo (N61,839,825,487.91) whereas in the corresponding period of 2018, the command collected Seventy-Six Billion, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty-0ne Thousand, One Hundred and Seven Naira, Thirty-Four Kobo (N76,789,721,107.34) signifying a positive difference of Fourteen Billion, Nine Hundred and Forty-Nine Million, Eighty Hundred and Ninety-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Nineteen Naira, Forty-Three Kobo (N14,949,895,619.43).
He noted that “though the first quarter of each year is usually synonymous with low volume of trade, the migration to NICIS II platform by the Command, also contributed to some hiccups that affected declarations, but which we have surmounted”.
The Controller however reiterated his resolve to ensure that adequate measures were put in place to enable the command be on top of its statutory mandate, stating categorically that his concept of continuous stakeholder engagement, training and re-training of officers as well as trade facilitations models would be leveraged on for service delivery.
In his address of welcome to the team, the Controller stressed that deliberate and concerted efforts were being made to ensure that the policies and programs of the command was tailored towards achieving enhanced efficiency, while promoting competitiveness in the trade value chain.
He pointed out that the command was at the vanguard of implementation of the Presidential Directive on Ease of Doing Business as the lead agency and have strengthened the existing relationship with other security and regulatory agencies for the actualization of the Presidential Directive on creating Enabling Business Environment at the Ports.
The Controller in his well researched presentation, gave an overview of the Command highlighting the Legal Frame Work for the establishment of the Port in 1977 as well as comprehensive Information/Data about the activities and statutory mandate of the Command.
In his speech, the Commandant, ACG Charles Edike lauded the achievement of the command in the first quarter 2018 when compared with same period in 2017 and expressed optimism that the Controller had what it takes in terms of capacity and integrity to take the command to enviable heights.
Similarly, he informed the Controller that the central theme for the tour was “Enhancing the Operational Efficiency in Nigeria Customs Service”, with emphasis on how the Command contributes to realizing same.
He stated further that the team would expect the CAC’s presentation to capture administrative set up of the command, Import/Export, Processes/Procedures, Automation and other Operational Tools (Examination, Scanning etc.) major Miles stones, Achievements in Stakeholder Relations, Challenges among others.
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