…Surpasses 2020 record by N21.05 billion
The Tincan Island Port command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has collected the sum of One Hundred and Twelve Billion, Six Hundred and Ninety-Five Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Eight Naira, Sixty-Six Kobo (N112,695,693,158.66) in the first three months of 2021.
The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos at the weekend stated that the amount showed an improvement of about N21.05 billion which translates to 23% when compared with revenue earnings of N91 billion in the first quarter of the previous year 2020.
Abdullahi noted that the improvement despite the twin threats to lives and livelihood posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the command had inspired its officers to continue to work hard while observing all the safety measures to achieve the best of performance through the use of technology and collaboration.
“We kept our lines of communication open and concerted effort was made to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted”, he said.
He maintained that during the period under review, anti-smuggling activities yielded result with a spectacular seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in Raw Bulk Sugar adding that arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the seizure and detaining of the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO was also made.
According to him, “The command has handed over the case file, suspects and the vessel to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.”
On trade facilitation, the Controller observed that the command had put measures in place with a view to ensuring that legitimate trades were given expeditious attention.
He further revealed that the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Help Desk had been re-jigged with a mandate to attend very expeditiously to all trade related disputes.
“We have also reinvigorated the use of inter-modal transport system (use of barges) for cargo movement in line with global best practices”, he concluded.
Photo: The Customs Area Controller, Tincan Island Port command, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi.
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