The Managing Director of Seagold Maritime Services Limited, Chief Emeka Paul Chiedozie has applauded Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede, the Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port Command for the outstanding performance he achieved in revenue collection in the first half of the year 2022 despite the current harsh economic condition driven by super inflation rate.
Chief Chiedozie who was speaking to the press in his office in Apapa, Lagos on Thursday gave the statistical analysis of the revenue collected between January and June, 2022.
Tincan Island Port Command, he stated, collected N 274,320,715,179.22 in revenue representing a 27.50% increase as against last year’s collection of N=229,321,865,091.16.
With the current challenge of the inability of the shippers to source the dollar in the market, he explained, the Customs really needs to be commended for also being able to tolerate and outplay unscrupulous elements who keep giving genuine agents a bad name.
He showed appreciation to those government agencies that maintain presence in the ports especially during examination of containers.
He wished that other government agencies such as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) be equally allowed to show presence in the port as well.
He called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to be serious in implementing the rules and regulations guiding the turn-around- time of vessels at berth.
The Seagold boss stressed that if NPA continues to allow shipping companies spend more money berthing their vessels before discharging containers, Nigerians who are the final consumers of goods they carry will be the ones to spend more money when they get to the market to purchase the imported items.
Photo: Chief Emeka Paul Chiedozie, MD Seagold Maritime Services Limited.
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