Lagos – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Tincan Island Port Command said it netted N52,895,626,243.85 into the Federal Government coffer in the Months of January and February, 2018.
Musa Baba Abdullahi, the new Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller who disclosed this to DAILY INDEPENDENT, said the Command generated N29,452,828,367.07 in January and N23,442, 797,876.78 in February, 2018.
Speaking on the shortfall of revenue in February as against the figure generated in January this year, Uche Ejesieme, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, said it was a result of fall in importation early in the year, occasioned by the long holidays observed by the People Republic of China which lasted almost two Months, adding that the bulk of the imports coming into the country were from that axis.
According to him, there have been massive improvement in the activities of the command since the coming of the new controller who was formerly in charge of the Systems Auditing at the Headquarters, adding that the Time Release Study is the first thing he introduced to improve on trade facilitation and Ease Of Doing Business agenda of the Federal Government.
He said the essence was to identify where the gaps were for blockage.
Comptroller Musa said as part of his familiarisation tour and quest for synergy with other stakeholder in the sector to enhanced the Ease of Doing Business mantra of the Federal Government last week, he paid a working visit to the Commissioner of Police, Western Ports Command, CP Celestine Okoye as also part of enhancing a robust inter-agency collaboration.
“The Controller is bringing in a lot of measures to bear with his experience in the Systems Auditing towards leveraging on or even surpassing the previous records.
The task ahead is to ensure that we meet our targets, meet up with the physical policy of the government which starts from enforcement, intelligence and monitoring of goods, to capturing of declarations and release,” said the Command image maker.
According to him, the new customs boss had been sensitising the terminal operators and other stakeholders and has equally set up committee which meets every day, rather than weekly to ensure that issues that could militate against the achievement of the command’s objectives are promptly attended to and resolved.
“Before now the committee was meeting weekly, but the controller has directed that members of the committee meet on daily basis. This is to ensure that any complaint that comes up is immediately resolved. That is the essence. He has also called for honesty, transparency, integrity and due diligence in business transactions from all and sundry in his command. He has called on the importers and their agents as well as freight forwarders on the need for honest declaration of goods.”
On the familiarisation tours of his boss and the areas visited so far, Ejesieme said: “This is in line with the Service protocol to get familiarised with Agencies and stakeholders that have to do with his command, and formally announce his arrival.
“This is also a way of seeking their collaboration and support. We have strategically started with the police force. You will agree with me that security is a very key issue everywhere in the world. So, on Thursday March 7, 2018, we visited the Commissioner of Police, Western Ports Command, Compol. Celestine Okoye, we were there to familarise our self and strengthened the existing relationship between the command and the Police. The CP was actually happy and promised cooperation with Command towards achieving the government mandate of Ease of Doing Business.”