Tincan Port Rakes In N237.2bn In 10 Months
…Pledges More Revenue In Ember Months
By Josh Babatunde
The Controller Tincan Island Port ,Apapa Lagos,Comptroller Bashar Yusuf has promised to generate more revenue in the two remaining months, saying, “No stone would be left unturned in sustaining the increase in revenue generation and facilitation of legitimate trade”.
The controller, who spoke through the Command PRO, Uche Ejesieme,while laying bare his score card, explained that the drive for more revenue generation in the remaining ember months is sequel to the giant strides recorded between January and October 2017.
In a statement signed by Ejesieme,the current figure, N237.2 billion (N237,265,538,567.88) is far higher than N208.35billion (N207,934,704,906.23) recorded in 2016.
According to Bashar,the Command has developed operational templates which were carefully articulated to encompass adherence to due diligence on the part of the stakeholders and entrenchment of professionalism and integrity on the psyche of the officers.
He however, expressed gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd) and his management for the promotion of five officers in Tincan Port during the recent arms seizures.
According to him, it would naturally spur others to greater efficiency.
“It is instructive to note that the Nigeria Customs Service is putting measures in place to curb the influx of arms which is why the Service recently unveiled plans to introduce the Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) programme, a platform that will enhance the streamlining of cargo clearance”.
He stated that AEO is a programme introduced by the World Customs Organization to facilitate trade with security situation associated with the Import and Export businesses across international borders.
The Controller explained that the Command have leveraged on the change ideology of the CGC in ensuring that all revenue leakages loopholes are blocked, and applying sanctions for false and under declarations.
He reiterated his position on compliant declarants and promised that every reasonable support would be extended to such category of traders by way of expeditious access to cargo clearance in line with global best practices.
Said he: “We will continue to re-jigg and re-strategize to ensure that we remain on top of our statutory functions with a view to ensuring that the confidence reposed on us by the CGC and the Customs management is not taken for granted”.
On the different arms seizures, Bashar declared that seizures were made through high profile intelligence using information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a major tool.
“Our new strategic focus has strengthen not only statutory responsibility of revenue generation but also safety of lives by decimating the tendency of unscrupulous importers who bring in unwholesome drugs, particularly Tramadol which consumption would naturally have a consequential effect on our large population of youth, thereby ultimately affecting their educational pursuits and socio-economic wellbeing amongst other negative effects.
“Just recently President Muhammadu Buhari was in Turkey with the CGC and other top government functionaries on a diplomatic visit and the issue of arms were discussed after which a memorandum of understanding(MoU) was signed with a view to ensure that such illicit imports are curtailed”.
He also applauded the improved compliant of stakeholders and urged them to maintain the path.
Recall that the Command recently recorded three different seizures of catche of arms and seized two containers load of suspected controlled drugs (Tramadol) falsely declared as used vehicle and computer accessories.