Tincan Island Port Pledges To Surpass 2017 Track Records
…Appeals for cooperation from stakeholders
The Nigeria Customs Service,Tincan Island Port Command has pledged to surpass 2017 track records.
According to the Command, it would not relent on past glory but renew it’s vigor to meeting set targets, while not compromising integrity.
The Command also disclosed that it had a revenue target of N310,247,346,990.85 with a total collection/generation of N287,632,912,667,49 and a difference of N22,614,434,323.36, which translates to 92.71 per cent .
In a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Uche Ejesieme, Tincan Island Port would seek to create proactive measures leveraging on comparative advantage in the application of information and Communication Technology, ICT for best practices.
“The command is optimistic that the recent deployment of NICIS II platform, would further enhance our capacity in the area of revenue collection, and in ensuring extracting the commitment of officers/men, promoting transparency, integrity and professionalism”.
He noted that the command is also involved in internal security of the port axis in ensuring that the port does not serve as a dump ground for uncustom goods.
Commenting further on the re-positioning of the command, Ejesieme said the Customs Area Controller , Comptroller Yusuf Bashar instituted several reforms in the entire administrative and operational value chain which resulted in remarkable seizures.
“Part of the strategy was on the issue of due diligence and professionalism in documentations and examination of cargo. It was therefore on the basis of the foregoing that the command recorded a total of 2,010 pump action riffles during the period under reference. “Following which, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed
Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) was at the Command on those three occasions with some of his management team”.
Still on his review for 2017, he disclosed that the Command attached great importance to capacity building, as a critical element in 21st Century Customs Operations.
“Comptroller Bashar,embarked on a construction of an ICT Training Centre, with a 30 workstations fully connected, to serve the training needs of officers and men as well as other critical Stakeholders. The training facility has been used to train over 958 officers and stakeholders in areas relevant to their operations.
“In the same vein, a state of the Art clinic was constructed to take care of the medical needs of both officers and other publics. The clinic is fully equipped with male and female wards with a mini pharmacy”, he stated.
The PRO added that the port’s operational template is projected in such a way to align with the change ideology of the Comptroller-General and his management, saying, “We don’t envisage to loose grounds but rather consolidate on the achievements already recorded in 2015 to 2017”.
While reeling out seizures made, he explained that over 10 40ft containers of both substandard, fake/regulated pharmaceuticals were handed over to NAFDAC and NDLEA respectively at different times during the period under review.
He harped that the Command was prominent for notoriety in terms of the operational standards and that propelled a paradigm shift , which from all intent and purpose have re-positioned the Command in terms of renewed commitment and dedication of officers and men.
“We are not reneging as we are not oblivious of the enormous expectation from the Nigeria Customs Service Management, more so, when the strategic position of the Command to National Economy and development is considered”, he said.