Tincan Port, Gateway To Nigeria’s Resources- Anyanwu
Mr. Casmir Anyanwu, Chairman ,Revenue Generating Ministries and Parastatals of the Federation Account Committee (FAAC), disclosed in Lagos that Tincan Port is a major gateway to the resources of the country, saying, “And it is therefore very key to the Nigerian Project”.
Speaking during the visit to the Nigeria Customs Service Tincan Island Command, he disclosed that the primary objective of the committee is to examine across board the Federation Account.
The Post Mortem Sub-Committee said the Federation account services the three tiers of government with a view to ensuring that all accruable revenue to the federal government coffers is duly accounted for the Federal, State and Local governments”. Adding that the committee, as part of it’s oversight function, had the mandate of the Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) to visit Customs Commands, to ascertain their strength, weaknesses and challenges with a view to appropriately advising the Federal Government on their findings.
While receiving his august guests, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bashar stated that the timing was apt considering the fact that the nation is gradually sliding out of recession and a need to sustain the tempo. He stated emphatically that the Command have made significant and steady progress in the areas of her core functions in the past 18 months. Bashar informed them of the various reforms he instituted shortly after assumption of duty, which included the construction of a training facility with 30 workstations to take care of the training needs of not just the officers but also other critical stakeholders. He pointed out that the Command have started reaping the benefits of such trainings in terms of the volume of revenue generated over the period and level of compliance by traders with regards to the fiscal policies. “We recorded remarkable seizures of cocaine with a street value of over two billion according to report from the National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, handed over stolen exotic SUV’S to Interpol Nigeria for onward repatriation to USA, seizure of catche of arms; pump action riffles totaling 2,010 which eventually necessitated the recent visit of Mr. President to Turkey with other top government officials to see ways of curbing the menace”.
While exchanging opinions on what the Government can do to enhance the efficiency of the Command in Revenue Generation, the Controller opined that infrastructural upgrade (Road networks to the port) scanners and other equipment will surely enhance the output of the Service.
The Controller assured the committee that the Command would not lower it’s guards in all aspects of her statutory functions and promised to raise the standards of operation through renewed enthusiasm and deeper commitment from the officers and men of the Command.
The Tincan Island boss also disclosed that the Command generated N262.3 billion between January and November 2017. This figure is against the sum of 233.5 billion generated in the corresponding period of 2016. A comparative analysis of the figures above indicates a difference of N28.9 billion representing a significant increase from the amount generated in 2016.