The Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has generated a total of N237, 265,538,567.88bn between January and October, 2017.
This figure is against the sum of N207,934,704,906.23 generated in the corresponding period of 2016.
Presenting the giant strides of the Command, the Controller of the Command, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf emphasized that the command has been repositioned for greater functionality while pointing out that the command relied mostly on capacity building, training and re-training to extract reasonable level of professional integrity from the officers, which ultimately led to the increase in revenue.
“You will recall that the command alone has recorded three different seizures of a large cache of arms and have recently seized two containers load of suspected controlled drugs (Tramadol) falsely declared as used vehicle and computer accessories.”
He declared that seizures were made through high profile intelligence using ICT as a major tool.
He said, “Our new strategic focus has strengthened not only statutory responsibility of Revenue Generation but also the 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 our president was in Turkey with the Comptroller General of Customs alongside other top government functionaries on a diplomatic visit; and the issue of arms was discussed after which a memorandum of understanding was signed with a view to ensuring that such illicit imports are curtailed.”
On his plans for the ember months, the Controller re-assured that no stone would be left unturned in his efforts to ensure a sustained increase in Revenue Generation and facilitation of legitimate trade.
He expressed appreciation for the support of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd) and his management; and promised to redouble his efforts at this time of the year when business activities are expected to be on the increase while also expressing his gratitude over the promotion of five officers in Tincan Port found worthy in the recent arms seizures, noting that it will naturally spur others to greater efficiency.