By Chinyere Ejuka
Despite the numerous work free days witnessed in Nigeria since the beginning of the year, The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is soaring high in the revenue collection of the service.
The command within the months of January and June 2019 has met 54.5% of its annual target, with a total collection of Two hundred and three billion, two hundred and sixty-four million, fifty-four thousand, six hundred and eighty-two naira,sixty nine kobo, (N203,264,054,682,69) out of the annual target of N372,559,860,472.23 of the command.
Comparative analysis of the revenue collection of the command indicates an increase of twenty six billion, five hundred and seven million, two hundred and ninety eight thousand, five hundred and ten naira and twenty four kobo (N26,507,298,510.24) between the amount collected of One hundred and seventy six billion, seven hundred and fifty six million,seven hundred and fifty six thousand, one hundred and forty five naira fifty five kobo (N176,756,756,145.55) collected within the same period of the presiding year of 2018.
While addressing the media recently in the board room of the command on the command activities, the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba Kura attributed the success recorded by the command to the strict adherence to professionalism through sensitization of officers to their responsibilities and working in line with the standard operational procedures for optimal revenue collection.
The Controller also added that periodic stakeholders engagement, open door policy, prompt dispute resolution by the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) as well as the maintenance of right synergy and collaboration with other sister agencies contributed to the command’s increased revenue profile.
In the area of export, the command boss revealed that command within the review period achieved high level of compliance on export declaration to record a total of 95.229.15 metric tones of exported goods with Free On Board (FOB) of Fourteen billion, two hundred and fifty eight million four hundred and forty three thousand, seven hundred and six hundred and sixty three (#14.258,443,706.63) with most of the exported product being agricultural and mineral products.
The command also soared high in the area of anti smuggling within the same period, according to Compt Abba Kura, a total of 29 containers of various items that contravened import procedure were also seized for contravening federal government fiscal policy measures.
These items include tomato paste, tramadol and other drugs, Armored glasses without end user certificate and drilling pipes labeled in foreign language etc were also included with the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of four hundred and eighteen million, four hundred and thirty seven thousand and forty eight (N418,417,048).
The command boss also appreciated the esteemed compliant stakeholders for their collective contribution to the success of the command and assured them of customs readiness to serve them even better during the remaining part of the year.