By Adegboyega Oni
The Apapa Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has stated that it collected a sum of N60,109,247,444.1 billion between January and February, 2019 into the coffers of the Federal Government.
The customs also declared that it seized 24 containers of tomato paste and vegetable oil with a Duty Paid Value of N200,867,124.00 million in the port between January to March 14, 2019.
The developments were disclosed by Comptroller Bashir Abubakar, the immediate past Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command at Apapa while handing over to his successor, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura, at the Customs House in Apapa, Lagos on Monday March 18, 2019.
Comptroller Bashir Abubakar, who has been promoted to the rank of Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, said the revenue – N60,109,247,444.1 – was commendable despite the lull in business activities due to high expectations and anxiety on the 2019 general elections.
Noting that the command was yet to receive its revenue target from the Customs headquarters, Abubakar said the export seat within the period recorded exports with FOB value of two million five hundred and five thousand and seventy six US dollars and N765,300,700.00, saying that the command built an increased level of compliance in documentation.
‘’The annual revenue target for the 2019 fiscal year is yet to be officially conveyed to the command however, the 2018 target annual was N426,192,827,819.46 which translates to a monthly target of N35,516,068,984.95. So far from January to February 2019, the command collected the sum of sixty billion, one hundred and nine million, two hundred and forty-seven thousand, four hundred and forty-four Naira and one kobo (60,109,247,444.1),’’ said Abubakar.
He described his successor – Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura as a thorough-bred professional blessed with leadership prowess, charging officers and men of the command to give adequate support to him while thanking the media for the support given to him during his tenure.
While speaking the new Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura appealed to all stakeholders in the port to obey the extant laws governing import/export and cargo clearance as he charged his officers and men to show more dedication to their duty. He assured that he would continue from where his predecessor stopped.