By Gboyega Oni
280,000 metric tons of various exports with a total FOB value of $115,093,562 US dollars were exported through Apapa port by Nigeria in first quarter of 2018, said a press release issued by the Customs Command in the port and which was made available to PortNews by its Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Ijeoma Nwala.
According to the release, the command in the same period collected the total sum of Eighty- one billion, seven hundred and forty- eight million, four hundred and thirty- seven thousand, one hundred and ninety- two Naira only (N81, 748, 437, 192.00) only into the coffers of the government.
The revenue, when compared to the seventy- seven billion, four hundred and thirty- nine million, six hundred and forty- five thousand, seven hundred and fifteen Naira (N77, 439, 645, 715. 00) only collected in the same period in 2017, shows an increase in the revenue profile by four billion, three hundred and seven million, seven hundred and ninety- one thousand, four hundred and seventy- seven Naira only (N4, 307, 791, 477. 00).
The release stated that the Command was optimistic that with the roll out of the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System II (NICIS II) in Apapa which is expected to block all revenue leakages as well as the repairing of the Apapa axis roads, the Command will build on her revenue profile in the months ahead.
‘In anti- smuggling, the command in the first quarter recorded four (4) seizures of 4×40 ft containers of controlled drugs including tramadol in excess of approved milligrams. The duty paid value of these (4x40ft) containers is put at one hundred and ten million, sixteen thousand, five hundred and twenty- four Naira only (N110, 016, 524. 00),’ said the release.