The Customs Area Controller of Port Terminal Multipurpose Limited (PTML) Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Francis Adetoye has disclosed that the command recorded N10.8 billion for the month of April, 2018.
The revenue collected by the Command during the period represents an increase of N600 million over the N10.2 billion given it as monthly target by the headquarters of the Service.
Comptroller Adetoye made the disclosure when he received members of the League of Maritime Editors (LME) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Tin Can, Lagos on Tuesday May 15, 2018. He said this was the first time such amount would be generated by the command.
He said that the feat was made possible as all the revenue loopholes were blocked and all the officers and men of the command were enlightened on the need for them to be committed to their work as critical stakeholders were equally counselled on making sincere and honest declarations.
Adetoye said that having realized that he had zero tolerance for corruption, under payment of duty among other fraudulent activities, some importers and customs agents who had thought that they could succeed with their quest to under pay import duty had quickly adjusted themselves and started making correct declarations.
Comptroller Adetoye disclosed that he has within the very short period he assumed office familiarized himself with some of the leaderships of the stakeholder bodies operating at the Command in the spirit of collaboration and enhancement of duty payment and made it known to them without mincing word that he was sent to the Command by the Comptroller General , Colonel Hameed Ali(RTD) to not only meet revenue target but to surpass it.
He said his resolve to ensure that he fulfils this mandate has made it possible for the Command to record the highest revenue ever in the Command in April adding that he has already put machinery in motion to make sure that the Area not only meet its revenue on a monthly basis but also exceeds it.
Speaking, the President of the LME, Mr Ovie Edomi felicitated with Comptroller Adetoye on his appointment , saying that it was a testimony to his excellent performance in his former assignment and other positions that he has held in the Customs.
The President of the LME advised the Controller to put machinery in motion to improve on his strategy that has made it possible for him to over shoot the Command’s revenue target saying that he should also continue with his non compromise posture to any form of corruption to ensure that adequate revenue is collected into the coffers of the Federal Government.