By Gboyega Oni
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Lagos Comptroller Jibrin Musa has said that revenue leakages will soon come to past with the deployment of the new technology software – NISIC II – by the command.
Comptroller Jibrin stated this during a media briefing on the performance of the command in Apapa, noting that the command generated a sum of N31,015,084,626.85 in January 2018.
He said the new software application is faster, efficient, all-encompassing and provides opportunity for seamless cargo clearance, noting that it would lead to increase in revenue generation of the command.
He charged all stakeholders in the cargo clearance to comply and embrace the new application as well as the fiscal policy measures of the federal government.
‘In the aspect of revenue, the command took off on good note and hit the ground running. In the month of January, the command collected a total sum of N31,015,084,626.85 as against the N25,958,919,218.73 collected in 2017. This shows an increase of over N5.1billion. It is however worthy to note that the annual target for the Apapa Area Command in 2018 is N426 billion or N35,5 billion monthly,’ said Jibrin, who gave assurance that the command would meet and surpass the 2018 target.
‘Let me further use this opportunity to inform our teeming stakeholders that the NICIS II training which was flagged off in other commands of the Service will soon take off and the software is about to be deployed into the Apapa Area Command. By the time software becomes fully operational, we would have blocked almost all revenue leakages thereby increasing not only our revenue profile but compliance level.
‘I therefore call on all stakeholders who operate within the larger value chain to fully embrace the new application which is faster, more efficient, all-encompassing and will provide opportunity for seamless cargo clearance,’ said Comptroller Jibrin.