The Customs Area Controller of Tincan Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi has disclosed that the command generated a total of One Hundred and Sixty-Two Billion, Seven Hundred and One Million, Seven Hundred and One Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty-Six Naira and Eighty-Three Kobo (N162,701,701,136.83) in the first six months of year 2018.
Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi made the declaration during a chat with cargo stakeholders in his office recently.
He noted that the command has been repositioned as the most business friendly port wherein all compliant declarants will be duly compensated and given special preference.
“We are deploying multi-layered approach in addressing the issues of compliance which is a panacea to trade facilitation, through reward for compliance and ensuring that compliant declarants are given expeditious attention in line with the presidential directive on Ease of Doing Business.”
The generated amount was against the sum of One Hundred and Thirty Billion, Six Million, One Hundred and Thirty-Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Six Naira and Thirty-Six Kobo (N130,006,136, 996.36) generated in the corresponding period of 2017, which has a difference of Thirty-Two Billion, Six Hundred and Ninety-Five Million, Five Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand, One Hundred and Forty Naira and Forty-Seven Kobo (N 32,695,564,140.47).
The Customs Area Controller also noted that the Command is at the verge of fully automating key seats in the Command to enable seamless operations as he made reference to the just concluded training of officers on E-Transire and NSA-End User Certificate Procedure.
“The command effected seizure of assorted offending items ranging from used clothing, children toys, assorted furniture, bags of rice, shoes, handbags, used vehicles etc with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Hundred and Thirty Eight Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety-One Naira Only (N138,752,991.00) as against that of 2017 which stood at a DPV of Eighty-Eight Million, Sixty-Two Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty Naira Only (N 88,062,250.00).
“The Command is in steady progression in all aspects of its primary functions and stakeholders have to take advantage of the various complaints platforms in channeling their genuine grievances for necessary action,” he stated.
The CAC recalled that during the period under review, the Command also effected seizures of large quantity of ammunition and other military hardware during scheduled examinations and promised that the Command will not lower its guards in ensuring that such illicit consignments does not pass through to Command.