By Gboyega Oni
The year 2017 ended on a good note for the Tin Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service. The command generated a sum of N287,632,912,667,49 into the Federation accounts with a shortfall of N22,614,434,323.36 to meet actual revenue target of N310,247,346,990.85 set for it.
This development was contained in a press release made available to PortNews/PortNewsNigeria by Uche Ejesieme, Public Relations Officer of the command in Lagos.
The PRO, who attributed the feat to the thorough overhauling of the Command’s workforce and pragmatic leadership of Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, Customs Area Controller, said the command made a clear distinction between revenue collection and generation, which was why a greater emphasis was placed on the later as veritable mechanism for achieving the former.
According to the PRO, “In line with it’s statutory mandate of Revenue Collection, the Command made a clear distinction between Revenue Collection and Generation, which was why a greater emphasis was placed on the later as veritable mechanism for achieving the former”, Ejesieme indicated, adding that the Customs Area Controller (CAC) instituted several reforms in the entire administrative and operational value chain, which resulted in remarkable seizures.
“Part of the strategy was on the issue of due diligence and professionalism in documentations and examination of cargo. It was therefore on the basis of the foregoing that the command recorded a total of 2010 Pump Action Riffles during the period under reference.
“Following these the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) was at the Command on those three occasions with some members of his management to address the media”, the Image maker explained.
He noted that five officers 42988 A/C S. Chiroma, 50201 ASC I E. E. Amaku, 49271 ASC I B. T. Awua, 55267 ASC I B. Babagana and 46648 CA/I M. Lawal of the command were promoted for demonstrating uncommon diligence that led to the detection of arms in the Command.|
Under the review, Ejesieme said that the command’s boss actually embarked on certain level of capacity building, noting this eventually led to the recovery of revenue which could have been lost, following deliberate non-compliance.
He added that the training facility provided by the command was used to train over 958 officers and stakeholders in areas relevant to their operations.
“In the same vein, a state of the art clinic was constructed to take care of the medical needs of both officers and other publics. The clinic is fully equipped with male and female wards with a mini pharmacy.
These facilities were eventually commissioned by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), who eulogized the Customs Area Controller for demonstrating exceptional leadership quality”, Uche Ejesieme stated, stressing that the CAC also strengthened relationship with other key Agencies of Government both within and outside the Port.
According to the PRO on the future projections of the command, “Our operational template is projected in such a way to align with the change ideology of the Comptroller-General and his Management, as we don’t envisage to loose grounds but rather consolidate on the achievements already recorded in 2015 to 2017.
“The command will seek to create proactive measures leveraging on our comparative advantage in the application of ICT for best practices.
“The command is optimistic that the recent deployment of NICIS II platform, will further enhance our capacity in the area of Revenue Collection, and in ensuring extracting the commitment of officers/men, promoting transparency, integrity and professionalism.”