The Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has declared N183 billion as revenue generated from January to August 2017.
In a statement, the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Uche Ejesieme, said the Area Controller, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, made the disclosure while profiling activities of the command for the period in review.
According to the statement, Bashar attributed the feat of a sustained high revenue profile since the beginning of the year to the deliberate creative policies and stimulus plans aimed at blocking all possible areas of revenue loss.
The Controller stated specifically that the revenue for August alone stood at over N28 billion, which is the highest in the records of the command, particularly in the corresponding periods over the years past.
He added that the 183 billion generated between January and August 2017 is as against the sum of N156 billion generated during the same period in reference in the previous year, despite global economic recession.
He said: “It therefore implies that but for the exclusion of forty-one (41) items from Forex window, the Command could have doubled its revenue profile.”
The controller said that with the expectations from the customs authorities, the command is becoming more thorough in its revenue drive, to the extent that all high yielding revenue consignments are closely monitored to avoid circumvention of procedure.
He said: “The customs high command expects so much from the command and as such, the command will continue to develop adequate operational template and modalities that will be capable of entrenching integrity in the acumen of our operations.”
Encouraging all officers and men of the command to remain dedicated to their duties, the controller vowed to sustain and surpass the revenue target of the command in line with the expectations of the customs service management.
In the same vein, he appreciated the compliance level of stakeholders in the port to fiscal policies of the Federal Government in terms of trade, while advising few recalcitrant ones to toe the path of sanity through honest declaration in their documentations.
He added that integrity, due diligence, honest declarations and transparency are key elements in 21st Century Customs Operations.
Speaking further, the controller underscored the importance of leadership skills as critical to success, and advised O/C Terminals and other Senior officers to exhibit a high moral/ethical standard that would showcase quality leadership for the actualization of set goals and objectives.
Concerning the ‘ember’ months, the controller pointed out that high cargo traffic is usually expected at this period of the year and advised importers to desist from importing uncustomed goods in view of its implication “All Importers ought to be conversant with the external tariff, especially schedules 3 & 4 (prohibition other than trade and absolute prohibition).”
He called on patriotic Nigerians to oblige the command with credible information about illicit transactions or documentation, promising that the identity of such informant would be highly guarded.