FAAC lauds Tincan Customs on revenue increase, ICT
By Udeme Clement & Silas Onuoha
The Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, Post Mortem Sub-Committee has commended the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Tincan Island Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf and other officers of Tincan for impressive record in revenue generation made in 2017 economic year.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Casmir Anyanwu, said this during an official visit by his team to the Command in Lagos, explained that the primary objective of the Committee is to examine across board into the Federation Account, with a view to ensuring that revenue accruing to government is duly accounted for, including that of Federal, State and Local Governments.
The Chairman while going through the records of Tincan, discovered that the Command has recorded huge revenue of N262.3 billion from January to November 2017, with an increase of N28.8billion, when compared to N233.5billion realised in the corresponding period of 2016.
The Chairman who expressed satisfaction on performance of Tincan Customs in revenue generation, capacity building programmes and the use of Information Communication Technology, ICT, said, “Tincan Port is a major gate way to the resources of the Country, and therefore very Key to the Nigerian Project.”
He added, “The Committee, as part of its oversight function, has the mandate of the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC, Hameed Ali, to visit Customs Commands, to ascertain their strength, weaknesses and challenges, with a view to advising government on its findings”.
Also, the Chairman and members of the delegation expressed delight at the achievements of the Command in the past 18 months, having gone through the financial records, particularly in the areas of consistent progress in revenue generation, capacity building for officers of the Command as well as remarkable seizures. The Chairman urged the CAC to remain focused as ever.
In his response, Comptroller Bashar who is taking Nigeria Customs to greater recognition in ICT and training of officers, informed the Committee of various reforms he instituted shortly after assumption of duty, which include the use of modern ICT in Customs processes, construction of a training facility with 30 workstations, to take care of the training needs of officers and other critical stakeholders in the industry.
The CAC pointed out that the Command has started reaping the benefits of such training in terms of the volume of revenue generated over the period and level of compliance by traders with regards to fiscal policies.
His words: “We recorded remarkable seizures of cocaine with a street value of over N2billion according to report from National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, handed over; stolen exotic SUV’S to Interpol Nigeria for onward repatriation to U. S. A; seizures of pump action riffles totaling 2010, which eventually necessitated the recent visit of the President to Turkey with other top government officials, to see ways of curbing the menace”.
The CAC assured the Committee that Tincan Command will continue to raise the standards of operations through renewed enthusiasm and deeper commitment from officers of the Command, at all times.