Tincan Customs in outstanding revenue increase
.Records N76.7bn in 2018
.Achieves N14.9bn revenue increase
By Udeme Clement & Silas Onuoha
The Tincan Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service ,NCS, has started 2018 fiscal year with increased tempo in revenue generation, with huge income flow of N76.7billion collected in the first quarter.
The Customs Area Controller ,CAC, of Tincan Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abdullahi Baba Musa, disclosed this while delivering a paper on the ‘General Overview of the Command’, before a delegation of participants of Senior Division Course 1 / 2018 from the Command & Staff College Gwagwalada, Abuja, led by the Commandant ACG Charles Edike.
The CAC while giving analysis of Tincan’s revnue figures for 2017 and 2018, stated, “The Command in the first quarter of 2017 (Jan – March) generated a total of N61.8billion, whereas in the corresponding period of 2018, we realised N76.7billion, signifying positive difference of N14.9billion. Though the first quarter of each year is usually synonymous with low volume of trade, migration to NICIS II platform by the Command also contributed to some hiccups that affected declarations, but which we have surmounted”.
The CAC attributed the outstanding performance in revenue generation to, “Innovations and reforms in re-jigging the consciousness of officers/men towards enhancing efficiency and productivity in line with our statutory mandate yielded positive results evident in the quantum leap of the Commands revenue in the first quarter.”
The CAC reiterated, “We must ensure adequate measures are put in place to enable the Command be on top of it’s statutory mandate, with continuous stakeholder engagement, training and re-training of officers. Also, trade facilitation models will be leveraged on for service delivery”.
Comptroller Musa stressed, “Deliberate efforts are being made to ensure that policies and programs of Tincan Command are tailored towards achieving enhanced efficiency, while promoting competitiveness in the trade value chain. The Command is at the vanguard of implementing the Presidential Directive on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ as the lead Agency. We have strengthened the existing relationship with other security/regulatory Agencies for actualisation of the Presidential Directive, on creating enabling business environment at the ports”.
In his speech, the Commandant commended Tincan for its achievements, expressing optimism that the CAC has what it takes in terms of capacity to take the Command to enviable heights.
Similarly, he informed Comptroller Musa that the central theme for the tour is ‘Enhancing operational efficiency in Nigeria Customs Service’, with emphasis on how the Command contributes to realising same.
He stated further, ‘The team would expect the CAC’s presentation to capture administrative set up of the Command, Import/Export, Processes/Procedures, Automation and other Operational Tools (Examination/ Scanning ), major achievements”.
The programme ended with Comptroller Musa giving a well researched presentation that focused an overview of the Command, with specific highlight on the Legal frame work for establishment of the Port in 1977, as well as comprehensive information on statutory mandate of Tincan Command.