Tincan Customs breaks record with outstanding revenue collection
.Achieves N104.5bn income flow, N22.6bn increase
.Intercepts trucks with tramadol from India, arrests suspect
.Stakeholders laud Tincan CAC, officers for remarkable performance
By Udeme Clement
The Tincan Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has broken the record of outstanding revenue generation for the Federal Government, as the Command raked in N104.5billion from January to April, 2018, despite the fact that the first quarter of the year is often characterized with low economic activities.
Addressing news men at the Command yesterday, the current Customs Area Controller ,CAC, of Tincan Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abdullahi Baba Musa, who is described by maritime stakeholders as a ‘Revenue Guru and Economic Technocrat’ said, “The revenue collection from January to April 2018, amounted to N104.5billion with outstanding performance rate of 90.09percent”.
Giving a comparative analysis of the revenue statistics, the CAC stated, “When you compare N104.5billion realised for this period under review to N82.1billion generated the same period the previous year (2017), you will arrive at a huge revenue increase of N22.6billion, which is equivalent to an improvement of 27.61 percent. The improved revenue collection so far has been driven by the establishment of standard operating procedure ,SOP, and strong revenue drive achieved through blocking areas of revenue leakages”.
Comptroller Musa while explaining the economic benefits of NICIS to Customs operations, said, “Tincan Island Command is committed to the transformation of revenue collection and reporting system following the implementation of NICIS 11, with additional functionality, which is an upgrade of the NICIS 1”.
The CAC pointed out, “As part of the specific gains with the implementation, we have the Biometric Access System and introduction of a ‘One Stop Shop’, which will enable speedy treatment of declarations with valuation, classification and other related clearance issues”.
“In the meantime, renovation of the space for the ‘One Stop Shop’ is in progress, as you can see here. Automation of cargo examination and assignment process where Examination Officers are assigned examination automatically is also designed to ensure transparency in the inspection process”.
The CAC went on, “Also, the vehicle valuation system is being further improved with the attachment of Valuation Note issued to the SGD in the system, which will enable quick verification of assessment and duty payment. Ultimately, the full automation of the Vehicles Valuation will soon be achieved”.
In the same vein, Tincan Command recorded seizures of 1×40 and 1×20 containers of Tramadol Hydrochloride (225mg), falsely declared as electrical static converters and ciprofloxacin, even as the Command arrested a suspect in connection with the seized pharmaceutical products.
Displaying the seized drugs before the media, the CAC disclosed, “The drugs were imported from India. Looking at the packs, you see boldly written, ‘for export only’. This means Indians will not allow such drugs to be sold in their country because these drugs can kill. We are collaborating with National Agency for Food, Drug, Administration and Control ,NAFDAC and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ,NDLEA, on these seizures. We also intercepted 3×40 containers of E-Waste, which are considered toxic to the environment, and we are collaborating with NESREA on this seizure.”
His assertion, “Other seizures include 5×40 containers of second hand clothing consisting of about 1,239bales, which is prohibited under the absolute import prohibition list, and 1×40 container of used tyres, all amounting to a total Duty Paid Value ,DPV, of N124million.
In a chat with Financial Business at the scene of the inspection, some stakeholders who witnessed the handing over of the drugs to NAFDAC commended the Tincan CAC and his officers for their remarkable performance and innovation in repositioning the Command for optimum productivity.
This is the first segment of the report. Watch out for the second segment, on the initiative of Tincan Customs in promoting agricultural export for government, in our weekend News !!!