Apapa Customs generates over N110.2billion in first quarter of 2020 despite coronavirus
*As Comptroller Abba-Kura tells importers to evacuate consignments from port
By Udeme Clement:
The Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has generated over N110.2 billion in the first quarter of 2020, despite the challenges and slow economic activities experienced in the country this period.
The officers at Apapa Command are also working tirelessly on their duty posts, notwithstanding the outbreak of coronavirus causing so much panic globally.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura, disclosed this through the Public Relations Officer, PRO, Nkeiruka Nwala.
She said, “The year 2020 is surrounded with lots of challenges globally. Nigeria is not isolated from these challenges, as critical sectors of the economy are adversely affected.
“However, to us in Nigeria Customs Service, and in particular, the Apapa Area Command we remain resolute at ensuring that we collect the much needed revenue for the Federal Government. Also to ensure safety and well being of the citizenry by curtailing smuggling to its barest minimum, while facilitating legitimate import and export trades”.
On Revenue collection, she said, “At the height of these challenges, the Apapa Command was able to beat its records of the past two years, that is 2018 and 2019 respectively by a huge margin.
“While the Command collected N81.7 billion in the first quarter of 2018, in the corresponding period of 2019 the Command recorded an appreciable increase in revenue to N94.7 billion. Interestingly, in the first quarter of 2020, the Command collected a huge sum of N110.2 billion, indicating an appreciable increase of over N15.4 billion, when compared to the corresponding period of 2019”.
She pointed out, “This huge increase in revenue collection was a product of so many factors, including strict application of import guidelines, increased level of compliance by stakeholders and our openness to address all complaints from the part of importers promptly amongst other measures.”
She emphasised, “Accordingly, the CAC wishes to use this medium to remind our esteemed stakeholders that in line with the Presidential directives, the Apapa Port remains opened and our officers are on ground discharging their functions of collecting revenue and securing the nation seaports against influx of prohibited goods.
“The CAC further called on importers to use this opportunity and evacuate their consignments before normal activities resume in the premier port”.