TinCan Customs rakes in N112.7 bn revenue despite Covid-19

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  • Seizes Cocaine conceal in Raw Bulk Sugar
  • Arrests 20 suspects

(Report by Udeme Clement):

The TinCan Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has generated a whopping sum of N112,695,693,158.66 ((approximately N112.7 billion revenue for the Federal Government, in the first quarter of 2021 fiscal year.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Command, Mr Uche Ejesieme, disclosed this to Journalists in Lagos.

He explained that the N112.7billion collected from January to March, 2021, shows an increase of about 21.05Billion, which is 23 percent higher when compared to revenue earnings of N91billion, realised in first quarter of the previous year, 2020.

The PRO, who spoke on behalf of the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller MBA MUSA, said that revenue collected in 2021 first quarter shows great
improvement despite threat to lives and livelihood posed by Covid-19 Pandemic.

His assertion :
“The Command has inspired officers to work hard, while observing all safety measures to achieve the best of performance through technology and collaboration. We kept our lines of communication on and concerted effort was made to ensure that the supply chain was not disrupted.”

He also revealed that within the same period under review, TinCan Command made spectacular seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in Raw Bulk Sugar, arrested 20 suspects in connection with the seizure and detained the vessel – MV SPAR SCORPIO.

According to him, “The Command has handed over the case file, suspects and the vessel to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation”.

He informed :
“To enhance trade facilitation, the Command has put measures in place with a view to ensuring that Legitimate Trades are given expeditious attention.

“Accordingly, the Dispute Resolution Committee and Help Desk have been re-jigged with a mandate to attend very expeditiously to all Trade related disputes. We have also reinvigorated the use of inter-modal transport system (Use of Barges for Cargo movement in line with Global Best Practice”.

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