Giant stride :Apapa Customs rakes in N78.4 billion in one month

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*As Revenue Mobilisation Commission applauds Compt. Malanta, for spectacular performance

(Report by Udeme Clement):

The Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has made giant stride in revenue collection for the Federal Government, as the Command rakes in over N78.4 billion in the month of June 2021.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), of Apapa Command, Comptroller YUSUF MALANTA IBRAHIM, disclosed this during a press conference yesterday.

He revealed that the N78.4 billion shows an increase of over 90 percent when compared to N42.4 billion collected the same month, in 2020 fiscal year.

Also, Comptroller Malanta informed reporters that his Command has raised the tempo of anti-smuggling operations within the premier port in the period of June and half year, January to June, 2021.

His assertions :. “Our sustained anti-smuggling campaign and the increased level of compliance have resulted in reduction of smuggling activities throughout the Command.

“Thus, for the period under review, the Command recorded 10 seizures of various uncustoms goods such as tomato paste, used clothing, unregistered pharmaceutical drugs and other prohibited items, with a Duty Paid Value of N442 million”.

The CAC pointed out :
“This unprecedented record is a great validation of our new approach to revenue drive. It is also fitting to emphasize here that this volume of revenue has never been recorded in the history of the Flagship Command of the Nigeria Customs Service.

“With the statistics above; and in line with the provision of Extant laws, trade guidelines and enforcement of Government Fiscal Policy, the Command was able to strengthen its anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs through timely credible intelligence driven network, which led to the seizure of 46 containers between January to June 2021, with Duty Paid Value of N27.6 billion.

“All these importations are contrary to the
provision of sections 46 & 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and Customs & Excise Notices No.1491.

“It is also worthy to note that the Command has generated a total of N366 billion for the half year, Jan—Jun 2021, which represents 61 percent increase, when compared to N227 billion collected in the first half of 2020.

“This spectacular achievement was made possible by our officers’ resilience and commitment in ensuring collections of appropriate revenue, robust stakeholders’ engagement and seamless facilitation of compliant trade”.

Giving a break down on
EXPORT activities of Apapa Command, Comptroller Malanta explained; “The Export statistics of the Command showed that goods worth N272.3 billion have been exported through Apapa port between Jan-Jun 21.

” These exports include Agricultural goods such as sesame seed, ginger, hibiscus flower and other mineral resources. The total tonnage of the said export stood at 1.6 million tones with FOB value of $103 billion.

“On behalf of the officers and men of Apapa Command, I would like to extend my profound appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Ali Hameed and his Management team for the opportunity, trust, support and encouragement given to us in the course of discharging our responsibilities.

“I want to use this medium to urge all importers, exporters, Customs brokers and freight forwarders to imbibe the culture of compliance as part of their standard operating procedure because it will reduce time and cost of doing business. I sincerely thank our valuable stakeholders in the clearance value chain, government agencies operating in the port and members of the Forth-estate of the realm for their unflinching support towards the realisation of these feats”.

In his remarks; Dr Adekunle Wright, a top government official with
Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission :Dr Adekunle Wright, who led his team to Apapa Command yesterday, on a special assignment, applauded Compt Malanta for the high revenue generation.

He said, “The CAC and his team have made the government proud with their outstanding performance in revenue collection for the Federation account.

“We are highly impressed by their performance,. as government needs revenue to provide infrastructure to
run the economy”.

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