Apapa Customs Rakes in N35bn in One Month


Eromosele Abiodun

The Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced a historic monthly revenue of N34,923,757,810.77.

The revenue made in the month of August 2016, was about N8billion higher than the N27billion it collected in July this year.

The command in a statement said the collection is the highest monthly generated revenue made by any customs command in the country in the last 10 years.

“A remarkable feature of this is that it was made at a time the ports were said to be having low volume of trade and shipping companies reported to be leaving the country in the face of some trade restrictions and high exchange rate regime.

We have persistently urged officers of the command to continually work to redouble their efforts in maximum revenue collection, speed in legitimate trade facilitation and uncompromising enforcement of all customs laws, “said Customs Area Controller of the Command, Willy Egbudin.

The increase in revenue, he said, resulted from increased supervision, closer monitoring and regular outreach to importers and agents, “on the need to comply while issuing demand notices for infractions like under-declaration detected.”

”The Comptroller General’s directives are very clear on matters affecting our duties. We must not in any way act outside the law or encourage people to do so. Importers and agents who violate the law will face the full wrath of it and I can assure you all that I will not spare any customs officer collaborator. Any attempt to shortchange the government under my watch here will not be treated with kid gloves” the Controller warned recently.”

Egbudin added that, ”government’s focus is increasing on non-oil revenue sources and we as customs officers with our stakeholders must brace up to this national reality. We must all add value in making Nigeria great from our various beats and assignments and posterity will be fair to us all.”
Egbudin also advised officers not to relent in doing more for the Nigerian state as a way of justifying the confidence reposed on them by their deployment to the flagship command of Nigeria Customs.

At a recent meeting with top officers of the command recently, Egbudin emphasised that national security must not be compromised at the port and terminals under it in the course of trade facilitation and revenue collection.

Aside regular meetings, the Controller said he has been paying surprise visits to various units and terminals under him, “to ensure that officers are at their duty posts during specified work hours and are keeping to the Controller General’s directives at all times.”