Eromosele Abiodun and Mohammed Habib
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tincan Island Port generated N207.838 billion between January and October 2016. This disclosure was made by the Area Comptroller Tincan Island Port Apapa, Comptroller Bashar Yusef while reviewing the general operational module of the command.
This sum, he said, represents a positive trend in consideration of the prevailing Economic Recession which has become a global phenomenon.
The comptroller had on assumption of office few months ago re-jigged the operational and revenue generating capacity of the command through some far reaching measures aimed at blocking all identifiable areas of revenue leakages.
During a recent meeting with key stakeholders in the maritime industry, the comptroller had charged them to continually educate and sensitise members of their various organisations on the need to support the federal government and the Nigeria Customs Service through honest declarations in all their documentation.
“A major constraint which we have continued to address is the issue of false declaration, deliberate misapplication of harmonized system code on items among other infractions. However, I am confident that with the measures which we have put in place, it will be practically impossible for anybody to manipulate or circumvent the process without being caught,” he said.
Speaking on the measures and plans to further enhance the capacity of the command to deal with some of the vices, the Controller pointed out that he is fully committed and determined to deliver on his mandate, promising to ensure that the various operations in the value chain are compelled to key into the change ideology of the Federal Government.
He added that, “We will continue the strategy of stakeholder engagement, training and re-training of our personnel as well as collaboration and synergy with the critical agencies in line with the vision and mission of the Comptroller General, Col Hamed Ali. (rtd) and his management. We will continue to remain on top of our mandate through strict adherence with the extant laws for maximum Revenue Generation.”