Customs generate N404bn revenue in Apapa

The Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said it generated N404bn in 2018, up from the N350.9bn that was generated during the same period in 2017.

The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Bashir Abubakar, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Lagos on Thursday.

He said the amount realised was 95 per cent of the 2018 revenue target of N426.1bn.

“This also shows that the command collected N53bn above the revenue generated in 2017,” he said.

Abubakar attributed the success to the selfless stance of the officers and men as well as the support and back-up by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) and his management team.

He said that the strategy that the command adopted which led to the success was the instant seamless operation of the import and export businesses.

“The strategies include an advanced system and monitoring, collaboration between internal and external units of the NCS and other government agencies.”

He said that the strategies had helped to block most revenue leakages and enhance trade facilitation and security.

He said, “Seventy-two containers of various general goods such as used spare parts, used tyres and other sundry goods valued at N9.62bn were intercepted in 2018.

“In the year under review, the command also seized and condemned 41 containers of controlled pharmaceutical drugs including tramadol, with Duty Paid Value of N8.81bn.

“Furthermore, the command also seized an export-bound used helicopter valued at N210.6m, in addition to another import-bound aircraft “Cessna 182A” valued at N486.9m.

“All these items were seized owing to various infractions such as false declaration, concealment and complete disregard of import and export guidelines.”

He added that the command recorded a high level of compliance on an export declaration, while 2,500 containers were blocked for non-compliance.

Abubakar said that the command recorded 1, 206,649.67 tonnes of exported goods in 2018 valued $239.5m equivalent of N73.2bn.

Certificates of Commendation were awarded to some officers of the Command for their dedication and transparency in their duties.