Despite the global pandemic ravaging the
country, the Tincan port command of the Nigeria customs service said it has
raked in a total of thirty-one billion, two hundred and ten million, six thousand,
one hundred and eighty-nine naira, and eighty kobo in its first quarter of 2020.
Uche Ejiesieme, the Tincan Customs Public
Relation Officer said in a statement that the value of revenue generated this the year was an improvement as against twenty-five billion, nine hundred and ninety
million, thirteen thousand two hundred and eighty kobos (25, 990,013,289.84)
generated last year during the same period in 2019 indicating a dichotomy of five
billion, two hundred and nineteen million, nine hundred and ninety-two thousand,
nine hundred and four Naira and ninety-six kobo. (5,219,992,904.96).
“This development came as a justification for
the customs Area comptroller, Musa Abdullahi’s clear roadmap for the actualization
of his mandate, bearing in mind the enormous expectation from the command given
what it is known for as one of the epic areas for revenue generation”.
Ejiesieme said part of its is the mobilization
of critical stakeholders through a series of roundtables and consultation towards
ensuring that trade facilitation is given a boost in line with global best practice.
He said one of its pointers strategically
is their support for all parties in the trade value chain, particularly in the
area of compliance coming with fiscal and monetary policies of the federal
government and the need to adhere strictly.
“Adding to it is the removal of all manner
of bureaucratic bottlenecks and obstacles which might hinder access to
information and intervention in critical areas.”
This is exemplified in the open door policy
of the customs area comptroller as well as the establishment of trade
facilitation and dispute arising from the various transactions.
The spokesman said customs at the Tincan port command is optimistic that the operation template that has been put in place by
the customs Area comptroller will sure lead to sustained revenue collection.
“The global pandemic has made us sustain
the sensitization campaign on its awareness on the need to be proactive since the news of the outbreak of
the disease began in Wuhan, China, following a circular from custom
headquarters, compelling all custom commands to commence awareness and
education on ways of containing the virus”.
On its efforts regarding the pandemic, ejiesieme said Tincan custom the command has continued in the engagement of its personnel on an aggressive campaign
on awareness against the pandemic, with a visit by the zonal medical personnel of
the service led by Dr Bello and other collaboration with residential medical personnel.
He said lectures were delivered on the
safest measure which officers and stakeholders should adopt to keep safe adding
that practitioners were also advised to always maintain social distance, use
latex gloves, sanitizers and regular hand washing