By Udeme Clement
The Murtala Muhammed Airport Command (MMAC), of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has realised N44.8billion from January to October, 2016, despite economic recession that is dwindling revenue generation of other Commands in the country. This amount shows a huge increase, as the Command surpassed its revenue target with about N4.38billion, even with declining volume of cargo by over 30 per cent compared to last year.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Allanah Francis disclosed this in a chat with Sunday Vanguard, stressing that the Airways bills initially posed a challenge to the Command but efforts were made to bring the number down to its barest minimum, but despite that, the Command has done very well in terms of revenue generation for the Federal Government.
Sunday Vanguard during the visit observed that the Command is no longer experiencing incessant conflicts between the agents and operatives of Customs, which were very common in the past.
On the measures put in place by the Command to ensure willing compliance with duty payment to government, he said, “We had several stake holder’s meetings with the agents and enlightened them on the economic benefits derived by government and their businesses on appropriate duty payment at all times.
I made them to realise that paying duty will make the economy viable and would bring a multiplier effect to their businesses to flourish in a productive economic environment. We must continue to work hard to make our economy productive like what obtains in advanced countries. We appreciate the effort of the Customs management for equipping our Command adequately to perform our duty”.
Meanwhile, the CAC was honoured with award of Excellent Performance by Financial Business and Maritime Newspaper, as his Command got the highest number of votes in revenue generation category of the award.