By GODFREY BIVBERE & VICTORIA EDEMA
A total of N83.1 billion (eight three billion naira) worth of assorted goods were exported out of the country through Apapa port between January and June 2012, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), A. Y Garko, has said.
Garko, who disclosed this in Lagos Monday, explained that the amount is the combination of all exported goods ranging from Cocoa Beans, Cashew –nut, Sesame seeds, Ginger, Hibiscus, and Flower etc.
According to the Customs, a total of 266,605.01 metric tones of Coca Beans, 14,525.96 metric tones of cashew nut, 20, 513.57 metric tones of Sesame seeds, 985.29 metric tones of Ginger and 356 metric tones of Hibiscus flower were exported during the period under review.
He pointed out that 12,369 metric tones, 1,52o.22 metric tones, 998.107 metric tones, 3,067.7 metric tones and 97,100 bags of Gum Arabic, Processed Rubber, Various Processed Shrimps, Palm Kneel Cake, and Assorted bathroom Slippers were also exported outside the country during the same period.
Other exported items he continued, are Lead Ingot, Cocoa cake, Cocoa butter, Cotton yarn, Zinc Ore/Ash/Skinning and Aluminum Ingot of the 832.14 metric tones, 288 metric tones, 408 metric tones, 1,993,456 metric tones, 107.47 metric tones and 25,533.07 metric tones respectively.
Others are 33.5 metric tones of Columbits, 4,625,837.48 square foot of metric tones of wheat bean pellets, 65,420 cases of magi crayfish, 657 metric tones of Re-processed black polypropylene, 25 metric tones of Tin and 9,127 cases of Dettol respectively.
The Apapa Customs boss gave the name and quantity of other exported items as 29,062 CTN of Biscuit and Sweet, 555.01 metric tones Zircon Sand, 1,655,320 litres of Ethyl Alcohol and 33.5 metric tones of columbits.
Similarly, Garko said that in the area of revenue collection, the Command raked in a total of N139, 151 billion during the same period under review despite the challenges it faced.
In his words, “The monthly target set for the Command is N27 billion, and its performance in the second quarter was able to match this expectation. In April the Command collected N19.7 billion, in May N24.6 billion and in June the Command set a new record for the highest revenue ever collected by a Command in a single month, by collecting N36.7 billion.”
“The total revenue collected for this quarter is N81.28 billion and the average revenue collected is N27 billion, giving hope that the target set is still achievable. The total revenue between January and June is N139.151 billion.
“Indeed a comparative analysis of the performance of the Command between the first of the year 2012 and 2011 shows an improvement of N34.46 billion or 33 percent over and above the performance of 2011,” he concluded.