By Udeme Clement
The Tincan Island Port Command has stepped up security surveillance to stop prohibited goods coming into the country as the ember months approach, even as the Command generated N183billion in eight months.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Uche Ejesieme, made this known in a statement, stressing that the new development was sequel to the coordinated activities of the Command under the supervision of the Customs Area Controller, CAC, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf.
He said, “The Command has had a sustained revenue profile since the beginning of 2017, a feat that the Controller attributed to deliberate creative policies and stimulus plans aimed at blocking all possible areas of revenue loss. The revenue for August alone stood at over N28 billion, which is the highest in the annals of the Command, particularly in the corresponding periods over the past years.
“The Command realised N183 billion from January and August , 2017, as against N156 billion made in the same period in reference, despite global economic recession. It therefore implies that but for the exclusion of 41 items from Forex window, the Command could have doubled it’s revenue profile”.
He went on, “The Command is becoming more thorough in its revenue drive, to the extent that all high yielding revenue consignments are closely monitored to avoid circumvention of procedure.
The Customs high Command expects so much from the Command, as such Tincan will continue to develop adequate operational template and modalities capable of entrenching integrity in the acumen of our operations. All officers of the Command have a compelling need to discharge their functions in line with the change mantra of the CGC Hameed Ali”.
The Comptroller extolled the virtues of the Customs management and promised to surpass the revenue target of the Command in line with the expectations of the Service. In the same vein, the CAC appreciated the compliance level of stakeholders in the Port to fiscal policies of government in terms of trade, while advising few recalcitrant ones to follow the path of sanity through honest declaration in their documentations.
On his plans for the ember months, he pointed out that high cargo traffic is usually expected at this period of the year and advised importers to desist from importing un-customed goods in view of it’s implication. “All importers ought to be conversant with the external tariff, especially schedules”, he said.