Tin Can Customs Generates N29.4bn in January

The Tin
Can Island Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated N29.4
billion in January 2018, up from N19.8 billion generated in the corresponding
period of 2017.
The Public Relations Officer of
the command, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, made the disclosure in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
“For January 2017, we actually
had N19,834,314,976 but in January 2018, we realised something very remarkable
and spectacular and that figure is N29,452,828,367.07
He said that the new Customs Area
Controller of the Command, Comptroller Abdullahi Baba-Musa, tasked officers to
ensure they recover all revenues due to government.
A Port loaded with Containers
“As the controller came on board,
he started fine-tuning his methodologies.
“First and foremost, identifying
all grey areas; identifying areas of revenue leakages, engaging stakeholders in
an interactive forum from time to time.

“Setting up a training Centre
where we trained not just our officers on the rudiments of the job as is
expected in terms of global best practices.
“We also ensure that we train the
stakeholders including the media, to be sure that they key into the change
mantra and ideology of the Customs Comptroller-General.
Ejesieme urged the Federal
Government to assist in repairing the port access road leading to the Tin Can
Port to enable the command record more success in revenue generation.
He said that the annual target of
the command for 2018 is N354.6 billion, saying that the monthly target stood at
N29.5 billion. 
In a related development, The
Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port, Mr Emmanuel Akporherhe, on
Friday said the management had embarked on palliative at the Tin
Can Port to facilitate trade, pending road reconstruction.
Akporherhe made this known in an
interview in Lagos during an inspection of ongoing palliative
taken to address the gridlock at the Tin Can Island Port road.
“I think very soon government is
going to sort this side out because they are already working on Apapa Port
road,” he said.
“For us, we just want to carry
out palliative measures before the full road repair work is done. Non-availability of holding bays is the major problem in
this area.
By the time we have good holding
bays and when the roads are
fixed, you will be surprised that the gridlock will be a thing of
the past,” Akporherhe said.
He assured truck operators that
the Federal Government, states and local
governments as well as stakeholders were ready to repair the Tin
Can Port access road.
He said that the Managing
Director of NPA, Ms Hadiza Usman, was on top of the situation in ensuring that
the ports access roads were motorable to facilitate haulage.