Nigeria customs generate N35b for August 2016

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Command has made the highest collection of monthly revenue of N34,923,757,810.77 in the month of August 2016.

The figure is about N8 billion higher than the N27 billion collected in July this year.

This is the highest monthly generated revenue by any customs command in Nigeria in the last 10 years.

Remarkably, the gain was made at a time the ports were said to be having low volume of trade and high exchange rate.

Area Controller of the Command, Willy Egbudin urged officers of the command to redouble their efforts in maximum revenue generation, legitimate trade facilitation and uncompromising enforcement of customs laws.

Egbudin had at a recent meeting with top officers of the command emphasised that, ‘‘national security must not be compromised at the ports and terminals under its watch in the course of trade facilitation and revenue collection.’’

Revenue Collection
The recent increase in revenue collection came as a result of increased supervision, closer monitoring and regular outreach to importers and agents on the need to comply with stipulated rules, while issuing  notices for  under-declaration of goods.

Aside regular meetings, the Controller has been paying surprise visits to various units and terminals under him to ensure that officers are at their duty posts during specified work hours and are keeping to the Controller General’s directives at all times.

”The Comptroller General’s directives are very clear on matters affecting our duties. We must not in any way act outside the law or encourage people to do so. Importers and agents who violate the law will face the full wrath of the law and I can assure you all that I will not spare any customs officer collaborator. Any attempt to short-change the government under my watch here will not be treated with kid gloves,” the Controller warned.

Egbudin further said, that ‘‘Government’s focus on non oil revenue had increased and we as customs officers with our stakeholders must brace up to this national reality. We must all add value in making Nigeria great from our various beats and assignments and posterity will be fair to us all.”

Egbudin also advised officers not to relent in doing more for the Nigerian state, as a way of justifying the confidence reposed in them by their deployment to the flagship command of Nigeria Customs.

False Declaration
Meanwhile, the command also made a seizure of 16 containers for false declaration thereby sending a strong signal to the port community that customs is focused on implementing all extant laws concerning its operations.

Investigations are ongoing over the seized containers and arrests have been made in preparation for prosecution.