Customs generates N36.2bn in Apapa

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The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated N36.22 billion in November, authorities of the command said yesterday.

Mrs Nkiru Nwalla, the command’s spokesperson, in a chat with newsmen in Lagos, said the collection was an increase of about N6.6 billion from N31.8 billion recorded in the preceding month.

Nwalla emphasised that by the collection, the command surpassed its monthly target of N29.5 billion.

She attributed  the increase in the revenue to the leadership of Comptroller Musa Jibrin, the Area Coomander, who insisted that officers should withdraw from activities that would impede “Ease of Doing Business’’ at the port.

According to the command’s spokesperson, “The command is delighted to re-inform the public that officers are scheduled on 24/7 bases and are ready for all importers and exporters who desire to have their consignments cleared”

Nwalla said that the command had intercepted 24 containers of various consignments due to false declaration, adding that the goods intercepted included pharmaceutical products, frozen fish, medicaments”.

She specifically said that Jibrin had encouraged the implementation of all strategies and blueprints devised to block all revenue leakages while enhancing trade facilitation and security to sustain the pace.

“Continuous stakeholder engagement and enlightenment have paved way for willful compliance seen in improved honest declaration and transparency in the 24-hour cargo clearance procedures”, she said.

She noted that seven containers of pharmaceutical products had been handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The spokesperson, however, said that some officers, who were found wanting in anti-smuggling cases had been dismissed to serve as deterrent to others.

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