Tin-Can Customs Command generates N78.8bn

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Hameed Ali, Customs Comptroller-General

Hameed Ali, Customs Comptroller-General

The Tin-Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) saiys it generated N78.8 billion in the first quarter of 2019, up from N76.7 billion realised in the corresponding period of 2018.

NCS Area Controller, Mohammed Musa, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.

He said the command projected an income of N84 billion during the period under review but it generated about 94 per cent of the target.

Musa said the command was given a target of N343 billion for 2019, saying that it surpassed the target for two months but the election holidays affected the revenue in March.

He said the command is working hard to boost the revenue and surpassed the revenue generated in 2018.

According to him, the command is committed to the transformation of revenue collection and reporting system with the implementation of Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS).

“There is improvement on compliance in the command, mostly because of the policies and directive from the headquarters insisting on 100 per cent examination of imported cargo with regard to protection of the environment.

“The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), retired Col. Hameed Ali, has also directed that all pharmaceutical products must be cleared from the ports, meaning that there should be no movement of pharmaceutical products to outside terminal.

“The directive was made to control the influx of Tramadol and other related goods imported into the country.

“The command also intercepted used tyres, second hand clothing and six containers of foreign parboiled rice in the period under review,” Musa said.

He reiterated that the command would work hard to make the second quarter revenue generation better than the first quarter.

The command boss said that there were relative peace and calm in the command due to the high level engagement, saying that its doors are open to interpretation at all times.