Apapa Customs Command generates N672.1bn in 4 months

Babajide Jaiyeoba

Babajide Jaiyeoba

By Aisha Cole

The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated N672.1 billion between January and April this year.

The outgoing Area Controller, Babajide Jaiyeoba, said this during his handing over and retirement from service in Lagos on Monday.

He said that the command generated a record-breaking revenue of N182 billion in April alone, the highest monthly collection in the history of the service.

He attributed his success to the Almighty God, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi and the entire staff of Apapa command as well as the cooperation of the stakeholders.

“I will describe the eight-month tenure as Area Controller of Apapa Command as joyful and characterised by exciting moments culminating into tangible results for the benefit of the nation.

“We have set the ball rolling for the actualisation of our target and the officers I am leaving behind are focused on this. My optimism is not misplaced because we have all proven to be tested and trusted,’’ Jaiyeoba said.

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He thanked the officers for relentlessly pursuing maximum collection of duty by preventing leakages, fighting against smuggling and ensuring that traders enjoyed hitch-free clearance under his leadership.

He solicited the support of all officers, sister government agencies and stakeholders for the incoming Area Controller, Babatunde Olomu.

“Let’s triple or possibly, quadruple the cooperation and support I got for him. His success is our common benefit.

“For over three decades, I have known him to be a team player and result-oriented officer,” Jaiyeoba said.

He commended the speedy operations of the scanner centre which had contributed meaningfully to revenue collection in the nation’s busiest port.

The Chairman, Bonded Terminal Association, Gerald Mbamalu, said Jaiyeoba demonstrated professionalism in the customs profession.


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