Despite the global pandemic ravaging the country, the Tincan port command of the Nigeria customs service said it has raked in a total of thirty-one billion, two hundred and ten million, six thousand, one hundred and eighty-nine naira, and eighty kobo in its first quarter of 2020.
Uche Ejiesieme, the Tincan Customs Public Relation Officer said in a statement that the value of revenue generated this the year was an improvement as against twenty-five billion, nine hundred and ninety million, thirteen thousand two hundred and eighty kobos (25, 990,013,289.84) generated last year during the same period in 2019 indicating a dichotomy of five billion, two hundred and nineteen million, nine hundred and ninety-two thousand, nine hundred and four Naira and ninety-six kobo. (5,219,992,904.96).
“This development came as a justification for the customs Area comptroller, Musa Abdullahi’s clear roadmap for the actualization of his mandate, bearing in mind the enormous expectation from the command given what it is known for as one of the epic areas for revenue generation”.
Ejiesieme said part of its is the mobilization of critical stakeholders through a series of roundtables and consultation towards ensuring that trade facilitation is given a boost in line with global best practice.
He said one of its pointers strategically is their support for all parties in the trade value chain, particularly in the area of compliance coming with fiscal and monetary policies of the federal government and the need to adhere strictly.
“Adding to it is the removal of all manner of bureaucratic bottlenecks and obstacles which might hinder access to information and intervention in critical areas.”
This is exemplified in the open door policy of the customs area comptroller as well as the establishment of trade facilitation and dispute arising from the various transactions.
The spokesman said customs at the Tincan port command is optimistic that the operation template that has been put in place by the customs Area comptroller will sure lead to sustained revenue collection.
“The global pandemic has made us sustain the sensitization campaign on its awareness on the need to be proactive since the news of the outbreak of the disease began in Wuhan, China, following a circular from custom headquarters, compelling all custom commands to commence awareness and education on ways of containing the virus”.
On its efforts regarding the pandemic, ejiesieme said Tincan custom the command has continued in the engagement of its personnel on an aggressive campaign on awareness against the pandemic, with a visit by the zonal medical personnel of the service led by Dr Bello and other collaboration with residential medical personnel.
He said lectures were delivered on the safest measure which officers and stakeholders should adopt to keep safe adding that practitioners were also advised to always maintain social distance, use latex gloves, sanitizers and regular hand washing