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Customs records 24.1 percent increase in first quarter revenue collection

*Nigeria Customs Service.

Vincent Toritseju

11 April 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Tin-Can Island Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, recorded a 24.1 % percent increase in its revenue generation in the first quarter of 2018, raking in N76.78 blillion against N61.9 billion in the corresponding period of 2017.

In a statement signed by the Public Relation officer of the command Mr. Uche Ejesieme, the Comptroller of the Command, Musa Abdullahi said that reforms aimed at re-jigging and re-engineering the consciousness of officers towards enhancing efficiency and productivity in line with “our statutory mandate appears obviously to be yielding results as evident in the quantum leap of the Commands Revenue in the first quarter”.

Abdullahi noted that “though the first quarter of each year is usually synonymous with low volume of trade, the migration to NICIS II platform by the Command, also contributed to some hiccups that affected declarations, but which we have surmounted”.

He however reiterated his resolve to ensure that adequate measures are put in place to enable the Command to be on top of its statutory mandate, stating categorically that his concept of continuous Stakeholder Engagement, Training and Re-training Officers as well as Trade Facilitations models will be leveraged on for Service Delivery.

The Controller stressed that deliberate and concerted efforts were being made to ensure that the policies and programs of the Command is tailored towards achieving enhanced efficiency, while promoting competitiveness in the trade value chain.

He pointed out that the Command is at the Vanguard of implementation of the Presidential Directive on Ease of Doing Business as the lead Agency and have strengthened the existing Relationship with other Security/Regulatory Agencies for actualization of the Presidential Directive on creating Enabling Business Environment at the Ports.

Similarly, the Commandant Mr. Charles Edike, an Assistant Comptroller General of Customs lauded the achievement of the Command in the first quarter 2018 when compared with same period in 2017 and expressed optimism that the Controller has what it takes in terms of capacity and integrity to take the Command to enviable heights.

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