26 January 2017, Lagos – PTML Customs Command, Tin Can Island recorded an increase of N613.6m in its revenue in 2016, data obtained by our correspondent from the command showed.
A breakdown of the figures also showed that the revenue for the command picked up from the month of August; while N5.07bn was generated in August 2015, about N6.2bn was recorded in August 2016, showing an increase of N1.2bn or 23.8 per cent over the previous year.
In September, the command generated N5.7bn against N4.4bn recorded in the same period of 2015, showing an increase of N1.2bn or 28.4 per cent.
The revenue figure for October 2016 was N6.3bn against N6.1bn in 2015, showing an increase of N151.1m or 2.4 per cent.
In November, N6.0bn was generated, against N5.4bn recorded in the same period of 2015, showing an increase of N694.5m or 12.9 per cent, while the revenue figure for December was put at N5.9bn against N5.3bn the previous year showing an increase of N612m or 11.4 per cent.
Prior to August, the command had recorded a drop in revenue when compared with the previous year.
For instance, 8.2 per cent drop in revenue was recorded in January; 19.0 per cent in February; 24.7 per cent in April; 9.0 per cent in May; 2. 8 per cent in June and 4.9 per cent in July.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Steve Okonmah, explained in a statement that the amount realised in 2016 was N613.5m higher than N62.1bn collected in 2015.
He added that the boost in revenue, which occurred between August and October 2016, was made possible through the directive of the Comptroller General, NCS, Col Hameed Ali (retd.), that officers must ensure all revenue loopholes were blocked.
According to him, the efficiency of the area controller and dedication of officers to duty also contributed to the increase.
He told our correspondent that government policies also impacted on the revenue generation profile of the service.