The Nigeria Premier port and the flagship of the Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Area Command has collected N288,647,856,501.11 as revenue between the months of January and October, 2017. A breakdown of this shows that the Command collected the sum of N25.9bn, N24.7bn, and N26.7bn respectively for the months of January, February and March 2017.
According to a statement signed by the Commands Spokesperson, Nwala Nkeriku Ijeoma on Thursday in Lagos, “N25.1bn, N33.6bn and N29.4bn was collected for the months of April, May and June while the sum of N30.9bn, N32.1bn, N28.0bn and N31.8bn respectively was collected for the months of July, August, September and October 2017.
“Comparatively, the Command in the corresponding period and year (2016) collected the sum of N244,001,115,078.49. This implies that the Command recorded an increased revenue collection of forty N44,646,741,423.38.
“This increase could be attributed to the dynamic and sterling leadership prowess of the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Jibril Musa who firmly insist on and maintains the implementation of all strategies and blueprints devised by the Command to block all revenue leakages while enhancing trade facilitation and security.
“Moreover, the command has continued to engage in painstaking and diligent scrutinization of all documents, insistence on thorough 100% examination of profiled cargos that need same, implementation of the Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business and continuous stakeholders engagement for collaboration, interfacing and robust synergy among all government agencies and stakeholders involved in cargo clearance trade chain. This is evidenced in the improved wilful compliance, honest declaration, integrity and transparency recorded by the command.
“It is also worthy of note that the newly created platform of heads of security/government agencies in the ports have had series of meetings which led to prompt resolution of emerging challenges in the Apapa ports especially in the areas of security and improved vehicular movement along Apapa road (Bad roads not withstanding).
“The Comptroller, officers and men of the Apapa Area Command in line with the change mantra of the Comptroller General, Col. Hameed Ali and his management team are poised to surpass the revenue target as is expected by the service leadership. All patriotic members of the ports business community are assured of a friendly atmosphere as they ensure total and strict compliance to all government fiscal policies.