The Nigeria Customs
Service (NCS) Apapa Area Command, on Thursday said it generated N210.2 billion
revenue, including N343.4 million on exports between Jan. and July, against
N196.7 billion in same period of 2017.
The outgoing Area Controller of the command,
Comptroller, Jibrin Musa, disclosed this while handing over to the new
controller, Comptroller Abubakar Bashir in Lagos.
According to him,
the revenue target for 2018 stands at N246.61 billion.
He attributed the success recorded by the command to
the introduction of the Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS
II) and good leadership by the Comptroller General of Customs, Retired Col.
He added that the dedication of the officers and men
of the command contributed to the success of the command in generating the
“The significance of this unrivalled attainment will
be appreciated when compared with what the command generated in 2017 in the
months under review, which was N196.7billion.
“There was an increase of N13.5 billion in revenue
when compared with what was generated in 2017.
“The command also recorded nine seizures within the
period under review such as pharmaceutical products, vegetable oil and other
contrabands,” the controller said.
Musa said 13 containers of Tramadol were imported in
contravention of approved guidelines and procedures.
“The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seizures was N357
million, while the 13 containers of tramadol will be handed over to the
National Agency for Foods, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for
“The Free On Board (FOB) value of the seizures was
also put at N57.6 million. All the achievements were due to the Federal
Government’s effort at diversifying the Nigerian economy through encouragement
of non-oil exports,’’ Musa said.
He said over the years, the command had engaged the
best traditional communication tools to acquaint stakeholders with the
activities of the Customs.
Musa said the command usually had constant
engagement with stakeholders, and also received high level delegations from
different government agencies as well as nationals of foreign countries and
members of different strategic private committees.
He urged officers and men of the command as well as
the media to give the new controller the support to enable him achieve the
mandate of suppressing smuggling and generating revenue for the government.
In his response, the new controller commended his
predecessor for his dedication.
Bashir urged the officers in the command to continue
working in harmony and be guided by the rules of the service.