The Tin-Can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service has declared N112.69 billion as revenue collected in the first quarter of 2021.
Customs Area Controller (CAC), Mr. Mba Musa, said the figure is N21.05 billion higher, indicating a 23 % increase when compared with the revenue of N91 billion collected in the same period under review in 2020.
Giving a comparative analysis, he said: “The comparative analysis of quarter one revenue collection from 2018 to 2021 are as follows: in 2018, N76,789,721,107.42; in 2019, N78,857,106,168.27; and in 2020, N91,635,998,490.73.
The CAC said that officers of the command had been inspired by the records as they continue to make the best use of technology in carrying out their duties dedicatedly, while observing strictly, the covid19 safety protocols.
He also disclosed that “During the period under review, anti-smuggling activities yielded result with a spectacular seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in Raw Bulk Sugar, arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the seizure and detaining of the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO.
“The Command has handed over the case file, suspects and the vessel to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.”
On trade facilitation, the CAC said that the Command continues to put measures in place with a view to ensuring that legitimate trade get immediate attention as needed.
He added that “Accordingly, the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Help Desk has been re-jigged with a mandate to attend very expeditiously to all trade related disputes. We have also reinvigorated the use of inter-modal transport system (Use of barges for cargo movement in line with global best practices.”