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Tin Can Customs Generates N29.4bn in January



The Tin Can Island Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated N29.4 billion in January 2018, up from N19.8 billion generated in the corresponding period of 2017.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
“For January 2017, we actually had N19,834,314,976 but in January 2018, we realised something very remarkable and spectacular and that figure is N29,452,828,367.07
He said that the new Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Abdullahi Baba-Musa, tasked officers to ensure they recover all revenues due to government.
A Port loaded with Containers

“As the controller came on board, he started fine-tuning his methodologies.
“First and foremost, identifying all grey areas; identifying areas of revenue leakages, engaging stakeholders in an interactive forum from time to time.

“Setting up a training Centre where we trained not just our officers on the rudiments of the job as is expected in terms of global best practices.
“We also ensure that we train the stakeholders including the media, to be sure that they key into the change mantra and ideology of the Customs Comptroller-General.
Ejesieme urged the Federal Government to assist in repairing the port access road leading to the Tin Can Port to enable the command record more success in revenue generation.
He said that the annual target of the command for 2018 is N354.6 billion, saying that the monthly target stood at N29.5 billion. 
In a related development, The Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port, Mr Emmanuel Akporherhe, on Friday said the management had embarked on palliative at the Tin Can Port to facilitate trade, pending road reconstruction.
Akporherhe made this known in an interview in Lagos during an inspection of ongoing palliative
taken to address the gridlock at the Tin Can Island Port road.
``I think very soon government is going to sort this side out because they are already working on Apapa Port road,” he said.
``For us, we just want to carry out palliative measures before the full road repair work is done. Non-availability of holding bays is the major problem in this area.
By the time we have good holding bays and when the roads are
fixed, you will be surprised that the gridlock will be a thing of
the past,” Akporherhe said.
He assured truck operators that the Federal Government, states and local
governments as well as stakeholders were ready to repair the Tin
Can Port access road.
He said that the Managing Director of NPA, Ms Hadiza Usman, was on top of the situation in ensuring that the ports access roads were motorable to facilitate haulage.