The Apapa Customs Area Command has declared the sum of N366billion as revenue generated between January to June this year (2021).


Controller of the Command, Yusuf Malanta, who stated this on Tuesday while briefing journalists on their activities, said the revenue represents 61 percent increase when compared to the N227billion collected in the first half of 2020.


He attributed the increase to the dedication of his officers to work, and not the increase in exchange rate by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as speculated.


“This spectacular achievement was made possible by officers’ resilience and commitment in ensuring collections of appropriate revenue, robust stakeholders engagement and seamless facilitation of compliant trade.


“Can you say my revenue of April and May when there was no Monetary Policy Adjustment (MPA) is linked to CBN? My revenue is purely revenue from the Federal Government and from the Imports into the country.


“Monetary policy that you see is an adjustment by the Federal Government and CBN to ensure that our foreign reserve to the country is been managed properly. That is why you see not only that some of the items have been put on hold, some of them have been put on restriction like 43 items were given restriction. For you to make that application, you must bring your source of fund, other scrutiny are going to be applied for you to take it”, he said.


The area controller added that the command also generated the highest revenue figure of N78.4 billion in the month of June, an increase of over 90 percent when compared to the N42.4 billion collected in the corresponding month under the review.


The Comptroller said he was able to ensure compliance at the Command by having a structure that identifies and fixes gaps.


“The most important thing is that every system should have a structure. When you have a structure, you monitor the structure, and when you monitor the structure, you find out the compliance will take place automatically. What I did when I came in here was to look at the existing structure and see where there are gaps and then fix that gap immediately.


“This unprecedented record is a great validation of our new approach to revenue drive. It is also fitting to emphasize here that this volume of revenue has never been recorded in the history of the flagship of Command of the Nigeria Customs Service”, he disclosed.


On the Command’s anti-smuggling efforts, Malanta said that between the first half of the year, 46 containers of various items ranging from tramadol, used clothing, unregistered pharmaceutical drugs with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N27.6 billion were seized.


The Command also had 10 seizures of various goods such as tomato paste, used clothing, unregistered pharmaceutical drugs with a Duty Paid Value of N442million. Export on the other hand, goods worth N272.3 billion passed through Apapa port.


His words; “These exports include Agricultural goods such as sesame seed, ginger, hibiscus flower and other mineral resources. The total tonnage of the said export stood at 1.6 million tones with FOB value of $103 billion,” he said.


He urged importers, exporters, Customs brokers and freight forwarders to ensure compliance as part of their standard operating procedure as this will reduce the time and cost of doing business at the port.


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