By Innocent Orok
Despite the Coronavirus pandemic occasioned by the total lockdown of Lagos State, the Tincan Island port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has collected a total sum of N31,210,006,189.8 in the month of March 2020.
This amount is against the sum of N25,990,013,289.84 collected during the same period in 2019. Its also indicates a difference of N5,219,992,904.96.
It could be recalled that the Customs Area Controller of the Tin Can Island Area Command, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi had created a clear roadmap for the actualization of his mandate, bearing in mind the enormous expectations from the command, as one of the epic areas for revenue generation.
Part of his strategy according to a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Uche Ejieseme is the mobilisation of critical stakeholders through series of roundtable meetings and consultations towards ensuring that trade facilitation is given a boost,in line with global best practices.
“The Customs Area Controller at those parleys solicited the support of all parties in the Trade Value Chain, particularly on the issue of compliance with the fiscal and monetary policies of the federal Government and the need to adhere strictly.
” Further to this is the removal of all manner of bureaucratic bottlenecks and obstacles which might hinder access to information and intervention in critical areas. This is exemplified in the open door policy of the Customs Area Controller as well as establishment of Trade facilitation and Dispute Resolution platforms for expeditious resolution of disputes arising from the various transactions.
“We are optimistic that all things being equal,the operational templates that has been put in place by the customs Area controller,will surely lead to monumental Revenue collection.”
On the issue of the global pandemic,Covid19, the command said they are glad to inform that their sensitization campaign on the subject, began with the news of the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan China in November 2019, following a circular from customs headquarters,which compelled customs commands to commence awareness and education on ways of containing the virus .
“Following the report of the Index case in Nigeria, the Command began even more intensive and aggressive campaign,with the visit by the Zonal Medical Personnel of the Service,led by Dr Bello,in collaboration with our Resident Medical Personnel. Lectures were delivered on the safest measures which officers and stakeholders should adopt to keep safe. Participants were also advised to always maintain Social Distancing, use of Latex gloves,Sanitizers and regular handwashing,amongst other safety measures.
” Beyond all of this,the Area Controller directed the erection of signages at strategic places in the Command ,that conveyed very salient information to Stakeholders on additional measures we have adopted to ensure the safety and health of our employees and other stakeholders”, the statement concludes.