By Innocent Orok
The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS) has presented an impressive revenue record collection for the first quarter of 2021.
According to a statement issued by the Command the revenue earnings for the period under review stood at N112,695,693,158.66, which shows an improvement of about N21.05billion (23%) when compared with the revenue earnings of N91billion collected in the first quarter of the previous year 2020.
This improvement according to the command is possible “despite the twin threat to lives and livelihood posed by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Command have inspired their officers to continue to work hard while observing all the safety measures to achieve the best of performance through the use of technology and collaboration.
” We kept our lines of communication open and concerted effort was made to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted”, the Customs said.
During the period under review, the Command’s anti-smuggling activities also yielded result with a spectacular seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in Raw Bulk Sugar. Twenty suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure and detaining of the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO was also effected. 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 Command said it has put measures in place with a view to ensuring that legitimate trades are given expeditious attention.
“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 intermodal transport system (Use of Barges for Cargo movement in line with Global Best Practices.