The Area Controller of Apapa Command, Comptroller Muhammad Abba-Kura highlighted Tuesday, that his Command recorded about $46.6 million as a Free On Board (FOB) value for exported goods and generated N203.2 billion as revenue within the first 6months of 2019, representing 54.5 per cent of the Command’s annual revenue target.
Kura highlighted this in Apapa while inspecting some intercepted goods in one of the terminals in Lagos, noting that the Apapa command recorded a total of 95, 229.15 metric tons of exported goods within the period under review.
The comptroller said that most of the exported products were agricultural products; and that the N203.2 billion generated was N26.5 billion higher than the N176. 7billion generated in the corresponding period of 2018.
He added that the figure Abba-Kura said the items seized included tomato paste, vegetable oil, ladies wears, Tramadol, and other drugs, armoured glasses without end-user certificate and drilling pipes labelled in foreign language.
He said that two of 40ft containers of 25kg foreign parboiled rice from Thailand were also among the items intercepted and a container of drugs, including Tramadol, which were falsely declared.
Abba-Kura explained that the parboiled rice was declared as processed furniture while the Tramadol was declared as medicament.
He attributed the revenue success of the command to strict adherence to professionalism through sensitization of officers to their responsibilities.
“Periodic stakeholders’ meetings, open door policy, prompt resolution of disputes by the Dispute Resolution Committee as well as maintaining the right synergy and collaboration with other sister agencies also contributed to the command increased revenue.
“We will continue to build on existing strategies put in place by my predecessor, Comptroller Bashir Abubakar,” Abba-Kura said.
He urged stakeholders to genuinely declare their goods, adding that they could visit his office or any other officer in the command during working hours for further clarifications.