…As Murtala Muhammed Airport records ₦29,124,703,283***
Two Customs Commands, the Tin Can Island Port and the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) this week waved before the public, outstanding half-year reports, which showed the TCIP posting a whooping N179,275,629,170.74 generated between January and July 10th 2019, just as the MMA grossed into the Federation coffer,₦29,124,703,283 between January and June 2019, as against the ₦22,724,956,128 it recorded in the same period of 2018.
The TCIP Customs Area Controller, MBA Musa credited his command’s outlandish performance to renewed enthusiasm and development of Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) for operational efficiency, noting the Command’s major paradigm shift, particularly in area of statutory functions.
“Generally speaking, it is instructive to note that the command has gone beyond revenue collection/generation, to creating an enabling environment for legitimate businesses to thrive, in line with the Presidential mandate, with the resolve by the Command to achieve speedy clearance of cargo from the Ports and also reduce the cost of doing business. It is all these several factors that have projected the command as a hub and most business friendly with remarkable profile” Comptroller Musa stated.
Making a comparative review of the N179,275,629,170.74, the CAC noted that the preceding period of 2018 yielded only N172,514,359,076.83, which actually represented 52.28 percent of the annual target, with a differential of N6,761,270,093.91.
Subsequently, he gave a month by month breakdown which showed as follows:
Speaking further, he highlighted that the command secured from exports, a total of 150,930.7 Metric Tonnes with a FOB Value ofN68,887,226,493, as against the 2018 figure of 118,452.87MTS of Export with FOB of N63,109,427.
“The milestones recorded in the area of Export is clearly indicative of awareness by Stakeholders on the available opportunities inherent in Export business. The Command will continue to sensitize and encourage would be Exporters”, he posited, while highlighting another glowing performance in the area of seizures and detentions.
“The Command recorded seizures of 5 x 40ft and 4 x 20ft containers consisting of various uncustom goods during the period under review, ranging from used tyres and used rims, bags of rice, cartons of Tramadol and other pharmaceuticals with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,159,215,637.
The Comptroller stated that in a proactive initiative to enhance trade facilitation, the command promoted regular stakeholders engagement, empowered a Help-Desk and Dispute Resolution Committee, embarked on time release studies, enacted a One-Stop Shop, and enabled fast track facilities.
“This approach has led to the speedy resolution of disputes arising from Valuation, Classification, PAAR etc, at least to the barest minimum, even as the Command is also working out actionable modalities for the use of Barges in transferring Cargo from the Mother Port to off-dock Terminals. This is with a view to reducing congestion and speed up cargo delivery, considering the fact that Cargo throughput is increasing, and road infrastructure is overstretched.
Meanwhile, the MMA Command collected a total sum of ₦29,124,703,283 in the first half-year of 2019, as against₦22,724,956,128, collected from January to June 2018.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mrs. JT Shoboiki explained that the revenue collected from January to June 2019 represented 112.4 percent, and thereby, not only surpassing the set revenue target of Q1 & Q2 2019 with ₦3,219,843,233.00 but also surpassing that of 2018 Half Year with ₦6,399,747,155.00.
Providing a month by month revenue breakdown, Mrs. JT Shoboiki gave a simplified graphical analysis, which showed that the officers showed more commitment now, than last year.
“The Murtala Mohammed Area Command made an unprecedented number of seizures and detentions of various items with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦382,220,062”, and identified items seized as including 1,002 PCS of Air-Force Berets, 289 PKGS of different makes of Drones, 272 PCS of two way Walkie-Talkie Radios, 152 PKGS ofCamouflage Inner Vest, Combat Shorts, and Camouflage Polo Shirt, with any End User Certificate, amongst others.
Other items were 59 Cartons of Tramadol, (handed over to NAFDAC), 43 Bags of Donkey’s skin, 43 PKGS of DesertCamouflage Combat shorts, Seven PGKS of Pangolin Scales, Cocaine imported from Pakistan, concealed in two cartons and declared as household items in NAHCO Shed (handed over to NDLEA), and also drugs suspected to beAmerican Cannabis concealed in baby doll (handed over to NDLEA).
“A sum of $50,000,000 arrived into the country without proper documentation, which was seized and handed over to EFCC in the presence of the DSS for further investigations”, the MMA Command Boss indicated further, assuring that she would always ensure the motivation of officers that go the extra miles!