Efforts by Nigeria’s Tincan Island port management to meet its revenue target has been dealt a huge blow as the command in its latest released collected revenue figure for the month of September shows a sharp decline from the figures collected in the month of August.
The management announced the collection of N25 billion as revenue in the month of September 2016 as against the sum of N26.2b the command generated in the month of August.
Recall that the Area Controller, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, while making public the figures for the month of August had vowed to sustain the tempo, however, the latest figures say otherwise.
However, the Area Controller through the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Uche Ejesieme in the latest release for the month of September, 2016 said measures aimed at enhancing the revenue collecting capacity of the Tincan Island Port continues to show positive signals with the collection of N25.6bn as revenue.
Yusuf, stressed that Tincan Island Port as a benchmark Command is determined to making the port a hub, with the entrenchment of due diligence in all areas of its operations.
He stated further that the place of customs in national development cannot be over-emphasised, and pointed out that his command will not renege on its entrenched function of revenue collection and generation irrespective of the present global economic challenge being faced by nations all over the world.
“Beyond the fact that we have regular meetings with the critical stakeholders, I have always given the terminal/sectional heads a marching order to ensure that all importers and their agents are compelled to comply with the extant laws on international trade.
He commanded those he tagged as compliant importers agents for their deep sense of patriotism which he noted has helped the command in achieving its revenue targets.
The controller further assured that compliant importers and or their agents will continue to receive the support of the command and will do everything possible to ensure that they enjoy the full benefit of compliance.
“We will always make them feel obligated to follow due diligence in their transactions.”