THE NIGERIA Customs Service,
Tincan Island Command, has
said it would further expand its
application of the ICT platform
to enhance its capacity in the
areas of revenue collection,
transparency, professionalism as
well as boosting the commitment
of its operatives.
In a statement, the Public
Relations Officer of the
Command, Uche Ejesieme,
made available, a review of the
Command’s operations in 2017.
The Command appreciated
sister agencies for their support,
and also the traders who were
compliant with trade rules, just
as it also used the opportunity to
implore non-compliant traders to
desist from acts inimical to trade
promotions.
The command vowed not to
renege on its efforts to bringing
perpetrators of trade malpractices to book.
It noted that for the period under
review, several documented
infractions were noticed in
the course of cargo profiling/
selectivity, which necessitated
review of such documentations,
and the process eventually led
to the recovery of revenue which
could have been lost as a result of
deliberate non-compliance.
The statement reads in part
that, “ Generally speaking, the
Command had a revenue target
of three hundred and ten billion,
two hundred and forty-seven
million, three hundred and fortysix
thousand, nine hundred and
ninety naira, eighty-five kobo
(N310,247,346,990.85) with a
total collection/generation of
two hundred and eighty- seven
billion, six hundred and thirtytwo
million, nine hundred and
twelve thousand, six hundred
and sixty seven naira forty nine
kobo (N287,632,912,667,49) and a difference of twenty- two
billion, six hundred and fourteen
million, four hundred and thirtyfour
thousand, three hundred
and twenty-three naira, thirty six
kobo (N22,614,434,323.36) which
translates to 92.71% .”
On its spectacular seizures,
the statement reads in part
that , “Part of the strategy was
on the issue of due diligence
and professionalism in
documentations and examination
of cargo.
“It was therefore on the basis of
the foregoing that the command
recorded a total of 2010 (two
thousand and ten) Pump Action
Riffles during the period under
reference. Following these the
Comptroller General of Customs,
Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd)
was at the Command on those
three occasions with some
members of his management to
address the media.”
The service, however, rewarded
five officers of the command
who demonstrated uncommon
diligence through detection of
arms in the Command with
special promotions to the next
rank as an incentive for better
functionality.
During the period, the
command constructed an
ICT Training Centre, with a
thirty (30) workstations fully
connected, to serve the training
needs of officers and men as well
as other critical Stakeholders.
The training facility has been
used to train over nine hundred
and fifty-eight (958) officers and
stakeholders in areas relevant to
their operations.
In its active stakeholder
engagement, the command said
“We handed over ten (10) 40ft
containers of both substandard,
fake/regulated pharmaceuticals
to NAFDAC and NDLEA
respectively at different times
during the period under review.”

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