The Nigeria Customs Service , Apapa Area command has posted an impressive sum of 522..4 billion Naira as revenue from duty collection its half year report within the period of January to June 2022.
The Command’s Area Controller,
Comptroller Malant Ibrahim Yusuf who revealed this when he briefed the press last Friday in Apapa Lagos.
The CAC while conducting Journalists round some of the seizures said the command has recorded 156 billion increament which stands at 42.5% when compared to corresponding months of last year, 2021.
This drive he said, was in agreement with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non- oil export. Disclosing that the Command has hauled in a large sum of 2.5 million metric tonnes of Export with the Free on Board ( FCB) value items which equally rose from $1.6 million in 2021 to $138 million in 2022.
Some of the items exported include: items includes steel bars, Agricultural and mineral products amongst others.
Controller Malanta praised the Federal Government’s policy on export incentive scheme which he said, played a vital role by boosting export trade in Nigeria. He revealed that the anti smuggling operations of the Command is being guided by Federal Government fiscal policies direction and for the period under review has managed to curb the smuggling of dangerous items, resulting in the seizures of 77 containers with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of #8.3 billion.
The seized items include:
Processed/ unprocessed wood, 32 containers
Unregistered pharmaceuticals, 5 containers
Used clothings and shoes, 18 containers of
foreign Parboiled Rice 12 containers
Vegetable oil, 7 containers of
1 20ft container laden with 150 cartons of tramadol.
Controller Malanta disclosed that 21 suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizures. 1 Suspect from the last Tramadol seizure is still being interrogated.
He lauded interagency relationship which has also helped his Command in a large way, stating that the command in its pursuit to strengthen the relationship between other government agencies has handed over 2*20ft containers laden with 150 cartons of illicit hard drugs to the NDLEA.
Malanta commended the CGC management team profoundly for their unrelenting support. While also not leaving the stakeholders for their tireless commitment and encouragement at the premier port.