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By Jerry Aguigbo
The Port and Terminal Multi services Limited (PTML),Customs Command is riding crest high with over One hundred and eighty nine billion, three hundred and forty seven million, five hundred and sixty five thousand, three hundred and nine naira(N189,347,565,309)only. This, according to the press statement put out by the Command’s Area Controller, Compt. Festus Okun, represents about seventy nine per cent of the revenue target of Two hundred and thirty eight billion, two hundred and twenty four million, nine hundred and twenty thousand, thirty eight Naira, eighty eight kobo.(N238,224,9) set for the Command by the service.
This figures, indicate an over Thirty billion Naira increase (N30,11,087,116)when compared with the total revenue generated in 2019(N159,336,478,193).
The PTML terminal is which is designed mainly to handle ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF cargo (vehicles, machinery and equipment), even with about eighty percent of cargoes handled in the period under review being vehicles, the command was still able to record a total tonnage of one hundred and fifty one thousand, nine hundred and thirty eight (151,938)metric tons of export goods, with a total Free on Board (FOB) value of One hundred and seventy billion, three hundred and thirty seven million, two hundred and thirty four thousand, six hundred and sixty six Naira, sixty seven kobo(117,337,234,666.67).
On its Ant- Smuggling drive within the period under review, the command was able to record its first seizure in about six years. This comprised of six by 20ft(6×20)containers Idols lightening soap and lotion, with a duty paid value of two hundred and eighty seven million, nine thousand and eighty seven million, nine thousand and forty five Naira only (287,009,745.00). This import contravened the NCS extant laws as the lotion was falsely declared.
The command enjoys a lot of inter agency collaboration and also, a very robust relationship with stakeholders leading to cohesive and aggressive pursuit of its mandate, a success story to tell, even with draw back recorded all over the world with the COVID- 19 pandemic. Another noticeable set back was the port access road and the accompanying gridlock, which according to Okun, this ” impacted negatively on the turn- around time for the movement of cargo outside the port and movement of export cargo into the port.” This also lead to loss of man hour while personnel were involved in avoidable accidents.
The Controller, on behalf of officers and men of the PTML command expressed his appreciation of the Customs Comptroller General, Col. Hammeed Ali (Rtd.) and his management team for their support and direction.