The Task Ahead At Tincan Is Daunting But Surmountable
By Jerry Aguigbo
The Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Customs Command, Controller Dera Nnadi has said that the task ahead at the Tincan Island Command is daunting but surmountable. Nnadi made this statement as he was officially handed the affairs of the Command by the outgoing Controller, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede.
While addressing Journalists and stakeholders at the handing over ceremony, Controller Nnadi said that the dynamism of the industry requires that Stakeholders join forces to provide solutions to individual and collective needs.
According to him,
“For us as a Command, it is a daunting but surmountable task. As you are all aware, Nigeria Customs Service has three key performance indicators, which are revenue collection, antismuggling, and service delivery, often referred to as facilitation of trade. These three serve as yardstick for measuring her performance.
These indicators will always remain relevant in our economic discourse until we attain full development as a nation. It is more so for Tincan Command, especially now.
He noted that
the Command’s revenue target of over 801 Billion Naira currently stands at 52 per cent, with barely three months to the end of the year 2023, this, according to Nnadi means, they must collect 48 per cent of the remaining revenue.
“Coming at a time, the floating exchange rate is affecting importers and exporters, this is a big but achievable task.”
He commended the outgoing Controller and officers of the Command for the recent seizure of two containers of tramadol. While pledging to sustain the fight against importation of illicit and unapproved drugs.
On the international front, Comptroller Nnadi explained the benefits of the trade agreement between Nigeria and Benin republic
In his words, “just two days ago the Customs Adminsitrations of Nigeria and Benin signed an agreement to develop frameworks for clearing of Nigeria bound goods in Benin Ports and vice varsa. This is a call for us to improve our business process and increase our efficiency in service delivery in order to be competitive with better ports in the subregion,” he said.
Continuing, Nnadi said Nigeria recognises the importance of Benin and other neighbors as a trade partners who serve as ready markets for Nigerian products, asides Oil and Gas exported to Europe and Asia, whatever Nigeria produces will be taken by these countries around us. He also noted that they need to harmonize their trade with Nigeria. While Nigeria addresses its cultural and structural deficits to move trade.
He at this point particularly requested the cooperation of shipping companies, terminal operators and Other Goverernment Agencies
to support the Command’s efforts towards ensuring the actualisation of its rebranding.
“In line with this, I will essentially request that we respect our various mandates. Those concerned with regulatory functions should stay away from interference in revenue related transactions except it is in their mandate to do so. Hopefully, this will improve service delivery in the Tincan Port.
Controller Nnadi promised to operate with an open door policy, ” I will open my doors for seemless trade, but I will also close the door against unwholsome activities that will compromise the Service mandates.”
While stating his resolve to achieve the goals of the Command, he vowed not to dwell on the usual blame of others for the various challenges bedevilling the maritme industry.
In his words, “No one person is responsible for the rot, but everyone should be ready to offer a solution,” he requested.