By Ossy Onyenwezi
The Nigeria Customs Service, TinCan Island Command has posted an impressive 275 billion Naira in revenue collection. This is a remarkable improvement when compared to the corresponding period (January-June) of last year 2021 which was put at 230billion Naira.
Revealing this to Journalists, in a chat on Friday, at the Command’s conference Hall, the TinCan Area Controller, Compt. Adekunle Oloyede said his officers leveraged on the clear sense of direction by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali and the Customs Management team.
Continuing, Compt. Oloyede said the strong showing in revenue collection stem from the though Anti- Smuggling stance of his Command in collaboration with Customs intelligence Unit, Valuation Unit, the Federal Operation Unit, the Customs Strike force as well as interventions from other sister regulatory Agencies.
This he said, led to the Seizure of a collection of items ranging from; 145kg of Colorado (Indian hemp) concealed in 2 units of Ridgeline trucks and 2 units of Toyota Corolla vehicles, 206.000 pieces of machetes, 640 bales of used clothes,236,500 of used shoes, 62,500 of new lady’s shoes, 1,670,400 pieces of Novalgen injection (500mg/ 5ml), 48,850 rolls of Cigarettes and 23,800 tins of Sodium bromate and baking powder.
Others detentions made include: 3,303 pieces of motor batteries found in 3 Containers falsely declared as 3 Units of Toyota Hiace buses, others are 4 units of used Mack truck heads, 1 Unit of Toyota Sequoia 2008 model, 1 of used Mercedes Benz GL450 2008 model and I unit of used 2011 Toyota 4Runner. The Command also handed over 1 suspect, 1 arm pistol gun, 2 empty magazines and 300 rounds of live ammunition to the DSS for further action.
Also contributing immensely to the bourgeoning revenue cuffers of the Tincan Island Customs Command is the surge in the volume of Export recorded at this quarter with an outward throughput in export cargo of 138.246.50 metric tons which shows an increase of 73% from 1000,500 metric tons recorded in 2021. with an F.O.B Value of 100,448billion, representing an increase of 60% percent as against 66,294,630,421.00 recorded in 2021. The CAC thanked the Management of NPA for their seamless collaboration with the Command in facilitating the clearance process of export related cargo at the Tincan Customs Command.
Showing appreciation, Oloyede thanked all stakeholders who have collaborated with the Command for this onerous task Anti- Smuggling and revenue collection.