TheLead Magazine in this excerpts capture reports from some Nigeria Customs Service commands covering their mid-year performance records.
By Ajibola Abayomi
Apapa Customs Records 95,229.15 Export Tons, Nets N203.3 Billion
The Command between the months of January through June 2019 collected a total of two hundred and three billion, two hundred and sixty-four million, fifty-four thousand, six hundred and eighty-two-naira, sixty-nine kobo only (N203,264,054,682.69).
Muhammed Abba-Kura, the Controller of the command said, the figure represented 54.5% of the Annual Revenue Target of the Command.
Apapa Area Command according to him, has a monthly revenue target of thirty-one billion, forty-six million, six hundred and fifty-five thousand, thirty-nine naira, twenty-five kobo only
It also has a yearly target of three hundred and seventy-two billion, five hundred and fifty-nine million, eight hundred and sixty thousand, four hundred and seventy-two naira, twenty-three kobo only (N372,559,860,472.23).
He explained that comparatives analysis of the revenue collection of the command between Jan-June 2018 and 2019 indicates an increase of twenty-six billion, five hundred and seven million, two hundred and ninety-eight thousand, five hundred and ten naira and twenty-four kobo only (N26,507,298,510.24).
“The Command collected the sum of one hundred and seventy-six billion, seven hundred and fifty-six million, seven hundred and fifty-six thousand, one hundred and forty five naira, fifty kobo(N176,756,756,145.55) in 2018 hence the increase as indicated above when subtracted from 2019 collection within the same period under review.
The controller said the Command recorded a total of 95,229.15 metric tons of exported goods with FOB value of forty-six thousand, six hundred and thirteen thousand, four hundred and fifty-three and seventy-fiveUS dollars ($ 46,613,453.75)which is equivalent to fourteen billion, two hundred and fifty-eight million, four hundred and forty-three thousand, seven hundred and six-naira-sixty-three kobo (N14,258,443,706.63). Most of the exported items were agricultural and mineral products..
“All the listed items have breached the Federal Government Fiscal Policy Measures for 2018/2019.The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of these items stands at four hundred and eighteen million, four hundred and thirty-seven thousand and forty-eight naira onlyN418,437,048)” he said.
Seme Customs Rakes N4.4 Billion
The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Command led by Controller Mohammed Uba Garba generated the sum of Four billion, four hundred and five million, forty two thousand, and twenty seven naira only (N4,405,042,027) from January till date, representing 65% of the total allotted target.
Similarly, the intensified operation of the Enforcement unit has drastically reduced smuggling activities to the barest minimum.
The seizures made include the following items:
5,204 bags of 50kg foreign rice which is equivalent to9 Trailer trucks of Rice (DPV) – plus Levy of N. Total = N70,066,656, 10x 25litres Jerry Cans of vegetable oil (DPV) – N100,980, 13x50kg bags of sugar (DPV) – N301,965, 1,078 cartons of poultry products – N15,727,701 55 cartons of spaghetti (DPV) – N212,924 and 97 Cartons of soap– N619,820.
Other are 59 Cartons of insecticides – N761,365 , 65×6 Yards of Textiles – N419,396, 17sacks of used clothes/shoes – N435,897, 4 cartons of tin tomatoes – N29,179, 36 bales of used cloths – N1,942,920, 60 pieces of used tyres– N774,270 and 669 packs of PVC carpet/foot mats– N11,844,768.
Similarly, 2 cartons of cream – N18,066, 114 parcels of cannabis were also found concealed in one red Toyota Highlander jeep and another 32 parcels in other operations with street value of N1,681,231. , Nine (9) trucks placed on detention due to short payment and A total of five (5) vehicles have also been seized with duty paid value (DPV) of N7,549,132 with another one white Scania (ten tyre ) truck was also detained carrying rotten hide and skin.
The Total DPV for the seizures within the three (3) weeks under reviews was put at N112, 486,270.
Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba stated that one (1) suspect was arrested in connection with one of the seizures. He further sounded a note of warning to those engaged in illegal activities and other cross-border vices to avoid Seme border or risk arrest and possible prosecution.
He additionally advised all Unit heads to ensure adequate supervision of their subordinates in order to facilitate legitimate trade across the frontier while equally keeping a healthy relationship with the critical stakeholders. This will ensure that our core mandate as directed is achieved.
The holistic approach according to him in executing the mandate of the service, would lead to an all-encompassing result as revenue generation, suppression of smuggling and legitimate trade facilitation will be adequately enhanced at the Lagos –Abidjan corridor without compromising National Security.
Customs Tincan Port Command Hits N179 Billion
At the Tincan Island Port Command headed by Controller MBA MUSA, the command collected generated a total of One Hundred and Seventy-Nine Billion, Two Hundred and Seventy-Five Million, Six Hundred and Twenty-Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Seventy Naira, Seventy-Four Kobo (N179,275,629,170.74) between January and July 10th 2019.
A comparative review of the preceding year 2018 indicated that the Command realised One hundred and Seventy-Two Billion, Five Hundred and Fourteen Million, Three Hundred and Fifty-Nine Thousand, and Seventy-Six Naira, Eighty-Three Kobo (N172,514,359,076.83).
The report represents 52.28% of the annual target with a differential of Six Billion, Seven Hundred and Sixty-One Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Thousand, and Ninety-Three Naira, Ninety-One Kobo (N6,761,270,093.91) from the record of the previous year.
Sequel to the urgent need for balance of trade through Export, the Command, during the period under review embarked on full automation of export procedures as a panacea for seamless transactions.
To this effect, the Command achieved a total of 150,930.7 Metric Tonnes of Export with FOB Value of Sixty-Eight Billion, Eight Hundred and Eighty-Seven Million, Two hundred and Twenty-Six Thousand, Four Hundred and Ninety-Three Naira (N68,887,226,493.00).
It would be recalled that the Command, during the preceding year of 2018, recorded 118,452.87MTS of Export with FOB of Sixty-Three Million, One Hundred and Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty-Seven Naira (N63,109,427.00).
The Command recorded seizures of 5 x 40ft and 4 x 20ft containers consisting of various uncustom goods during the period under review ranging from used tyres and used rims, bags of rice, cartons of Tramadol and other pharmaceuticals with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Billion, One Hundred and Fifty-Nine Million, Two Hundred and Fifteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty-Seven Naira (N1,159,215,637.00).
Western Marine Customs Makes N43.91Million Seizures
The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has impounded goods with Duty Paid Value of N43,917,106.46 in the last six months.
The items intercepted in the last from January to June were: Frozen poultry products, parboiled bags of rice, cannabis, petroleum products etc.
According to the command sixteen seizures were made possible by officers and men of the marine enforcement command.
It stated also that at the beginning of the year, the Customs Area Command, Comptroller B.N Binga came up with new strategies aimed at achieving maximum and efficient operations.
“The figure above shows an increase in the number of seizures as well an increase in the DPV of the period under review when compared with the corresponding period of the previous year 2018.
“The emphasis of the Comptroller General on the need to suppress smugglers coupled with the renewed zeal by the command has paid off.
“This is reflected in the increased number of seizures. It is expected that more achievements will be recorded in the remaining part of the year.”
The statement from the command indicated that 24 hours patrol of the creeks and waterfronts of the western axis was enforced adding that “operation total blockade” was strengthened thus sending signals to die hard smugglers.
FOU Confiscates 2, 751 Bags of Rice, 1, 2000 Parcel of Indian Hemp
On July 31, 2019, the Federal Operation Unit (FOU), under the leadership of Controller Aliyu Mohammed of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) announced the seizure of 2,751 bags of rice with Duty Paid Value (DPU) valued at N36, 465, 252 and 1, 200 cartons of Indian Hemp.
The command also busted to corner smugglers of used tyres and seized 147 pieces of the product valued at N10, 900 with a DPU put at N458, 83355,252.00, while a viagra pharmaceutical product of 1,239 cartoon were also confiscated.