The Apapa Area Command has exceeded by about N3 billion , the revenue of N86 billion it collected in October , 2021 .This is sequel to a record breaking N89,097,888,609 , it generated as revenue for November 2021, the highest monthly collection, by any command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The performance was attributed to improved inter agency synergies, enhanced trade facilitation, speedy dispute resolution and prevention of revenue loss.
Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf who described the N89b collection as the beginning of improved outputs for the command, also said the tempo for rising revenue profile will be sustained.
He thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) for his support, direction in the deployment of artificial intelligence tools and improved logistics which has cumulatively added to the command’s productivity level.
” This N89,097,888,609 collection is an improvement but we are aiming higher than this’’.
Our first step is to improve on our stakeholders compliance level, which in my assessment is commendable. Second is to strengthen the inter agency synergies between customs in Apapa and other agencies of government, this is also a huge success.
” We are gradually making Apapa Port a no go area for perpetrators of illegalities because all recent attempts at smuggling prohibited items through the port were uncovered.
“While we are facilitating trade , collecting revenue and promoting ease of doing business, our attention will also be focused on issues of national security too. This will continually be evident in our mode of cargo examination and intelligence sharing with sister agencies
” By the time we commence the use of scanners and other tools of artificial intelligence, trade facilitation will be at a higher speed and as the flagship command, this will reflect very positively on our revenue” the CAC said.