Nigerian Customs Generated N76.78 Billion Revenue

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Musa has revealed while delivering a paper on: “General Overview of the Command’’ when he received participants of the Senior Division Course 1/2018
from the Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada in Lagos that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated N76.78 billion revenue in the first quarter of 2018, up from N61.83 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.

According to a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Uche Ejesieme, in Lagos on Wednesday the delegation was led by the College Commandant, Assistant Comptroller General Charles Edike.

The controller said: “Though the first quarter of each year is usually synonymous with low volume of trade, the migration to Nigeria Integrated Customs Information Systems (NICIS II) platform by the command, also contributed to some hiccups that affected declarations but which we have surmounted.’’

Tin Can Port Controller, Mohammad Musa

Musa said that efforts were being made to ensure that the policies and programmes of the command were tailored toward achieving efficiency and promoting competitiveness in the trade value chain.

He pointed out that the command was at the vanguard of implementation of the Presidential Directive on Ease of Doing Business.

Musa said that as the lead agency, the service had strengthened the existing relationship with other security and regulatory agencies for actualisation of the Presidential Directive on creating Enabling Business Environment at the Ports.

In his speech, the commandant lauded the achievements of the command in the first quarter of 2018 when compared with the same period in 2017.

Edike was optimistic that “the controller has what it takes in terms of capacity and integrity to take the command to enviable heights’’.

 

Officers Of Nigerian Customs Service To Get Salary Increment

The Officers of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) have been promised a salary increment by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.

Adeosun promised the workers at the celebration of International Customs Day at the Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada, FCT on Friday in Abuja.

The theme of the event was “A secure business environment for economic development’’.

The minister was represented by the Ministry’s Director of Finance, Mrs Oladudumi Biosola.

Adeosun urged officers of the NCS to put in more efforts to rise above target in revenue drive.

She said that security of trade environment was central for business to proper, adding that security aspect of Customs role was as important as its revenue role.

“The theme of this year Customs day coincides with the current ease of doing business initiative of the Federal Government.

“We understand that the initiative is already yielding dividends based on the fact that we have improved by 24 points in the World Bank ranking system,’’ Adeosun said.

She commended the NCS for its remarkable success in ensuring national security in the past years.

According to her, seizure of arms .and ammunitions at the seaports were the possible indications that the Service is alive to its responsibilities.

The minister also pledged to give the NCS the required support to succeed.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, said that the Service had made steady progress in automation of its processes.

The Comptroller-General said in addition to these were other reforms aimed at ensuring a secured business environment.

Ali said that other ongoing reforms in the Service were repositioning it through strategic deployment, training and automation of Customs processes.

He said that clearance process through Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR), fast track facility for compliant traders and the post clearance audit were aimed at reducing clearance time and cost.

“The minister has been working diligently on how to see the welfare of the NCS improves.

“We are presently working on the computation of figures and she is waiting for that figure.

“As soon that is made available, then, the decision between her and Mr President will determine what Customs gets.

“I assure all Customs officers that between the minister and the President, both are all ready to see that there is an improvement in welfare of NCS,’’ Ali said.

The Customs boss urged Nigerians to support indigenous businesses by patronising made in Nigeria goods to encourage local production and boost industrial base.

 

2 Containers Of Restricted Drugs Handed Over To NAFDAC

On Tuesday the Nigerian Customs Service handed over 2 containers of pirated films and restricted drugs to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the two containers are laden with Augmentin 625mg, pirated films and Laclox, a restricted drug that is injurious to people.

Comptroller Lami Wushishi, the Customs Area Controller, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command, handed over the consignments to NAFDAC at the premises of the command saying that the two containers marked PCIU 829442-6 and MRKU 416397-2 originated from China.

“The pharmaceutical products are restricted drugs by NAFDAC and the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap. C45 LFN 2004, Section 167(2) directs that such consignment should be disposed off in such a manner as deemed appropriate.

“Therefore, the consignment is handed over to the appropriate agency within the country for proper disposal,” Wushishi said.

She urged stakeholders at the ports to honestly declare the goods they import as this forms the basis for trade data and analysis that directs operational decision with consequences on the economy as well as national security.

Wushishi said that the command would continue to cooperate with other sister agencies to enforce compliance with fiscal policies while promoting trade facilitation.

She pledged the commitment of officers and men of the command to support the Comptroller-General of Customs’ agenda to facilitate trade and remain responsive to the yearnings of Nigerians.

Wushishi urged NAFDAC to engage the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on the intercepted pirated CD films.

 

 

Custom Intercepts Container-load Of Arms At Lagos Port

A container-load of arms and ammunition intercepted by the Nigeria customs service (NCS)today, 23 May, at the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos state has left Nigerians in fear and shock.

The spokesperson of the Nigeria Customs, Tin Can Island Command, Uche Ejesieme, confirmed the incident and said details would be made public later.

“As I speak to you, they’ve ordered everyone to go out of the terminal and they have locked up everywhere,” a source reportedly said.

According to the newspaper, Uche Ejesieme, Tin Can Island command of customs, confirmed the incident and said details would be made public later.

“We are still counting,” he was quoted to have said.

The development comes five months after 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles were intercepted in Lagos.

The boxes were concealed with steel and other merchandise goods.

The customs officers who cleared the container were declared wanted and later arrested.

BREAKING: Customs Intercept 661 Pump-action Rifles in Lagos

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service has revealed its interception of a Mack truck along the Mile 2 Apapa Road which reportedly contained 49 boxes of pump-action rifles.

While the manifest that followed the truck stated that it carried steel doors, the customs officials discovered a huge pile of arms in it.

The Comptroller-General of the NCS, Col. Hameed Ali, said investigations were ongoing, adding that some suspects had been arrested.

My helicopters story: Amaechi

Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi has given his side of the story on how two Bell helicopters imported by the Rivers State government ended up being seized by the Customs Service and handed over to the Nigerian Air Force.

Amaechi was the governor of the state when the helicopters were ordered.

A twist occurred when they arrived, he said.

He accused former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Nyesom Wike of blocking the government of Rivers State from taking possession of the helicopters.

In a statement by his media office, Amaechi said when he took over as Governor of Rivers State, criminals masquerading as militants, kidnappers and other elements were on the prowl in Rivers State.

Among measures to combat the menace was the purchase of the helicopters.

Based on recommendation of security experts, he said his administration bought the two Bell 412 security surveillance helicopters in collaboration with the Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

“To show their support, the Federal government through the office of the NSA contributed $15million, about half of the total sum, towards the purchase of the helicopters.

“Also, the then former President Goodluck Jonathan administration granted waivers to the Rivers State government to purchase and import the helicopters,” Amaechi said.

The minister said trouble started many months later when the Jonathan administration allegedly frustrated attempts to take possession of the helicopters.

“It was obvious why the President Goodluck Jonathan administration acted the way it did and Nyesom Wike, the present Governor of Rivers State was an integral part, a major player in the whole conspiracy to block and prevent Rivers State government from taking possession of the helicopters.

“Then, as a minister in President Jonathan’s cabinet, Wike inundated President Jonathan with fake stories of how then Governor Amaechi wanted to use the helicopters for Presidential campaigns against Jonathan, how Amaechi will use the helicopters to support President Jonathan’s opponents before and during the presidential elections and all sorts of concocted tales that created a false impression that the Amaechi government in Rivers State would use the helicopters against and to fight President Jonathan, and not to secure lives and property.

“Wike then, was already nursing the ambition to run for the office of Governor of Rivers State. He didn’t care about the security of lives and property.

“The helicopters were procured by the Amaechi administration to curb the wanton menace of criminals in the State (which has since worsened under Wike’s watch), but in his usual habit, Governor Wike has decided to abandon and dump the helicopters, because he does not care about the safety and security of lives and property in the State. Sad, very sad, ”Amaechi said.

But Governor Nyesom Wike, in a counter statement by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, said: “The immediate past Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, could not provide the people of Rivers State with good governance that was why he had to recourse to the purchase of Armoured Helicopters.

“Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has no need for Armoured helicopters because he has provided the good people of Rivers State with good governance and they are happy with him.

“In any case, Rivers State is not at war with any country, hence there is no need for armoured helicopters.

“Governor Wike will continue to deliver good governance to the Rivers people. This has led to the improvement of security, despite the evil political machinations of Amaechi and his cohorts.”

NAN