Tincan Customs Command Collects Over N31billion In March Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Despite the pandemic outbreak that has put so many businesses on hold globally, the Tincan Island port command of the Nigeria customs service said it has  generated a total of 31,210,006,189.8(Thirty  one billion,two hundred and ten million,six thousand, one hundred and eighty nine naira and eight kobo in the month of March 2020.
This amount generated is against the sum of 25,990,013,289.84(Twenty five billion,nine hundred and ninety million, thirteen thousand,two hundred and eighty nine naira and eighty four kobo,collected during the same period in 2019 indicating a difference of 5,219,992,904.96(Five billion,two hundred and nineteen million,nine hundred and ninety two thousand,nine hundred and four naira, ninety six kobo.
According to press statement made available through the command public relation officer, Uchr Ejesieme, it states that the Command area Controller, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi had indicated and created a clear roadmap for the actualization of his mandate, bearing in mind the enormous expectations from the command,as one of the epic areas for revenue generation.
Part of his strategy, the statement reads, is the mobilisation of critical stakeholders through series of roundtables and consultations towards ensuring that trade facilitation is given a boost in line with global best practices.
The statements disclosed that the area controller at those parleys solicited the support of all parties in the Trade value chain, particularly on the issue of compliance with the fiscal and monetary policies of the federal Government and the need to adhere strictly.
The statement also reads “Further to this is the removal of all manner of bureaucratic bottlenecks and obstacles which might hinder access to information and intervention in critical areas. This is exemplified in the open door policy of the customs area controller as well as establishment of Trade facilitation and Dispute Resolution Platforms for expeditious Resolution of  Disputes arising from the various transactions.
“We are optimistic that all things being equal,the operational templates that has been put in place by the customs Area controller,will surely lead to monumental Revenue collection.
“On the issue of the Global pandemic,we are glad to inform you that our Sensitization campaign on the subject,began with the news of the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan China in November 2019,following a circular from customs headquarters,which  compelled  customs commands to  commence awareness and education on ways of containing the virus .
“Following the report of the Index case in Nigeria,the command began even more intensive and aggressive campaign,with the visit by the Zonal medical personnel of the service,led by Dr Bello,in collaboration with our Resident Medical personnel.
“Lectures were delivered on the safest measures which officers and stakeholders should adopt to keep safe. Participants were also advised to always maintain Social Distancing,use of Latex gloves,sanitizers and Regular handwashing,amongst other safety measures.
“Beyond all of this,the area controller directed the erection of signages at strategic places in the command ,that conveyed very salient information  to Stakeholders on additional measures we have adopted to ensure the safety and health of our employees and other stakeholders”.

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