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Tincan Customs Command hits 93% of 2017 revenue target, plans big in 2018

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Tincan Island Port Command, an integral part of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has announced star performance in its revenue haul in 2017 financial year, saying it has repositioned to achieve more this year.

In a financial performance statement issued by the Commnad’s PRO, Mr. Uche Ejesieme and made available to Business Hilights, the Command noted that “In line with its statutory mandate of Revenue Collection, the Command made a clear distinction between Revenue Collection and Generation, which was why a greater emphasis was placed on the later as veritable mechanism for achieving the former.

“During the period under review, several documented infractions were noticed in the course of cargo profiling/selectivity, which necessitated review of such documentations.   This process eventually led to the recovery of Revenue which could have been lost as a result of deliberate non-compliance.

The Command averred that “It had a revenue target of N310,247,346,990.85, with a total collection/generation of N287,632,912,667,49, and a difference of N22,614,434,323.36 which translates to 92.71%”

The statement also revealed that the Command is also involved in internal security of the port axis in ensuring that the Port does not serve as a dumping ground for uncustom goods.

On seizures, Tincan Customs Command Area Controller, Mr. Bashar Yusuf instituted several reforms in the entire administrative and operational value chain which resulted in remarkable seizures.

Part of the strategy was on the issue of due diligence and professionalism in documentations and examination of cargo.  It was therefore on the basis of the foregoing that the command recorded a total of 2010 Pump Action Riffles during the period under reference.

This feat encouraged the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) to commend the activities of the Command within the period under review.

Accordingly, a total of five officers of the command who demonstrated uncommon diligence through detection of arms in the Command were rewarded with special promotions to the next Rank as an incentive for better functionality.

On special projects, Tincan Command Customs Area Controller embarked on a construction of an ICT Training Centre, with a 30 workstations fully connected, to serve the training needs of officers and men as well as other critical Stakeholders.  The training facility has been used to train over nine hundred and fifty-eight (958) officers and stakeholders in areas relevant to their operations.

“In the same vein, a State of the Art clinic was constructed to take care of the medical needs of both officers and other publics.  The clinic is fully equipped with male and female wards with a mini pharmacy.    These facilities were eventually commissioned  by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), who eulogized the Customs Area Controller for demonstrating exceptional leadership quality.

On future projects of the Command, Ejesieme revealed that “Our operational template is projected in such a way to align with the change ideology of the Comptroller-General and his Management, as we don’t envisage to lose grounds but rather consolidate on the achievements already recorded in 2015 to 2017”.

“The command will seek to create proactive measures leveraging on our comparative advantage in the application of ICT for best practices.  The command is optimistic that the recent deployment of NICIS II platform, will further enhance our capacity in the area of Revenue Collection, and in ensuring extracting the commitment of officers/men, promoting transparency, integrity and professionalism.

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