.As Compt. Bomai Charged Officers And Men To Uphold The Tenets Of Compliance
By Okezie Nnadi
In line with the three point agenda of Hameed Ibrahim Ali led Customs Service aimed to generate more revenue, suppress smuggling activities and enhance trade facilitation at the Ports, Comptroller Suleman Bomai, Customs Area Controller, Ports Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command, has tasked officers and men to uphold the tenet of compliance as the command achieved a collection of N199,468,482,842.00 as revenue between January and October, 2022.
This information was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Command Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Muhammad Yakubu and made available to Maritime connect.
The statement reads in part: “Not compromising on their duties will not only guarantee maximum revenue collection but will also promote national security and overall citizens protection.”
Adding, “The collected revenue translates to a 7.7 per cent increase, which is an appreciation of N14,247,021,754.00 from the N185,221,461,088.00 generated during the same period in 2021.”
“The highest revenue collections this year were recorded in June and July.”
“A breakdown for the periods under review, the Command made N15,205,823,545 in January 2021 and N15,713,776,798 in January 2022, indicating a 3.3% increase.”
However, “It recorded a 20% increase after raking in N14,075,386,963 in February 2022, as against N11,706,947,150 in 2021, while March 2022 saw a 9.5% rise with N21,840,828,908:00 collected, compared to N19,937,869,175 in the previous year.”
In April 2022, “The command’s performance of N16,357,509,497 did not surpass that of the previous year of N17,938,794,417, which it however made up of for in May, following a 28% boost with N22,550,759,092 collected as against N17,606,073,741 made in 2021.”
However, for June 2022, “It collected N27,029,957,255, showing a 21.5% appreciation from N22,253,694,223 made in 2021, while July 2022 saw it record 29.9% increase with N25,389,607,638 collection, when compared to the N19,532,512,815 generated in 2021.”
In August and September 2022, “The command raked in N21,766,390,771(-0.3.1%) and N17,379,074,244.30 (-8.5%), as against N21,835,143,596 and N19,004,755,983 respectively, for the same months in 2021.
For October 2022,
“The command raked in N17,365,191,676.00, falling -14.0% short, when compared to the N20,199,846,443.00 made in the same month of the previous year.”
In his remarks, Compt. Bomai said, “As a command, we stand to achieve more for our great country when we are compliant with all our books of instructions like the Customs and Exvise Management Act (CEMA), Updated Import and Export Prohibition Lists, Circulars and other documents of instruction.”
He continued, “As a command dealing mostly on automobile cargoes, l urge our officers , new and old to remain uncompromising in the implementation of extant laws and the recent directives like the Vehicle Identification Number(VIN) valuation and other innovations that aligns with customs modernisation.”
Compt Bomai, asserted, ” The task of facilitating trade concerning importers, agents, terminal operators, shipping companies and others is critical to our national economic growth. Let’s keep on facilitating trade for national interest and ensure strict lawfully approved sanctions on law breakers.”
He reiterated, “I urge you all to keep up the good works and as we gravitate towards end of year 2022 with anticipation of greater achievements in revenue collection, anti smuggling and trade facilitation”