Nigeria Gains As Customs Increases Revenue At Airport Command
-Over 74 Billion Naira realized in 10 months
By Ebenezer William
Murtala Muhammed Command of the Nigeria Customs Service gave details on how it has combated smuggling, raised revenue and kept the axis safe for business
In a press briefing held at the Command, Comptroller MS Yusuf revealed the following to journalists.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the Press
It is with great pleasure I welcome you to Murtala Muhammed Airport Command. You have been invited to this strategic Press Conference in which we intend to highlight the scorecard of the activities of the Command during the period under review”.
During the period under review January – October 2023, the Command collected revenue to the tune of Seventy-four billion, two hundred and eighty-six million, seven hundred and seven thousand, four hundred and forty-three naira, one kobo. (₦ 74, 286, 707, 443.01k) Customs duty and other charges. In comparison to the revenue collected same period in 2022 which stood at Sixty billion, fifty-six million, one hundred and twenty-five thousand, eight hundred and twenty-three naira twenty-nine kobo (₦60, 056, 125, 823.29k). This clearly shows a progressive difference of Fourteen billion, two hundred and thirty million, five hundred and eighty-one thousand, six hundred and nineteen naira, seventy-two kobo (₦14, 230, 581, 619,72k) depicting a twenty-three per cent (23%) increase of collection. The Command so far has met 76.34% of its annual target. This was made possible as a result of the resilience of officers in ensuring that agents were made to do proper declarations and to adhere strictly to import/export guidelines in tandem with extant laws.
In the area of anti-smuggling activities, Officers and men of Murtala Muhammed Airport Command are not resting on their oars in enforcing government fiscal policies and other trade guidelines. The Command has intercepted unregistered pharmaceutical products suspected to be Tramadol tablets.
The shipment was intercepted on the suspicion of exceeding the approved threshold by the Federal Government. The cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the aforementioned items stood at Three Billion, five hundred and fifty-six million, eight hundred and two thousand, nine hundred and forty-two naira, eighteen kobos (₦ 3,556, 802,942.18k). It has been scheduled for handing over today during this press briefing.
In the area of stakeholder engagement, the Command has maintained its open-door policy and resolved a lot of issues of common interest with concerned stakeholders. Let me also at this juncture thank our critical Stakeholders, Sister Agencies and the Media for their collaborative efforts and synergy while carrying out our statutory mandate in the state.
Finally, I want to use this medium to profoundly thank the Controller General of Customs BA Adeniyi (MFR) for providing an enabling environment as regards the renovation of the Command. Let me extend the same gratitude to the Officers and Men of Murtala Muhammed Airport Command. I also want to urge Officers and men of the Command to remain focused and steadfast in discharging their assigned responsibilities.