KLTC Shines With Over N53bn Revenue Pull In 2023, Puts Machinery In Motion For N87.5bn 2024 Target
By Okezie Nnadi
The Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Area Command (KLTC) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), generated a record-breaking N53,429,615,615 in 2023, a figure,which represents an increase of 19 per cent over the sum it collected in 2022.
Despite the achievement of the Command in the area of revenue generation which is in keeping with its growing role as a critical trade hub amongst the maritime commands in Lagos, it is still determined to deliver on its responsibilities to its stakeholders and the nation in the new year.
This is why ,though not operating at full capacity, the Command is dedicated to delivering on its 2024 target of N87.5 billion
The Command under the watch of the Customs Area Controller,Comptroller Martina Tilley-Gyado, through dedication, innovation, and strategic partnerships overcame its operational challenges ,a development ,which made it possible to record the revenue achievement.
According toa Statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer,SC Tunde Ayagbalo,under export, KLTC transformed from a simple export transit hub, to a bustling processing centre, after the arrival of its Export Processing Terminal (EPT).
Since it commenced the implementation of standardized procedures, the innovation has seen to the export of 399 containers of agro products and solid mineral in 2023, marking a significant shift in its operations.
During the year,the Command undertook several key activities that impacted positively on the revenue drive for the period under review.
These include:Processing and clearance of import and export shipments,conducting risk assessment analysis to ensure compliance with trade regulations and engagement with critical stakeholders to enhance and facilitate legitimate trade.
Others include collaborating with other government and security agencies to enhance security,proper physical examination of containers,boosting staff morale through upgrading the workspace environment and maintaining proper sanitation.
In the same vein, the Command,during the period, made a seizure of a 1 x 40ft container of expired drugs and supplements,which duty paid value (DPV) is N7,843,957.
While not oblivious to the operational challenges faced in 2023, Comptroller Tilley-Gyado has affirmed that the unwavering support and guidance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, and the Management team of the Service has been instrumental in achieving the Command’s feat.
Comptroller Tilley-Gyado reaffirmed the commitment of officers and men of KLTC to continuously improving on the Command’s mandate,as well as expressed her gratitude to all esteemed stakeholders for their contributions to making 2023 a remarkable year ,even as he looked forward to a better 2024