LAGOS – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ports and Terminal Multipurpose Services Limited (PTML), Apapa, Lagos, said it earned N36,728,799,903:00 in the first quarter of this year,representing 45percent increase in revenue generated same period last year
The command also revealed that there was 45 per cent increase which translates to a surplus value of N11,072,681,722:00, when compared to N25,656,118,181:00 raised at the same period in 2018.
This was contained in the comparative analysis of revenue generated for the months of January to March, 2019, compiled by Mohammed. A. Yakubu, Customs Public Relations Officer, PTML, and made available to Daily Independent.
Yakubu revealed that the command was able to achieve better results in the first quarter of 2019 due to increase in cargo throughput as well as diligence on the part of officers and men of the command.
Speaking on the achievements of the command, Mrs. Florence Olasunbo Dixon, Customs Area Controller of PTML Command, who described PTML as a mini port said: “We deal meanly in RoRo(Roll on Roll out) vehicles and containerized vehicles too. We don’t deal much in containerized cargo,” adding that compliance to trade rules and increase in cargo throughput brought about the increase in revenue generation.
Appraising the stakeholders’ compliance level with extant rules, Comptroller Dixon said:
“I will say 75 per cent because you still find some loopholes. We are trying gradually with the enlightenment, collaboration and communication by interacting with them every time.
We also hold meetings with them reminding them about the rules and why they must stay compliant at all times. Very many are complying but you will still find some few number of people attempting to do it wrongly here and there, but we are on top of the game. Our vigilance is high and will continue to increase.”