THE Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated a total of N179.3 billion between January and July 10, 2019. This is against the N172.5 billion recorded in the comparative period of last year, representing an increase of N6.8 billion.
The command also within the review period intensified its anti-smuggling campaign, which led to the seizure of some classes of contraband goods worth over N1.2 billion as well as arrest and detention of some suspects.
Details of the revenue figures released by the command show that it collected a total of N29.7 billion in January 2019 as against the figures of N29.5 billion collected in the comparative period of last year, representing an increase of N220.9 million while it collected N23.2 billion in February 2019 as against the N23.5 billion collected in the corresponding period of last year, showing a marginal decrease of 249.4 million.
In the month of March 2019, the command generated N25.9 billion, which shows an increase of N2.1 billion when compared to the N23.9 billion, generated in the comparative period of 2018 which rose astronomically to a total of N27.8 billion in April 2019 when compared to the N28.1 billion generated in the comparative period of last year.
The command’s revenue grew to N32.8 billion in May 2019, which however showed an increase of N2.3 billion when compared to the N30.1 billion generated in the comparative period of 2018 while it collected N28.9 billion in June 2019 as against the N27.6 billion in the same period of last year, which represents a decrease of N1.4 billion even as a total of N11.4 billion was collected within the first 10 days of July 2019 as against the N10.1 billion collected in the comparative period of last year, bringing to a total of N179.3 billion in the period covering January to July 10, 2019.
Speaking on the operational activities of the command, Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi, noted that the command has gone beyond revenue collection to creating enabling environment for legitimate trade to thrive in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari on ease of doing business.