Tin-can Island Ports Set N1 billion Naira Daily Target.

Sandra Ukele

As part of measures put in place by the Tincan Island Command  to remain the foremost revenue collector of the Nigerian Customs Service, COMPT. BASHAR YUSUF recently  met with the Officers in-charge of the Terminals as well as the Valuation personnel  in the Terminals to reiterate the imperative need to meet the revenue target of N2.8billion naira per month as issued by the Controller Generel of Customs Col. Hammid Ali.
Compt. Yusuf who emphasized his zero tolerance for inappropriate examination of cargo, comparative analysis of declarations on the SGD (Single Goods Declaration) with the system declaration and appropriate valuation of goods to guide against  transfer of value amongst others, in his opening remarks drew the attention of the sectional heads to the role of the Customs Service to National development and the adverse implications of failure to meet such expectations on the Nigerian Economy.
The Area Controller Compt. Yusuf reminded officers and men of the Command about the set Revenue Target of 25.8billion a month, translating to 306.8billion in a year, which necessitated his directive for a daily target of at least N1 billion naira. He noted that the goals cannot be achieved without a practical commitment of all Officers/Men to the task ahead.

Speaking further, the Controller admonished terminal heads to ensure thorough system checks as declarations are carried out to identify goods whose value may have been transferred for regularization.
In view of the above, the Controller directed that beyond the weekly target, the various terminals will also be placed on serious surveillance to ensure zero tolerance for any corrupt tendency.
Meanwhile, declaring closed an ICT training session which held in the Command the CAC charged participants to make integrity, professionalism and due diligence their watch word while stating that ICT is an enabler, he pointed out that the participants are expected to drive the process through a renewed commitment and vigor tailored towards raising the Revenue profile of the Command.
He noted that his passion for capacity building prompted him to establish the training centre which in future will serve the training needs of the Service noting that whoever passes through the facility will have a comparative advantage of out-pacing their contemporaries in all aspects of 21st Century Customs Operations.
In his words, to the Releasing Officers, he stated that “we have found you worthy in learning and character and that is why we gave you Password details. As the Customs Area Controller, I want to state for the umpteenth time that I do not have a preferred Importer, nor agency which is why I have never compelled any one of you to exit any cargo based on such preference.  May I remind you to guard your passwords jealously as flimsy excuses of deliberate mistakes will not be tolerated.”
Speaking further, Compt. Yusuf charged stakeholders to key into the change mantra / Ideology of the Comptroller-General of Customs as their sacrifice to nation building, stating that Tincan Island under his watch will remain a choice and preferred port for patriotic importers in view of her penchant for the facilitation of legitimate trade.
On the issue pertaining to the presidential enabling business committee on Ease of Doing Business, the Controller stated that the Command had been at the vanguard of ensuring that honest declarations are given expeditious access  though there could be occasional hiccup, the Command is ever ready to face such challenges.  He described stakeholder engagement, interpersonal skills and the concept of change management as part of the building blocks to functional and effective Customs Operations.
He continued: “Your driving force should be to out-pace your  contemporaries  through  lifting  the ante in all aspects of your  official engagements.  We will develop more rigorous and comprehensive training program after the official commissioning of the facility.  Our ultimate task being Revenue Generation and Collection, therefore we have a responsibility as officers/men to demonstrate integrity and commitment in the discharge of our official  functions.  

“Your performance must be seen to have a significant effect on our Revenue, attitudinal change and self transformation is also key. My style is to use ICT to control the behavior of officers and those who are found wanting will be sanctioned to act as deterrent to would-be offenders,” he concluded.


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