Apapa Command Intercepts Containers Of Tramadol …Eulogises Profound Efforts Of Officers

Sandra Ukele
 The Nigeria Customs Service Apapa Area Command hosted the maiden Press Conference 2019 in Lagos recently.
The conference focused on the revenue generation of the January to December 2018 fiscal year highlighting the procedures leading to a 13.13 per cent increase over 2017 revenue collected.
The total revenue collected in 2018 amounted to N426,192,827.46b representing a 5 percent shortfall of the Federal Government slated revenue target.
According to the Comptroller Customs Area Command Mr. Bashir Abubakar the consistent and unprecedented increase in revenue collection could not be attained without the selfless stance of officers, unrivaled insistence on seamless operation of import and export business, introduction of 24 hours dispute resolution mechanism, one spot examination by all units and agencies, advanced system monitoring  collaboration between internal and external units  of the Nigerian Customs Service and other government agencies as well as the support and back up of the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali.
In Comptroller Birshir words, the implementation of these strategies helped block most revenue leakages and enhanced trade facilitation and security.
The Comptroller eulogized the various teams involved in the activities that curb smuggling and enhanced revenue collection. He thanked headquarters unit like the CIU, PCA, Valuation, Customs Police, Federal Operating Unit, Comptroller General of Customs Strike Force for their immense contribution to achieving these feat.
Controlled drugs, contraband products, import and export bound goods as well as general good are some of the items intercepted by the Apapa Command.
In the year under review the Command seized and condemned a total of forty one by forty feet {41*40ft} containers of controlled pharmaceutical drugs including Tramadol in excess of the allowable milligram.
According to Comptroller Abubakar the Duty Paid Value of the drugs are eight billion, eight hundred and twelve million, eight hundred and twenty nine thousand, four hundred and ninety nine naira only { 8,812,829,490.00}.
Moreso, the Command seized an export bound used helicopter with registration number 5BN valued at {N210,685,402.00}.
In addition another import bound aircraft “Cessna 182A in CKD with serial number 3400 valued at {N486,915,450.00} was also seized.
Seventy two {72} seizures of various general goods such as used spare parts, used tyres and other sundry goods with Duty Paid Value of {N9,626,009,270.00} were equally seized in 2018.
The Command in recognition of its tremendous accomplishments bagged an award from the World Customs Organisation received on the International Customs Day 2019 celebrated in Abuja.
The Apapa Customs Command in turn celebrated the various individual contributions of certain officers to the activities of the Command in revenue generation, curbing smuggling and adherence to professionalism and dedication to work
The CAC also urged members of public and stakeholders to adhere to extant laws and guidelines of the Service. He thanked journalists for the profound efforts in new sharing and information gathering.


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