In a remarkable achievement, the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has set a new record in revenue collection, amassing a staggering N11.3 billion on November 22, 2023. This accomplishment surpasses the previous highest daily collection of N10 billion achieved on August 3, 2023.
Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, attributed this outstanding collection to teamwork, stringent system audits, compliance, and a zero-compromise approach. He urged officers to maintain this level of dedication and effort.
Highlighting the command’s heightened focus on its mandate, Comptroller Jaiyeoba revealed that the Apapa Command raked in a remarkable N135 billion in revenue for October 2023, marking the highest monthly collection in its history.
Emphasizing the significance of these achievements, the CAC encouraged officers to uphold the confidence placed in the service by the Federal Government.
He stressed the need to meet the expectations of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR, particularly in revenue maximization, legitimate trade facilitation, and combating smuggling.
Comptroller Jaiyeoba extended his call for compliance and adherence to laws to the Apapa port community, including importers, licensed customs agents, chandlers, haulage operators, and freight forwarders. He emphasized their role in upholding civic responsibility and urged dialogue and suggestions to enhance customs service delivery.
Expressing appreciation for the cooperation received from various federal government agencies, the CAC praised the excellent relationship between customs and these agencies, aimed at fulfilling government objectives.
Amid optimism for meeting year-end targets, the CAC urged resilience, emphasizing the achievable nature of their goals with unwavering determination.
He emphasized the need for adherence to standard operating procedures among sister agencies and called for adherence to prescribed conditions for operators to create a harmonious and secure port environment.
Addressing concerns about security within the port, Comptroller Jaiyeoba stressed the collective responsibility shared by all stakeholders.
He urged agents to report any activities that could compromise port security to prevent potential problems.
In conclusion, the Customs Public Relations Officer, CSC Abubakar Usman, reiterated the commitment of the Apapa Command to ensuring a secured and compliant port environment, urging all stakeholders to adhere to established regulations for the collective benefit of the port community.