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Apapa Customs Command hits N74.1bn revenue in Qrt1

CAC Apapa Area 1 Command of NCS, Eporwei Edike

The Apapa Area 1 Command of Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) recorded a
revenue of N74.11 billion in the first quarter of 2015,up from N55.36 billion
generated in the corresponding period of 2014.

 Comptroller Eporwei Edike, the
Controller of the Command, gave the revenue profile on Wednesday in Lagos at a Stakeholders’ meeting convened by the command.
The Controller attributed
the increase in revenue recorded in the period under review to the improved and
dedicated approach to trade facilitation adopted by the command.
He said, “The
fact is that we have keyed into the strategic changes made by the management of
the Nigeria Customs Service and the Comptroller-General of Customs.’’
Edike said a total
of 118 vessels called at the port in the first quarter of 2015, compared with 130
vessels which called in the same period of 2014.
The controller
explained that 48,487 containers were discharged in the first quarter of 2015 in
contrast to 57,908 containers discharged in the same period of 2014.
“A total of 164
per cent of yard occupancy was recorded during the first quarter of 2015, while
203 per cent was recorded in the same period in 2014,’’Edike said.
Edike, however, said
the trade indicators had no negative effect on the revenue generated by the
 The controller said
the revenue boost experienced by the command was mainly due to the improved
processing of documents for cargo clearance.
“We are not
sparing erring officers and we have intelligence officers who monitor and track
“If we notice
any irregularities anywhere, we tackle them immediately.
“We also
appreciate the agents working in Apapa; as a number of them have now seen the
handwriting on the wall and have taken caution,’’ Edike said.
He advised customs
agents working in the command to ensure they worked transparently, as that was the only way anyone could remain in that environment.
Edike also said that delays were no longer tolerated from officers handling the various assignments.

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