The Nigeria Customs Service has defiled all odds again through its commands across Lagos to supersede its quarterly revenue projection. This impressive run negates the prediction of the agency on an expected downturn as the aftermath of the January 2021 implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area and World Trade Organization’s s agreement to waive off import duties on identified goods from any member country.

The latest command on the list of the impressive run is the Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command. The command has reported a 36.8 percent upsurge compared to the 2020 outcome for the same period, amounting to a total sum of ₦7.97bn as revenue generated for Q1 2021.

In actual breakdown, the command realized the sum of ₦7,968,865,907.00 in Q1 2021.

The Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command puts up an impressive run for Q1 2021

Recall that this command late in December last year experienced a major change in the baton of leadership with Mr. Hammi Swomen as the new Comptroller of the command.

It is also pertinent to state that the current rise may not be unassociated with the series of meetings that ensued between the new leadership, the management team of the command, and stakeholders earlier this year to set objectives with the purpose of effectively running the command.

The command via its comptroller has attributed the feat to an improved human capacity in integrity, transparency in the performance of duties, proper physical examinations of imported cargoes, revenue collection into the federation and non-federation account, and trade facilitation.

The comptroller’s words on the impressive run

“On my resumption to the command on the eighth of December, last year, I met with the management team of the command and stakeholders and we discussed our objectives for the command.

“I informed my officers on the need for integrity, transparency in the performance of duties, proper physical examinations of imported cargoes, revenue collection into the federation and non-federation account, and trade facilitation. I am happy to announce to you that in our first quarter report of 2021, we have made substantial progress.”

 “This collection surpasses the comparative period of 2020 that is the first quarter which had N5.8bn. The new collection amounts to a 36.8 percent increase,”

In similar vein

Taxmobile.Online has recently analysed that the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS declared a revenue-generation drive to the tune of ₦159.58 billion in the just-concluded first quarter of the year 2021.

This bumper harvest is a sharp difference from the realities of Q1 2020 as the figures of 2021 translates to a 44.8% revenue increase on duty collection compared to the ₦110 billion generated in the same period for the forgone year.

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