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Apapa Customs breaks monthly revenue collection record in Customs Service

—generates N89b in November 2021.

—still aiming for bigger catch

Eyewitness reporter

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has continued to break revenue barriers when it collected a record-breaking total of N89,097,888,609.00 as revenue for November 2021.

 The humongous amount was the highest monthly collection by any command of the Nigeria Customs Service.
According to the press statement signed by Abubakar Usman, a  Deputy Superintendent of Customs and the Public Relations Officer of the command, the unparallel feat was coming after the command generated N86 billion in the month of October following improved inter-agency synergies, enhanced trade facilitation, speedy dispute resolution, and prevention of revenue loss.
Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf who described the N89 billion collection as the beginning of improved outputs for the command, also said the tempo for rising revenue profile will be sustained.He thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) for his support, direction in the deployment of artificial intelligence tools and improved logistics which he believed has cumulatively added to the command’s productivity level.

Not satisfied with the rising revenue profile of the command which has been described as unprecedented in the history of the service, Comptroller Yusuf said he was still aiming for a bigger catch.

” This N89,097,888,609(eighty-nine billion, ninety-seven million, eight hundred and eighty-eight thousand, six hundred and nine Naira) collection is an improvement but we are aiming higher than this.

“Our first step is to improve on our stakeholders’ compliance level, which in my assessment,  is commendable.

” Second is to strengthen the inter-agency synergies between customs in Apapa and other agencies of government, this is also a huge success.

” We are gradually making Apapa Port a no-go area for perpetrators of illegalities because all recent attempts at smuggling prohibited items through the port were uncovered.

“While we are facilitating trade, collecting revenue, and promoting ease of doing business, our attention will also be focused on issues of national security too.

“This will continually be evident in our mode of cargo examination and intelligence sharing with sister agencies.

” By the time we commence the use of scanners and other tools of artificial intelligence, trade facilitation will be at a higher speed, and as the flagship command, this will reflect very positively on our revenue,” the CAC said.

Since Malanta took over at the command, its revenue profile has been growing exponentially on monthly basis, which lends credence to his effective use of the mix of stakeholders’ engagement, collaboration with other sister agencies,  quick dispute resolution, trade facilitation, and other artificial intelligence.

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Customs warns job seekers of activities of internet fraudsters

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— says recruitment portal is closed.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has warned the public against the activities of internet fraudsters extorting innocent individuals seeking employment into the service.

NCS Public Relations Officer, Comptroller Joseph Attah, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Attah noted that the service recruitment platform was opened for two weeks in December 2021, and had closed.

He said the mandatory six months basic training for the successfully enlisted candidates into the service commenced on Jan. 10.

“Anywhere you see any link saying you should pay any amount for NCS recruitment/training programme, it is not from the customs.

“All those who claim they paid certain amounts of money for the training programme are all victims of “419” otherwise known as fraudsters because our link was opened for two weeks and has been closed.”

He said the service would continue to sensitise the public on such acts, to discourage people from patronising such fraudsters.

“Internet fraudsters are everywhere. Immediately you advertise for job recruitment in an organisation, these people will go and create a link with the purpose of extorting their victims.

“Why would somebody give you a private account to pay a certain amount of money into, for a recruitment or training programme and you will pay into that account. People should be wise and flee from such,” he advised.

Some of the victims of the NCS recruitment scam said that they were fleeced by the fraudsters, who asked them to pay N40, 000 for the exercise.

One of the female victims, who preferred to be anonymous, stated that she paid N40,000 to a private account for the exercise.

It could be recalled that Attah had announced in a statement on Dec. 30, that the six months basic training for the enlisted candidates into the service would commence on Jan. 10, in its training colleges in Kano and Lagos.

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