Posted by Maritime Newsroom
For those who know Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and their anticidents, over the years, it may be like the usual thing but for those who are new to the system, this latest feat by the Command is surprising to them.
The Command, few hours after the seizure of 40 containers of tramadol at Apapa port, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday made another superlative round of interception of 13 containers of tramadol at Tin Can Island port.
The Command generated a whopping sum of N303.5 Billion between January to October 2018.
”On the area Revenue it may interest you to know that the Command has generated and accounted for a total of N303.5 billion between January till date.”
When compared to the same period in the previous years, the Command said, it netted N253 Bollion.
According to the Deputy Comptroller General of the Service, Mr Austin Chidi who briefed newsmen on the seizures, the consignment came in 13 containers of 40ft and two of 20ft containers.
Deputy Comptroller Chidi said apart from tramadol, other items found in some of the containers include pharmaceutical products such as ciprofloxacin capsoles, diclofenac sodium tablets.
Other items found in the containers which duty paid value (DPV) was put at N3.1billion include bleaching soaps and bales of used clothing.
Speaking to the media at the Tin Can Island on Friday, Comptr. Chidi told newsmen mainly of maritime reporters that one of the containers of tramadol had earlier been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and another two containers were handed over to National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) November last year.
The DCG further stated that a container of soap suspected to contain harmful bleaching ingredients and two others of second hand clothing were seized in line with the provisions of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).
All the seizures, DCG Chidi said, were in violation of the absolute prohibition list of CET 2015 – 2019.
He however said that the NCS will not renege on its mandate to battle against smuggling irrespective of the consequence.
The DCG commended the Area Controller of the Command, Compt. Musa Mohammed Abubakar, his management team and other officers of the command for their sense of commitment to duty which made it possible for the revenue generated and seizures.
To him, the leadership of NCS is optimistic that the effective leadership Musa must lead the Command to reach and surpassing its revenue target for the year.
On ease of doing business, the policy directive on the operational modalities at the nation’s seaports.
“Generally speaking and worthy of mention is the various trade facilitation platforms put in place in the Command in compliance with the presidential directive on Ease of Doing Business. These among others include the One Stop treatment area where all alerts are resolved under one roof. Others are the Dispute Resolution Committee which deals expeditiously with disagreements arising from valuation, PAAR etc are resolved, failure of which such issues are escalated to the office of the Area Controller.”