The revenue strives of the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service dipped by N2b in September 2016 as it could only collect N32,947,903,912.38.
Worried by the outcome, the Customs Area Controller of the command, Willy Egbudin has called on his men to ensure they do their job well to increase collection through appropriate valuation, necessary issuance of debit notices (DN) and strict anti smuggling operations.
”Consider yourselves privileged to be serving in a sensitive Area Command that adds value to national income and revenue. We must continue to sustain our maximum revenue collection tempo and not betray the trust reposed on us”, Egbudin charged further, calling attention to relying on intelligence.
”At this period of national economic recession, we must apply intelligence, tact and legitimate enforcement in detecting and plugging all possible areas of revenue leakages”, he encouraged, stressing the need to make Apapa Command a no go area for any form of lawless activity, as the command must continue in its drive for higher revenue without compromising national security,” he noted.
As parts of efforts to jack up collection, he charged officers, especially in control of terminals to increase their vigilance against any form of concealments, under declaration and smuggling as well as ensure strict application of the directives from the Headquarters on outright seizure of any cargo or consignment that is falsely declared with the intent of duty evasion.