Revenue of the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) again nose- dived in its monthly collection from N17billion it collected in March 2016 to N14billion for April 2016.
In a statement, Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Chris Osunkwo noted that there has been a steady drop in the command’s revenue as a result of unfriendly government policies which has made importers to desert the command.
The breakdown of the commands’ revenue performance for 2016, indicated that N24, 858,625,588.00 was collected in January, N16, 856, 458, 800. 00 was collected in February, in the month of March N17, 215, 979, 575.00 and in April N14, 342, 974, 003. 00.
However, the cumulative figure according to the statement, is lower than the recorded N221.6 billion revenues of the command in the first quarter of 2015.
Analysts have expressed worry to whether NCS can meet its ambitious N1 trillion target for 2016 fiscal year.
Despite the misgivings, Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali, had in January identified blocking of leakages, adoption of workable strategies to improve the service activities at the country’s borders as well as transparency and compliance with the rule of law among men and officials of the Service as key to meeting the 2016 revenue targets.