Tincan Customs generates N303.9b in Q1


The Customs Area Commander at Tincan Island Ports (TCIP) Comptroller Dera Nnadi, on Thursday, April 18, announced that the command generated N303.9 billion in revenue in Q1 2024 as against N126.8 billion recorded in the same period of 2023.

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Nnadi in a statement signed by the public relations officer of the port, Ngozi Okwara indicated that the income for the first quarter of 2024 was 139 percent more than that of the corresponding period in 2023.

The Customs Area Commander revealed that the income differential between Q1 2024 and Q1 2023 was N177 billion.

The breakdown, he said, showed that the command collected a total of N88.4 billion in January 2024 which is 107.9 percent upscale from the same period of 2023 which was N42.5 billion.

He said: “The command also generated N100.3 billion in February 2024, which is 141. 8 percent higher than the revenue collected in the same period in 2023 which was N41.5 billion.

“In March 2024, the command collected the sum of N115.1 billion revenue as against N42.8 billion collected in the same period of 2023.”

While he appreciated the officers in all the units, Nnadi stressed that improvement and success in the Area Command was a result of their efforts.

“I wish to remind the officers that all stakeholders should be held in high esteem and treated with respect but with due diligence to identify compliant and non-compliant traders.

The customs boss emphasised the enforcement unit’s unwavering commitment to combating smuggling and criminal activities, highlighting the unit’s coordination of comprehensive physical examinations with key stakeholders noting that the command’s compliance with international trade cycles is ensured through these measures.

He explained that in the period under review, a total of 57 packets of Heroine weighing 56.390kg as well as 3612 packets of Colorado Indica weighing 956.772kg with a street value of ₦902.24 million and ₦4.06 billion respectively were seized.

“All the seized illicit drugs have been handed over to the relevant sister agencies as directed by the service.

“In the past few months, the command has hosted different sections of the stakeholders’ forum – shipping companies, terminal operators, freight forwarders, security agencies, etc.

Nnadi also underlined the Command’s unrelenting efforts in ensuring the decongestion of the Ports to create a level playing field for importers and stakeholders.

According to the Tincan Island Ports Customs’ Chief, export trade recorded exponential growth in terms of volume (MT) and value (FOB) within the same period under review.

He said: “Comparatively, the tonnage of goods exported via TCIP increased from 145,906.33 mT in 2023 to 251,679.89 mT in 2024 and represents an increase of 95.3 percent.

“Also, there is an over 300 percent increase in the FOB value of the exports from N80.993 billion to N287.79 billion of Q1 2023 and 2024 respectively.

“Exports from the Command include essentially agricultural and other allied products, namely Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Beans, Cashew Nuts, etc.”

Furthermore, Nnadi commended the Comptroller-General of Customs (CSG), Bashir Adeniyi, for his management team and continuous efforts towards improving the effectiveness of service.

The CSG, he continued, had also implemented cutting-edge techniques to carry out its statutory function under global best practices.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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