OUR MANDATE THIS YEAR IS TO GENERATE ABOUT N144 BILLION — YUSUF
The Murtala Muhammed Airport Command (MMAC) is to generate at least N143.7 billion this year in line with the target given to it by the customs Headquarters.
It’s helmsman, Compt Muhammed Sani Yusuf told newsmen today while reviewing the Command’s activities for last year.
He stated that between January and December last year, the command collected revenue to the tune of Ninety billion,four hundred and twenty six million one hundred and eighty five thousand, and four hundred and forty seven naira only (N90,426,185,447.01).
This, he said is in comparison with the revenue collected same period in 2022 which stood at N69,768,509,597.79.
This shows a progressive difference of N20,657,849.22, depicting a 29.61 per cent increase in collection.
Yusuf disclosed that the difference recorded was made possible as a result of resilience of officers in ensuring that agents were made to do proper declarations and made to adhere strictly to import/export guidelines in tandem with extant laws.
In the area of anti smuggling, he said officers and men of the command are not resting on their oars in enforcing government fiscal policies and other trade guidelines.
The command, he disclosed made a total of 10 seizures last year. The items include tramadol , military camouflage jackets, military hardwares, counterfeit medicaments, dried shark fins and dried donkey genitals with the cumulative duty paid value of N47,207,424,389.84.
According to him, the items were seized mainly because of various infractions which range from false declarations, non compliance with the estimated threshold and failure to comply with other extant regulations as enshrined in the Nigeria Customs Service Act.
“It will interest you to note that most of the relevant items have been handed over to concerned sister agencies in the spirit of inter agency collaboration ‘ he stressed.
In the area of stakeholders’ engagement the command, he added, has maintained it’s open door policy and resolved a lot of common interest with concerned stakeholders.
‘Let me also at this juncture thank our critical stakeholders, sister agencies and the media for their collaborative efforts and synergy while carrying out our statutory mandate in the state’
He noted that inorder to be able to generate the said target for this year the workforce will restrategise, plugging loopholes and leakages.
Yusuf thanked the Comptroller General, Adewale Adeniyi MFR, and his management for giving them the opportunity to perform, pledging that they will remain focused in their responsibility.