The Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service has achieved a landmark revenue collection feat with the generation of N11.3 billion on November 22, 2023 thereby surpasssing the existing highest daily collection record of N10 billion, which was achieved on August 3, 2023.
Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba, who described the collection as a fallout of teamwork, system audit ,compliance and zero compromise, further urged officers of the command to sustain the tempo of hard work.
Jaiyeoba said the command has been more focused on its mandate and collected N135 billion for the month of October, which presently is the highest monthly collection in its history.
According to the CAC, the recent daily and monthly revenue collection achievements should be a motivation for officers to do more to justify the confidence invested in the service by the Federal Government and meet the expectations of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, in the areas of maximum revenue collection, legitimate trade facilitation and suppression of smuggling.
The CAC also urged members of the Apapa port community like importers, licensed customs agents, chandlers, haulage operators, and freight forwarders to see compliance and obedience to laws as part of their civic responsibility as citizens.
“We are very optimistic about meeting our target for the year. Even though, from the initial part of the year, it was not what was expected but from what we have been recording in the last two months, I am very optimistic that we will be able to get there.
“I keep telling some of my subordinates who want to be discouraged that it is not over until it is over. I believe it is achievable. What we need is the willpower and the willpower is there. I know that by the end of the year, we will have cause to celebrate,” he said.