Customs generates N18.6b at Lagos airport 

The Murtala Mohammad International Airport (MMIA) Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Ikeja, Lagos generated N18,553,756,359 between January and May this year, its Area Comptroller, Frank Nduka Allannah  has said.

The amount generated, according to Allanah is  N1.7 billion  in excess of the target given to the command.

Speaking to reporters, Allannah said the command has consistently met its target in spite of the sharp drop in importation of cargo. He said  there has been a 30 per cent reduction in cargo import.

“As far as this command is concerned, we meet our target consistently every month for the past five months.

“When I resumed here in January, I brought the Comptroller-General’s message that structures must change, reform must take place and that is exactly what we have done.

“From January to May ending, we have collected a total of N 18, 553, 756,359. This is N 1.7 billion  in excess of our target. I quite agree with you that there is a decline in our cargo throughput,” he said.

He attributed the increase in revenue to the efforts of hardworking officers and men of the command, whom he said, “demonstrated a very high level of discipline and decency and commitment”.

“To that extent, we found that classifications of goods are properly done, valuation takes the correct order using agreement on customs valuation, disputes are settled speedily,” he said.

He also thanked stakeholders for their understanding in shoring up the revenue collection of the command.

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