The Area Comptroller, Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim, said this at a press conference Thursday in Lagos.
Ibrahim added that the command during the period intercepted contraband goods worth N31.23 billion.
Ibrahim pointed out that the income generated had been sent to the federative and non-federative accounts of the Federal Government, respectively.
He said the command’s income profile had increased significantly by about 68 percent compared to N518.4 billion generated in 2020.
“For us at the Apapa area command, we have already addressed and fastened our seat belts towards realizing this revenue goal and will leverage the rollout of digital transformation.
“The transformation will further harmonize the activities of our shareholders towards a perfect ease of doing business in the port,” he said.
Ibrahim noted that the command, in accordance with the provisions of existing circulars, trade guidelines and the application of government policy measures, strengthened its anti-smuggling operations against economic spoilers.
He noted that this was through credible intelligence-driven operations and continued partnership with other relevant agencies for effective port management.
Ibrahim said the command made 103 seizures, and noteworthy was the seizure of 46.55 kilograms of cocaine concealed in the MV Karteria and MV Chayanee Naree ships loaded with raw sugar.
He listed some of the seized items as: foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, second-hand clothing, unregistered pharmaceuticals such as captagon pills, tramadol, codeine syrup and others.
“These were seizures made in accordance with the provisions of sections 46, 47 and 161 of the CEMA (Customs and Special Tax Administration Law) Cap C45 LFN 2004.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to repeat here that no matter whose gored ox is, the command will not tolerate any form of illicit behavior in the commercial supply chain.
“We are not only going to expose these recalcitrant traders, but we are going to make sure they are tried with the maximum penalty under the laws of the country,” he said.
As for exports, he said the command saw a boom in the export of non-oil commodities with an increase of about 110 percent in tonnage.
Ibrahim said the FOB value for exported items also increased to $ 641 million from $ 340 million in 2020.
He listed the exported items to include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products, among others.
The area controller said the command had strengthened risk assessment capacity through forensic system auditing and dispute resolution procedures in accordance with the World Customs Organization (WCO) standard.
Ibrahim said the command had achieved industrial harmony with all government agencies in Apapa port, especially the Nigerian Port Authority, the Nigerian Standards Organization, the National Drug Control Agency and others.
He said that in terms of the scanners obtained, 70 percent of its procedures have been deployed, noting that by the end of February, it would be fully deployed.
The area controller added that the implementation of the scanner would not only increase revenue, but also strengthen security as it would reveal any type of concealment.
In addition, Ms Olufumilayo Olotu, Port Administrator of the Lagos Port Complex, said that as far as export is concerned, lilypond has currently been identified as the final export processing center for goods entering the port complex.
Olori said the NCS and other government agencies would be informed of the takeoff date in due course.
“This means that everything that has been made and sealed there can now approach the port, without stopping in the port corridor; it is only fair that they come to the port and then to the ship.
“If we are a nation dependent on imports, it will not build our economy, it is when we are able to export our goods and they arrive at their destination in the right quality and quantity, then the nation can compete effectively in the subregion,” she said. .
The manager said that the collaboration between the agencies in the port corridor was key and the activities within this axis have been very successful due to the collaboration of all.
“We are all here to ensure that the necessary platform is provided for everyone to do the right thing and that the name Nigeria does not attract more negative comments,” he said.
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