Comptroller Okun, F O, CAC PTML Command of the NCS.
Story by Dili Utomi.
Inspite of the serious effect of the covid-19 pandemic and its attendant social as well as the economic impact, the Port and Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command of Nigeria Customs Service has Collected a total of (N165,021,614,645,00) as revenue to the Federal Government for the nine months of the year 2021 (January to September).
This figure as released through the Command’s public relations officer, Yakubu, Muhammad shows an increase of N26, 986,656,533.00 billion above the N138, 034,958,112.00 that was collected within same period of last year which represents 20% percent increase of the Command’s revenue.
The release says that the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Festus Okun has always improved revenue collection strategies by blocking possible areas of leakages, collection of identified shortfalls through demand notices, promote trade facilitation and achieve seamless cargo clearance for compliant importers without compromising national security and interest.
It adds that the Command was able to put more measures in the area of capacity building for officers, strengthening of the dispute resolution committee and building a strong quality service delivery, thus engendering ease of doing business.
It is also interesting to note note that the issuance of demand notices (DNs) from uncovered revenue shortfalls within the period under review amounted N865, 449,258.00
In the months under review, a total number of 145 ships berthed at the PTML terminal carrying 26,613 containers and 171,491 imported vehicles between January and September 2021.
The Command is said to have handled export goods with a total tonnage of Seventy- thousand (118,460,38) metric tons, with a total Free on Board (FOB) value of Eight hundred and thirty-two Billion, nine hundred and sixty-six million, five hundred and fifteen thousand, three hundred and sixty-eight naira, forty-nine kobo. (N832, 966,515,368.49) only.
Comptroller Okun urged the officers and men of the Command to double their efforts to achieve a more resounding feat by end of 2021 as he praises them on the achievements.
He also urged newly promoted officers in the command to justify the confidence reposed in them by being more selfless to the cause of Nigeria Customs Service and the nation at large.
The Controller, while describing PTML as a model port with many advantages for Importers and exporters, urged all stakeholders to increase their level of compliance
He reiterated that the four hour clearance time for compliant Roll on Roll off (RoRo) cargoes is very much subsisting.
Comptroller Okun added that PTML provides opportunity for vehicle importation with speedy clearance being a model RoRo port that should discourage car smuggling through land borders.
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