Customs Area Controller (Tin Can Port), Bashar Yusuf, has urged his command to buckle up to meet the over N25.8 billion monthly revenue target given to it by the Federal Government.
The N25.8 billion monthly target, he said, translates to N306.8 billion a year and a daily target of at least N1 billion, noting that the goals cannot be achieved without a commitment of all officers and men of the service.
Speaking during a meeting in Lagos with the officers in-charge of the terminals as well as the valuation personnel in the terminals, Yusuf admonished terminal heads to ensure thorough system checks and to ensure that declarations are carried out to identify goods which value may have been transferred for regularization.
To this effect, the Controller insisted that beyond the weekly target, the various terminals will also be placed on serious surveillance to ensure zero tolerance for any corrupt tendency.
Meanwhile, while declaring closed an ICT training in the command, he charged participants to make integrity, professionalism and due diligence their watchword stating that ICT is an enabler and participants are expected to drive the process through a renewed commitment and vigour tailored towards raising the revenue profile of the command. He noted that his passion for capacity building prompted him to establish the training centre which in future will serve the training needs of the service and the WCO noting that whoever passes through the facility will have a comparative advantage of out-pacing their contemporaries in all aspects of 21st Century Customs Operations.
To the Releasing Officers, he stated : “We have found you worthy in learning and character and that is why we gave you password. As the Area Controller, I want to state for the umpteenth time that I do not have a preferred importer, nor agency which is why I have never compelled anyone of you to exit any cargo based on such preference.