Apapa Customs Generates N121bn in Six Months

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it collected over N121 billion as revenue generated into the federation and non-federation accounts between January and June 2013.

The figure was contained in the half-year performance report made available by Emmanuel Ekpa, the commands Public Relations Officer.

The amount collected is about 52 per cent of the N234 billion it was meant to collect in the first six months of the year going by its monthly revenue target of N39 billion.

A breakdown of the revenue figure shows that the Command collected N20.8bn in January; N19.8bn in February; N18.6bn in March.

The record also shows that over N20bn was collected in the month of April as against N19.7bn collected in the comparative period of last year while it collected N19.8bn in May as against N24.6bn collected in May 2012 showing an increase in the previous year’s record.

For the month of June, the command collected a total of N21bn as against the N36.7bn collected in the comparative period of 2012.

According to Ekpa, the inability of the Command to meet its half-year target was due to the continuous decline in the volume of importation into the country.

Deputy Comptroller Victor Dimka, controller, Federal Operations Unit (FOU), zone ‘C’, Owerri, Imo State, displaying seizures, which include second hand clothings, shoes, bags and Hemp recently made by officers and men of the FOU, Zone ‘C’, recently in Owerri.

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