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Compt. Bashar Moves To Shore Up Tin Can Customs Revenue

Compt. Bashar Moves To Shore Up Tin Can Customs Revenue

Comptroller Yusuf Bashar

 As part of efforts to enhance the revenue of the Tin-Can Customs Command, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) Comptroller Bashar Yusuf has reteirated his stand on zero tolerance for inappropriate examination of cargo, comparative analysis of declarations on the SGD (Single Goods Declaration).

Comptroller Bashar emphasized this when he had two elaborate meetings Officers in-charge of the Terminals as well as the Valuation personnel at the terminals last week.

In his opening remarks, the Area Controller drew the attention of the sectional heads to the role of the service in national development and the implications of failure to meet with expectations and its concomitant effect on the economy of the nation.

He reminded them that the Command was given a revenue target of N25.8 billion per month, translating to 306.8billion in a year, which necessitated his directive for a daily target of at least 1billion. He noted that the goals cannot be achieved without a practical commitment of all officers.

CAC Bashar also admonished terminal heads to ensure thorough system checks on declarations are carried out to identify goods which value may have been transferred for regularization.

In view of the above, the Controller directed that beyond the weekly target, the various terminals will also be placed on serious surveillance to ensure zero tolerance for any corrupt tendency.

Similarly, the Controller on Friday 4th August, 2017, while declaring closed an ICT training in the Command charged participants to make integrity, professionalism and due diligence their watch-word while stating that ICT is an enabler, he pointed out that the participants are expected to drive the process through a renewed commitment and vigor 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.

“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 any one of you to exit any cargo based on such preference”, CAC Bashar said in his speech at the end of the training programme last week

He also charged stakeholders to key into the change mantra of the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Col. Hameed Ali as their sacrifice to nation building, stating that Tin Can Island Port under his watch will remain a choice and preferred port for patriotic importers in view of her penchant for the facilitation of legitimate trade.

Speaking on the presidential enabling business committee on Ease of Doing Business, the Controller stated that the Command had been ensuring that honest declarations are given expeditious access though there could be occasional hiccups, the Command is ever ready to face such challenges.

He described stakeholder engagement, inter-personal skills and the concept of Change Management as part of the building blocks to functional and effective Customs Operations.

“Your driving force should be to out-pace your contemporaries through upping the ante in all aspects of your official engagements.  We will develop more rigorous and comprehensive training program after the official commissioning of the facility.  Our ultimate task – Revenue Generation and collection, therefore we have a responsibility as officers/men to demonstrate integrity and commitment in the discharge of our official functions”.

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