The Nigeria Customs Service, Tin Can Island Command has said that it generates an average of N1.2bn daily for the Federal Government.
The Controller of the command, Yusuf Bashar, stated this during the launch of an operational vehicle of the Tin Can Island chapter of the International Freight Forwarders Association and swearing in of its officials.
Going by the recent revenue collected by the command, Bashir, who was represented by the Deputy Controller in charge of enforcement at the command, Nnadi Dera, said that Tin Can Customs had become a command to beat, generating N1.2bn daily from the port.
He attributed the success recorded with the revenue to efforts by all stakeholders.
Bashar urged clearing agents to collaborate with Customs and other agencies in ensuring that port infrastructural facilities, especially the roads, were maintained.
He advised them to desist from false declaration of cargoes, under declaration, indiscriminate dropping of containers on port access roads and illegal parking of their vehicles around the Tin Can port.
He also urged them to shun violent protests at the ports but channel their grievances through viable communication to the relevant government agencies.
Bashir said, “We seek your collaboration in ensuring that port infrastructures are maintained, while we are urging relevant government agencies to maintain the access roads to the port. We also encourage you to talk to your members to park their vehicles appropriately.
“There is no need doing double parking; no need burning tyres on the road because that act destroys the road; there is also no need dropping your containers indiscriminately on the road. We should help government to achieve its objectives.”
The sworn-in executive members are Ojo Akintoye as the chairman; Marvins Lawani, vice chairman; Chinedu Odiaka, treasurer; Tope Fatimehin, general secretary; Umunnakwe Ernest, financial secretary; Christian Ekeyekwu, public relations officer; Iyakwari Kyauta, assistant secretary; and Steve Igban, director-general.
The National President of IFFA, Dr. Sam Onyemelukwe, assured the NCS that his members were ready to collaborate with the Federal Government in meeting its expectations at the port and improving the ease of doing business.
In his inaugural speech, the newly sworn-in Chairman of IFFA, Tin Can Island chapter, Ojo Akintoye, promised that the new officials of the association would work to improve the lot of members as well as other stakeholders in the maritime industry.