This commendation was made by Customs Area Controller, Lagos, Comptroller Eporwei C. B. Edike during a Customs Stakeholders’ meeting held in Lagos August 5, 2015 at the Apapa Ports Command, Lagos.
Mr. Edike lauded the synergy existing between the Copyright Commission and Customs and stressed on the need to increase the tempo of the fight. He explained that the use of the task force within the Ports for any enforcement activity is not allowed.
The Forum, which is a bi-annual event where issues affecting the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) are discussed, brings together various stakeholders to assess the progress and achievements of NCS.Issues raised at the Forum are:
That the Lagos Command collected revenue to the tune of One hundred and Sixty Seven billion Naira (N167B) between January 2015 and July 2015 as against One hundred and Fifty Nine billion Naira (N159B) revenue collected between January 2014 and July 2014.
That a total of One hundred and Fifty Nine (159) detentions were made and a total of Two Hundred and Twenty billion Naira (N220B) worth of goods were exported out of the country during the period under review.
Other issues discussed during the Question and Answer segment include: The anti-smuggling issues; Import discharge; Cargo discharge; Freight forwarded rewards; Court Condemnation; Detentions and Decentralization of PAAR Centres.
Zonal Director, NCC, Lagos Office represented the Commission at the Forum. Others in attendance were PRO Customs, Ekpa E. U., a representative of the Police Ports Command, some senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and members of the public ranging from Freight forwarding agents, clearing agents, importers, and exporters.