Nigeria appears to be on the bricks of increased export trade growth boom which indicates quick recovery from years of economic malnutrition.
This maybe so, if the assessment of the country’s export trade drive by a Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Comptroller , Controller Bello Mohammed Jibo , is to be reckoned with.
Comptroller Jibo, who has been posted , serving twice and worked assiduously as Nigerian Customs Service ( NCS) , Area Comptroller of Seme Border Command, Badagry, Lagos State, dropped this hint on wednesday, March 31, at the ECOWAS Joint Border Post, Seme – Krake Border, Badagry, Lagos State, during a press briefing .
According to him,” Nigeria is Experiencing Increase In trade Exports this period under review”.
Drawing his inference from the achievements of his command, Jibo explained that “in the wake of Federal Government pronouncement on the re-opening of land borders, the Command harnessed all revenue components in line with the new operational guidelines with a view to project revenue base of the Command and facilitation of legitimate trade.”
He disclosed that the Seme Customs Command recorded trade volume of three hundred and forty eight million, eight hundred and twenty seven thousand, seven hundred and seventy five (348,827,775) metric tons of exported goods with Free On Board (FOB) value of N4,277,047,153.92 (Four Billion, Two Hundred and Seventy Seven Million, Forty Seven Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty Naira, Ninety Two Kobo) while the NESS value stood at N21,384,443.67.
He added that the overall revenue remitted into the Federation account within the first quarter is N80,774,000 (Eighty million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Four naira).
Comptroller Jibo, who regretted the non receipt of imports from third countries due to the clearance procedure disputes yet to be settled between importers, Agents, Shipping Companies from Nigeria and the Benin Republic Authorities, however ,noted that the above collection, was from 0.5 percent ETLS, 1 percent NESS, Baggage assessment and the reassessments of the trapped trucks.
With N409 , 626,431.36 grand total of revenues from both seizures and revenues generated by his command since the opening of the land borders, Jibo, also commended his Comptroller General reform agenda, which he said places high premiums on officers welfare.
“The command benefited from different welfare initiatives from the management of the NCS that includes ; construction of 32, 30 and 16man ranks and files Barracks accommodation to cover the inadequate accommodation in the command” .
” There is also ongoing renovation of the Deputy comptrollers quarters as well as the new upgraded terminal to accommodate consignments, in the event the private bonded terminal cannot handle the volume of the consignment coming into Nigeria “, he stated.
In conclusion, Jibo, vowed that the Customs would continue to actualize sustainable campaigns and strict enforcement of Federal government policies with a view to encourage compliant traders, while sustaining the fight against smuggling with improved synergy with other security Agencies.