Lagos airport customs rakes N16b in 6 months

Lagos airport customs rakes N16b in 6 months

Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Command of Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), stated that it generated a total of N16 billion into the Federal Government account in six months.

Customs Region Comptroller, Michael Adedeji Adewole, disclosed this when giving 2011 half-year overview of the command in Lagos in the weekend.

He disclosed that the command has a target of about N42 billion revenue in 2011.

He stated that the command has collected N16, 032,273,876.00 in the very first six months of 2011.

Adewole explained that the monthly revenue target translates into about N3.5 billion when cargo as well as other related operators at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Command (MMAC) operate at maximum capacity.

He gave the breakdown of monthly revenue collection to consist of N2,035,721,956.51 for January; that of February stood at N2,949,371,196.07 and March was N2,518,289,989.86.

The region comptroller added that the command generated N2,959,822,99 in April 2011; revenue in Might was N3,267,477,290.28 and that of June stood at N2,736,320,620.38.

Adewole said that with the deployment of Facts Communication Technologies (ICT), MMAC, which comprises the cargo wing of MMIA, the totally free zone Airline Service Limited (ASL), together with the bonded Terminal (Cressida), NCS, has improved on its services

The customs location comptroller stated the command has achieved a lot by means of promotion of inter-departmental relationships among the numerous security and aviation agencies, which includes the State Security Service (SSS), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and Nigeria Air Force, the police along with other members of the airport security committee.

The custom comptroller further explained that efforts had been getting produced to boost revenue generation by the command.

Adewole also disclosed that among January and June, the command produced a total of six seizures with duty paid value estimated at N6, 701,658.2, adding that 53 security items were also seized.

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