Comptroller Nike Oladunni, Controller, KLT Customs Command
The total Import duty collected by the Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in the first half of this year, rose by 70.3 per cent, compared to the level in the corresponding period of 2019.
Statistics collated by the Marineandeconomy at the Command, showed that it recorded ₦10,203,596,435, as import duty during the period, compared to ₦5,992,057,770 it realized between January and June last year.
To lend credence to the efficiency of the Command , a breakdown of the revenue it collected, showed that it did not only surpass the total import duty it recorded for the period, compared to the level for last year , but it also exceeded it on a monthly basis.
For instance, it generated N1,905,002,676 in January 2020, as against N869,214,087 in the same period of 2019;N2,080,594,147 in February compared to N722,559,118 in the corresponding month of last year; N1,839,527,595 in March 2020 as against N1,149,622,896 in the same month of 2019.
Also in April this year, it recorded N1,161,126,635 compared to N1,127,419,235 in April 2019; N1,435,837,411 in May, over N1,128,052,821 in the corresponding month of last year, and N1,781,507,971 in June, as against N995,189,613 in the same month of 2019.
Investigations showed that the Command was able to perform the feat, despite the negative effect of the raging deadly coronavirus pandemic as well as the traffic congestion on the Oshodi Mile 2 Apapa Expressway to which the Access roads to the Command , which are also in a poor state are linked. Though, the expressway has been under repair by the Federal Government , but is still inaccessible, due to its blockage by articulated vehicles.
It was also able to boost its revenue collection markedly,despite that the outbreak of the Covid- 19 reduced the number of containers imported into the Lagos Ports during the period, and as such a decline in the level of imports stemmed and transferred to the KLT, while the disease also led to the drop in the clearing of goods, due to cash crunch on the part of importers .
It was however gathered that the Command was able to rise above the various challenges which confronted it during the period, and increased its revenue generation , through ensuring that it blocked all leakages , and thus collected all the requisite import duty due to the Federal Government from the containers at its disposal.
Some importers and customs agents said that the experience and the managerial capability of the Controller,Comptroller Nike Oladunni coupled with her level of training and discipline ,which she inculcated in the officers and made them to be more effective and committed to revenue generation, also informed the Command’s performance during the period.
They said , the fact that the Controller, has a culture of open- door- policy ,which she has been using effectively to resolve stakeholders issues, relating to goods clearing at the Terminal ,as well as her cordial interpersonal relationship , particularly with the importers and the customs agents including controllers of other Commands, made it possible for the KLT operations to receive marked patronage .
It was learnt that the Command’s effective use of the Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II , its ensuring that the requisite revenue was collected on the available imports in its custody, as well as the constant meetings which the Controller has been having with the importers and customs agents , went a long way to increasing their compliance and boosting revenue Collection.
Marineandeconomy understood that the commitment that has been demonstrated by the officers of the Command in the area of revenue collection , made it possible for the Comptroller General of the Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali(rtd) to include 24 officers among those who were promoted by the Service and decorated recently.