By: Mobolaji Odunuga
The Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed it raked in a whooping sum of N22.132 billion between 1st and 28th April, 2014. The command also noted that the teething problem associated with Pre Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) is gradually coming to an end as a total of 28,861,000 PAAR has been released in the month of April .
The Command’s Area Controller, Comptroller Charles Edike gave the disclosure during a roundtable meeting with journalists under the aegis of Maritime Correspondence Organization of Nigeria (MARCON) in Lagos on Wednesday, 30th April, 2014.
According to the Comptroller, the command revenue collection on a daily basis has been impressive. He attributed the improvement to technological advancement and dedication of the officers and men of the command to duty.
“On a daily basis, the command has been generating above a billion naira which is a huge addition to the impressive revenue collection of the service.
“We are rolling out PAAR smoothly at the moment as the teething problems of the PAAR regime is almost a thing of the past,” he said.
He noted that from April 1st to 28th, the command has issued out 28, 861,000 PAAR against what the service providers have issued in the past when put together noting that the officers are highly compliant with the latest technological innovation.
“We are happy that PAAR is coming out beautifully and I must say that we are coming out of the storm gradually. As we speak, PAAR is now being transmitted with ease and it is rolling out smoothly. When an importer process his form M, before he gets home that same day the PAAR will be ready,” he said.
He noted that the Service is serving the entire nation, sub-region and neighbouring countries as regards import because the Nigerian market is not for the country alone but for other neighbouring states, even as far as central Africa.