Nigeria, Benin Sign Agreement in Clearing Nigeria Bound Goods in Benin Ports, Vice Varsa

Nigeria and Benin Republic Customs have signed an agreement to develop frameworks for clearing of Nigeria bound goods in Benin Ports and vice varsa.

This is a call for us to improve our business process and increase our efficiency in service delivery.

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Customs Area Controller, Dera Nnadi disclosed this to newsmen in a press briefing today 14 September 2023 when he took over from Comptroller Kunle Oloyde at Tin Can Island Port Command.

IMG 20230914 WA0114“The dynamism of the industry requires that we join forces as stakeholders to provide solutions to our individual and collective needs. The next phase of this assignment starts this morning as we all commit to lead from the front.

“For us as a Command, it is a daunting but sounmontable task. As you are all aware, Nigeria Customs Service has three key performance indicators, which are revenue collection, anti-smuggling, and service delivery, often referred to as facilitation of trade. These three serve as yardstick for measuring her performance.

IMG 20230914 WA0116“These indicators will always remain relevant in our economic discourse until we attain full development as a nation. It is more so for Tincan Command, especially now.

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Nnadi said, “the Command revenue target of over 801 Billion Naira currently stands at 52 per cent, with barely three months to the end of the year 2023 meaning we must collect 48 per cent of the remaining revenue.

Coming at a time, the floating exchange rate is affecting importers and exporters, this is a big but achievable task.

Similarly, our roles in securing the nation are vast, ranging from interventions against economic sabotuers who distort and take advantage of the nations trade policy. These also include those that import illicit goods that contribute to the insecurity in the country.

Comptroller Dera Nnadi appreciated the outgoing Controller and officers of the Command for the recent seizure of two containers of tramadol. We will sustain the fight against importation of illicit and unapproved drugs

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He particularly requested the cooperation of shipping companies, terminal operators and Other Government Agencies in our efforts towards ensuring the actualisation of the rebranding of the Command.

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“In line with this, I will essentially request that we respect our various mandates. Those concerned with regulatory functions should stay away from interference in revenue related transactions except it is in their mandate to do so. Hopefully, this will improve service delivery in the Tincan Port.

The outgoing CAC made reference to “operating an open door policy”. I will open my doors for seemless trade, but I will also close the door against unwholsome activities that will compromise the Service mandates.

” Let me at this juncture state that in my resolve to achieve the goals of the Command, we will not dwell on the usual blame of others for the various challenges bedevilling the maritme industry. No one person is responsible for the rot, but everyone should be ready to offer a solution.

Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600,

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