The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said it raked in N119 billion as revenue in June.
According to a statement by the Apapa Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Usman, the amount was the highest monthly collection it had recorded so far.
The statement also noted that the outgoing Customs Area Comptroller of the command, Mohammed Auwal, in his farewell session with senior officers of the command, said that it had generated N540 billion in revenue between January and July.
Auwal was one of the senior customs officers decorated on Monday with the rank of an Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs by the acting Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi.
“Before now, N95 billion collected between January and August 2022 was the highest monthly collection.
“The job of preventing prohibited items such as arms, ammunition, illicit drugs, and others under the import and export prohibition lists from entering or exiting the country through Apapa port was treated as a collective duty under his watch,” the statement read.
According to Auwal, inter-agency synergy and intelligence sharing are the first bold step in defeating criminals, who seek to use ports for their unlawful activities.
“Compliance is one word that appeals to both government and private sector stakeholders because we are all governed by rules to which we owe a duty to obey.
“Apapa port holds the potential to handle the highest volume of trade in West and Central Africa with the possibility of being a trade hub for seamless cargo movement if importers, agents, and freight forwarders comply by making sincere declarations and avoiding smuggling,” he concluded.