Comptroller Daniyan Reiterates Sustaining Diligent Cargo Examination as PTML Customs Collects N152 Billion”

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The Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has achieved remarkable revenue collection, amassing a total of N152,648,517,532.05 between January and June 2024. This represents a 49.7% increase compared to the N101,981,098,502.07 collected during the same period in 2023.

Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Tenny Daniyan, disclosed that the 2024 half-year collection exceeds the previous year’s figures by N50,667,419,029.98. Expressing confidence in the command’s ability to generate even more revenue in the second half of the year, Comptroller Daniyan emphasized the importance of maintaining diligent cargo examination.

Comptroller Daniyan urged examination and releasing officers to apply diligence, responsibility, and heightened security consciousness when handling any import or export cargo passing through the command. He reiterated the recent charge by the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR, for all officers to avoid any form of compromise in their duties. Daniyan stressed that national security is fundamental to economic growth, stating, “No serious economic growth can be witnessed where there is insecurity.”

Highlighting the dangers posed by arms and ammunition in the hands of non-state actors, as well as the global issue of illicit drugs fueling unlawful behaviors, Daniyan reaffirmed the command’s commitment to rigorous cargo examinations. He noted that the two-hour cargo clearance time for compliant roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cargoes remains in effect as part of the command’s efforts to enhance trade facilitation in line with the Comptroller General’s time release study thrust.

CSC Yakubu Muhammad, Public Relations Officer for PTML Command, shared that Comptroller Daniyan advised terminal operators, importers, exporters, licensed customs agents, freight forwarders, and all stakeholders in the port system to stay informed about government import and export prohibition directives. This advice comes in light of recent discoveries of arms, ammunition, and illicit drugs in other commands across the country. Daniyan warned that anyone involved in such illegal activities would face strict legal consequences.

“I want to urge all customs officers in PTML to always insist on cargo examination like we have always done. You are hereby placed on red alert to keep doing the right thing as importers of arms, ammunition, and illicit drugs have shown more desperation in recent times,” Daniyan said. “Let us continue to make PTML a no-go area for perpetrators of such illegalities and be ready to make seizures of such items, including effecting arrests of persons suspected to be involved with such activities.”

Comptroller Daniyan expressed optimism about the command’s prospects for the remainder of the year. “I strongly believe we will do more with revenue collection and trade facilitation in the second half of 2024 as we continually improve our level of service delivery and diligent implementation of all government directives,” he stated. “We are not going to sacrifice national security on the altar of trade facilitation. Both will run side by side. None will suffer for the other.”

The PTML Command’s impressive revenue collection and steadfast commitment to national security underscore its crucial role in Nigeria’s

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