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Lekki Customs generates over N27 billion; laments lack of accommodation for officers

Lekki Customs generates over N27 billion; laments lack of accommodation for officers

 

The Lekki Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has decried lack of accommodation for officers and men of the command

The development, according to the Area Controller,.Comptroller Dorathy Yisa-Omogbein, has significant negative impact on the productivity of the officers.

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The Comptroller explained to the Customs boss, Acting CGC, Adewale Adeniyi during his visit to the to the command on Wednesday 19th July, 2023, as part of his working visit to the commands under Zone A.

The command helmsman stated that the fact that officers have to move from to town and return the next day, slows down the pace of work.

Her words, “The most challenging thing is accommodation, we have a lot of works to do here but we lack accommodation. We have to send some of our officers to town. If we must go out work well, the officers must be around.”

On revenue generation, she said that the command generated over N27 billion so far in year 2023.

“In terms of revenue, this year, we have generated N27.5 billion, we have also issued demand notice, and our intervention stands at N1. 2 billion this year”, she noted.

Earlier , the CGC kicked off with the Lagos Free Trade Zone Area Command, where he was received by the Area Controller, Omogbehin.

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The Ag. CGC stated that the free zone concept promises the country many benefits.

He urged officers to collaborate with investors and cultivate integrity and transparency.

“In service provision, we must ensure we are at our best in service delivery. I will also encourage you to collaborate with our investors, support those that are compliant, report and apply sanctions to those that are not”, he noted.

“Our officers must cultivate a high sense of integrity and transparency in what you do”, he emphasized.

In his words, “The concept of free zone promises the country many benefits, in terms of foreign investment, provision of jobs, creating foreign exchange and of course transfer of skills and technology to Nigeria”.

The Ag. CGC visited the headquarters of the Lagos Free Zone, Lekki Port and Lekki free zone development company, where he was received with a warm reception by the Chief Executive Officers and management of the organisations as well as representatives of sister agencies and stakeholders.

The elated boss assured of the services’ support to facilitate and boost trade in Nigeria while also urging partner agencies with customs to portray the concept of the free trade zone.

“As a responsible agency of government, we want to pledge our support and as a deliberate strategy, I want to let you know that I will be open to regular dialogue with you so that those prayers you talked about, we will be able to surmount them”, he said.

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“There is still a lot of misunderstanding about the operation and concept of the free trade zone in Nigeria, so you do have the responsibility to promote a better understanding, not just customs but also agencies of government that are involved in the administration and management”, he added.

The Ag. CGC ended the day’s activities with a tour of the Dangote Refinery.

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