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Tincan: Comptroller Nnadi Nnadi Vows To Meet Command’s N801 billion Revenue Target Before End Of 2023



Comptroller Dera Nnadi, has declared that though the task at Tincan Command is daunting, it is achievable and has vowed to meet the command’s revenue target of N801 billion before the end of year 2023.

Lovetvnews Nigeria reports that Comptroller Nnadi stated this while meeting with Maritime Journalists, shortly after the outgoing Controller of the command, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede, officially handed over the mantle of leadership to him.

Comptroller Nnadi, who assumed duty as the 20th Customs Area Controller of the Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, maintained that though the commands revenue targets stands at 52 per cent, the remaining 48 per cent is achievable before the year runs out.

This online news medium reports that Comptroller Nnadi who until Thursday September 14, Nnadi was the Customs Area Controller of the Seme Border Command called for concerted efforts of all and sundry in the command, to meet the N801 billion revenue target.

Nnadi described his posting to the Tincan command as homecoming having served as the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Enforcement at the command about three years ago.

He said “ it is a daunting but surmountable task, as you are all aware, Nigeria Customs Service has three key performance indicators, which are revenue collection, antismuggling, and service delivery, often referred to as facilitation of trade. These three serve as yardstick for measuring her performance.
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.

“The Command’s revenue target of over 801 Billion Naira currently stands at 52 per cent, with barely three months to the end of the year 2023, this, that means, we must collect 48 per cent of the remaining revenue, it’s achievable.

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

Comptroller Nnadi also spoke on the benefits of the trade agreement between Nigeria and Benin republic.
He said, “distinguished audience, just two days ago, the Customs Administrations of Nigeria and Benin signed an agreement to develop frameworks for clearing of Nigeria bound goods in Benin Ports and vice versa. This is a call for us to improve our business process and increase our efficiency in service delivery in order to be competitive with other ports in the subregion.

“To this end, I will particularly request the cooperation of shipping companies, terminal operators and other government agencies in our efforts towards ensuring the actualisation of the rebranding of the command.

“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.”

“Nigeria recogniszes the importance of Benin and other neighbors as trade partners who serve as ready markets for Nigerian products, asides Oil and Gas exported to Europe and Asia, whatever Nigeria produces will be taken by these countries around us.”

” I will open my doors for seemless trade, but I will also close the door against unwholesome activities that will compromise the Service mandates.”

He also vowed not to dwell on the usual blame of others for the various challenges bedevilling the maritme industry, maintaining that no one person is responsible for the rot, but everyone should be ready to offer a solution.”

He went further to add that their roles in securing the nation were vast, ranging from interventions against economic saboteurs who distort and take advantage of the nation’s trade policy saying that these also include those that import illicit goods that contribute to the insecurity in the country.

He commended the outgone Controller whom he said operated an open door policy, the CAC stated, “I will open my doors for seamless trade, but I will also close the door against unwholesome 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 bedeviling the maritime industry. No one person is responsible for the rot, but everyone should be ready to offer a solution.”

He also commended officers of the Command for the recent seizure of two containers of tramadol. While pledging to sustain the fight against importation of illicit and unapproved drugs.

Earlier in his remarks, the outgone Controller, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede urged officers and stakeholders including sister agencies to extend the same support and collaboration given to him to the new Controller whom he described as a trade facilitator to enable him succeed and achieve the command’s revenue target.


While urging clearing agents to improve on their level of compliance, Oloyede urged them to also extend intelligence shared with the command in its anti-smuggling operation that led to the seizure of two containers of tramadol to the new Controller.

”I know we are already in the ember months, so the incoming controller will need your support to be able to meet the revenue target and I know he is going to break my records. I also promise to give my support as Controller in charge of import and export and ensure that by God’s grace, he succeeds” he assured.

Photo: Comptroller Adekunle Oloyode, the outgone Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Port Command (right) handing over the flag to the new Controller, Comptroller Dera Nnadi at the Command’s headquarters in Lagos earlier today.

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