By Chiazo Ogbolu
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has raked in N20.9 billion in 2022.
Juliana Tomo, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, said the feat was achieved between January and December 2022.
This exceeded the N19.05 billion the command generated in 2021, showing a difference of N1.85 billion.
Tomo quoted Mohammed Gidado, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), as saying that the feat was due to an improved integrity of passengers in the declaration of goods and high level of compliance towards voluntary payment of (Couriers Parcels, Passengers Accompanied and Unaccompanied Baggage) Duty.
Gidado said during the December 2022 review, the command collected N1.8 billion and that within the same period in 2021, the sum of N1.6 billion was generated.
He said this simply implied that the command had an increased of N393.3 million only in 2022.
Gidado stated that the seamless travelers’ clearance procedure adopted by the command as initiated by the command over the period was worthwhile.
He added that this was as evidenced in the Murtala Muhammed International Airport command revenue collected between August and December 2022.
“This shows effectiveness of initiated and adopted strategies while measuring performance and challenges from August to December 2022, compared to the preceding year’s revenue collection of 2021.
“This I can say is towards a better performance in the near future,” he said.