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The Federal Government has raked in approximately N382.52 billion as revenue generated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the nation’s two major economic gateways, Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports (TICP) commands.
The revenue, which was announced recently by both Customs commands in a separate reports, represents the amount generated in Customs duties paid by Nigerian importers on their imported cargoes from the month of January to June (first six months) 2019.
As the major seaports that handle over 70 percent of Nigeria’s import cargoes, Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports, also generates over 70 percent of revenue, collected for the government from the seaports.
Ironically, the roads leading to both seaports are presently in bad shape as motorists, commuters and port users, find it increasingly difficult to access Apapa port city where both ports are located, due to the traffic gridlock that has become a daily reoccurrence, since the last five years.
The traffic situation worsened due to the failure of government to utilise a fraction of the trillions generated from the ports annually by Customs, NPA, NIMASA, SON and others, to repair the bad portions of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, the major access into Apapa.
For this singular reason, majority of the trucks and trailers going to the seaports and oil tank farms littered in all parts of Apapa city, are forced to pass through Ijora-Apapa-Wharf road, thereby creating travel difficulties for motorists and port users.
Tony Anakebe, a Lagos-based Customs Licensed Agents, said the seaports are the goose that lay the golden eggs for the Federal Government, yet the government has failed to invest in development of port infrastructure especially roads.
Meanwhile, the Customs revenue was over N33.27 billion higher than about N349.27 billion generated by both Customs commands within the first half of 2018.
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