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Customs generates 38.8 billion naira at Onne in the first quarter – Controller

By Desmond Ejibas

The Nigerian Customs Service (NIS), Area II Command, Onne Port, Rivers, claims to have generated more than N38.8 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2021.

Command comptroller Auwal Mohammed revealed the figures in a statement released on Wednesday by command spokesperson Ms Ifeoma Ojekwu in Port Harcourt.

Mohammed said the order generated a total of N38.877 billion in January, February and March as part of efforts to improve the federal government’s revenue portfolio.

“The figure collected is 69.4% higher than the 22.951 billion naira collected between January and March in 2020.

“A breakdown of the monthly collections for 2021 shows that the order raised 12.123 billion naira in January; N12.761 in February and N13.985 billion in March.

“It is worth mentioning that our monthly collections for 2021 have surpassed our collections for the first three months of 2020 by over 7 billion naira,” he said.

Mohammed said the command had also recorded achievements in its anti-smuggling operations by making 12 seizures with payment of duties of 4.121 billion naira.

He said the seizures involved two units of used Mitsubishi buses; 210 balls of second-hand clothing; 1435 used tire parts and used engine gearbox.

The inspector further named other items seized to include auto spare parts; 310 pallets of laser ketchup and 20 balls of fabric.

“A month-by-month breakdown of seizures shows that four seizures were made in January, consisting of three containers and two suspects – with a duty-paid value of 85.988 million naira.

“In February, the order made three seizures, including four containers with a total duty-paid value of N 45.528 billion collected.

“Likewise, in March, we made five seizures of seven containers with a duty-paid value of 3.989 billion naira collected,” he said.

On export, Mohammed revealed that the order processed 207,749 metric tonnes of cargo with a free-on-board value of $ 70.838 million including cash crops.

He listed the crops and other items like cashews, ginger, sesame seeds, palm kernel, tiger nuts, hibiscus flower, and zircon sand.

He said the command recently recorded its highest monthly revenue collection of 13 billion naira since its inception 38 years ago.

“I therefore urge the officers to avoid being complacent and to continue to do more to improve the country’s economy, security and trade facilitation.

“We’re doing well, but I think there is room for improvement in revenue collection, anti-smuggling, trade facilitation and strong stakeholder engagement.

“We need to block all likely or identified areas of government revenue leakage to allow us to maintain the pace of peak fundraising.

“This is because we have a duty on Nigeria to make it impossible to smuggle prohibited items through the command,” he told his officers.

Mohammed warned the smugglers to avoid the jurisdiction of the command or face arrest and their goods seized in accordance with the law on customs and excise management.

He said the command would soon deploy scanners at the port and apply due diligence during the physical exam to get more results. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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