The Nigeria Customs Service Area II Command, Onne Port has generated N81,196,697,858.57 in the third quarter of year 2019.
This amount generated surpasses the N69,535,174,318.38 that was collected within the same period under review in 2018 with over N11,661,523,540.19.
This feat in increasing revenue collection is first of its kind in the history of the command, a statement by the spokesperson of the Command, Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu, said on Friday.
The statement said it is also as a result of the strategic plans aimed at enhancing the revenue collecting capacity in Onne Port.
Ojekwu said the Customs Area Controller, Aliyu Galadima Saidu, has increasingly deployed tact, intelligence enforcement and technology in ensuring maximum compliance by users of the port.
The Command recorded 66 Seizures with Duty Paid Value of N865,926,821.00 for the period under review.
Ojekwu said Saidu is also vigorously pursuing the Comptroller-General of Customs retired Colonel Hameed Ali’s zero tolerance for duty evasion, smuggling and other infractions like under declaration and so on.
Sh said: “He has been reviving proficiency in the area with regards to identifying and blocking all possible avenues of revenue leakages; enhancing capacity building in areas of modern Customs Operations; reinforcing the commitment of Officers and men in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities and assuring to bring to book any erring officer found compromising.
“Saidu ensures seizures were successfully accomplished as a result of the renewed determination of the Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) to rid the country of all forms of illegal importation.”
Said was quoted as having said there will be continuous sensitisation for stakeholders on the need to be compliant with extant laws governing Customs activities.
Onjekwu then listed the achievements within the period:
Seizures made within the period are:
1. Twelve (12) x 20 ft containers comprising thirteen thousand, one hundred and eighty (13,180) jerry cans of 25 litres of vegetable oil with DPV of N82,517,024.00;
2. Five (5) x 20ft containers comprising of eight thousand, seven hundred and six (8706) cartons of foreign soap worth N79,497,617.00;
3. Two (2) containers with specifications 1 x 20ft and 1x 40 ft respectively loaded with fifty-seven thousand, three hundred (57,300) pieces of matches, fifty-nine(59) cartons of matches, one thousand three hundred (1,300) sacks of shovel, one hundred (100) cartons of hook knives, one hundred and seventy –two (172) sacks of diggers) all amounted to N52,463,002.00;
4. One (1) x 40ft container loaded with scrap metal of various sizes and types worth N5,386,979.00;
5. Forty-one (41) x 20ft containers comprising of one hundred and eighty-one bundles and 10,800 packs of corrugated aluminium roofing tiles/sheets and its accessories with DPV of N561,753,188.00;
6. One (1) x 20ft container comprising of three hundred and fifteen (315) bales of textiles (wax material) worth N18,495,395.00;
7. Sixty-nine(69) bags of imported rice and three hundred and twenty-nine (329) bales of clothing amounted to N10,725,658.00;
8. Four (4) x 20ft containers of one hundred and sixty logs of hardwood with DPV of N10,342,838.00;
9. One (1) x 20 ft container comprising of five hundred and eighty-eight (588) cartons of battery, eighteen (18) cartons of rolls PVC, eighty (80) bundles of plain cartons and ten (10) keys of gum worth N20,654,664.00.
Onjekwu added: Nonetheless, the Area Controller placed a marching order to ensure that all importers/and their agents are compelled to comply with the extant laws on international trade, reiterated the Service zero tolerance for false declaration of goods or other deliberate infractions; and assured the readiness of the Command to facilitate trade in line with global best practices to all honest and compliant importers/agents.”