A new visitor to the Onne Customs Command will mistake it for a Commercial Bank due to its new attractive look. Before the new status of the Command’s Customs House, the edifice was a shadow of its old self which has over the years dilapidate due to wear and tear as a diminishing factor to fixed assets especially buildings.
The refurbished Onne Customs house which is made up of marbles, customized doors and Italian tiles is no doubt the best Customs Command in the Country today.
The good thing about the new edifice is that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) did not spend a dime in reconstructing the building.
According to the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Abubakar Bashir, the new face of Onne Customs house was purely borne by key Stakeholders as a way of giving back to the Service, especially the Command for their prompt services to them.
Bashir in a chat last year had revealed that come first quarter of 2018, the Onne Command will wear a new look and that he will make it the best Customs Command in the Country and that neither the Service nor the command will spend any kobo in the reconstruction.
Truely, Comptroller Bashir has fulfilled his promised which is highly commendable.
Bashir reminds us of what Comptrollers John Atte, Rasheed Taiwo and Charles Edike did in their years at the Apapa premier Command.
Aside from the reconstruction of the building, Bashir since assuming duties last year has brought high level service delivery and trade compliance to the Onne port.
Evidently, Bashir high Compliance level in Ease of doing business has made all stakeholders operating in the command to eagerly key into his vision and that is why the Onne command is the Command to emulate. No doubt one of the administrative prowess of the Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali’s administration is putting competent hands in right Commands, Units and formations of the service which has recorded tremendous achievements in revenue, anti- smuggling, discipline and patriotism in officers and men of the Service. The Onne command is today a one- stop shop for nonoil exports as its records the highest exports proceeds so far. Recently, the Command recorded the single highest seizure of 9 × 40ft containers of illegal drugs into the country.
According to Hon Daniel Okeke, CEO Express Concerns International Limited an operator of Bonded Warehouse in Port Harcourt, he commended the Onne controller, saying he is doing his best in the Ease of doing business and the Onne port has full trade compliance for any business.
The Command also boost of season Officers like the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Revenue/ Asycuda Project Manager (APM) DC Kunle, AC Audu who is the OC Oil and Gas gate among others who are contributing their wealth of professionalism to keep the Onne Command up in its roles of trade Compliance and facilitation.
As the Command is anxiously awaiting the Official Commissioning of the new edifice by the Comptroller General of the Service Col Hameed Ali (Rtd) and his Management team, its expected that the command will keep the legacy, even when Comptroller Bashir might have left the scene.
Meanwhile the Command has collected a total of sum of N23,244,881,998.09 in the first quarter of 2018, this is against N21,958,943,489.9 collected in the same period of 2017. The command also seized 9× 40ft containers of harmful drugs imported from China and India into the country.
The nine containers of drugs contains a total of 8,245 cartons of fake pharmaceuticals which are tramadol, antimalarial drugs, and analgesics with a duty paid value of N395m were said to be falsely declared as pressure reducing and PVC valves. The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Abubakar Bashir disclosed that aside from the 9 containers of fake pharmaceuticals another 8 × 20 ‘ containers coming from Thailand and carrying 4120 bags of rice falsely declared as sewing machines with Duty Paid Value of N=64,878,141.48 were seized, making a total of 17 containers with Duty Paid Value of N460,004,053.48. These great feats were recorded within the first six weeks of the year during which period over N11b was garnered into government coffers as revenue from duty collection. While expressing his view on the seized pharmaceutical, Bashir said that he is pleased with the seized drugs as that will deterred it from hitting it’s set target.
“We are particularly delighted by this seizure because we recognize the harmful effect they have especially on our youth and the current national challenge of substance abuse”
“Indeed we are resolute in our determination to bring to an end the nefarious act of the illicit trade in fake pharmaceuticals and other dangerous goods, these consignments have been duly inventoried and the Command in line with its mandate has already liaised with NAFDAC for further action.
“We have consistently maintained our policy of zero tolerance for any activity that would jeopardize the wellbeing of Nigerians and have remained steadfast in our commitment to achieve the goals of the Nigeria Customs Service in terms of revenue generation and anti-smuggling”.