BY Innocent Orok
The Onne Customs Command of the NCS, Port Harcourt Area II has generated a total revenue of ₦81,196,697,858.57 in the first nine months of 2019. The amount generated clearly indicates that the command has surpassed the 2018 amount during the same period which was ₦69,535,174,318.38 with ₦11,661,523,540.19.
According to a press statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Office, Ifeoma Ojekwu, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, the increased in the revenue generation is first of its kind in the history of the command and its as a result of the strategic plans put in place by the Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Aliyu Galadima Saidu, which is aimed at enhancing revenue collecting capacity in Onne Port.
The release also states that a total of 66 Seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦865,926,821.00) was recorded within the period under review.
It further states that ” Comptroller Galadima is vigorously pursuing the Comptroller-General of Customs zero tolerance for duty evasion, smuggling and other infractions like under declaration and so on.
“He has been reviving proficiency in the area whivh gears towards 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.He stated that there will be continuous sensitization for stakeholders on the need to be compliant with extant laws governing Customs activities” the statement reads.”
In the area of anti smuggling, the command’s breakdown of Seizures made within the period includes 12 x 20 ft containers comprising 13,180 jerry cans of 25 litres of vegetable oil with DPV of ₦82,517,024.00;5, 5x 20ft containers comprising of 8,706 cartons of foreign soap worth ₦79,497,617.00; ttwo containers with specifications 1 x 20ft and 1x 40 ft respectively loaded with 57,300 pieces of matches, and 59cartons of matches, 1,300 sacks of shovel, 100 cartons of hook knives and 172 sacks of diggers all valued at ₦52,463,002.00.
Others are 1x 40ft container loaded with scrap metal of various sizes and types worth ₦5,386,979.00, 41) x 20ft containers comprising of 10,800 packs of corrugated aluminium roofing tiles/sheets and its accessories with DPV of ₦561,753,188.00, 1 x 20ft container comprising of 315 bales of textiles (wax material) worth ₦18,495,395.00, 69 bags of imported rice and 329 bales of clothings valued at 10,725,658.00; 4 x 20ft containers of 160 logs of hardwood with DPV of ₦10,342,838.00 and 1x 20 ft container comprising of 588 cartons of battery, 18 cartons of rolls PVC, 80 bundles of plain cartons and 10 keys of gum worth ₦20,654,664.00.
Meanwhile the Area Controller has placed a marching order in ensuring that all importers and their agents comply with the extant laws on international trade, reiterating the Service zero tolerance for false declaration of goods or other deliberate infractions.