The Nigeria Customs Service, Port Harcourt Area 11 Command, Onne Port,Rivers State, has generated a total of #13,106,025,050.24 (thirteen billion, one hundred and six million, twenty five thousand, fifty naira and twenty four kobo) for the month of September 2020 Only.
This information was contained in a statement issued signed by the command Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Customs, DSC Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu,
The statement read in Part, ” The above generated revenue is the first month scorecard of the Customs Area Controller, Compt Auwal Mohammed, who resumed duty on September 01 2020; and this is the highest monthly revenue generated in area 11 Command since it’s creation over 37 years ago.”
In his remarks, the Customs Area Controller, Compt Auwal Mohammed, said, “This feat is a combination of efforts by my very deligent officers and men who are unrelenting in the discharge of their duties.”
Adding, “The revenue outcome is also a confirmation of my observation on my first day in office here that I am taking over a very functional command with systems for revenue generation, trade facilitation and suppression of smuggling.”
Compt Mohammed asserted, ” In my interactions with officers and Ports users, I harped on the need for Compliance and reiterated my insistence on due process at all times by everyone interfacing with customs in the course of trade.”
He assured, “I am whole heartly committed in achieving maximum collection of all revenues due to government through customs duties in Onne Port and prevent any form of leakages. Where shortfalls are detected, I pursue uncompromising recovery through Demand Notice (DN) to prevent revenue loss.”
The CAC posited, ” While I consider our over #13 billion revenue generated as a laudable feat, it doesn’t call for complacency on our part. It is Only a reminder to do more in our national interest to support the country economic well being.”
In the same vein, the Command succeded in processing a total of 18 , 085. 97 metric tonnes (MT) of export activities with Free -on – Board (FOB) value of $6, 441, 850.67 and #10, 595, 944.43 as NESS collected.
In anti- smuggling activities, the command recorded two (2) seizures of 13 containers comprising 400 bundles of used Tyres, 100 pieces of motor radiators, 264 logs of raw hard wood, 100 pieces of cars fans and 4 units of bed trailers trucks with a total duty paid value of#99, 917, 043.80 in September 2020.
Compt Auwal Mohammed, opined, ” We will continue to make this Command no go area for perpetrators of smuggling, concealments, duty evasion and any form of illegalities by seizing those illegal imported and prohibited goods, arresting perpetrators and getting time prosecute in accordance with the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).”