Onne Customs generates 25.5b in three months

The Nigerian Customs Service, Area II, Onne Port Command, Rivers State, said it had raked in over N25.5bn as revenue in the first quarter of 2019.

The Command disclosed that the amount represented a 26.2 per cent increase when compared to the N18.8bn generated in the first quarter of 2018.

Area Controller, Aliyu Saidu, told journalists that it had seized nine containers loaded with 57,300 pieces of machetes without end-user certificates and 69 bags of foreign rice, among other contraband.

Saidu said, “The Command has started the year 2019 on a promising note. It is heart-warming to note that during the first quarter, we have been able to generate the sum of 25,561,932,417.78.

“We recorded seizures of nine containers comprising 57,300 pieces of machetes without end-user certificates; 2,000 Jerry Cans of 25 litres of vegetable oil; 6,456 cartons of foreign soap; 535 bales and 142 cartons of wears; and 69 bags of foreign rice with a total Duty Paid Value of 106,889,670.00.

“The resultant effect has yielded an intrinsic advantage in terms of revenue, control of infractions in the system and increased compliance level as a result of the additional functionalities.”

Saidu pointed out that the Command would not rest on its laurels but would strive to justify the confidence reposed in it by ensuring that this year’s achievement would surpasses that of 2018.
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