Onne Customs Command generates N94 bn

The Nigeria Customs Service, Onne Port Command has declared a total revenue of N94,044,676,428.01, which represents 80 per cent of its ₦117.8 billion revenue target for  2018. 

Making a comparative review of the preceding year, the Customs Area Comptroller, Aliyu Galadima Saidu, said that the Command realized ₦373,226,990.74 far more than it did in 2017, thereby establishing an upsurge of about 0.35% increase in the revenue collection.

He expressed satisfaction that the Command focused mainly on intelligence- based risk profiling, coupled with 100% physical examination of cargo at the various Terminals and Sheds.
Identifying the strategies that had worked for him, the CAC said he utilizes meetings to sensitize stakeholders on the need and benefits of compliance; application of due diligence and professionalism in documentation and examination of cargoes.
The Command also strategized working in synergy with other relevant government agencies such as NAFDAC, SON, Port Health, NDLEA and other sister security agencies especially Navy, Police and Immigration for information which has proven to be useful at crucial moments.
Giving a breakdown, the CAC said that Onne recorded 61 remarkable seizures of various items such as 9 x 40 ft containers of Tramadol, Hyergra, Diclofenac and Analgesic Tablets of different types; 64 of 20 containers of foreign parboiled rice and other items such as military uniforms, boots and caps with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦1,617,153,753. 
“A comparative review of the seizure profile of 2017 revealed that the year 2018 surpassed with 37 seizures and DPV of ₦1,147,142,275 bringing to about 60.7% increase in seizures and 70.9% increase in DPV as regards to general enforcement. 
“More so, we seized 126 containers which is 81 percent increase of the 24 containers confiscated in the preceding year 2017.
“All these seizures followed various infractions such as false declaration, concealment, wrong classification, import without end user certificate and complete disregards of import and export guidelines with intent to smuggle in illicit goods.
“It should be well noted that smuggling pose a high threat to both the national economy and security and that is why those who engage in it are considered as economic saboteurs. They are the destroyers of the country’s economy, because they want to evade payment of import duty and import items that are security threat to the nation,” the CAC  stated further.
He expressed concern that despite the wide awareness on the dire consequences of smuggling activities on economic growth and development, some citizens still found joy in perpetuating the evil act, for their personal gains.
He disclosed that Onne Command had worked in synergy with other Customs Units such as the Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU), Valuation, CG’s Strike Force and Post Clearance Audit (PCA) to achieve maximum compliance to the extant laws on import and export for increased revenue generation; and anti-smuggling feat.
“Again, the Command recorded a high level of compliance on export declarations. A total of 136,973,413.92 metric tonnes of exported goods with a total Free On Board (FOB) value of $1,126,516,635.9 which is equivalent to ₦409,083,251,160.73 (@ #363.14 per dollar) was realized.
“The Command has started the year 2019 on a promising note. It is heart-warming to note that during the first quarter, the Command has been able to generate the sum of ₦25,561,932,417.78 when compared to ₦18,857,668,490.00 generated in the first quarter of 2018, accrued to 26.2 percent increase. 
“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 (DPV) of ₦106,889,670.00
“The overall achievement is sequel to the support of the Comptroller-General of Customs and his Management Team with the full deployment of NICIS II application in the Command which necessitated training of five hundred and twenty (520) Officers/Men, and 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.
Furthermore, the Command has started in-house training of its Officers and Men on trade facilitation and with emphasis on oil and gas equipment”, he also said, emphasizing that Onne Command would not rest on its oars, until it is able to justify the confidence reposed in us by the nation to make sure that this year achievement surpasses the former.