Customs rakes N13.1bn in September at Onne port

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Port Harcourt — The Nigeria Customs Service says it generated a total of N13,106,025,050.24 for the month of September 2020 only, at Port Harcourt Area II Command, Onne Port in Rivers State.

Customs Area Controller, Onne Port, Auwal Mohammed, who disclosed this at the weekend, said the amount was the highest monthly revenue generated at the Onne command, since its creation 37years ago.

Mohammed, who was deployed to the Command on September 1,2020, explained that the feat was a combination of efforts by the officers and men of the Command, who are unrelenting in the discharge of their duties.

He said the command in the month of September 2020, made seizures with a duty paid value of N99million, saying that he inherited a functional command with systems for revenue generation, trade facilitation and suppression of smuggling.

“While I consider our over N13 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 of export activities with Free-on-Board value of $6,441,850.67 and N10,595,944.43 as NESS collected.

“In anti- smuggling activities, the command recorded two seizures of 13 containers comprising 400 bundles of used Tyres, 100 pieces of motor radiators, 264 logs of raw wood, 100 pieces of car fans and four units of bed trucks with a total duty paid value of N99,917,043.80 in September 2020.”

He assured that the Command will remain a war zone for perpetrators of smuggling, concealments, duty evasion and any form of illegalities, by seizing prohibited goods, arresting perpetrators and getting them prosecuted in accordance with CEMA.

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