The Onne command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated the sum of N39billion as revenue for the federal government for first quarter of 2021.
In a press statement made available to newsmen by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu, yesterday, the command also processed exports such as cashew nuts, tiger nuts, Sesame seeds, ginger among others worth $71m between January to March 2021.
The import figure collected is 69.4 percent higher than N23billion collected between January and March 2020 by the same command.
A breakdown of the 2021 monthly collections showed that the command generated N12.1billion for January; N13 billion for February and N14billion for March .
On export, the command processed 207,749.614 metric tonnes of cargoes with free on board value of $71million comprising of cashew nuts, ginger, hibiscus flower, sesame seeds, zircon sand, palm kernel, tiger nuts and many more.
On anti smuggling, the command recorded a total of 12 seizure with a cumulative duty paid of N4.1billion.
A month by month breakdown of the seizures indicates that four seizures were made in January which includes three containers and two suspects with duty paid value of N86million.
Speaking, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Area ll Command, Onne Port, Compt. Auwal Mohammed urged officers and men of the command to be unrelenting and uncompromising in collection of revenue and implementation of government directives.
He said, “We are doing well but I believe there are rooms for improvement in revenue collection, anti smuggling, trade facilitation and robust stakeholders’ engagements.
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