How Customs Area II Onne Port Command Grew Revenue in 2023
The Nigeria Customs Service, Area II Command, Onne Port, Rivers State has jerked up revenue generation far above its target.Speaking at the event, weekend in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Baba Imam stated that due to the effectiveness of synergy of the Command with both the traditional and new partners, the Customs Area Controller stated that in the area of revenue generation the command was given a target of 336 billion Naira for the year 2023 and that as of December 31 2023 with the aid of stakeholders engagement, synergy, collaboration and intelligence sharing, the Command was able to collect 313 billion Naira which according to him, accounted for 93% of the annual target.
He noted that the amount surpassed the 2022 collection by 71 billion Naira and represented 30% increase over the 2022 generated revenue.
He added “As at Friday, 26 January 2024 the Command has collected ₦31,496,276,576.00 which is above the 2023 January collection of ₦20,130,775,598.08, with five days left to the end of this month.
In export, he said that a total of 1,929,121.22 Metric tonnes of goods with a free on board (FOB) value of $10,188,252,603.24 which is equivalent to ₦9,456,575,171,918.20 was processed through the Command in 2023, and a total of ₦2,038,069,290.51 was recorded for Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS).”
Insisting that” these are just few of the results achieved with purposeful engagement of our stakeholders and partners.
Imam, who applauded the leadership qualities of the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, vowed to leverage on his policy-driven leadership of commitment to ensuring consistency on stakeholders engagements and sustainability of such, which he said has ensured a friendly environment at Onne customs Area 11 Command.
Meanwhile a presentation of the essence of the International Customs Day was done by the Command’s Public Relations officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC) Lomba Benjamin.
Giving his goodwill message, the Port Manager, Nigerian Ports Authority, Onne ports Complex; Prince OC Zhattua said that the mandate of Nigerian Ports Authority is collaboration to enable the environment for business to thrive.
He went further to emphasize that “today that the Nigeria Customs Service is celebrating has given most people a situation where they are trying to assess the quality of Nigeria Customs Service.”
He said, “the Nigeria Customs Service of today, is an improved one” even as he described the tree customs Area Comptrollers he has met during his three years stay at Onne Port, as “improved and scientific ‘
He said his office is open for more collaboration insisting that without collaboration and synergy, nothing would be achieved.
“My office is open for not only Nigeria Customs Service but any other stakeholder who will add value to what we are doing.”
He praised Comptroller Imam for achieving much in his short period of time at Onne.