The Nigeria Customs Service (NIS), Area II Command in Onne Port in Rivers State says it generated over N38.8 billion in revenue in the first quarter of this year, 2021.

The Comptroller of the Command, Auwal Mohammed revealed this in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, Mrs Ifeoma Ojekwu in Port Harcourt, yesterday, Wednesday April 21.

The statement noted that the command generated a total of N38.877 billion in January, February and March as part of efforts to improve the Federal Government’s revenue portfolio.

The statement further revealed that: “The figure collected is 69.4 per cent higher than the N22.951 billion collected between January and March in 2020.

“A breakdown of 2021 monthly collections shows the command collected N12.123 billion in January; N12.761 in February and N13.985 billion in March.

“It is worthy to mention that our monthly collections for 2021 surpassed our collections for the first three months of 2020 by more than N7 billion,” he said.

The Customs Comptroller, Auwal Mohammed said the Command also recorded achievements on its anti-smuggling operations by making 12 seizures with duty payment of N4.121 billion raised.

He said the seizures comprise two units of used Mitsubishi buses; 210 bales of secondhand clothes; 1,435 pieces of used tyres and used engine gearbox.

The Comptroller further named other items seized to include auto spare parts; 310 pallets of laser ketchup and 20 bales of fabrics.

“A month by month breakdown of the seizures indicates that four seizures were made in January, consisting of three containers and two suspects – with a duty paid value of N85.988 million.

“In February, the command made three seizures, including four containers with a total duty paid value of N45.528 billion collected.

“Similarly, in March, we made five seizures, involving seven containers with a duty paid value of N3.989 billion collected,” he stated.

On export, Mohammed disclosed that the command processed 207,749 metric tonnes of cargoes with free on board value of 70.838 million USD comprising cash crops.

He listed the crops and other items as cashew nuts, ginger, sesame seeds, palm kernel, tiger nuts, hibiscus flower and zircon sand.

He said the Command had recently recorded its highest monthly revenue collection of N13 billion since the command was established 38 years ago.

“So, I urge officers to avoid being complacent and keep doing more to improve the nation’s economy, security and trade facilitation.

“We are doing well but I believe there is room for improvement in revenue collection, anti-smuggling, trade facilitation and robust stakeholders’ engagements.

“We should block every likely or identified area of government revenue leakages to enable us sustain the tempo of maximum collections.

“This is because we owe Nigeria a duty to make smuggling of prohibited items impossible to come in through the command,” he told his officers.

Auwal Mohammed warned smugglers to steer clear of the command’s jurisdiction or face arrest and their goods seized in accordance with the Customs and Excise Management Act.

He stated that the Command would soon deploy scanners to the Port as well as apply *DUE DILIGENCE* in physical examination to achieve more results.

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