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In 2023, Rivers Customs Generates N301 billion

The Nigeria Customs Service’s Area 2 Command in Onne, Rivers State, reports that its revenue for 2023 exceeded N301 billion.

Area Comptroller Baba Imam made this revelation on Tuesday during the command’s end-of-year service in the state’s Onne, Eleme Local Government Area.
Imam asserts that the NCS’s main duties are revenue production and collection, smuggling reduction, and fiscal policy execution.

He gave credit where credit was due and expressed happiness that the command had surpassed its yearly target in 2022.

Imam said, “In the area of revenue, the command has recorded about N301 billion as of this moment.

“The command did not only meet up with its revenue target or beat last year’s revenue but has remarkably increased over N40 billion to N50 billion in addition to what was realised last month.”

Continuing, he said, “I would like to state here that, in July, the command had a total revenue of N38 billion, which is an unprecedented record in the history of this command, just for a month.”

He added that before now, the command had to record only about N27 billion as the highest revenue that was generated within a month.

Imam stated, “Our revenue target for the year (2023) is about N336 billion and as I speak, we have been able to get about 90 per cent of our revenue target and I want to assure you people all that we are resolute and committed to ensuring that we meet up with our revenue target before the end of the year.”

In reference to smuggling, the Area Comptroller disclosed that over the investigation period, the command had apprehended around 38–39 containers to guarantee adherence to import and export regulations and to serve as a warning to others.

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Used apparel, worn tires, concealed hard drugs, other substances, firearms, ammunition, and handguns were among the contraband that broke import and export laws and was given to the relevant authorities.

He also emphasized the command’s peaceful and cordial cooperation with sister agencies and stakeholders, saying that this has increased the command’s revenue and ensured smooth operations.

He urged the officers in charge of the command to remain steadfast in carrying out their legal obligations.

He further admonished, “As young officers in this service, the service is for you. You are the crucial management of this service and therefore, you need to be apt, proactive, diligent and committed.

“You need to, with sincerity of purpose, be ready to discharge any assignment assigned to you at any given time, and to be committed to ensuring that you will bring the needed result for you to be recognised.”

Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards, and certificates of excellence and recognition to officers and stakeholders of the command.

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