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Customs Area 1, Port Harcourt rakes in N17B revenue in January, 2024

The Nigeria Customs Service Area 1 Command Port Harcourt says it has generated a total sum of N17.065,088,480.16 Naira in the  month of January 2024.

This was contained in a press statement made available to journalists at the weekend  by the Command’s  Public Relations officer Superintendent of Customs, Oscar Ivara in Port Harcourt  the Rivers state capital.

According to the statement,  the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Mustapha Hashim was quoted as saying  that “this figure, when compared to that of January 2023 which stands at N8,907,222,061.89 , has achieved a significant surplus of  N8,157,866,418.27”, noting  “that the figure released in January has a surplus of N1,713,277,636.7 when compared to the mandated monthly revenue target of the Command which  is N15,351,810,843.46.”

Speaking further, the Area Controller emphasized that the revenue recorded was made possible through import duties collected on imported bulk cargo that berthed at the port. 

He also noted that the bulk cargoes which included Premium motor spirit (PMS,) Bitumen, Salt, Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) , Sugar, Frozen Fish among others had a total metric tonne of 421,899,302.

Comptroller Hashim further stated that the Command was doing its best to create a conducive business environment for all stakeholders operating at  the Command, stating that sensitization  programmes  were being rolled out to enlighten traders on the various trade policies of the Federal Government.

He added that the Command was making concerted efforts to conduct a robust stakeholders engagement which would  target Importers and Exporters in the region.

He however gave a summary of the annual revenue target expected from the Command which according to him stood at N184,221,730,121.48, and the  figure  represented a 4.52 percent of the annual target of the Service.

Hashim expressed gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) Bashir Adewale Adeniyi and his management team for their support in  providing an  enabling environment for the Command to thrive.

 “We thank the (CGC) for his support especially the ongoing training of our officers and men which has impacted positively on the January 2024, revenue generation of the Command,” he said.

Comptroller Hashim who said he was optimistic that the Command was equal to the task of achieving its annual revenue target also  warned those engaging in unwholesome trade  to steer clear of his command, insisting that he would not tolerate any form of smuggling through its port as the eagle eyes of his officers and men were ever ready to apprehend them.

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