The Nigeria Customs Service, Port Harcourt Area ll Command, Onne Port, Rivers State, said it has collected a total of N115,264,159,921.12 from January to June 2022.
The 2022 half year revenue generation shows a remarkable difference from the 2021 half year collection of N78 billion and that of the same period in 2020 where N46.6 billion was collected.
This was contained in a press release made available to our Correspondent by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Customs, Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu, which stated that further comparison indicates 147 per cent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 per cent increase above 2021 figure showing differences of N37,097,079,630.91 and N68,597,503,002.82 for 2021 and 2020 respectively.
Under Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), the Command’s revenue collection showed upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years under review. In the first half of 2022, the Command made 28 seizures comprising 9 containers valued at N531,386,166.78 (Duty Paid Value). This half year’s number of seizures was higher than that of 20 made between January and June 2021 according to the report.
The seized items were machetes brought into the country without end user certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap and used clothing. Other seizures recorded include used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and other items either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded.