Nigerian Customs Service Area 2 Command, Rivers Onne Seaport, generated a total sum of N242,090,629,309.29 in FY 2022.

According to the Nigerian News Agency, NAN, the Comptroller, Mr. Auwal Muhammad, revealed this on Thursday in Onne during his official handover to the newly deployed Comptroller, Mr. Baba Imam.

Muhammad said the figure represented an increase of 28.3 percent.

Highlighting some of the command’s achievements, Muhammad attributed his administration’s success to strong synergy between officers and relevant stakeholders.

According to him, the Nigerian Customs Service, Onne Port, is a revenue-generating command with a statutory role that covers vast anti-smuggling activities and serves as an export point for goods.

“Comparatively, when I took office in September 2020, the command generated a total revenue of N118 billion in 2021, an improved revenue to the tune of N188.6 billion which is an increase of more than N54 billion.

“This steady increase became possible following the introduction of better revenue generation structures which enabled the command to reach the total sum of N242,090,629,309.29 in 2022,” he said.

The Controller also attributed the recorded successes to aggressive operational activities in which all cargoes are subject to 100 percent scrutiny, except where interventions became necessary.

“Our ability to scrutinize containers has also helped us prevent the passage of harmful and contraband goods, as well as unprecedented commando seizures.

“The command recorded 51 seizures with a value of taxes paid amounting to N1,764,303,008.9 in 2022,” it added.

In response, the new Comptroller, Imam, promised to build on existing cooperation to further the agency’s mandate.