Ogun I Customs set to maximize revenue by ETLS/AfCFTA, generates ₦28m, seizes contraband worth ₦231m DPV

Ogun I Customs set to maximize revenue by ETLS/AfCFTA, generates ₦28m, seizes contraband worth ₦231m DPV

In addition to its mandate as Enforcement Service, the Ogun I Customs Area Command led by Compt Bamidele Makinde, Tuesday, disclosed the readiness of its management and officers to boost revenue of the Command through the provision of ETLS and AfCFTA beyond the remitted ₦28,445,757.00 for the month of January/February 2023.

Addressing the Press at Abeokuta, the State capital, Compt Makinde said, as a way to boost revenue generation of the Command, his management has embarked on a weeklong deliberations with stakeholders who are willing to do legitimate business.

“We are working hard to maximize the advantage we have over many countries. We want to open the opportunity of ETLS/AfCFTA to all Nigerians, especially those in Ogun community.

“You know we have one of the biggest Free Trade Zone in Ogun community – GUADONG – coupled with a lot of dutiable items been manufactured internally.

We are making Idiroko to become a home for businesses. By the next Press Briefing, our revenue generation will be much higher”, Compt Makinde assured.

Earlier, the Comptroller stated that the Ogun I Customs Command was able to generate ₦28,445,757.00 as revenue for the Service through import duties, auction sales of scrap vehicles, Petroleum products, importation and exportation of legitimate goods, goods under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) and assessment of merchandise in baggage.

Also, as a way of suppressing smuggling and illicit businesses, between January and February, 2023, the Command recorded seizures of contrabands worth 231,218,506.00 as total Duty Payable Value (DPV).

Among the contrabands were 6,743 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each which is an equivalence of 11 trailer loads

a. Premium Motor Spirit (PMS): 19,806 liters.

b. Used vehicles used for the conveyance of smuggled goods: 18 Units.

c. Cannabis Sativa: 64 sacks and 824 wraps of book, bread and coconut sizes.

d. Artifact: 10 big pieces and 19 small pieces.

e. Motorcycles used for the conveyance of prohibited items: one Unit.

f. Secondhand clothing: 73 bales

g. Foreign used shoes: 14 sacks

h. Foreign used tyres: 900 pieces

i. Frozen Poultry products: 520 cartons.

“The seizures were made at different locations such as Abeokuta axis, Ilaro axis and Ipokia/Idiroko axis, among others. The total Duty Payable Value (DPV) of the seizures is 231,218,506.00.

Facilitation of Trade. The Command is committed to facilitating legitimate trade. We value the business community and their contribution to the economy of the nation. We assure them of our continuous support in all aspect of their trading activities. However, we urge them to avoid any form of illicit trade that could adversely affect the economy and tarnish their reputation. May I use this opportunity to warn recalcitrant and would be smugglers steer clear of smuggling activities. Anyone caught in the act shall be made to face the full weight of the law.

“Stakeholders’ Engagement/Corperate Social Responsibility. The Integration Art Palace and Tour in collaboration with the Command organized a 3-day Art for Economic Development program with the theme “Nigeria Customs Service Enabling a Secure Border Trade”. The programme, which is part of the Command’s Corperate Social Responsibility (CSR), took place from 10th to 14th February 2023. Its objective is to promote trade using art work. The participants, who were secondary school students and artisans, were given the leverage to exhibit their talents. Four of the students who distinguished themselves were given awards of excellence to further encourage them to develop their skills. The Command also used the avenue to educate the participants on the activities of Customs in Ogun State, benefits of legitimate trade and the dangers inherent in smuggling activities.

“The Command has continued to maintain a good community relations with the Traditional Rulers, Community leaders and the Youths, etc. We are also committed to maintaining synergy with our sister agencies across the State. We appreciate the collaboration and cooperation of everyone which has engendered peaceful coexistence in the Communities and their environs.

“The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) CFR, has always overwhelmingly supported the anti-smuggling campaign of the Service and this has had a huge impact on the performances and achievements recorded by Commands, Units and other Customs formations across the nation. Our Area Command, in particular, has benefitted immensely from such support and sterling leadership. May I use this medium to appreciate him and his Management Team.

“Let me once again appreciate our critical stakeholders such as the traditional rulers, community leaders, and other security agencies who are showing concern and are collaborating with the Service for their continuous support. May I also thank and appreciate the press for being objective in their news report.

“Thank you for listening. God bless you and the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.