Ogun 11 Customs Command Declares #12.8 billion as Revenue in first 6 months of 2024

The Ogun I I Customs Area Command, with its headquarters in Abeokuta, has declared the sum of Twelve Billion, Eight Hundred and Thirty Million, Four Hundred and Ninety-three Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty Naira, Six Kobo (N12,830,493,630.06) as its revenue generation in the first half of the year 2024. 

This figure, when compared with the Eight Billion, Five Hundred and Five Million, Thirty-eight Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighteen-Naira, Thirty Kobo (N8,505,038,818.30) it generated same period in the corresponding year 2023, represents a difference of 51 percent increase. 

Disclosing this at a press briefing at the command's headquarters on Friday, June 5, Comptroller Olusola Bisi Alade, also hinted that the command's activities in the free trade zones have tremendously improved, resulting in higher revenue collections between April and June, 2024 to a whopping Nine Billion, Nine Hundred and Fifty Three Million, Five Hundred Seventy-one Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty-five Naira, Eighteen Kobo (N9,953,571,425,18).

In a monthly breakdown of the figure, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) said, "In April, we raked in Three Billion, Four Hundred and Eighty-six Million, Nine Hundred and sixty-oney Thousand, One Hundred eighty-six-nairay, Seventy-one Kobo (N 3,486,961,186.71). 

"In May, we made Two Billion, Eight Hundred and One Million, Eight Hundred and Thirty-three Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty Kobo (N2,801,833,739.40), while in June, our revenue collection leaped to Three Billion, Six Hundred and Sixty-four Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy-six Thousand, Four Hundred and Ninety-nine-naira, Seven  Kobo (N3,664,776,499.07)", Comptroller Akerele disclosed.

According to him, the success recorded by the command in its revenue drive within the last three months could be attributed to good motivation from the management of the Service which, he said, had boosted the morale of officers and kept them in high spirits at all times.

He also commended the dedication of  officers and men of the command as well as  the cooperation of other units, especially Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU) and Customs Police Unit (CPU) in their prompt actions, saying, "It has really contributed to the success of the command".    

In the same vein, according to the CAC, the continuous deployment of intelligence and reconnaissance by the command's monitoring unit, led to the discovery of 11 factories and one bonded terminal, adding that all of them have been put under excise control.  

Others are Lorna Nigeria Limited; Makindez Multi-business Ventures; Digo Herbal Remedy Limited; Broadway Food & Beverages Limited;

Beezun Flavoured Drinks, Nellyvan Global Limited (Bonded terminal), "were discovered by the command under the months of my assumption of office, as Customs Area Controller, Ogun ll Command". 

"This attainment is evidence of the diligence, professionalism and commitment of our officers and men, who worked tirelessly to ensure that we met and exceeded the revenue targets given to our command, the CAC noted, adding that it was also an indication of the command's steadfast commitment to the growth of Nigeria's economy.

He, however, assured that the command would continue to put in place necessary measures to improve on the collections with adequate support from other units of the service. 

"We shall maintain success through synergy and continued dialogue, by engaging and sensitizing the local and trader communities, while discharging our statutory responsibilities of enforcing compliance with government fiscal policies", he said.

He reiterated that the core mandate of the command remained generation of revenue for the federal government, facilitation of legitimate trade and to protect national economy security, adding that, "Our achievement is in line with the policy drive of the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi (MFR) who is operating under the principle of consolidation, collaboration and innovation. 

"His visionary leadership and enabling support have been crucial in heightening our potentialities and has driven these spectacular results", Alade stressed.

He expressed his appreciation to the critical Stakeholders and further solicited the cooperation of various factories on timely payment of appropriate excise duty and other charges payable. 

"We appreciate the traders that are doing well and urge them to do more and, also encourage the newly discovered factories to be rest assured that the command remains faithful in its commitment to fulfilling our mandate under the Nigerian Customs Service Act (NCS, Act 2023)", he said, while appreciating the CGC and Nigeria Customs Service management for creating an enabling environment for the command to succeed.

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