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Onne: Compt. Mohammed, Sets A New Monthly Revenue Generation Record

By Stephen Ubanna

Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, overseeing, PortHarcourt Area II,  Onne , in s Rivers state, south south –south Nigeria, appears to have set  monthly revenue   standard of N115 billion meaning that any other Comptroller being  deployed to the Command in the future  must be prepared  to beat the record to avoid running into trouble with  Hameed Ali, a retired Army Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service,NCS.

Many believe that the Command could  achieve  all that because of the blockage of  all the  areas of revenue Leakage  at the port and the tight security at the exit gate  manned by Mahmood Ibrahim, a Deputy Comptroller, regarded in Customs circles as a Compliant officer because of his insistence that the right thing must be done and  who has been elevated to the enviable  rank of Comptroller, by Executive Fiat.

 He was elevated  alongside  Usman Yahaya,  a Deputy Comptroller,   saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, FOU, Zone A, which has the south west states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun , Ekiti and Ondo, under its jurisdiction  to minimize smuggling  activities in the  region . The Interventionist Unit, through its various  anti-smuggling Teams, particular  the Command Operations and Lagos Roving under the close watch of Jack Okpabi , an Assistant Comptroller, have also put a close tab on the Lagos pots of Apapa, Tincan Can Island , Port Multi-services Terminal Limited, PTML and other  other Bonded Terminals in the nation’s Commercial nerve centre to forestall flying of Containers and  other fraudulent activities at the Lagos ports.

 The Value News learnt that ever since  information filtered out that the Command is making  is making  such an impressive monthly  revenue collection  in the recent time which have never the case in the past as the Command monthly revenue had never gone beyond N7 billion  monthly revenue collection. Importers with their agents  are worried that these have   exposed majority of  them  as being fraudulent.  The Magazine gathered that the those who could no longer bear the heat from the exit have been forced to become trade Compliant  by making correct declarations and making appropriate  payment of import duties to avoid running into trouble.

The Magazine gathered that even  Concealment of Contraband goods by importers  by importers which are usually smuggled out from the port in the past had reduced considerably as  most of the guilty who had been caught at the exit have lost the goods  to government.

 Informed sources told The Magazine  both for the  recent protest  by the Ogoni Youths  Federation ,  in conjunction with  other Youth groups  in Ogoni land  which paralysed the Nigerian Ports Authority , NPA, operations, late July, 2021,   forcing Merskline shipping line  to have threatened to close down its Port harcourt office  to avoid attack on its personnel  in July 27, 2021.

The protest was said to have also paralysed the PortHarcourt Area I1, Command, operations as importers with their agents could not take delivery of their Containers at the port,  West African Container Terminal and other bonded terminal  around the port for fear of being attacked.

WACT, Onne

The Ogoni Youths were said to have embarked on the protest  to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari , a retired Army General to the plight of the people   due to the deplorable Ogoni section of  of the Est –West road  including  the non-completion of   the flyovers   at Akajo, Aleto,  Alesa  Onne junctions respectively.  The Ogoni Youths may have succeeded in paralyzing activiities at the Onne port , which has a link with the Ogoni axis   of the Eat west road  and which is very  strategic   to the PortHarcourt Refinery and Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, currently  undergoing rehabilitation work and about 300 other multi-national Companies , operating in the Onne Oil and Gas Free  Zone.

 The protests may have sent a signal to the the Katsina state born Nigerian President  that something  urgent needed to  be done to fix the Ogoni section of the East –West road to prevent another round of protest  that may not do  the economy any good.

 There are indications that both for the organized protest by the Ogoni Youths, the PortHarcourt Area II, Customs  Command could have generated more than N16 billion in the month of July  because of the structures put on  ground to boost its monthly revenue collection. The good news  was that  the  Command  never t allowed the Ogoni Youths  protest to dampen its  enthusiasm to  do their  work despite the threat to their lives  as the  Command was  said to  have  s made   an impressive revenue collection of about N14 .

  The call off the  protest  may have forced Muhammed,  Port Harcourt Area II,  Comptroller and his officers to go back to the drawing  board  to ensure that the  revenue collection in the month of August  will be much higher than the  revenue  collected  in the month of July, described as a month of protest in Ogoni Land, which paralysed port operations. Recall that between January and June, 2021, the Command had generated N78.17 billion. 

Maritime analysts are optimistic that with the impressive revenue generation of he Command in the month of June, the Command may hit the N100 billion target this year as all hands on deck to achieve it. 

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Stephen Ubanna

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