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Edo and Delta Customs Command records over N30 bln from import, excise duty

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Despite the challenges recorded in the trade supply chain, occasioned by a lull in Port activities, the Edo/Delta Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated a total of N30.64 billion from January to August 2023 and remitted the same to the Federation and Non-Federation Accounts.

The Customs Area Controller, Babatunde Olomu, stated the Command also recorded a total of N4.57 billion from Excise Duty Collection, which are from Guinness Nigeria PLC, Coca-Cola, and 7up Bottling Company.

When compared to the corresponding period last year 2022, the Command had an increase of N2.36 billion.

This indicates an increased collection of 8.02 percent, though we had One Hundred Seventy-Six (176) lesser Declarations in 2023, also we had Six Hundred and Fifty-Six (656) Declarations within the stated time frame in 2022 against Four Hundred and Eighty (480) in 2023,” the area commander said.

Also, the command was able to raise 24 Demand Notices (DN) as compared to the Demand Notice for the corresponding period of 2022. The Demand Notice of 2023 is worth One Hundred and Thirty-Eight Million, Five Hundred and Eighty-Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty-Eight Naira (N138,587,468.00).

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In Export, Olomu revealed that the total Volume of Crude Oil lifted from the Area within the period under review from January to August 2023 stood at 156,836,264 Barrels and that of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) was 268,319.522 Metric Tonnes.

“This is an emerging area of strength, and I wish to appreciate the support of the State Government towards resuscitating this very vital sector compared to the corresponding period last year, the command had an increase of 53,911,990 Barrels for crude in 2023, while 61,548.86 Metric Tonnes increase was gotten for LPG in 2023.”

According to him, in ensuring the security of seizures and detentions domiciled in the Command, the Area was recently gifted with an ultra-modern Government Warehouse in Benin Outstation Aduwawa.

He explained that all Seizures brought in by Federal Operation Unit and Joint Border Patrol Teams are handed over to Officers and Men of Edo/Delta Command for proper documentation and safekeeping.

Speaking further, he noted that the Command is currently in the custody of seizures with a Duty-Paid-Value of Three Hundred and Thirty-One Million One Hundred and Eighty One Thousand Six Hundred Naira (N331,181,600.00) within half of a third quarter of the year 2023, which includes Bales of Used Clothes, Rice, Veg-Oil, Used Fridges, Red Wines, Tomato-Paste Sacks of Cannabis, etc.

He listed some of the significant achievements of the Command as the construction of 16 Man Rank and File, situated at the Customs Barracks, Airport Road, Warri, the construction of Ultra-Modern Government Warehouse, Customs House, Aduwawa, Benin City, construction of two 16-Man Rank and Files, Customs House, Aduwawa, Benin City, renovation of four 3-bedroom Flats and Boys Quarters, Customs Barracks, Airport Road, Warri, and renovation of 5 Blocks of 2-bedroom Flats, semi-detached, Customs Barracks, Airport Road, Warri.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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