- NCS Onne Command to Surpass N140.2bn Revenue Target
Onne Customs Command has joined the list of commands promising to surpass 2020 targets.
The command declared on Wednesday that it must achieve or surpass its N140.2 billion target for this year. This is coming days after stakeholders in port operations called on Federal Government to cut down on huge Customs targets as government agents will only transfer the burden to businesses using the Nigerian ports.
Aliyu Galadima, the Controller, Onne Port Customs, Port Harcourt Area II made the statement during a stakeholders’ meeting in Onne, Rivers State.
He said, “It is no longer news that our Command generated total revenue of N107.3b last year; and thus surpassed the annual target revenue of N97.7b given to us by the management of NCS with N11.6b, 112 per cent of the said annual target.
“The Area II Command, Onne Port, was given a revenue target of N140.2b for the year 2020. We are not only optimistic about meeting the target; we hope to surpass it through hard work, honesty and dedication to work and above all, with your support.”
He, however, encouraged stakeholders’ participation in achieving the new target given by the management of the Nigerian Customs Service.
Chinedu Ikenga, one of the stakeholders at the meeting and the Secretary of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, said without a port scanner it might be difficult for the command to meet the N140.2 billion target for the year.
He explained that: “About a decade ago, the Federal Government introduced scan machines in the three major ports in the country; Lagos, Apapa and Onne. The scanners worked for about two years and shut down.
“Till date, I cannot pinpoint exactly why the scanners are no longer in use and considering the type of cargos importers bring into Onne port, there is needs for scanners because without this, that is why cargos now stays more than three to five days.”