FG Directs Customs to Implement Palletisation

Adeosun: Palletisation is for safety and speed

By Bayo Bernard The President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not go back on its Palletisation Policy despite reservations on the part of stakeholders in the import chain business. It has therefore directed the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS to swing to action as soon as the deadline of March 31, 2018 set for its implementation expires. The federal government had late last year on December 22 rolled out the policy framework as part of the Ease of Doing Business in the country. The administration was forced to move the initial deadline…

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Tin-can: Baba–Musa Silent Revolution

Tin-can Island Port

By Stephen Ubanna Hopes brightens  as Mohammed Abdullahi Baba-Musa,   Comptroller of Tin-can Island Command, devises strategies  on improved trade facilitation and promotion of international trade with a view to improving the monthly revenue generation of the Command. Trade facilitation, analysts stressed  could only be achieved  in an atmosphere of  honest declaration, which will  ultimately allow for a seamless flow  of documentation in the system. Past and present  Administrations had given Executive order for 24 hours  ports operation as part of efforts to promote trade facilitation. As a prelude  this, Hameed…

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Strike Force: Operation Strike And Go

Customs Headquarters Building

By Stephen Ubanna Worried by the negative  reports about the one year-old former Compliance team personnel   along the nation’s border routes  and the seaports seen as hindering trade facilitation, Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and  Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, appears to have bowed to pressure to disband  the   team. He  was said to have replaced it with a” Strike Force, SF”, which Joseph Attah. a Deputy Cmptroller and Customs Image maker said has the mandate to ”check  the activities of Customs officers at the seaports and land Land…

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Seme Command: Army Trains officers On The Use Of Fire Arms

Seme Border

By Stehen Ubanna For years, there had been frequent rows between  Customs operatives  at the Seme Land border area and  Youths of the Border Communities  who were sympathetic to smugglers, leading to loss of lives   on both sides. One of such incidents that caused major  fracas between the Customs operatives at the land border and the youths was when  a pregnant female passenger was shot  and killed  some four years ago.  It took the intervention of  the police to save the situation from escalating. There had also been instances at…

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Customs: Comptroller Musa Rides On Criticism

Musa: Apapa command has hit the ground running

Shatters Revenue Ceilings By Bayo Bernard Comptroller JIbrin Musa of the Apapa Customs command is a very difficult man.  The first time you meet him, he will pointedly tell you he’s a very busy man and therefore has no time for frivolities. The officers of the command know him for his business like stand, the importers and agents too.  The question then is: why did Controller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd) chose to deploy the very obstinate Comptroller Musa to the nation’s premier port, Apapa, despite the perceived…

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Revenue: Apapa Command Hit the Ground Running

Hameed Ali: CG, Nigeria Customs Service

By Stehen Ubaana Until January 25, 2018,  no person had  expected the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  Apapa Command to pay  N30 billion into the Federation Account at the end month. This is because of the low volume of cargoes being handled at the port during the month. The low volume of cargo was not unexpected because of the mixed reaction of traders to the government  2018 fiscal policy. More worrisome was the delay in honoring importers letters of Credit by their oversea customers which led to late arrival vessels with…

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Customs: Exposed, A Greedy Drug Importer

Intercepted ''40'' load of offensive Medicaments

By Stephen Ubanna Late  last year, Jibrin Musa,  Comptroller,  Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Apapa Command and Mohammed Uba Garba, his counterpart at the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja , were said to had  received  an alleged document within the same period  that some  unapproved controlled and regulated  pharmaceutical products were being shipped to Nigeria from  the Asia country of India . The document, a source said  had revealed that the offensive pharmaceutical products  were to be shipped I  APM,  terminal  at Apapa port.  It was said to have…

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Where is the Petrol?

Vehicles Queuing for Fuel at Filling Station

By Oji Odu From Ikorodu Road in Lagos to Kudurat Abiola Way, and to most parts of the Lagos metropolis, the long fuel queues of vehicles and jerry cans have resurfaced, including the thriving black market. The is same in Abuja the nation’s capital and other parts of the country.     Many of the filling stations operated by major marketers are not selling while outlets owned by independent marketers are shut.  Those that are selling sell above the official pump price of between N200 to N300 per litre. Do we blame…

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Customs: Jack Threatened By Assassins

Mohammed Garba: Comptroller , FOU, Zone A

By Stephen Ubanna Jack Okpabi, a Chief Superintendent of Customs and Officer in-charge of the Lagos, Roving team, of the federal, Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, known in Circles as a dogged in Lagos and rugged officer, appears to have played into the hands of car mart owners. Jack  is seen as acting out the secret   of Mohammed Uba Garba,  the Area Comptroller and Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service against the car dealers who are no pushovers in the society because of their…

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Dangote Abandons Wharf Road

Wharf Road: under construction

By Bayo Bernard Hardship experienced by motorists along Wharf road Apapa seems to have lingered for too long. From all indications, the suffering might even get worse as the raining season approaches.  An indication to this emerged during last weekend heavy downpour in Lagos.  The rains had flooded the road , so much so that movement of vehicles has been slowed down. Port users have made strident complaint on the slow pace of work being done by AG Dangote, a multinational construction company, which started work on the road since…

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