Lekki Port Boss Lauds LASG, NPA

Nahata flanked by Bala-Usman and other officials

By Bayo Bernard The Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Navin Nahata has lauded the Lagos State Government and Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA for their strong commitment in ensuring that the multi-billion Naira project remained on course. The state government and NPA are major partners in the development of the Lekki Port project. Nahata stated this in Lagos on Tuesday after his meeting with the Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman in…

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NPA, Shippers Council Storm MARAN Roundtable

Bala-Usman: to lead panel of discussants

By Bayo Bernard Top players in the maritime sector of Nigeria’s economy will next Tuesday storm Apapa for a one day talk shop on how to harness the potentials of logistics services for the nation’s burgeoning maritime sector. The Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman and Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Barr. Hassan Bello and other stakeholders are billed to attend the event organized by the foremost Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria, MARAN. According to the Secretary General of MARAN, Bayo Bernard, the talk…

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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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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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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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Smuggling: FOU, Smugglers in Battle of Wits

The Suzuki mini bus

By Bayo Bernard Barely two weeks after the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun approved the purchase of 50 operational vehicles for the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS to combat smuggling in the country, smugglers have also devised new tactic of evading security agencies. From all indications, however, the NCS shows no sign of giving up in the ongoing battle of wits. Following the appointment of Col, Hameed Ali (retd) as Comptroller General of Customs the noose was seriously tightened on vehicle smugglers, particularly from the Cotounou, Republic of Benin border end…

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Customs: Big Task For Baba Musa

Ali: moved Bashar to Abuja

  By Bayo Bernard At last the hammer has fallen on Comptroller Bashar Yusuf from Abuja, headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS where Colonel Hameed Ali (retd) is the chief presiding officer. The magazine had predicted towards the end of last year that CGC Ali will redeploy his beloved controller from Tin can, in its November edition titled ‘Ali Men Head for Showdown.” Therefore, from January 29, 2018 Comptroller Bashar, credited with modest success as the officer  in charge of the Tin Can Island command of the NCS, due…

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Lagos: Policemen Take Over Okada Business

Okada Business: taken over by policemen

By Bayo Bernard The very lucrative Okada business has taken a new dimension in Lagos. The development is coning on the heels of ban of commercial motorcycle riders by the Lagos state government on some major roads in the state.  The hostile environment under which the commercial motorcyclists ply their trade has recently become so unbearable for the riders who have now abandoned the business. In their stead members of various security agencies, particularly the police have taken over, making cool cash from the business despite the fact that it…

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Customs Abandons $500 Million Patrol Boats At Marina Jetty

Ali: fails to revamp boats

Spends N5bn Yearly On Repair By Bayo Bernard The Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (retired) on his appointment was given a mandate by President Muhammadu Buhari to transform the service from a badly corrupt one to a body that will deliver service to the country. “You must end smuggling and other criminal activities across the nation’s borders” the President must have told him.”  But two years in office Ali, perceived by officers and men of the Customs have failed to tame smuggling within the nation’s waters…

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Customs: Western Marine in Multi-Billion Naira Land Scam

Ali: will he probe the land deal?

By Bayo Bernard The Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali(rtd) has an urgent task to quickly unravel  the multi- billion naira allege deal  involving Controller Musa Sarkin-Kebbi, comptroller in charge of the Western Marine command.  Stakeholders warn that whatever action taken by the customs’ boss on this matter will make or mar his anti-corruption mantra. This has become so in the light of allege land for cash deal by the current and immediate comptrollers of the command which in turn has robbed off on the NCS as…

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