The Faces of Smugglers Nightmare

Hameed Ali: CG, Customs: Introduced Cargo Tracking Device

B y Stehen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General. Nigeria  Customs Service, NCS, appears to have  matched his word with action  with the introduction of  the cargo trace  and track tool technology into Customs  operations. Ali had alluded at the last International Customs Day Celebration  at  the Nigeria Customs Training College , Gwagwalada, Abuja, of the planned introduction of the security device , based on the ongoing discussion with the United States Information Communication Technology, ICT, giant, Oracle Corporation  for the use of its software to ”entrench…

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Ugochukwu Insists Diamond Bank Defrauded Him

Ugochukwu Alfred Amaobi: Drags Diamond Bank to the EFCC

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Twenty years lapse and unfavorable Supreme Court judgment have failed to thaw Prince Amaobi  Alfred Ugochukwu’s  insistence that one of Nigeria’s leading commercial Banks, Diamond Bank defrauded him 20 years ago and ruined his once  thriving business. Ugochukwu, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Al-Clement Nigeria Limited is also not happy with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over what he perceives as the anti-graft agency’s lack of interest in treating his petition dated March,29,2017, against Diamond Bank . Ugochukwu’s dates back to March…

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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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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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