Muhammed Riot Act To Officers, As Ali Gives kudos To Four Comptrollers

By Stephen Ubanna Muhammed Uba Garba, Mohammed Aliyu, and Jibril Musa, Comptrollers , Federal Operations Unit,  FOU, Zone A, Seme and Apapa respectively, appears to have entered into the good book of  Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, because of their impressive performance in their respective areas of jurisdiction.  The last but  not the list was Baba-Musa, MA, Comptroller ,Tin-can Island Command. Ali, who could no longer hide his deep feelings of appreciation  of the Comptroller’s exceptional performance in the areas of anti-smuggling and…

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Customs Promotion: Ministerial Delay?

By Stephen Ubanna More facts have emerged why officers  of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, with high expectation of wearing their new rank after last November  promotion examination may have  to wait for period of time  to allow the Customs and Excise Board to meet to ratify the results. The Source learnt that the results had been compiled and forwarded to Kemi Adeosun , the minister of Finance, since last January  with a covering memo by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, but the…

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Nigerians Want Light Not Excuses

By Oji Odu Nigerians know that it is ‘One Week, One Trouble’ in the power sector. They know that the cause of the darkness experienced in most parts of each day is either that there is shortage in gas supply because the Niger Delta militants had either blown up gas pipelines or vandalised them. They also know that it is because the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) cannot transmit the generated electricity to the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) because of rusty and outdated transmission network. Nigerians also know that the DISCOs…

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Zenith Bank Declares N174bn Profit

By Bayo Bernard Top new generation bank, Zenith  Bank Plc, has declared N174 billion as its gross Profit-Before-Tax, PBT for the year ended 2017. The figure is higher than the N140 billion the bank posted as Profit-Before-Tax in 2016, a sharp improvement of more than 24 per cent.  While making this disclosure at its 27th Annual General Meeting in Abuja on Friday, the bank’s Chairman, Jim Ovia said the bank’s Profit-After-Tax rose by 32 per cent, from N119 billion in 2016 to N157 billion in 2017. Ovia said the performance…

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Merger: MARAN Swallows MAJAN, Reconciles Old Members

By Bayo Bernard The President of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), Anya Njoku has said that his tenure will experience adequate reportage of the industry. It’s a new dawn for the association, Njoku said during the inauguration of a new set of executives, who will run the affairs of the association for the next three years. Other members of the executives are Bayo Bernard ( Vice President), Dapo Olawuni ( Secretary General), Samson Echenim (Ass. Secreatary), Onigbinde Yinka (PRO), Esther Komolafe- Hasan ( Treasurer), and Joy Enamuna (Financial…

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ANLCA: Shittu Out, Nwabunike In

By Stephen Ubanna For much of March and earlyApril, 2018, Olayiwola Shittu, who, until Saturday, April 14, 2018, was president , Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, and his successor Tony Iju Nwabunike, a pioneer Chairman of the Council for  the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CFFRN,  were said to have set in motion the machinery for handing of power to the incoming president of the Association. The duo were said to have  set up an inauguration Committee to handle the assignment. The duo were also said to…

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Exports: Nigeria Still Experiencing Deficits In trade

By stephen Ubanna Barely three years after President Muhammadu Buhari  initiated fiscal policy measures to boost export of made in Nigeria goods and Agricultural products, the much expected balance of trade between Nigeria and its trading partners in Europe, North America, Asia and  East Africa  is yet to be achieved. This is evident going y the weekly export and import report at the nation’s premier, Apapa, cited by the Magazine last Friday, April 13, 2018 at the port.  The record showed that in one week alone, Nigeria exported Cocoa beans,…

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FOU: Bursting Crimes In The Jungle

By Stephen Ubanna Those  who think that the redeployment of Sani Madugu, former Comptroller ,Ogun Command to the Customs Headquarters  as Comptroller , Enforcement, was as a result of the operation on Friday, April 6, 2018, by the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikja, Lagos Roving team at  Illogbo Community iwithin  in  Lafenwa, in  the outskirts of Abeokuta would be disappointed. The operation described in Customs circles as bursting crime in the jungle  was said to have been well planned because of the violent nature of the people. The …

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Apapa Shutdown: APM Terminals, Others Panic Over Huge Loses

By Bayo Bernard Terminal operator operating in Apapa ports have warned the federal government over plan by the federal ministry of Power, works and Housing to shut down Marine Bridge for repairs in the next few weeks. The operators said the action will result in huge loses to them, aside attendant disruption on ports activities. No fewer than nine terminal operators are conducting business in the two ports of Tin can and Apapa ports. Four operators, APM Terminals, Apapa Bulk Terminal, ENL Consortium, Greenview Development operate in the Lagos Port…

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Customs: Officers Working Under Pressure

By  Stephen Ubanna Dangladima.A. , a Deputy Comptroller General , DCG, of Customs, in charge of Enforcement and Investigation, at the Customs Headquarters appears to have put Christopher Odibu, Comptroller , Oyo and Osun Command and his officers under pressure to give a bite to the Command anti-smuggling operations. The pressure on Odibu and his men may not be unconnected to the rumour making the rounds  over alleged  large scale smuggling of rice and vegetable oil at different parts of the  states which are under the  jurisdiction of the Command. …

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