Customs Mulls Promotion of Officers

Comptroller Jibrin, others on list By Bayo Bernard Feelers have emerged recently that the management of the Hameed Ali -led Nigerian Customs Service, NCS will soon promote some senior officers. The development came barely one month after over 70 controllers were redeployed to new formations, by the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali. Some officers affected in the shake-up are yet to recover from the shock, the magazine was told, particularly those who felt they were redeployed for political reasons. Some comptrollers affected in the shake are Abubakar Bashir who…

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Ikeja ‘Notorious’ Electricity Distribution Company

By Oji Odu No month or year passes without Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) being enmeshed in one form of controversy or another. To electricity consumers under it, the name of the company is now  synonymous with ‘Notorious’, because of its myriads of illegalities employed to rip them off of their hard earned money without commensurate services. Worse still, it seems the electricity company is above the law. Because IKEDC has allegedly been treated with kid gloves by the authorities, the company has continued to ignore and refuse to obey…

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Customs: The Power Behind Ali’s Actions

By Stephen Ubanna Not many people knew Mohammed Buhari, a brigadier General who is still in the Army   but appointed  Principal Staff Officer, PSO, to Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.  The kebbi state  born  Army brigadier General , according to Customs sources is said to be a link between Ali and the Customs  Comptrollers at the seaports and land border stations. The influenced wielded by Buhari in  the power equation at  Customs Headquarters may have forestalled why  Ali ,the Customs Comptroller…

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Aliyu Waiting On The Wings To Take Over, As Muhammed Gives Two Weeks Scorecard

By Stephen Ubanna Mohammed Aliyu, the Kebbi state born former Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Seme Command, the country’s largest border station, who was affected  in the recent major  shake- up and redeployment of  about 70 Comptrollers appear to be waiting on the wings  to take over from Muhammed Uba Garba, his counterpart at Federal Operations  Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja. Insiders told the Magazine that  his redeployment to FOU Zone A did not come to him as a surprise  because he had long expected it even  when he…

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Customs: Ali Rewards Loyalists In Major Shake-up

Heads to Roll Soon Among ACGs, DCGs   By Bayo Bernard The Nigerian Customs Service, NCS has disclosed that the shakeup last week was done majorly to punish perceived disloyal elements of Controller General of Customs, Hameed Ali in the Service. The development came few days after the Service redeployed 70 controllers across the country. In a message sent to the magazine by the NCS Spokesperson, Joseph Attah, a deputy controller of customs, the NCS said disloyalty will not be allowed in the service. “In a paramilitary organization like Nigeria…

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Minimum Wage: Nigerian Workers Remain Monkeys

By Oji Odu There is heightened anxiety and fears by Nigerian workers less than one month to the September date for the kick-off of the new minimum wage regime that the date may not be feasible. This means a continuity of the peanut N18,000 minimum wage and Nigeria’s ‘Monkey’ labour force, because when you pay peanuts to your workers, you tuMinimum Wage: Nigerian workers to Rrn them to monkeys. It also means a continuity of high level corruption in the civil service which they use the tight bureaucratic structure perpetrate…

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Revenue: Anti-Government Policies Forces Customs Comptrollers Into Thinking

By Stephen Ubanna until last  May, 2018, there was no sign that  the  Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Tincan Island Command could leave up to expectation with its ranking  as a major revenue generating Command  of the Service  . This is because of the drop in the volume of cargo traffic at the port and the self assessment of imported vehicles policy of the Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and the Customs Comptroller   General. The low volume of cargo traffic  had been attributed  to the anti-trade policies of the  former President…

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Cadbury: Moms Dump Bournvita Over Health Problems,Cheating

By Bayo Bernard Between January and September 2017, Cadbury Nigeria Plc. disclosed that the company recorded a net loss of ₦64 million. The previous year 2016 had been most devastating for the multinational company, considering that it recorded a net loss of ₦842 million. The problem may have informed the appointment of Mohammed Amir Shamsi in January 2017 as the managing director of the company to turn things around his appointment, however has not really turned the situation around. The fortune of the Bournvita maker has continued to dip in…

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Ladipo Spare parts Market in Lagos Elects New Executives Amid Tight Security

By Chibuike Osuji It was a tough contest recently when Ladipo spare parts market, arguably the largest spare parts market in sub-Saharan Africa, effected change of guard in the administration of their umbrella union.The election attracted high level security presence from the Directorate of security services, DSS, contingents of Police drafted from the Area D command, led by the Area D commander, Akinboyo Olasoji, whose track record in sanitizing turbulent areas preceded him. In the end, the election was adjudged peaceful, free and fair. Ladipo Market has been a source…

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Stinking NIMASA

By  Stephen Ubanna For  much of last year and now, there had been rumours making the rounds that the  Dakuku Peterside led Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency , NIMASA,  is stinking  but nobody took it serious. The situation  was so bad that the House of Representatives  was flooded with petitions from 10 Human Rights Organisations to probe the agency  over alleged fictitious award of contracts and diversion of $492 million. The petitioners had  alleged that  officials and the ministry of Transport had collected  bribes  from   the Isreali owned  HLS…

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