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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Customs: More Problems As Ali Polarizes Service

FOU/ Strike Force Battle For Relevance By Bayo Bernard Business Editor Few days ago some officers of the Comptroller General of Customs, Strike Force team in Lagos led by Assistant Comptroller Salisu Assababullah pursued some rice smugglers along the Ijebu Ode highway, almost causing accident on the ever busy road. While this was going on, the Federal Operations Unit, FOU officers that mounted surveillance on the same highway only looked away in a manner that suggested that they are totally lost in the new anti-smuggling arrangement of the NCS. Some…

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Customs Battles Elephant Group Over Rice Smuggling

By Bayo Bernard Business Editor  The Ogun State command of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS  had received enough knocks from worried Nigerians over the spate of the smuggling going on in the axis, more so the perceived tardiness of the command to rein in smugglers of imported rice into the country. The activities of rice smugglers from the Idi-Iroko and adjoining routes between Nigerian and Benin Republic had worried border monitors to no end, raising concerns on the seriousness of the command to tackle the menace. The development appears to…

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Customs: Disquiet Among DCGs, ACGs Over Ali

Two weeks ago the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS held a press conference in Abuja, since then the convener of the parley who’s also the spokesman of the Service, Joseph Attah, a deputy controller of customs has been expressing his frustration discreetly with the current management of the service, led by Hameed Ali over failure to provide logistic for him to perform his duty as the image maker of the NCS. What happened? Attah had approached the CG to approve funds for logistics to carry out the event. He was shocked…

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Customs: Investors Blame Customs For Rice Smuggling

By Bayo Bernard Elephant Group Plc, a major local rice producer in the Nigeria is worried that its huge investment in local rice production is heading for jeopardy due to the illegitimate activities of rice smugglers. Thousands bags of rice were smuggled into the country last year according to records made available to the magazine by the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS. At least seven million metric tons of rice is consumed in Nigeria yearly, more than 60 percent of that number will be smuggled into the country this year. The…

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Customs: Tin can command Clears Goods in Six Hours

Generates N104bn Bayo Bernard In line with the President Muhammadu Buhari government’s Directive on Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, the Tin Can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has ensure that goods are now cleared from the Tin can ports in less than six hours. Comptroller Abdullahi Musa, the controller of the command had promised that his officers will ensure a seamless clearance of goods when he assumed duty in the command early this year. Goods can now be cleared easily without encountering the usual encumbrances at…

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Adeosun Puts A Close On Agencies , As April Revenue Shared Drops

By Stephen Ubanna Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance appears to have put a close tab on  statutory agencies to improve on government   revenue generation as  the amount  shared by the Federal, states and Local governments in the month of April drops. There are fears in both official and unofficial circles that the situation may not change for the better in subsequent months despite the increase in the price of a barrel of Crude Oil in the International Oil market unless the statutory agencies remit the operating surplus to the Federation…

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Customs: Harassment Of Officers Worsens In Benin Republic

  NCS To Officers; You Are On Your Own By Bayo Bernard The Federal government a la Nigeria Customs Service, NCS  have failed to intervene in the undue harassment and intimidation of Nigeria customs officers by their Beninoise counterparts. The matter has now reached a tipping point that officers from the NCS believe they are no longer safe working in the territory belonging to Republic of Benin. The Seme area command of the NCS has recently complained of intimidation of its men by their Benin Republic counterpart. But as it…

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Stakeholders Task FG On Muti-Modal Transport System

…………… As Shippers’ Council Boss Carpets Customs Over Scanners By Bayo Bernard The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has again received flak from stakeholders in the maritime sector over break down of scanners in various entry points across the country. There are controversies over the present status of the scanners acquired by the federal government during the tenure of earlwhile Controller General of the Service, Abdullahi Inde Dikko. But recently at a one day talk shop organized by the apex Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria, MARAN, tagged “The Prospects and Challenges…

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FG Directs Customs to Implement Palletisation

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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