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Border Closure: Smugglers now use motorcycles, camels- Comptr. Garba

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says smugglers are now using bushpaths, motorcycles and camels to carry out their illegal activities, following border closure, endorsed by the Federal Government.

Mr Mohammed Garba, the Coordinator of the Joint Border Drill Operations, North Central Zone, stated this on Tuesday while addressing officers at a sensitisation programme in border communities in the zone.

The zone covers Kwara, Niger, Kogi and Benue.

Garba, a Comptroller of Customs decried the attitude of the diehard smugglers inspite of the border closure, and vowed that officers would not relent in the fight against smuggling.

Speaking at the palace of the emirs in the zone, the coordinator appealed to the community to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling.

According to him, the current operation, ‘Swift Response,’ is battle ready to check all the new tricks by smugglers.

The coordinator also announced that the movement of  vehicles and boats used for transportation of petroleum products across land borders and water ways within 20 kilometres radius had been restricted.

He warned that anyone caught violating the order would be prosecuted.

“We cannot continue to fold our arms and allow every Tom, Dick and Harry to enter into our country.

“The uncontrolled migration hinders the government from having proper statistics and data for her national development.

“Trans-border crimes such as smuggling of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, drug trafficking and terrorism are among other security challenges that have to be checked.

“Before the border closure,  the crime rate was becoming unbearable and drug usage was becoming a way of life among our teaming youths.

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”That might be part of the reasons that informed the Federal Government’s decision to partially close its borders, ” he said, adding that the border closure was also aimed at encouraging local farmers to boost production, control the inflow of arms and ammunition as well as stop illicit drug flow and other prohibited goods.

In his response, the District Head of Babanna in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara, Alhaji Isah Yerima, said that the security situation in the community had improved since the border closure.

Yerima pledged the community’s assistance to security agencies, and promised to enlighten the residents on the benefits of the border closure and dangers of smuggling.

 

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Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi

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Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi

A focal point of Ganduje’s administration suffered a hiccup on Friday, as Ganduje’s successor, and present Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, presented the letter of appointment to Sunusi Lamido Sunusi, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

The development is sequel to the signing into law of the amended Kano State Emirate Council Law by the governor on Thursday.

“Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The amended law abolished the five Emirate Councils and sacked the emirs appointed by former governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2019, paving the way for the re-enthronement of Sunusi.

While presenting the letter, Yusuf said, “Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The ceremony was graced by members of the Kano Emirate Council, district heads and title holders.

It also marked a new chapter in the history of the Kano Emirate with the re-enthronement of Sunusi, who was deposed in 2020 by the Ganduje administration. 

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NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria’s Blue Economy

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NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria's Blue Economy

 The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) has stated that the lofty potential of the Nigerian blue economy will not be realised without the active participation of women in the sector, especially at the managerial level.

The NCS President, Mr Aminu Umar said this at a summit organised by the chamber on Thursday in Lagos.

The event had the theme: “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety.”

Umar was represented at the conference by a Governing Board member of NCS and Principal Partner, Jean Chiazor and Partners, Mrs. Jean Chiazor Anishere (SAN).

“The maritime sector is a cornerstone of global trade and economic growth. 

“There are numerous benefits accruable from the maritime industry but these benefits can’t be realised without active women participation, especially in leadership roles,” the NCS president said.

The NCS president expressed delight and gratitude to the special guests and speakers, including the President of WISTA International, Mrs. Elpiniki Petraki, the Managing Director of NLNG Ship Management Ltd., Mr Abdul-Kadir Ahmed, the Executive Secretary, WISTA International, Mrs Jemilat Mahamah, among others.

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Also, the President of WISTA International, Petraki, stressed that beyond taking pride in the accomplishment of having the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) dedicate a day for women in maritime, the event should be a platform to strategise for increased women participation across all facets of the maritime sector. 

Petraki noted that the challenges confronting women in the industry were similar across frontiers and national boundaries, stating that gender balance remained a setback globally.

“Only 29 per cent of the entire maritime workforce globally are women, but the states drop to 24 per cent for women engaged in maritime administration. 

“Sadly, in seafaring, the ratio is less than 2 per cent for women and this profession has over 1.8 million people,” the WISTA International president said. 

She, however, encouraged Nigerian women in maritime and other industry stakeholders to participate in the ongoing IMO/ WISTA maritime survey, to get the up-to-date representation of women in the sector.

According to her, the survey which runs till December 2024, will be strategic in promoting diversity and women’s inclusion in the maritime sector.

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Meanwhile, during one of the panel sessions, a Maritime Psychotherapist, who also experienced the ordeals of seafaring, Mrs. Pam Kem, harped on the need to increase awareness of psychological safety in the maritime industry.

Kem said female seafarers were exposed to varying psychological challenges, having experienced storms, turbulence, violence, fire outbreaks and other vices, leaving adverse effects on their behaviours.

 “Physiological safety has been a concept known in most sectors for a long time, but I’m happy to see it come into play in the maritime space.

” However, if we have strong and inclusive leadership teams at the top level like captains and chief engineers, the awareness trickles down to other workers in the rank and file,” Kem said.

 The Director General of NCS, Mrs Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike, stated that the programme was the 3rd edition by NCS, organised as part of activities to commemorate the 2024 International Day for Women in Maritime.

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NHIA: Customs, Songhai Health Trust Collaborate, for Officers’ Effective Healthcare Delivery

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…..Flags-off Sensitisation Programme at the Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja

The Nigeria Customs Service on Monday, 20 May 2024 flagged off a sensitisation programme with Songhai Health Trust to sensitise officers on the benefits of accessing the National Health Insurance Scheme. 

In a flag-off Sensitisation Programme with the National Health Insurance Authority and Songhai Health Trust Ltd at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja, the Comptroller-General of Customs, represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in Charge of Human Resource Development, Greg Itotoh, highlighted that the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is a means of offering officers high-quality healthcare.

The CGC, while speaking, outlined that the sensitisation is to enlighten officers on how best to derive maximum benefits from the services provided by the Songhai Health Trust. 

“This is a way of providing quality health care services to officers that are affordable and stress-free.  It is an insurance program that NCS makes mandatory contributions.

“This is the reason why we want every officer to key into it and make best use of the incentives provided by the government because whether we make use of it or not, Nigeria Customs Service pays, and that is why we don’t want to be wasting that money” he stated. 

He further stated that the team of medical units of the NCS would go around different zones, commands and other customs formations to sensitise officers on the scheme’s benefits. 

Meanwhile, the Comptroller of Customs (Pharmacy), Abdulkadir Mohammed, who is also the Desk Officer NHIA, said it is a program introduced by the government for the health care of citizens, and it is designed to pull resources for appropriate health care delivery. 

Furthermore, Deputy Manager Operations of the Songhai  Health Trust, Dr Rotimi Anlemi, while speaking, outlined how the scheme operates, educating officers on the benefits of the scheme.

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