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Comptroller Nnadi Pledges To Raise Tin-Can Customs Command Revenue To 100% 

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…Vows to resist every meddling interference on trade facilitation from unauthorised quarters***

The Tin Can Island Port Customs Area Command CAC, Comptroller Dera Nnadi has pledged to raise the command’s revenue collection, from its current 52 percent to 100 percent by December.

Dera Nnadi’s predecessor, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede achieved 52 percent of the 2023 revenue target, in eight and a half months. The new CAC, a workaholic, is hoping to achieve 48 percent within the remaining three months of the year.

 Making the pledge while taking over the command from Comptroller Oloyede, who has been redeployed to the Customs headquarters as Comptroller, Import and Export, Nnadi, while speaking at the handover ceremony in Lagos on Thursday, solicited the support and collaboration of stakeholders to enable the command meet its over N801 billion annual revenue target.

“With barely three months to the end of the year and the challenge posed by the floating of the exchange rate, the task ahead is daunting but I hope to surmount it with the support and cooperation of stakeholders.

*L-R: Comptroller Dera Nnadi and the outgoing Controller, Adekunle Oloyede, on Thursday

“For us as a command, it is a daunting task but it is surmountable. You are all aware that Nigeria Customs Service has three key performance indicators – revenue, anti-smuggling, and trade facilitation.

“These three serve as yardsticks for measuring our performance. These indicators will always remain relevant in our discussion until we attain full development as a nation.

“The command’s revenue target of over N801 billion currently stands at 52 percent with barely three months to the end of the year. It means that all of us here owe the country the responsibility to collect the balance of 48 percent.

“This is especially at a time when the floating exchange rate is affecting importers and indirectly affecting clearing agents. This is a big but achievable task,” he said.

He noted that similarly, their roles in securing the nation were vast, including intervention against economic saboteurs, who disrupt and take advantage of the nation’s trade policy.

“This also includes those who contribute to the insecurity of the country through the importation of illicit goods,” he said.

Nnadi, while affirming his resolve to rebrand the command, however, warned that the command under his leadership would not tolerate undue interference in trade matters.

He urged all stakeholders, including clearing agents and terminal operators to respect the Customs mandate as a Service.

“Everybody here, freight forwarders, terminal operators shipping companies, and other government agencies have their various mandates.

“We will not tolerate undue interference with any other person’s privacy. Incursions by other people in trade matters have to stop. If we agree to equity, we must come with clean hands,” he said.

The new CAC promised to run an open-door policy to legitimate traders but shut his doors against fraudulent importers, whose desire was to shortchange the government of its revenue, illicit importation and smuggling.

Earlier, Oloyede urged officers and stakeholders including sister agencies, to extend the same support and collaboration given to him to the new Comptroller, whom he described as a trade facilitator.

He noted that this would enable him to succeed and achieve the command’s revenue target.

On the improvement of clearing agents’ level of compliance, Oloyede urged them to extend intelligence shared with the command in its anti-smuggling operation that led to the seizure of two containers of tramadol to the new helmsman.

“I know we are already in the ember months, so the incoming Comptroller will need your support to be able to meet the revenue target and I know he is going to break my records.

“I also promise to give my support as the Comptroller in charge of Import and Export and ensure that, by God’s grace, he succeeds.

“When I came here, we tried all we could do and deployed several tools to make our work easier. Before leaving, we made a seizure that the Service saw as a commendable seizure, and about nine officers were given letters of commendation,” he said.

Oloyede noted that this showed that the command was doing well because of the support and the intelligence shared with the command by the clearing agents.

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

…Pledged collaboration to ensure the transportation sector is professionally driven

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola (right), receiving a plaque from the President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr Segun Obayendo, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

The DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr. Segun Obayendo; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola; the Executive Director of Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; and the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship at the institute.

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has kicked out the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Muhammed Bello-Koko and replaced him with Dr Abubakar Dantsoho. He also approved the appointment of Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the NPA Board.

A statement by his spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the new Managing Director is a core professional and holds a PhD, in Maritime Technology.

“Dr Dantsoho holds a Doctorate in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Abubakar-Dantsoho

“Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing”, Ngelale stated, adding:

“Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician,” the statement further said.

Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye

Adeyeye is a former Minister of State for Works and a former Ekiti South Senatorial District senator.

“The President expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved industry outcomes,” Ajuri Ngelale indicated further.

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed concern over the lack of understanding among some freight forwarders regarding the role of the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Tin Can Port.

In a statement released by NAGAFF Headquarters, the association emphasized that the Enforcement Unit serves as gatekeeper and an intervention force, mandated to police the ports and border stations, acting on intelligence information from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Interpol, and informants.

NAGAFF clarified that the Customs Intelligence Unit operates effectively, bursting revenue crimes in customs ports, and encouraged freight forwarders to report any corruption or observations to the appropriate authorities.

Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The association advised freight forwarders to maintain professional standards, ensuring genuine declaration of imports and exports for customs purposes, as non-disclosure is an offence against customs laws, leading to seizure and prosecution.

NAGAFF assured high response rates from its High Command to protect genuine declarations and compliance, emphasizing that the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team will not tolerate any corrupt acts.

The statement was signed by Dr Clement Iwegbuna, NPS, NAGAFF Hqtrs, and forwarded to the Comptroller General of Customs, DCG Enforcement, and DCG T&T Hqtrs for their information and records.

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