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CSR: Pupils, Teachers hail, as LTT Coastal and Marine Services delivers Project to Lagos Community!

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CRS: Pupils, teachers hail, as LTT Coastal and Marine Services delivers PROJECT to Lagos Community!

…Head Teacher: My Pupils are happier and can learn better now!***

The water freely gushed, the Head Teacher of the Baptist Primary School, Marine Beach, Mrs. Eke Justina Chinaza smiles happily as an elated Community Baale, Joseph Ogunmola commissioned a noteworthy project, financed and delivered by LTT Coastal and Marine Services Ltd, Grade A company, domiciled at the Apapa Dockyard, in Lagos.

To the audience, the event was merely a commissioning of rehabilitated, reconstructed and delivered borehole and several units of toilets, alongside state of the art sanitary. But to the pupils and teachers of the Government School, it was worth far more than gold! It was the best gift any corporate organization could offer them.

Councillor for Ward F, Iganmu Apapa LCDA, Emmanuel Babatunde Oputa and his beautiful wife; and The GM, LTT Coastal & Marine Services Ltd., Kalusky Yechiel Hilik (2nd right), with the company’s Head of Human Resources Mrs. Theodora Nwaeze during the project delivery in Lagos on Tuesday.

 

An elected Local Government Icon, Emmanuel Babatunde Oputa, an Igbo politician told the flowing story, very succinctly. He was born and brought up in the Lagos ward neighbourhood. He schooled there, contested and won his election there.

He thought all was well with his neighbourhood, until one remarkable day months back, this year; he visited the Baptist Primary School in Marine Beach as part of his oversight functions. There he watched a little girl pressed by nature, who ran out of her classroom, frantically looking for where to defecate!

Sadly, there was no toilet to ease! The toilets were locked up and keyed.

She tried going towards a nearby house, failed the attempt; and having no other options, quickly removed her uniforms and defecated right there on the field, in public glare!

She was sorry, and incoherently apologetic. The truth however, was, many of them publicly defecated! They littered the entire environment; and the school paid in pungent nasty smells, huge green flies and pupils’ poor concentration!

If seeing is believing, then Oputa was understandably disturbed. How could either the children or their teachers be blamed for failing to put in their best, or be accused of any serious under performance in situations like such?

A week later, armed with hundreds of letters soliciting for help, Oputa began a frustrating journey of knocking on one Company’s door, after another.

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“It was frustrating”, he told Maritime First, expressing sincere appreciation to his wife, who kept encouraging him, until he actually arrived at the LTT Coastal and Marine Services Ltd, where he met the Company Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Theodora Nwaeze, who echoed his needs and prayers to the management, which also met the listening ears of kind-hearted General Manager, Kalusky Yechiel Hilik.

Speaking at the Commissioning, the Head Teacher emphasized that few things could erode anyone’s confidence faster than a child pressed to defecate in most inauspicious places! She also noted that any teacher suffering the inconvenience of such hidden embarrassment may also, not likely be able to give his best! She pleaded with Corporate organizations to emulate the LTT Coastal & Marine Services, by coming to Government’s assistance in such vital areas, stressing that Government alone cannot do everything in the present economic situation!

 

 

An appreciative community turned up in large numbers for the project commissioning. The Chairman of ward ‘F’ Leaders Forum , Kayode Osewere, was present, alongside the Ward Secretary,  Felix Ozochidobe, Mr Mufutau Bello, Mrs. Irene Udoh, Alhaji Ibrahim, and Chief Adebowale Johnson.

Also present were key community leaders, which included Sunday Ileleji; the Vice Chairman Iganmu Apapa LG. Hon Kelvin Oluwaseun Gabriel; the Education Secretary, Mrs. Olabepo Fausiyat Oluwatoyin who was represented by Mr. Ojekunle Samuel; the Head of Planning Research and Statistic, Mrs. Agunloye Folashade; the Assistant Head, Social Mobilization, Mrs. Adeniji Foluke; a House Leader, Fourth legislative Council, Apapa LCDA – Hon Funmilayo Olanihun, so also, the SLG, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Hon. Wasiu Yusuf.

The Baale of Marine Beach, Joseph Ogunmola doubled as the Royal father of the day, the Executive Chairman, Apapa LCDA, Hon. Dr. Funmilayo Akande Mohammed was ably represented. But Senatorial Leaders, Alhaji Morufu Bademosi Ojora, Chief Hon Christopher Arago and Mrs Ayo Ibrahim were there; just as the Vice Chairman, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Hon. Hakeem Balogun, a Supervisor for education was present.

The Head Teacher, Baptist Primary School, Mrs. Eke Justina Chinaza was flanked by the Assist Head Teacher, Mrs. Oluwole Florence, and others which included Home Economics Centre Head, Mrs. Oyetade Florence Oyeladun

When the Community Baale stood up to talk, he simply could not thank the LTT Coastal and Marine Services long enough, as he pleaded that the Company should adopt the school, so that the pupils could mentally and psychologically be freed of such challenges in future.

Where the Baale left off, the leader of the Hausa people took over, even as the leader of the Igbo people in the area also stressed his satisfaction, that the teachers and pupils were so observable motivated!

Hon. Oputa didn’t say much: he showed his gratitude to all that came by dancing, and praising God, the Government, the people that elected him; and particularly, the LTT Coastal and Marine Services for making him proud! The present gesture, according to him, was all he needed to further saunter more confidently into the city, to solicit more succour, to the people!

Speaking towards the end of the ceremony, the Company management expressed satisfaction that God granted the Company, the unique privilege of being able to help the people, particularly the innocent children with highly promising future. They also pledged to regularly come back to ensure that the facilities continue to work!

Then, the Baale stood up, followed by the elated crowd of Local Government officials and the school staff for the most important task of the day: to Commission and hand over the project! The excited pupils hailed, the teachers clapped, the crowd sang, the tapes were cut, the taps were turned… and waters forcefully gushed out…!

To the students and teachers, a new era of more comfortable learning had begun for the Baptist Primary School. Ironically, for the Management team of LTT Coastal and Marine Services Ltd, it was just one more Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) delivered, a gesture and a hobby they regularly performed, in their day to day focused mandate, of silently touching lives!

 

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APAPA CUSTOMS: Apapa In Outstanding Daily Revenue Performance, Records N16b     

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…Comptroller Jaiyeoba Urges Sincere Declaration

The Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service on February 23, 2024, recorded another revenue collection milestone by generating N16,021,660,412.00 (Sixteen billion, twenty-one million, six hundred and sixty thousand, four hundred and twelve Naira)

According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSC Abubakar Usman, this figure was the highest daily revenue collection in the history of the command, surpassing N11.3bn collected on November 22, 2023, and  N10bn on August 3, 2023.

Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba who described the feat as one of the expected fallouts of the many strategies he has put in place, urged officers and men of the command to keep up the tempo of zero tolerance for infractions and non-compromise for any violation of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCSA) 2023.

The laudable revenue collection in the face of a declined volume of trade was achieved as a result of weekly strategy meetings between the CAC and sectional heads to review and evaluate success and challenges to continually improve on the command’s achievements. 

There have also been more regular stakeholder engagements between the command, sister government agencies, importers, exporters, terminal operators, and all others involved in the cargo clearance and supply chain.

*Comptroller Jaiyeoba

Under Comptroller Jaiyeoba, there has been a remarkable improvement in the number of containers being scanned to save time and operate in line with the expectations of modern customs administration. 

While commending the officers of the command for their dedication to duty exemplified through punctuality and integrity, the Area Controller urged importers, licensed customs agents, and freight forwarders to embrace scanning the more as the NCS under CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR is committed to the maximum deployment of ICT for trade facilitation. 

He described the sincere declaration as a mark of integrity that saves time and money, resulting in a win-win situation for everyone. According to him, not making the sincere declaration is a poor business decision capable of causing delays, leading to the issuance of demand notices and denying the declarants the benefits of enjoying fast track and possible migration to Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.

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CUSTOMS: Investigation Begins Over Alleged Extortion By FOU Senior Officer At Mokwa

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 The Comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Comptroller Dalha Wada Chedi has handed over the officer alleged to have extorted the sum of N500, 000.00 from a car buyer by the name Muhammad Dahiru Ahmad along Mokwa-Jebba Road in Niger State.

The Maritime First learnt the alleged suspect was handed over to the Assistant Provost Marshal (APM) Customs Police Unit, Kaduna, at the Headquarters of the Unit in Kaduna on Monday, 26th February 2024.

  The Comptroller while addressing newsmen in the premises of the Unit confirmed that the suspected Officer involved in this unwholesome act is indeed an operative of the Unit deployed to the Mokwa Patrol Team in Niger State and this unfortunate incident occurred in the early hour of Thursday 22nd February 2024 as reported by the complainant.

 *Comptroller Dalha Wada Chedi

The Comptroller said that “upon hearing the alleged unfortunate incident, I directed the Customs Police Unit in the Zone that is responsible for enforcing discipline in the Service to apprehend the Officer and move him to the Unit’s Headquarters here in Kaduna for further interrogation. Also, the Complainant was invited to assist in the investigation as well”.

 “The Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his Management team frowned at such unruly behavior as such the disciplinary committee will be diligent and firm. The Service is very pragmatic and practical in disciplinary cases and this one will not be an exception”. 

The Comptroller handed over the suspected Officer to the APM Customs Police Unit for further investigation. 

In his words, “The Officer is hereby handed over to the APM Customs Police Unit for discreet investigation and the findings of the investigation will be transmitted to NCS-HQ for further action by the Nigeria Customs Service Board as it is the only body that handles the Appointment, Promotions, and Discipline of all Senior Officers of the Service”. 

Investigation begins…

 He continues by saying that “this unprofessional and ungodly act will not be condoned. A thorough investigation has just commenced by this handing over to unravel the facts surrounding the allegation and the outcome shall be made public to serve as a deterrent to others”.

 “We are deeply concerned and we assure the general public that the matter will be treated with the deserved vigour, decisiveness, and transparency”.

The Comptroller assured the general public that the Unit will update the general public as the investigation progresses, 

“In addition, the Unit will continue to update the general public as the investigation progresses while appreciating the understanding and usual support of the public”. “I am humbly urging the general public not to relent in rendering such invaluable support.

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Navy Nabs 2 Suspected Fuel Smugglers, Seizes 5,100 Litres Of Petrol

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 The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operation Base, Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom has arrested two suspects and impounded their wooden boat laden with 5,100 litres of petrol.

The Commanding Officer of the base, Navy Capt. Uche Aneke, handed over the suspects, the boat and the petrol over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ibaka on Sunday.

Aneke said a patrol team of the Navy arrested the suspects on Feb. 22 following an intelligence report about suspected smuggling activities in the area.

“Patrolling Naval gunboats were deployed to intercept the wooden boat.

“In the boat were the two suspected smugglers and 5,100 litres of petrol concealed under bags of yams, cartons of drinks, other beverages and several cartons of floor tiles, all covered with tarpaulin,’’ he said.

Aneke warned individuals and groups involved in the illegal business to desist or prepare to face the wrath of the law.

He also warned criminals to steer clear of Nigeria’s territorial waters, stressing that security agencies would not condone illegal activities in the country’s coastal areas.

Head of NSCDC’s anti-vandalism unit in Akwa Ibom, Mr Micheal Asibor, who took delivery of the suspects and the exhibits assured of diligent prosecution of the incident. 

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