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CUSTOMS: MMIA  generate N7.01bn revenue in 3 months; Niger seizes 15 vehicles

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CUSTOMS: MMIA  generate N7.01bn revenue in 3 months; Niger seizes 15 vehicles

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command has generated N7.02 billion revenue in three months from September to November.

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Gidado, said this in a statement signed by Superintendent Juliana Tomo, the command’s Public Relations Officer on Tuesday in Lagos. Gidado took over the command on Aug. 15.

Gidado said that the figure was higher when compared with N6.76 billion collected within the same period in 2021.

He said that there had been a significant increase in the command’s revenue collection.

“After taking over the mantle of leadership of the Command, the command is gradually recording a greater success to the glory of God Almighty.

“Also, the month of November is another productive month in the annals of the command as the command generated N1,959,471,750.19 only as revenue.

“In this November review, the command recorded a significant increase of N350,535,076.24 only in the revenue collected compared to that of October this year,” Gidado said.

He said that this was in pursuance of the NCS mandate which includes interception of contrabands, examination of travelers and their baggage, cargo, and mail; assessment and collection of Customs duty, among others.

Gidado noted that the command recorded greater success through a “Seamless Clearance Procedure” of passengers’ accompanied and unaccompanied baggage.

He urged all the sister agencies at the MMIA to collaborate with the service toward blockage of all possible avenues that may result in revenue leakages.

“I assure all voluntary compliance persons a good travel experience in the clearance of their shipment.

“I will also like to make it known to the public that there has been a positive difference in the integrity of passengers’ declaration of goods in the preceding month (November) under review,” he said.

Gidado added that the MMIA Nigeria Customs Service stakeholders had honored him with the “Excellence in Diligence Merit Award for his operations in the command.

In another development, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Kogi Area Command says it has seized 15 vehicles valued at about N163  million in different parts of Kogi and Niger.

The command also said that it collected about N22.6 million as internally-generated revenue (IGR) in November.

The Comptroller of Customs in charge of the command, Mr. Busayo Kadejo, said this while addressing journalists in Minna on Tuesday.

He said that the command was putting sensitive measures in place to step up security at the border posts to curtail illegal trade and prevent contraband from coming into the country.

The comptroller explained that the command would also carry out a 100 percent physical examination to prevent offensive goods from being smuggled into the country through the borders of the area.

He said that the command also discovered several illegal routes being exploited by smugglers in its area of supervision.

“We have deployed competent armed officers to manage our border posts to prevent smuggled goods from coming into our country.

“We also seized 229 cartons pharmaceuticals products, 657 cartons of canned sardine fish, 305 cartons imported soap, 2,070 machetes and 1,790 jack knives’’, he said.

Kadejo further stated that already, the area command had issued an effective operational order to its field officers at the border posts on how to tackle the menace of smuggling.

He said that the command was also partnering with other security agencies in the state to ensure the arrest and prosecution of smugglers.

The comptroller expressed optimism that the security measures in place would prevent smuggling business in whatever form.

“We have also reached out to traditional rulers, especially those at the border posts to assist our field officers with reliable information on the movement of smugglers’’, he said.

He solicited more working support from the residents of Kogi and Niger to assist officers access to intelligence information that could aid in apprehending all those in illegal business.

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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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