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… Navy hand over 252 bags of rice, 24 drums of oil to Custom, NSCDC***

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it will generate a whopping revenue of $176 billion over the next 20 years through the implementation of the e-customs project.

The NCS Comptroller-General, retired Col. Hameed Ali, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the signing of the e-Customs concession agreement between the NCS, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and China’s Huawei Technologies Limited.

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Ali said that the e-Customs concession project would ease the cost of doing business, boost revenue, enhance productivity and stop every arbitrariness in the service.

He said, “The $3.2 billion e-Customs projects to be financed by the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and managed by Huawei Technologies Limited under a 20-year concession window, when fully implemented, would quadruple Customs’ current N210 billion monthly revenue collection”.

“We will be making $176 billion within the next 20 years.

“I appreciate our partners, Huawei Technologies Limited.

We had to go to China a couple of times and today we are going to become fully digitised.

“I thank the AFC for financing this project on behalf of the entire Nigerians.

The success of this project will be on the global map.

We are going to hit the ground running.

“The journey has been long and torturous, but we’ve eventually signed the dotted lines.

I want to appreciate the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) for the commitment to see the project to fruition.”

The Acting Director-General of ICRC, Mr Michael Ohiani, described the project as revolutionary, adding that it would bring digital smart processes and procedures to customs operations.

“This is a migration from analogue to digital. We urge the concessionaire to stick to the rules of engagement as we will be monitoring the project every step of the way,” he said.

Also, Mr Kelvin Yang, representing Huawei Technologies Limited, said the company would make sure that the aim of the concession agreement was achieved, promising to make it a world standard project.

In the meantime, the operatives of Nigerian Navy Ship Victory (NNSV) handed over 252 bags of intercepted smuggled imported rice to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday in Calabar.

Base Operations Officer of NNSV, Lt. Commander Clement Ayogu, who handed over the rice to the NCS at the Navy jetty, said the operation was carried out on April 16.

Ayogu said that the handover was done on behalf of the Commander of NNSV, Commodore Ifeanyi Okpala, as directed by the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Adm. Ibrahim Dewu.

He said that the bags of rice, worth over a N9million, were intercepted off the Calabar Fairway buoy in Enugu creeks.

“On sighting our gunboat, the perpetrators ran away.

After a thorough investigation on the matter, we are handing over the 252 bags of rice to the Nigeria Customs Service.

“The Nigeria Customs Service has the prosecuting right for these items, that’s why we are handing over the items to them.

“I want to warn the perpetrators of this illegal act to desist from it because the Nigerian Navy is ever ready to arrest them at any time,” he said.

Deputy Comptroller of NCS, Mr Mustapha Kaliel, who received the items from the Navy, commended them for always sanitizing the maritime environment from all illegal acts.

Similarly, the Commander also handed over 24 drums of suspected adulterated Premium Motor Spirit containing over 2,700 litres.

He said that the product was arrested on April 16 by personnel of the NNSV at Enugu Creek.

He also said that the perpetrators ran away after sighting the Navy’s gunboat approaching them.

Mr Solomon Eremi, Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River, received the product on behalf of the State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Samuel Fadeyi.

He thanked the Navy for their effort and synergy and for always recognizing NSCDC as a critical player in the fight against adulterated petroleum products in the country.



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