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Despite Pronounced Security Challenges, Adamawa/ Taraba Customs Records 19 Seizures

Comptroller Salisu Kazaure Abdullahi



…Abdullahi says Management provided operational vehicles responsible for Command’s effectiveness***

 Customs Area Controller, Adamawa/ Taraba Command; Comptroller Salisu Kazaure Abdullahi has pledged renewed commitment to revenue generation, trade facilitation, and suppression of smuggling, within the jurisdiction of the command.

He highlighted this on Friday 17 November 2023, stressing that despite the odds and pronounced security challenges, the Command recorded 19 seizures, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N13,749,110.35.

Providing a breakdown, Comptroller Salisu Kazaure Abdullahi said it consisted of 19 cartons of foreign insecticide; 26 x 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice and 15,449 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) packed in 17 x 200L drums, 475x25L, and 6 x 35L Jerry Cans respectively.

 On the command’s anti-smuggling drive held, Kazaure stated that the Command has repositioned officers across all its territorial borders. 

*Comptroller Salisu Kazaure Abdullahi

“The result of these unwavering efforts of the enforcement units of the service had really translated into a huge success of the numerous seizures of items recorded hitherto. This is invariably predicated on the intelligence sharing, synergy, and gallantry efforts of our operatives.

“In defiance of the subsidy removal on the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), intelligence report has revealed that the smuggling of the product to the West African sub-region still persists. 

“This is owing to the fact that the Country’s PMS is of high quality and some of the products could be illegally sourced. It is worth noting that, sometimes the smugglers and those who patronize them only take cognisance of the quality of the PMS and greatly undermine the comparative cost.

“Illicit source and trade on crude oil and its by-products had inflicted remarkable economic losses on Nigerians and lawful stakeholders in the oil and gas industry. 

“On the account of the inflammable nature of the Premium Motor Spirit  (PMS), most of it had been disposed of in accordance with the extant laws and the accrued proceed remitted into the Federation Account. 

“The fraction of the PMS remaining here on the ground will as well be auctioned immediately after this briefing. The seizure of the PMS is on the account of the contravention of section 246 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 and considering the facts that the territorial borders of the Command still remain officially closed”, he further said, shortly after which he showcased the seizures to newsmen.

“Let me add that, immediately after this conference, we will conduct and witness the destruction of the seized raw donkey skin that was earlier apprehended by the enforcement units of the service on the 01 Sep 23 at Sahuda, Nigeria- Cameroon border.

*Customs seizure

” This destruction would be done in accordance with schedule number 15 of Nigeria Customs Service Act, 2023, the same way some of us here had witnessed the destruction of the illicit and counterfeit drugs yesterday, 16th November 2023.

“It is worthy to note that amidst the raid by our combatant officers, none of the smugglers was arrested as they were overrun, fled, and abandoned the items. When overrun by our enforcement units, the smugglers always prefer to abandon their smuggled goods and flee in order to escape prosecution.

“I want to bring to the notice of the general public that the Command has vowed to clamp down on all smugglers, maintaining that the nation cannot afford to allow saboteurs to take over the Nation’s economy. 

“On this note, I implore all the patriotic Nigerians, stakeholders, and all relevant security agencies at the Command’s frontiers to continue to collaborate with the Customs in the battle against this menace of smuggling as this fight is not a one-man business.

“Finally, it is my pleasure to use this medium to appreciate and thank the Controller General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi Adewale, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), and his Management team for providing the Command with additional operational vehicles.

 “The presence of these vehicles had strengthened the efforts of the operatives in the area of combating the smuggling activities more effectively in the command and had yielded great success in terms of the seizures recorded in the period under review. The Command will not rest on its oars until the menace of smuggling is significantly suppressed”, the Area Controller also assured.

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MWUN Congratulates PTML Management On Acquisition Of MV Great Lagos



*MV Great Lagos

…Describes ship as a marvel of modern engineering

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) under the leadership of its President-General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has congratulated the Managing Director of Grimaldi Shipping Company, Mr. Ascanio Ruso, and his management for acquiring “MV GREAT LAGOS”, noting that it is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The ship is described as a marvel of modern engineering with functions of environmental consciousness built to meet the challenges of modern-day technology in the maritime industry.

“This suffices to say that Ascanio Ruso is one of the best maritime administrators in Nigeria, who treats workers in his employ with humane and dignity for labour,” Adeyanju, a Prince of Ibaan further stated.

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“I wish to categorically state here again that Mr. Ascanio is a wonderful Managing Director with a human face and one of the foremost employers of labour in the industry. Your blood flows with genuine intentions of fair treatment to workers’ welfare in the maritime space.

*MV Great Lagos

“We in the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria Congratulate you on this laudable milestone achievement. Once again, we say congratulations to Mr. Ascanio Ruso and your management team,” Prince Adeyanju said.

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Makinde Presents N434.2bn 2024 Budget Proposal For Oyo State



PDP’s Agboworin wins House of Representatives re-run election in Oyo

 Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday presented a budget of N434.2 billion for 2024 to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

According to Makinde, the budget is made up of N222.3 billion for capital expenditure, and N211.8 billion for recurrent expenditure.

Presenting the budget tagged: “Budget of Economic Recovery”, the governor said the capital expenditure is 2.4 percent higher than the recurrent expenditure.

He added that the 2024 budget was estimating an increased Internally Generated Revenue of N72 billion with an average of N6 billion monthly.

Education gets the highest share of the budget with N90.6 billion or 20.8 percent of the budget, followed by Infrastructure which gets N74.3 billion or 17.1 percent of the appropriation bill.

The health sector takes the third position with N40.9 billion, which is 9.4 percent and Agriculture has N15.8 billion, which is 3.6 percent of the total budget proposal.

PDP’s Agboworin wins House of Representatives re-run election in Oyo

*Governor Seyi Makinde

He promised that the 2024 budget would cover projects, policies, and actions “which when implemented will cushion the effect t of the hardship the people are facing as a result of fuel subsidy removal.”

Makinde further said that his administration would continue to use technology to block loopholes, saying his government has no plan to increase taxes.

He urged the House of Assembly to see to the speedy passage of the budget proposal for the state’s economic growth and benefit of the people of Oyo State.

Responding after the presentation, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr ‘Debo Ogundoyin (PDP Ibarapa East) assured the governor of speedy consideration of the Appropriation Bill.

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Reps Committee Issues Warrant Of Arrest On CBN Governor, Others



..Following their alleged refusal to appear, four times when invited

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition has issued a warrant of arrest on the Central Bank Governor, Mr Olayemi Cardoso, the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs Oluwatoyin Madein, and 17 others for refusing to appear before it to answer questions on their operations.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Fred Agbedi (PDP-Bayelsa) at the committee’s hearing on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Agbedi said that the arrest warrant had become inevitable following the attitude of the invitees.

He said that the parliament worked with time and the CEOs had been invited four times but failed to respond.

He said that the CEOs should be brought to appear before the committee by the Inspector General of Police through a warrant of arrest after due diligence by the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas.

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In his ruling, the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Micheal Irom (APC-Cross River)  said that the I-G should ensure the CEOs were brought before the committee on Dec. 14.

Earlier, the petitioner, Mr Fidelis Uzowanem, said that the petition was anchored on the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) report of 2021.

He said that the report was a summary of the transactions in the oil and gas industry for 2021 which NEITI could to be challenged.

“We took up the challenge to examine the report and discovered that what NEITI put together is a report is only a consolidation of fraud that has been going on in the oil and gas industry.

“It dates back to 2016 because was have been following and we put up a petition to this committee to examine what has happened.

“The 2024 budget of 27.5 trillion that has been proposed can be confidently be funded from the recoverable amount that we identified in the NEITI report.

“It is basically a concealment of illegal transactions that took place in NNPCL, they have been in the sink with some oil companies where some companies that did not produce crude were paid cash call, an amount paid for crude oil production,” he said.
He added: “We also found that the cash core payment was used as a channel for laundering funds by NNPCL and we found out that NEITI was able to conceal it in its report.

“In 2021 NEITI reported that Total Exploration and Production Nigeria-Ltd was paid 168 million dollars but examination of submission by the company shows that it received 292 million dollars.

“In other words, 124 million dollars were laundered by NNPCL through Total because monies that have been officially paid to Total could not have been concealed if it were not meant for fraudulent purposes.

“Also for Chevron, the dollar payment NEITI puts forward in its report was 76 million dollars but document emanating from Chevron showed that they received as much as 267 million dollars.”

“In other words, 191 million was laundered under the cover of Chevron and NEITI concealed that; also, Nigeria Agip Company received 188 million dollars but none of it was reported by NEITI”.

Some of those to be arrested were the Chief Executive Officer of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), that of Ethiop Eastern Exploration and Production Company Ltd, as well as the CEO of Western Africa Exploration and Production.

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