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The Minister of Transportation, Mu'azu Jaji Sambo, addressing dignitaries on the occasion of World Maritime Day celebration in Lagos.

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, addressing dignitaries on the occasion of the World Maritime Day celebration in Lagos.

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, has said that a greener and the sustainable maritime industry is achievable through partnership and commitment for synergy, in the formulation and implementation of a roadmap, for the nation’s maritime sector.

The Minister stated this in Lagos Thursday, at the 2022 World Maritime Day Celebration with the theme “New Technologies for Greener Shipping” adding that as the world transits to higher levels of artificial intelligence and green technology the need for technology to drive the maritime sector has not only become necessary but imperative as a nation.

Also read: WORLD MARITIME DAY: Nigeria Joins IMO On Greener Shipping For Sustainable Development

“As a country, we must not lose out on the future race which will require a workforce of new skills and competencies of maritime institutions particularly the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron and the Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology to begin to recalibrate the curricular to address these requirements of the future.

Speaking further, Mu’azu stated that commitment to a greener future in the maritime industry comes with inputs from the government and the private sector, with the government already putting in place policies and an enabling environment, one of such being the recent inauguration of the National Council on Climate to coordinate the implementation of sectoral targets for the regulation of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, to formulate appropriate policies towards green growth and sustainable economic growth of the country.

The Minister hence called on the private sector to invest in more modern platforms and assets that will meet the emission level of the future, adding that in line with this, he would seek the actualization of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund which he believes will facilitate the acquisition of newer vessels for indigenous operators.

“New Technologies for Greener Shipping” Sambo said, “Comes with the responsibility of training and retraining our workforce in order to prepare them for the inevitable innovation and transformation of the future that will certainly impact on jobs and skills”.

Also speaking, the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, in his remarks stated that the theme is very relevant in addressing specific aspects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly SDGs 9, 13, 14 and 17 on the industry, innovation and infrastructure, climate action, sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources and the importance of partnership and implementation to achieve the goals.

Giving the welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani said that the theme “reflects the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future through the promotion of inclusive innovation and uptake of emerging technologies, especially in the context of Developing Countries, and in particular the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs)”.

She also urged stakeholders to network, share ideas and proffer innovative solutions geared towards addressing the diverse challenges confronting the sub-sector for optimal performance.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, in declaring the session open noted that the theme is in tandem with the government’s commitment toward net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

According to him, part of the commitment includes moving within the next 15 years from fossil to renewables, saying there is no better industry to propagate this than the Federal Ministry of Transportation and its agencies.

He further called on industry experts and stakeholders to engage robustly and bring up initiatives toward achieving the Nigerian government’s dream of achieving a sustainable energy drive.

The event was Chaired by the Honourable Minister of Environment, Barr. Mohammed H. Abdullahi, the Chief Host, HE,  Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by Dr Frederick Oladeinde,  the Chairman Senate Committee on Maritime Transport,  Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje, who was ably represented by the Chairman House Committee on Waterways, Rt, Hon. Patrick Asadu, Deputy Chairman House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education & Administration, Hon. Mansur Manu Soro, Honourable Minister of Science Technology & Innovation, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Honourable Minister of State, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, the Permanent Secretary,  Dr Magdalene Ajani, Directors,  Heads of Agencies under the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Maritime Stakeholders.

In his contribution, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, the Special Guest of Honour represented by Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade stated that a survey embarked on reflects that the shipping industry consumes 300 million tonnes of fuel every year thereby releasing about 3% of the world’s carbon dioxide emission to the atmosphere.

According to Olugbade, the shipping sector can play a substantial and leading role by embracing new technologies through the acquisition of green ships that are more efficient, consume less energy and cuts down on sulphur emissions.

He also lauded the institutional framework by IMO, noting that it is only through these strategic initiatives would global emissions, global warming and pollution be addressed.

The program had in attendance, the Minister of Science and Technology, Adeleke Mamora, Lagos State Commissioner of Transportation, Dr Federick Oladeinde, who represented the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Directors in the Ministry of Transportation, Heads of Agencies of the Ministry, Industry experts and stakeholders.

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo hosted the 2022 World Maritime day at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, themed “New Technologies for Greener Shipping” which is in tune with the global efforts towards renewable and sustainable energy.

 

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ALI: Why Customs Attained Only N2.6trn, Out of 2022 Revenue Target of N3.1trn

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ALI: Why Customs Attained Only N2.6trn, Out of 2022 Revenue Target of N3.1trn

…Blames unpredictable Stock market, Government’s fiscal policies, particularly, waivers and concessions***

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) has blamed the unpredictable Stock market and Government’s fiscal policies, particularly, waivers and concessions as being mainly responsible, for the shortfall in the 2022 revenue target.

Actually, the Service had a revenue target of N3.1 trillion, but terminated the ambition, after raking in, N2.6trn; making a mirage of N400 billion.

Ali stated this on Thursday in Abuja, while fielding questions from newsmen at a briefing to mark the end of a three-day global conference organised by the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

The Comptroller-General said, “non-commencement of tariffs on carbonated drinks, telecommunications tariff, among other things, affected the actualisation of the service’s target for 2022.”

ALI: Why Customs Attained Only N2.6trn, Out of 2022 Revenue Target of N3.1trn

He said the service was “hopeful that 2023 will be better if all these factors would be put in place.

On the theme of the conference “Enabling Customs in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations“, Ali said he was disturbed by the security challenges in border areas.

He said besides efforts being made to get his personnel fully equipped for the job, the service was not resting on its oars to build its capacity for effective performance.

Ali pledged to do everything to reposition the service.

It would be recalled that while the Service celebrated recording such a huge revenue feat, many Stakeholders, particularly the importers and Customs brokers wept bitterly, lamenting what they perceived as the introduction of various strategies and high-handedness towards meeting the set target!

On more than one occasion, they had threatened to down tool; and at least, on one occasion, they actually did, over what they described as misapplication of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) scheme.

Most pronounced was the ‘anti-smuggling’ activities of the Federal Operation Units, which severally waylaid, containers already cleared by Customs as they exit the ports, rechecking their documents; and often, taking the containers to their base, for another round of examination or raising of new Debit Notes.

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Emerging Border Crimes threatening Customs Operations-Ali

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… Says Customs forced to suspend operations in places considered “fragile”***

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, says emerging border crimes were threatening Customs operations.

Ali said this at a news briefing on Thursday in Abuja, to mark the end of a three-day Global Conference on Fragile Borders, organised by the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

The WCO was established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC), specifically as an independent, intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.

The conference has the theme, ‘Enabling Customs in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations’.

He said although the primary function of Customs was to generate revenue and facilitate trade, heightened insecurity around the borders had made it imperative to be adequately equipped to work effectively.

The Customs boss, who is the Vice Chairman of the West and Central Africa (WCA) region of WCO, while thanking WCO for giving Nigeria the opportunity to host the conference, said “we are honoured.”

He said the dangerous trends around the borders were increasing by the day, saying “We are inundated by this fragile border issue in the gulf of Guinea and other neighbouring countries.

“Unfortunately Customs is a hard hit because of the quest to rid our borders of smugglers and other border criminals.

He further said “smugglers for instance have become very deadly and some of our gallant officers have lost their lives in the process of trying to stop their nefarious activities.

“We have also lost properties over time and this is because these smugglers use dangerous weapons to try to deter our officers from carrying out their responsibilities.

“So, it will be foolhardy to confront such a dangerous group of people without being adequately equipped.”

The Customs Boss said the development had become dire in some border areas adding that Customs was forced to suspend operations in those places they had been declared “fragile”.

“This is a critical matter that requires needed attention and this is because if there is no security there will be no movement of goods and services and that will affect revenue generation.

“There is a need therefore for total overhaul of the service in some countries because Customs officers do not carry arms in those countries.

“That ought to change now that there is so much insecurity around us.

“One of the ways we are working to ensure that  Customs stays ahead of these criminals is the e-Customs platform.’

Dr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary-General, WCO, said there was a need for relevant stakeholders to collaborate for better performance.

Mikuriya said WCO a 184-member worldwide organisation in which Nigeria plays an active role, was concerned about the spate of insecurity.

He said the time had come for Customs to go beyond mere revenue generation to paying attention to security matters, adding that “without security at the borders we cannot effectively collect revenue.”

He also said there was a need for data sharing, research and development, intelligence gathering and deployment of technology in the whole exercise.

The Secretary-General said WCO was working out an action plan to help tackle the issue of insecurity, particularly as it affects Customs.

Part of the activities of the WCO at the conference was a scheduled visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Today, the WCO represents 182 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade.

As the global centre of Customs expertise, the WCO is the only international organisation with competence in Customs matters and can rightly call itself the voice of the international Customs community.

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Seme Customs Seizes Fake $6m, 1,300 kegs of Petrol, 14 Intern’l Passports, in 10 days

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Seme Customs Seizes Fake $6m, 1,300 kegs of Petrol, 14 Intern'l Passports, in 10 days

The new Customs Area Controller CAC, Seme Customs Command, Dera Nnadi, has made spectacular seizures, which included fake $6 million cash, an equivalent of N2.763bn, 1,300 kegs of petrol, a.k.a Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), just within 10 days of his assuming duty.

Compt. Nnadi disclosed this at a press briefing on Thursday, highlighting that the fake dollars were seized at Gbaji checkpoint along Seme corridor in the early hours of January 31st, 2023; also noted that the command intercepted 550 pieces of donkey skin, 146 bags of flour, 14 international passports and 10 international drivers’ licenses.

The impounded petrol could fill over a fuel tanker.

He said that two male suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure. 

Compt. Nnadi also stated that the 1,300 jerry cans of PMS seized had a duty-paid value of N9,366,450.

He added that the products were seized along the creeks.

He stated that the seized 146 bags of flour has a duty-paid value of N5, 383,020.

The CAC explained that the 550  pieces of donkey skin in 550 sacks seized represents the killing of 550 donkeys, an animal classified as part of endangered species which needs to be protected.

He said that the duty-paid value of the seized donkey skin is N11, 371,511.00.

He observed that the officers of the command intercepted six Maltese international passports with the same picture of a lady but bearing different names, two Senegalese international passports, three Togolese international passports, four Republic of Benin international passports, one Republic of Niger passport and ten international driver’s licenses from two male suspects.

According to the controller, the passports and driver’s licenses were intercepted along Gbetrome base.

He maintained that his command facilitated the movement of 70 trucks under ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) with fees amounting to N1, 414,665.01 collected.

Compt. Nnadi announced that there were 81 baggage declarations with duty amounting to N4, 520,722.

He said that the items imported under this arrangement include food products and beverages produced within the sub-region. 

 The CAC stated that the command recorded only five declarations of import within the period with a total of N13,383,104 paid as duty.

He equally explained that the dearth in import was a result of the trade policy introduced by Republic of  Benin which traders and indeed the Service consider hostile to  Nigeria. 

On export, Nnadi stated that the command processed 122 trucks bearing 3,770.49 metric tons of made-in-Nigeria cargo with a Free On Board value of N523,660,496.80 and National Export Supervision Scheme fee of N2, 618,302.10.

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