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NAGAFF activates Trade Compliance’s 2nd Stanza, lauds Malanta for sanctioning nonperforming Bonded Terminals

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NAGAFF activates Trade Compliance's 2nd Stanza, lauds Malanta for sanctioning nonperforming Bonded Terminals
NAGAFF activates Trade Compliance's 2nd Stanza, lauds Malanta for sanctioning nonperforming Bonded Terminals

The founder of National Association for Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has activated the second stage of Trade Compliance engagement for Ports and Border Stations.

The NAGAFF Founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam who highlighted it, said it was sequel to the establishment of a five-man Committee of Special Duty Response Team, to compliment efforts of the general duty Committee members of Trade Compliance team at Zones and Area Commands of the Customs Ports and Border Stations nationwide.

“This has become necessary for the obvious reason that the operational structure of NAGAFF does not permit the leadership of the Compliance Team at the Zones and Area Commands to hook-up with the Headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, NAFDAC, NDLEA, NSC, NIMASA, NPA, etc over their activities other than the authority of NAGAFF Headquarters to do so”, Dr. Aniebonam stated, noting that this presupposes that the Headquarters of the various Government Agencies and Parasatals designated at the Nigeria entry points may not be familiar and conversant with the activities of the NAGAFF Trade Compliance Team at the Customs Ports and approved Border Stations.

The freight Forwarding guru posited that the vacancy so created is to be filled up for higher stakes at this second stage of Trade Compliance engagements.

“This simply translates to the fact that any observations made by the Alhaji Tanko Ibrahim led Compliance Team at the various Commands level shall be forwarded to the home offices of the affected Government Agencies for further action.

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“It is our hope that Nigerians and the international community coming to transact businesses in our Ports and Borders shall be circumspect and law abiding in their dealings by observing and upholding the approved Standard Operating Conditions in our country.

“We must observe that the Compliance Team of NAGAFF shall zero their tolerance level on the Agents of the Government who are under oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of Nigeria. They do not have any reason whatsoever to connive with the trading community to cheat Government they ought to serve and protect. Loyalty to Government must be absolute on the part of the Agents of the Government.

“Therefore, we are simply insisting, under the canopy of Compliance Trade rule that the Agents of Government should uphold their responsibility to enforce regulations because laws are made to be obeyed and or enforced. Indeed, obedience to the rule of law is the key to a peaceful society, friendship and development.

“The Compliance Team of NAGAFF at the Headquarters shall without fear or favour, highlight names of Government officials who may be aiding and abetting crime against the Nigerian State in the Customs Ports. Make no mistake to understand that a business man has only one thing in mind (which is to make profit) and may not care so long as his actions translate to higher profit margin.  He would go ahead to take the risk under the doctrine that business in itself is a risk. It is, indeed, most unfortunate but that is the situation on ground”, the NAGAFF Founder reasoned further.

He explained NAGAFF’s belief that Government may be conversant or familiar with some kind of negative belief of the trading community and so decide to deploy its officials to protect the interest of the Government and the State.

It shall, therefore, be an act of disloyalty and unpatriotism on the part of any Agent of the Government to connive with the trading public to cheat the same Government he swore an oath to serve and protect.

“The Compliance Team of NAGAFF Headquarters shall definitely look out for this kind of officers in the Customs, Police, NDLEA, NAFDAC, NSC, Immigration, SON, NIMASA, etc who connive with the public to cheat Nigeria.

“We need to emphasis that the Government shall enhance the welfare of Government Agents so as to increase their productivity level. Government shall also make further efforts in the area of Public Policy Advocacy to educate and enlighten the trading community on matters of Compliant to Trade rules.

“The importance of Compliance to Trade rules cannot be overemphasized. When we observe trade rules, FOU, CGC STRIKE FORCE, CUSTOMS POLICE, SON ENFORCEMENT, VARIOUS ALERTS, PCA ETC will fizzle out and die natural death.

“Other advantages include but not limited to increased Revenue collection, enhance security of the State, even competitiveness, FRIENDSHIP, enhanced productivity, investment destination and technical competence”, he also said, expressing admiration for Comptroller Yusuf Malanta, the Customs Area Controller in-charge of Apapa Port, “for raising the bar to sanction some of the Bonded Terminals under his supervision, which are operating below the approved standard requirement”.

 

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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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