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NEMA tasks aircraft, ship owners on safety

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NEMA tasks aircraft, ship owners on safety

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has urged all aircraft and ship owners to apply full safety measures in their operations.

The agency made the appeal at a one-day awareness and sensitisation workshop aimed at reiterating the importance of continuous safety consciousness on Sunday in Lagos.

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The Director, of Search and Rescue, NEMA, Air Commodore Edwards Adedokun, who declared the workshop open, said critical stakeholders in maritime, aviation, response agencies and regulators in the various sectors were invited to attend the workshop.

Adedokun, who was represented by Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Coordinator, the Lagos Territorial Office of the agency, called on participants to take the opportunity of the workshop to acquire new safety tips.

He said there was a need for them to be conscious of safety in their sectors, adding that any wrong step could spell doom for their operations.

The director cited the crash of Quorum Helicopters in Lagos and Kaduna States, where their alert equipment malfunctioned.

He added that if such had happened in a thick forest, tracking the location with the malfunctioning beacons would not have been easy.

Adedokun explained that COSPAS and SARSAT were high-tech satellite-based equipment, positioned in the orbit to track distressed alerts emitted by the bearing of beacons installed in aircraft, ships or by individuals.

According to him, the equipment is based in NEMA headquarters which covers West and Central African countries, to track distress alerts from any source that needs protection, evacuation and assistance as the case may be.

“This year alone, the Mission Control Centre, situated in Abuja, has recorded 130 resolved distressed alerts which turned out to be false.

“There are three types of alerts, Initial Alert, Resolved Alert and Update alert,” he explained.

Adedokun said, “initial alert is when 406 mhz beacon sends a distressed alert and is picked up by COSPAS SARSAT, the resolution commences with downloading details of the owners.“

“It also involves contacting the owners to enquire about the situation of the equipment where the actual situation is not given.

“Then, coordinate of the location of the aircraft, ship or individual will be established, which will be despatched to all emergency response and regulatory agencies for action.

“While resolved alert indicates that upon its reception, it was established that the owners were just making maintenance checks.“

Adedokun added that the 130 recorded cases were not actual distress alerts, but were classified as false.

“This is to say that the 130 resolved alerts are false but the initial and update alerts are not counted.

“The coordinates will indicate the scene with 40 square metres for ease of response,” he said.

He, however, appealed to the aircraft operators, both private and commercial as well as ship owners to procure, install and ensure regular maintenance checks on their equipment as required.

 

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APAPA CUSTOMS: Apapa In Outstanding Daily Revenue Performance, Records N16b     

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…Comptroller Jaiyeoba Urges Sincere Declaration

The Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service on February 23, 2024, recorded another revenue collection milestone by generating N16,021,660,412.00 (Sixteen billion, twenty-one million, six hundred and sixty thousand, four hundred and twelve Naira)

According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSC Abubakar Usman, this figure was the highest daily revenue collection in the history of the command, surpassing N11.3bn collected on November 22, 2023, and  N10bn on August 3, 2023.

Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba who described the feat as one of the expected fallouts of the many strategies he has put in place, urged officers and men of the command to keep up the tempo of zero tolerance for infractions and non-compromise for any violation of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCSA) 2023.

The laudable revenue collection in the face of a declined volume of trade was achieved as a result of weekly strategy meetings between the CAC and sectional heads to review and evaluate success and challenges to continually improve on the command’s achievements. 

There have also been more regular stakeholder engagements between the command, sister government agencies, importers, exporters, terminal operators, and all others involved in the cargo clearance and supply chain.

*Comptroller Jaiyeoba

Under Comptroller Jaiyeoba, there has been a remarkable improvement in the number of containers being scanned to save time and operate in line with the expectations of modern customs administration. 

While commending the officers of the command for their dedication to duty exemplified through punctuality and integrity, the Area Controller urged importers, licensed customs agents, and freight forwarders to embrace scanning the more as the NCS under CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR is committed to the maximum deployment of ICT for trade facilitation. 

He described the sincere declaration as a mark of integrity that saves time and money, resulting in a win-win situation for everyone. According to him, not making the sincere declaration is a poor business decision capable of causing delays, leading to the issuance of demand notices and denying the declarants the benefits of enjoying fast track and possible migration to Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.

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CUSTOMS: Investigation Begins Over Alleged Extortion By FOU Senior Officer At Mokwa

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 The Comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Comptroller Dalha Wada Chedi has handed over the officer alleged to have extorted the sum of N500, 000.00 from a car buyer by the name Muhammad Dahiru Ahmad along Mokwa-Jebba Road in Niger State.

The Maritime First learnt the alleged suspect was handed over to the Assistant Provost Marshal (APM) Customs Police Unit, Kaduna, at the Headquarters of the Unit in Kaduna on Monday, 26th February 2024.

  The Comptroller while addressing newsmen in the premises of the Unit confirmed that the suspected Officer involved in this unwholesome act is indeed an operative of the Unit deployed to the Mokwa Patrol Team in Niger State and this unfortunate incident occurred in the early hour of Thursday 22nd February 2024 as reported by the complainant.

 *Comptroller Dalha Wada Chedi

The Comptroller said that “upon hearing the alleged unfortunate incident, I directed the Customs Police Unit in the Zone that is responsible for enforcing discipline in the Service to apprehend the Officer and move him to the Unit’s Headquarters here in Kaduna for further interrogation. Also, the Complainant was invited to assist in the investigation as well”.

 “The Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his Management team frowned at such unruly behavior as such the disciplinary committee will be diligent and firm. The Service is very pragmatic and practical in disciplinary cases and this one will not be an exception”. 

The Comptroller handed over the suspected Officer to the APM Customs Police Unit for further investigation. 

In his words, “The Officer is hereby handed over to the APM Customs Police Unit for discreet investigation and the findings of the investigation will be transmitted to NCS-HQ for further action by the Nigeria Customs Service Board as it is the only body that handles the Appointment, Promotions, and Discipline of all Senior Officers of the Service”. 

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 He continues by saying that “this unprofessional and ungodly act will not be condoned. A thorough investigation has just commenced by this handing over to unravel the facts surrounding the allegation and the outcome shall be made public to serve as a deterrent to others”.

 “We are deeply concerned and we assure the general public that the matter will be treated with the deserved vigour, decisiveness, and transparency”.

The Comptroller assured the general public that the Unit will update the general public as the investigation progresses, 

“In addition, the Unit will continue to update the general public as the investigation progresses while appreciating the understanding and usual support of the public”. “I am humbly urging the general public not to relent in rendering such invaluable support.

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Navy Nabs 2 Suspected Fuel Smugglers, Seizes 5,100 Litres Of Petrol

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 The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operation Base, Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom has arrested two suspects and impounded their wooden boat laden with 5,100 litres of petrol.

The Commanding Officer of the base, Navy Capt. Uche Aneke, handed over the suspects, the boat and the petrol over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ibaka on Sunday.

Aneke said a patrol team of the Navy arrested the suspects on Feb. 22 following an intelligence report about suspected smuggling activities in the area.

“Patrolling Naval gunboats were deployed to intercept the wooden boat.

“In the boat were the two suspected smugglers and 5,100 litres of petrol concealed under bags of yams, cartons of drinks, other beverages and several cartons of floor tiles, all covered with tarpaulin,’’ he said.

Aneke warned individuals and groups involved in the illegal business to desist or prepare to face the wrath of the law.

He also warned criminals to steer clear of Nigeria’s territorial waters, stressing that security agencies would not condone illegal activities in the country’s coastal areas.

Head of NSCDC’s anti-vandalism unit in Akwa Ibom, Mr Micheal Asibor, who took delivery of the suspects and the exhibits assured of diligent prosecution of the incident. 

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