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NWABUNIKE: ANCLA leader pledges dedicated services anchored on Selflessness, native wisdom

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The National President, Association of Nigeria Licenced Customs Agents (ANLCA), Iju Tony Nwabunike has pledged to amplify selflessness and altruistic commitments as he rededicates himself to serving of humanity.

The Maritime expert stated this at the weekend, during a phone chat with newsmen on the occasion of his 58 birthday celebration, stressing that he would also prioritize native intelligence, as he strives to assist the less privileged, particularly during the presently devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

“I come from a community of industrious people called Ozubulu in Anambra State where chivalry and communal living is highly encouraged. As a professional in the freight forwarding sector, I have participated actively in the maritime industry for about three decades.

“Although, I have veered into other aspects of human endeavours as a businessman, Ozubulu, Anambra State and the Nigerian maritime industry have played very vital roles in shaping my person.

“I am involved in certain philantropic activities long before now, but the need to redouble efforts towards such acts have further been emphasised by challenges posed by the pandemic.

“Covid-19 pandemic brought health, economic and very serious humanitarian challenges to the world. As I celebrate, I am conscious of this and will further implore well-meaning Nigerians to lend hands of support to the needy around them.

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“I am speaking to you from my Lagos home where I observed a very mild family celebration while passing messages of love for all that should exemplified in good deeds to all my family members, friends and well-wishers who have been showering me with goodwill messages today.

“I am very thankful to God for his grace and mercy towards me  and giving me the blessing of life to this stage while praying to him to grant me more years which I will dedicate to serving humanity

“I will also renew my call to my professional colleagues to sustain and increase their degrees of moral values, ethical behaviours and professional diligence in the discharge of their services to the maritime industry and Nigeria at large” he said

He advised further that all Nigerians should continually observe the Covid19 prevention protocols of handwashing, usage of hand sanitisers, wearing of nose masks and observing appropriate physical distance measures.

 

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Maritime Advocacy Foundation Opposes Plans to Repeal Shippers Council Act

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Maritime Advocacy Foundation Opposes Plans to Repeal Shippers Council Act

The Maritime Advocacy Foundation (MAF) has expressed strong opposition to the covert plan to repeal the Nigerian Shippers Council Act (Cap. 133 LFN 2004) by the Federal House of Representatives Committee on Shipping Services. 

The repeal, slated for May 27, 2024, aims to replace the Council with a new agency.

At a press conference in Lagos on Friday, the Head of Publicity, MAF, Fwdr. Dr. Eugene Nweke emphasized the crucial role shippers play in global trade, financial exchange, and transport, citing their contributions to job creation and revenue generation. 

The foundation highlighted international conventions that protect shippers’ rights and interests, such as the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules, Hamburg Rules, CMR Convention, and CIM/COTIF Convention.

“We urge all stakeholders to recognize the vital role shippers play in our national economy and join us in opposing this repeal…”

MAF praised the Nigerian Shippers Council for safeguarding shippers’ interests for over 36 years, despite attempts to undermine its authority and urged the Ministers of Transportation and Marine & Blue Economy to protect Nigerian shippers’ interests and reject the repeal of the Shippers Council Act.

The group emphasized the importance of the Shippers Council in:

Publisher, MMS, Kingsley Anatole and Head, Publicity, Maritime Advocacy Foundation (MAF), Fwdr. Eugene Nweke during the media briefing on Friday in Lagos.

*- Protecting shippers from unfair trade practices, unfair competition, and bad business practices

-* Maintaining economic and trading stability, offering advisory and recommendations on informed trade realities and statistics

*- Evaluating trading climates and proffering solutions, remedying market failures, protecting the environment, and promoting economic management idealism

-* Ensuring efficient delivery of infrastructural services to shippers, based on fair competition and satisfactory delivery services

*- Identifying factors impeding the cost of production and quality services, and ensuring suitable services for shippers

-* Possessing legislative oversight jurisdiction to monitor and enforce compliance by other agencies

MAF therefore called on the press and the public to join them in resisting the repeal and supporting the protection of Nigerian shippers’ interests, like other countries do.

“We urge all stakeholders to recognize the vital role shippers play in our national economy and join us in opposing this repeal. Let us work together to protect the interests of our hardworking and innovative Nigerian shippers,” the group stressed.

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BORDER: FG, Benin Republic Meet in Segbana, To Fast-track Kebbi’s Tsamiya Border Reopening

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BORDER: FG, Benin Republic Meet in Segbana, To Fast-track Kebbi's Tsamiya Border Reopening

… CGC Adeniyi eyes strengthening ties with Benin Customs, to enhance trade facilitation 

A high-level delegation from the Federal Government of Nigeria has engaged its counterparts from the Benin Republic in an inter-ministerial meeting, to discuss the reopening of the Segbana-Tsamiya border post in Kebbi State. 

The meeting which was held on May 21, 2024, aimed at fast-tracking the operationalisation of the border post, in a bid to enhance regional integration and boost economic activities,

Among the Nigerian delegation are the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Executive Governor of Kebbi State, Dr. Nasir Idris,  Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi, Director of Home Finance at the Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Ali Mohammed, and Dr. Dakorinama Alabo George, Director General Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA), among other dignitaries.  

The discussions delved into comprehensive issues surrounding the border post’s opening, focusing on logistics, security measures, and the economic impact. Feasibility studies were presented, outlining expected benefits such as increased trade and potential challenges that might arise. 

The deliberation also included setting timelines and identifying necessary infrastructure to ensure a smooth operation.

During the visit, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, affirmed that engagement between the two countries will foster their efforts to enhance the economy. According to him, the aim was to improve the free flow of trade and commercial activities between the two countries, primarily through Northern Borders.

He said, “To ensure closer working and economic relations between Nigeria and the Benin Republic. Over the last six months, within this collaboration framework, we have been working with our colleagues from the Beninese Customs Administration to ensure that we bring the economy together through easy border crossing with goods.” 

On her part, the Director General of the Benin Customs Administration, Adidjatou Hassan, appreciated the move to reopen the border, which, according to her, will strengthen the trade activities between citizens of the two countries.

She said, “This development is expected to increase economic cooperation and strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations. We are committed to sustaining our seamless collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service while enhancing security at our borders and trade activities.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, said the decision to form the forum was based on Presidents Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s and Patrice Talon’s directives to strengthen social and economic interaction as well as expanding trade and commercial ties between the citizens of the two nations.

The Kebbi State Governor, Nasir Idris, who was part of the delegation, thanked the two countries’ presidents for making moves to reinvigorate the free trade and transportation of goods to various destinations within the two countries.

Governor Nasir, however, emphasised that “the state has maintained good neighbourliness with the Republic of Benin on economic activities and social interaction as both beneficial of the border.” 

Further deliberations involved addressing disputes and agreeing on the operational framework. Reinvigoration of a joint commission between Nigeria and Benin took centre stage in the discussion. 

Also, a significant step towards resolving issues and ensuring the necessary infrastructure forms part of the discussion. 

The meeting concluded with a summary of key points discussed and a formal statement of commitment from both sides. Also, an agreement was reached on scheduling a follow-up meeting in June 2024 to monitor progress and address any outstanding issues. 

The delegation agreed to hold a bi-national committee meeting with a defined commitment for subcommittees to submit their reports within two weeks to streamline seamless efforts towards border reopening.

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CUSTOMS Former CG Mustapha Lauds CGC Adeniyi On Overwhelming Transformation In Service

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CUSTOMS Former CG Mustapha Lauds CGC Adeniyi On Overwhelming Transformation In Service

… Adeniyi says he considers Mustapha’s visit a huge honour

A revered former Comptroller General of Customs, Ahmed Mustapha gave Kudos on Tuesday, over the overwhelming transformation that has taken place in the Nigeria Customs Service since he left the Service.

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 Ahmed Mustapha who served from 1999 to 2004 specifically commended the CGC, Adewale Adeniyi, as he expressed his gratitude and admiration for the extensive innovations, particularly, on IT advancements the service had undergone.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, received the former Comptroller-General of Customs, Ahmed Mustapha, on Tuesday, 20 May 2024 at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Headquarters in Abuja.

“I am deeply impressed by the transformations that have taken place within the Nigeria Customs Service since I left office in 2004. The advancements in technology, infrastructure, and overall efficiency are commendable and reflect the dedication of the current leadership and staff,” Mustapha remarked, during his visit,

 I am grateful that he found the time to visit and see firsthand the developments at the NCS headquarters.”

CGC Adewale Adeniyi while warmly welcoming the retired CGC, sincerely appreciated Mustapha’,, stressing that he considers the visit a great honour.  The CGC was once, a Service national spokesman and image maker, under the former CGC, Mustapha’, during which time, the former CG loved Adeniyi like his own eyes!

“It is an honour to receive former CGC Ahmed Mustapha today. His contributions laid a solid foundation for the progress we are building upon. I am grateful that he found the time to visit and see firsthand the developments at the NCS headquarters.”

Adeniyi also requested the management team to join in the pleasure of hosting Mustapha, highlighting the importance of recognising the efforts of past leaders in shaping the future of the service. 

“We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us,” Adeniyi noted, adding: “Their legacy and hard work have paved the way for the innovations and improvements we are implementing today.”

The visit was marked by a tour of the headquarters, where Mustapha was shown the latest technological advancements of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) centre, which have enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of the NCS. 

The meeting concluded with both leaders emphasising the importance of continuity and the sharing of knowledge across different eras of leadership.

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