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SIFAX Group, Head Communications shine at BrandCom awards

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SIFAX Group, Chairman Bag Brandcom, MARAN Awards 

The Most Outstanding Corporate Communications Professional of the Year (Maritime) award won by Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications and the Most Outstanding Maritime Brand of the Year award won by SIFAX Group

For its phenomenal growth and impactful service delivery in the course of the year, SIFAX Group, a group of companies with investment in Maritime, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Haulage & Logistics, Financial Services and Hospitality, has won the Most Outstanding Maritime Brand of the Year at the 2021 Brandcom Awards.

The Group Head, Corporate Communications, Olumuyiwa Akande, also clinched the Most Outstanding Corporate Communications Professional of the Year (Maritime) award.

Enitan Oluwadare Filani, Senior Manager, Business Development, SIFAX Group; Gboyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor; Isreal Jaiye Opayemi, MD, Chain Reactions/ President, Public Relations Consultant Association of Nigeria (PRCAN); Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Docks; Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group and Philips Ojo, Corporate Communications Officer, SIFAX Group at the 2021 Brandcom awards held at D’podium, Ikeja over the weekend where SIFAX Group bagged The Most Outstanding Maritime Brand of the Year Award

The annual event is organised by the Brand Communicator, a leading brand and marketing magazine.

Speaking at the occasion, Joshua Ajayi, Publisher of Brand Communicator and Convener of Brandcom awards noted that SIFAX Group has distinguished itself as a force to be reckoned with in terms of quality service delivery and excellent customer relationship, which he noted, have set the company apart among its competitors.

He also noted that since Olumuyiwa Akande took over the reins as the Head of Corporate Communications of SIFAX Group, he has ingeniously and creatively positioned the Group favourably as a reputable brand noting that the media has tremendously enjoyed his support which has translated to better media mileage and corporate reputation for the company.

L-R: Enitan Oluwadare Filani, Senior Manager, Business Development, SIFAX Group; Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Docks; Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group and Philips Ojo, Corporate Communications Officer, SIFAX Group at the 2021 Brandcom awards held at D’podium, Ikeja over the weekend where SIFAX Group bagged The Most Outstanding Maritime Brand of the Year Award

“Today, we are celebrating a brand and corporate communications expert. SIFAX Group as a brand has grown over the years to become a household name in the country and beyond.

“The company offers quality service delivery while also affecting the society positively through its socially-impactful initiatives.

Behind such feat is a communications expert who has favourably positioned the brand through novel and innovative ideas.

“We appreciate the work done by SIFAX Group and its Head of Corporate Communications, Olumuyiwa Akande. That is the reason we are conferring these awards on them”, he said.

R-L: Steve Babaeko, CEO, X3 Media; Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group; Joshua Ajayi, Convener, Brandcom Awards/ Publisher, Brand Communicator; Philips Ojo, Corporate Communications Officer, SIFAX Group and Enitan Oluwadare Filani, Senior Manager, Business Development, SIFAX Group at the 2021 Brandcom awards held at D’podium, Ikeja over the weekend where Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications bagged The Most Outstanding Corporate Communications Professional of the Year (Maritime) award.

While receiving the award on behalf of the Group, Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, Administration, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group, said the honour is a motivation to continually deliver the best value by the SIFAX Group family to all its stakeholders.

“With this award, we promise to continually give our best to make sure that we maintain the standards we have set in the industry. We are grateful for this award and we say thank you to Brandcom”, he narrated.

L-R: Philips Ojo, Corporate Communications Officer, SIFAX Group; Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group; Oludare Ogunyombo, Associate Director, Brooks & Blakes Nigeria Limited and Enitan Oluwadare Filani, at the 2021 Brandcom awards held at D’podium, Ikeja over the weekend where Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications bagged The Most Outstanding Corporate Communications Professional of the Year (Maritime) award.

In his own words, Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, dedicated his award to his team members and all SIFAX Group staff who have supported him in achieving success on the job.

“I am very excited to have won this award. It means a lot to me and I assure you that I will continue to give my best to make sure that SIFAX Group remains a golden and valuable brand”, he highlighted further.

 

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MMA Customs Intercepts N5.7b Ammunition, Tramadol, Others

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The Murtala Muhammed Airport command of the Nigeria Customs Service has, in its anti-smuggling drive intercepted offensive items with duty paid value of N5.794 billion.

The seized items include fifty pieces of 9mm live ammunition which was discovered in a joint examination conducted by the service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Muhammed Sani Yusuf disclosed this at a press conference in his office on Monday.

According to him, other first-quarter seizures in the command are 1,164kg of sea cucumbers, 58kg of donkey genitals and 17 packages of Tramadol.

He noted that all the seized items contravened some of the provisions of the extant laws as enshrined in the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023. 

Three persons, he said, were arrested in connection with the seizures.

The command also achieved an increase of 111.7 per cent in its revenue collection in the first quarter of 2024 when compared to the revenue generated during the same period in 2023.

Comptroller Yusuf stressed that despite certain challenges, the command collected N45,232,483,528.00 between January and March this year against N21,362,752,676.44 generated in the corresponding period of last year.

The controller stated that this year’s first quarter collection is N 23,869,730,851.56k higher than 2023 first quarter collection which is a 111.7 per cent increase.

On stakeholder engagement, the controller noted that the command has maintained its open-door policy and resolved a lot of issues of common interest with concerned stakeholders.

Yusuf thanked critical stakeholders, sister agencies and the media for their collaborative efforts and synergy while carrying out the command’s statutory mandate in the state.

He also expressed his appreciation to the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his management team for their continued support as well as officers and men of the command.

The controller enjoined his men to remain focused and steadfast in discharging their assigned responsibilities.

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RAMADAN IFTAR: Customs CG Hosts Bigwigs, Calls for National Unity

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RAMADAN IFTAR: Customs CG Hosts Bigwigs, Calls for National Unity

…In-Line with Ramadan Teachings

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, on Tuesday, 2 April 2024, urged Nigerians to embrace the teachings of Ramadan, reiterating that only through eschewing bitterness, accommodating one another, and living with one another in peace and harmony can people achieve a prosperous country.

CGC Adeniyi made this revelation during the breaking of the 23rd Ramadan fast with the Chairman of the Trade Modernization Project, Saleh Ahmadu, and other distinguished personalities at the Nigeria Customs Management Estate in Abuja.

He said, “As a responsible organisation, the Nigeria Customs Service will continue to uphold the spirit of Ramadan.”

“It is not by coincidence that just a few hours ago, we as a nation, celebrated Easter – and we are approaching the end of Ramadan, another remarkable Eid. What these events tend to show us is that in this country, what unites us is far more than what divides us,” he added.

The CGC, who recounts the message of Islamic teachings about the synergy of diligence and devotion to showing love among one another during Ramadan, harps on the significance of devoting oneself to intensive prayers, giving charity and alms to the poor, and serving mankind, among other things.

“These are the basic teachings of Ramadan, and they are also the same in all religions that we know. Because I do know that there is no religion that does not emphasise bringing people together and helping the needy or giving charity,” the Comptroller-General of Customs said.

Speaking further, CGC Adeniyi also used the avenue to call on Nigerians to embrace the teachings of Ramadan in their daily activities. “We have a big social problem in Nigeria where many people are going hungry every day; so many people are fasting but don’t even know where they will break their fast due to food insecurity in the country.”

According to him, addressing the challenge of food security is a collective responsibility for all, adding, “The president is leading the charge through his various programs and policies to curb food insecurity in Nigeria.”

He also stressed the Nigeria Customs Service’s commitment to extending a generous hand to Nigerians in this trying time by implementing measures that will make food abundant to Nigerians. “I therefore enjoin all of us to eschew bitterness and accommodate one another in peace and harmony,” he added.

On his part, the representative of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Economy, Wale Edun, Director of Finance at the Ministry of Home Finance, Aliyu Muhammad, appreciated the Comptroller-General for organising the Iftar – which, according to him, signifies the unity and diversity of Nigeria.

He re-echoed the commitment of the Finance Minister to continue partnering with the Nigeria Customs Service to implement policies that will boost the economic stability of Nigeria further.

Among the prominent figures who attended the Iftar ceremony were the representatives of the Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, DCM Kazeem,  Professor Tunji Ola, Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Mr Bamanga Usman, Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Authority, and members of the Trade Modernization Project team led by Chairman Saleh Ahmadu.

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Q1 2024: Apapa Customs Collects N489bn As Revenue, Exceeds 2023 Figure By Over 100%

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Q1 2024: Apapa Customs Collects N489bn As Revenue, Exceeds 2023 Figure By Over 100%

…Comptroller Jaiyeoba commends stakeholders for cooperation

The Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has collected N489,614,095,022.15 as total revenue for the first quarter of 2024 , which is over a 100 per cent higher than the  N212.5billion collected same period of 2023

Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba, commended the officers and port stakeholders for their cooperation towards the attainment of the laudable feat and called for sustained compliance by government and private sector stakeholders. 

The Controller reminded them that the Apapa Command of the NCS is playing a critical role towards the realisation of the N5.7tr annual target of the NCS in 2024 and as such all hands should be on deck to achieve it. 

According to him, the almost N2 trillion target the command is expected to collect in 2024 is attainable through diligently abiding by the service books of instructions like the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCSA) 2023, government import/export prohibition lists, Common External Tariff and Federal Government approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

While thanking the officers for their punctulity, diligence, and non compromise in the discharge of their responsibilities, Jaiyeoba reminded them of the CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi and Customs Management confidence vested in them. 

The CAC reminded them that the present customs management has created room for multiple benefits for those who operate in compliance with the rules. He stated that the recently launched AEO is one of such benefits. 

He described the command’s first quarter collection as a bold step towards the realisation of the target and reminded all port users about the importance of compliance, which, according to him, comes with multiple benefits. 

Jaiyeoba said, “I want to urge all stakeholders in Apapa Port to keep supporting us in achieving an efficient system where everyone plays by the rules to achieve smoother, seamless, and faster import/export cargo clearance.”

“Making honest declaration puts the declarant at a vantage position to have a credible reputation and enjoy the benefits that come with earned integrity such as fast track and possible migration to the authorised economic operator(AEO).”

” Such attitude of compliance saves time and money as examination officers would find the cargo less cumbersome to process and other units of the service including sister government organisations would not need to flag such cargo for seizure or arrest of the importers/exporters. The cargo gets cleared on time, and payments for penalties after demand notices are not necessary as no DN is issued on compliant import/export.”

” I will continue my weekly engagement of stakeholders at various levels to sustain the tempo of our achievements and consolidate on the gains from regular enlightenment of every member of the port community.” 

“As we step into the second quarter to end the first half of 2024, I am convinced we will do better in revenue collection, facilitate more trade through our port and prevent smuggling under any guise” the CAC said.

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