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Tanker Drivers: LASG Orders Immediate Vacation of squatters Under Costain Bridge

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Tanker Drivers: LASG Orders Immediate Vacation of squatters Under Costain Bridge

Put security agents on red alert, IPAC tells Sanwo-Olu

… AMATO urges for collaboration to tackle challenges of ‘indiscriminate’ parking***

The Lagos State Government has issued a seven-day ‘Removal Order’ to owners and drivers of trucks, tankers and trailers illegally parked under the Costain Bridge to the Iganmu Area of the state, vowing sanctions, if the ultimatum is not strictly adhered to.

In a swift reaction, however, the Association of Maritime Truck Owners AMATO has responded, pleading for synergistic collaboration between the State and AMATO, because, there is a need to jointly address the problem of infrastructural deficit, especially the gross inadequacy of truck parks in Lagos, which is directly responsible for the indiscriminate parking.

Also read: Sanwo-Olu orders removal of abandoned vehicles under bridges

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa, who led officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on routes inspection, serve the notice to the operators, in Lagos on Tuesday.

Giwa stressed that the ultimatum also affected owners and occupiers of illegal structures, shanties, kiosks and containerised shops under the Costain Bridge down to the Iganmu axis.

According to him, the notice was coming after several days of inspection ahead of a general clean-up of the area by some of the officials of the Lagos State Government.

AMATO Chairman, Chief Remi Ogungbemi

He declared that it is an eyesore seeing the level of degradation of roads by the activities of the illegal squatters.

Giwa disclosed that the state government is doing the clean-up because the so-called miscreants and hoodlums freely smoke and sell India hemp under the bridge.

Also speaking, the LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, said that upon the expiration of the notice on Sunday, LASTMA officials would embark on a thorough clean-up around the area.

Oreagba added that there would be a clampdown on all criminal elements disturbing law-abiding citizens and motorists around the area.

“There are illegal business operators, including iron benders, mechanics and food/fruit vendors, among others that have turned the area into an unhealthy environment.

“They have littered the entire vicinity with indiscriminate dumping of refuse and waste materials,” he said.

Oreagba noted that none  of the  drivers parking their heavy-duty vehicles illegally, including owners of illegal structures, had obtained any permit from the State government

In the meantime, the Secretary-General, AMATO, Alhaji M. Bala has pleaded with the Lagos Government to understand that Containerized and tanker trucks parking under the Costain Bridge is actually a symptom of the problem of inadequate facilities for truck parking, rather than a deliberate stubbornness or flair for indiscriminate parking.

He advised that the Lagos State government should collaborate with transport stakeholders to tackle and solve the root cause of the problem, instead of addressing the symptoms of the problem.

“The number of trucks in Lagos state has outnumbered the number of truck park infrastructure in Lagos state. Hence, there is a need for the Lagos state government to provide a truck marshalling yard in collaboration with private investors and other stakeholders where all categories of trucks, within the Apapa and Tincan logistics rings can come and be parked, either on their way in or out of Lagos State.

“There is need for Lagos State government to provide palliative to address the problem of infrastructural deficit, especially truck parks in Lagos, in order to discourage indiscriminate parking of trucks under the bridges, which often attracts all sorts of unwanted elements engaging in open defecation, indiscriminate dumping of refuse, container burglars, traffic robbers, bridges, light rail and cable vandals, stealing of drainage manhole covers and those creating artificial potholes on the roads to cause slow movement of trucks, in order to rob commuters, or burgle containerized and cargo trucks, that do take serious tolls on the lives, income and property of truckers, importers and the general public at large”, Alhaji Bala stated.

He enjoined the State Government to provide a truck marshalling yard to enable, not only the truck to relocate to,  but also the welders, mechanics, battery chargers, painters, rewires, electricians, spare part vendors and other trucks service providers under the bridges, so that many people would not be rendered jobless and thrown into economic hardships.

“It is better to find a lasting solution to problem instead of creating more problems in an effort to solve one problem.

“If government eventually succeeded in dislodging people under the bridge, there are chances that they would only relocate to another place within Lagos State, to create another problem Lagos State is trying to solve through dislodging those under Costain bridge as illegal occupants”, he stated further, stressing that the view remains a personal opinion, though.

 

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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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