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NCS Suspends Food Distribution Palliative.

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The Nigerian Customs Service has announced the temporary suspension of seized food items distribution palliative.

 

This was made known to the media through Abdullahi Maiwada, the Chief Superintendent of Customs and National Public Relations Officer for Comptroller General of Customs on Monday.

 

It will be recalled that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on the directive of Mr. President, announced the commencement of a noble intervention aimed at alleviating the hardships faced by Nigerians and improving access to essential food items through direct disposal of seized edible goods condemned in competent courts of law and certified fit for consumption by relevant government agencies. Consequently, a pilot exercise was conducted on Friday, 23 February 2024, at NCS Old Zonal Headquarters, Yaba, Lagos state.

 

The exercise was conducted following meticulous planning to address all potential risks that may emerge during the exercise.

“As part of our process and control measures, we had Nigeria Police and military personnel to ensure crowd control. We also fully equipped a medical team on ground in anticipation of potential risks during an exercise of that magnitude. Their presence was part of our proactive approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.

 

The disposal of the food items got off to a smooth start at about 0800hrs. We enjoyed the cooperation of the large crowd that obliged us, giving preferences to the elderly, people living with disabilities, pregnant women, and other vulnerable Nigerians who showed up for the exercise. This was the case up until about 1700hrs, as attested to by the over 5000 beneficiaries and members of the press.

 

4However, unforeseen challenges arose when we ran out of stock and announced the continuation of the exercise the following day, leading to a regrettable outcome. The crowd became desperate and charged through our barricades in search of rice bags inside emptied containers. In the stampede that ensued, some fatalities and injuries were regrettably recorded.

 

The Nigeria Customs Service extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the unfortunate incident.

 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families during this challenging time, and we assure them of our unwavering support. We are working with Hospital Authorities to establish contact and engage directly with the victims’ families on their next steps. Following this incident, an internal investigation was initiated to understand the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate event.”

 

NCS further reiterate their commitment to the Safety and welfare of the citizens.

“As a service deeply committed to the welfare and safety of Nigerians, we recognize the need for heightened sensitivity and preventive measures in all our operations. Considering the recent unfortunate event, we regrettably announce the suspension of this exercise until we establish what transpired on Friday, 23 February 2024. This should help us to properly articulate more robust and comprehensive action that will not defeat the noble intention. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of all Nigerians as we work towards addressing the challenges facing our nation’s food security.”

 

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Nigeria Customs Service Bolsters Collaboration with Benin Republic Counterpart

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In an effort to strengthen the longstanding partnership between the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and its counterpart in the Republic of Benin, a high-powered delegation led by the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, embarked on a crucial mission to meet with the Director-General of the Customs Administration of Benin Republic on Thursday, 11 April, 2024.

The primary focus of the meeting, as outlined by the CGC, was to deliberate on strategies aimed at amplifying trade activities between the two nations and ensuring the seamless implementation of recommendations previously discussed during their rendezvous in Cotonou.

Highlighting the significance of the collaboration, the CGC underscored, “We are cognizant of the established framework for cooperation between our respective customs administrations. This framework was established at a higher level by the authorities of the heads of State, President Patrice Talon of Benin and His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria, both expressing a desire to work together. It is upon this foundation that the customs of both countries are united in their efforts.”

Welcoming the delegation with open arms, Mrs Adidjatou Hassan Zanouvi, the Director-General of Benin Customs Administration, reiterated their steadfast commitment to executing the mutually agreed-upon measures, emphasising the importance of thorough monitoring to ensure effective implementation.

The collaborative endeavours between the Nigeria Customs Service and the Benin Republic Customs Administration, according to her, serve as a testament to their shared commitment to facilitating seamless trade operations and ensuring the efficient management of cross-border activities for the mutual benefit of both nations.

In the meantime, during the visit, the CGC seized the opportunity to inspect ongoing projects within the Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command. Accompanied by the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Timi Bomodi, the CGC meticulously assessed the progress of the projects and received assurances of diligent oversight from the responsible authorities.

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Major Shake Up As Customs Promotes 2, Redeploys 13 Controllers

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has promoted two of its senior officers.

 

A former Controller of Western Marine Command, ACG O. Peters has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Comptroller General while the immediate past Controller of Tin Can Island Command, Comptroller A. Oloyede has been moved up to the rank of Assistant Comptroller General.

 

Comptroller Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu formerly of Ogun 1 Command has been instructed to resume at FOU Zone B, Kaduna while Comptroller O. Salifu of Western Marine Command was also redeployed to head FOU Zone D and Comptroller MIC Igbadi now handle affairs at FOU Zone C.

 

Comptrollers Kolade of FOU Zone C, Comptroller Kehinde Ejibunu of FOU Zone A as well as Comptroller Wada have been moved to the Customs Headquarters.

 

Comptroller Ojo will take over from Comptroller Shuaibu at Ogun 1 Command while Comptroller Oladeji will resume as Controller in charge of FOU Zone A Ikeja.

 

Comptroller Adegbite will take over at PTML Command while Comptroller Babandede is expected to takes over leadership at Onne Port Harcourt 1 Command as the Area Controller.

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Q1: PTML Customs Generates N66.9b, Targets Two Hour Clearance Time for Vehicles

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The Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command of Nigeria Customs Service has collected N66,920,181,586.30 as total revenue for first quarter of 2024 which is N22,198,965,809.55 higher than N44,721,215,776.75 collected between January and March 2023 representing 49.6 percent increase.

Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf, Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command who described the increase in revenue collection as a laudable feat , said the command is more committed towards trade facilitation and support government drive for ease of doing business.

Comptroller Yusuf who thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, for initiating strategies to achieve faster cargo clearance , reiterated that PTML Command under his watch aims to surpass its record of three hour cargo clearance for compliant traders.

According to Yusuf in a statement made available to media said, the launching of time release study (TRS) which is ongoing and other deliberate efforts by the Comptroller General have contributed in the expansion of terminal space and promoting ease of doing business in PTML.

The CAC also disclosed that the PTML command has potentials to achieve two hour cargo clearance and surpass it’s existing three hours record if port users compliance level is improved upon.

Comptroller Yusuf who described PTML as one of the safest and most secure environment for RoRo(Roll On Roll Off) and general cargoes also advised importers and their agents to take advantage of the incentives available for compliant traders such as fast track, advance ruling and possible migration to the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.

He reminded port users in PTML of the robust and time conscious dispute resolution mechanism, which has contributed immensely to the revenue collection, trade facilitation and anti smuggling functions of the command.

While commending the various government and private sector stakeholders for their cooperation and support towards realisation of government goal of revenue collection and prevention of unlawful activities, Comptroller.

Yusuf expressed optimism that the command will surpass it’s annual target for the year.

He described the importation of vehicles meant for Nigerian roads into neighboring countries with intent to smuggle them through unapproved roads into Nigeria as unpatriotic and act of economic sabotage as the command has the capacity for seamless and efficient processing of such automobile cargoes.

For the second quarter and first half of the year, the CAC enjoined officers of the command to maximally deploy available technology and rededicate themselves to the job to achieve more.

He reminded the port users that there is increased anti smuggling vigilance to uncover concealment such as under declaration and smuggling of prohibited items. The CAC added that any discovered infraction will lead to full evoking of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCSA), where there are spelt-out penalties.

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