Ali’s Last Lap

By Stephen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, may be on his last lap of the Presidential mandate to restructure and reform the Customs. As a prelude to winding up his assignment, Ali has reconstituted the Comptroller General’s Compliance task force in a full-fledged team headed by A. Azarema, an Assistant Comptroller General, who before now was Comptroller in-charge of customs Permits and License at the Headquarters. The team, according to Joseph Attah, a Deputy Comptroller and National Public Relations of the NCS,…

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Nigerian Police Leads, Customs Follow

By Stephen Ubanna For years, there had been a major crisis in the Nigeria  public sector, government agencies and  the paramilitary  over the   discrimination of HND holders in career progression . The situation became   so bad  as Polytechnics students took up the matter with the leadership of the Academic Staff of Polytechnics at various times and to reassure them the HND Certificate is equivalent to the University degree. Indeed, worried by the  discrimination , the Association, it was gathered had been in the struggle for the past 20 years to…

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Customs Promotion: The Big Fraud

By Stephen Ubanna When Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, announced that the last December , Customs promotion exercise would be based on merit and not quota system , not many people took him serious. This is because promotion in the Customs Service over the years have been based on Quota system, thus making it difficult for  bright officers to be promoted to the senior officers rank. But one major problem which past and present management  of the Service  had been unable to deal…

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Customs Officers In Trouble

By Stephen Ubanna When Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel was appointed the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  by president Muhammadu Buhari, in late 2015, not many people gave him opportunity to succeed . this is because of the peculiar nature of the NCS where Officers and Men of the Service who have entrenched themselves in a particular area were not ready to accept posting to another Command. They had expected the Customs boss to start the restructuring and reforming programme of the government  by moving the Officers…

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Senators Remained Hardened Over Magu and Ali

By Stephen Ubanna Last Monday, April 3, 2017 Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the frosty relationship between the Executive and the Legislature. The meeting was facilitated by Ita Ennang, a -one time Senator and Senior Special Adviser to  the President on National Assembly matters. It was the first official meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and the Presidency since crisis began. The Senators had expected  Saraki and Dogara  to take advantage of the meeting with…

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Christopher University Holds First Matriculation

Cross Section of Guest.

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Christopher University, Mowe, a university established for the pursuit of academic innovation in management and entrepreneurship to produce good managers and scholars, celebrated her first matriculation, official opening and public lecture being delivered by Professor Anya O. Anya, The Source Magazine was there to capture some quests present at the event. Pix By Uche Nwosisi. Share on: WhatsApp

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Ali’s Masterstroke, Senators Rebuff Abubakar Malami

By Stephen Ubanna Those who think that the on-going mass posting of Assistant Comptrollers by  Hameed Ali , a retired Colonel and embattled Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, would affect the operation of the Service a at the ports and land border areas would be disappointed. This is because the exercise has long been expected. The movement of the Assistant Comptrollers from the Customs formation in the north to the south , according a source is to inject discipline into the Service. It is coming on the heels…

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Why CBN crashed FOREX rate?

By Shedrack Ifurueze In a new move to make the Naira appreciates further in the Foreign Exchange market, the apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has introduced N360:00; three hundred and sixty Naira only per dollar. CBN assured stakeholders this week that the new rate would be available to Nigerians who wish to buy in commercial banks across the country. The new measure which the CBN announced said that the apex bank would sell FOREX to banks at the rate of N357:00 per dollar while the banks have…

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No End In Sight To Face-off Between Ali and Senate

By Stephen Ubanna There is no end in sight to the face-off between the Bukola Saraki led Senate and Hammed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, over the later’s new duty policy on imported vehicles  which is expected to take off going by Ali’s calculation on April 12,2017. The gladiators are ready for the war. Indeed, the Senators are not ready to sheathe their sword and are determined to push for the removal of Ali from office by President Muhammadu Buhari who is reluctant to…

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Photos Speak: President Buhari Presides over FEC Meeting

Today, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari presides over Federal Executive Meeting, held at the state house, Abuja. In attendance are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary of the Federation, Engr Babachir David Lawal, Chief  of Staff Mal Abba Kyari, Head of Civil Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita and NSA Major Gen Babagana Mongonu and others. Pix by Sunday Aghaeze. Share on: WhatsApp

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Senate Bombs Buhari, Obasanjo, Others

By Stephen Ubana The Conflict between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and the Senate over wearing of  Customs uniform may have prompted the Hope Uzodinma led Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff to initiate investigation into the alleged remittance of N4 tr into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the government  between 2006 and 2016 by the NCS and how the money was spent . Many see the Senate Committee plan as a probe of  Aliyu Mustapha,   Buba Gyang,  Abdullahi Dikko and now…

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More Wives, More Misery – Ray Ekpu

Ray Ekpu

By Ray Ekpu On the last International Women’s  Day, Nigerian Senators bared their minds on the issue of women in Nigeria. The views of two Senators caught my attention: Remi Tinubu and Senate Leader Ali Ndume. Mrs Tinubu, former First Lady of Lagos State, and now second term senator, urged men not only to befriend women but also to marry them. This is a reasonable advice from someone who is married. But the implicit assumption here is that all men and, indeed, all women would want to get married. It…

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Suicide: Why Third Mainland Bridge?

By Tayo Demola I was really astonished to hear the news of the medical doctor who went all the way to the third mainland bridge right here in Lagos and killed himself! He actually committed suicide in the most cruel way. He was actually cruel to himself, to his family and infact he was very cruel to Nigeria as a nation. So this man was so depressed to the extent that he left church on that fateful day and headed for the island but when he got to third mainland…

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Fayose cautions police over handling of Ife crisis

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has cautioned the police over the handling of its investigation on the recent crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State that led to the death of more than 40 people, saying “it appears that the police has so far demonstrated ethnic bias in its investigation and this is not good for the unity of Nigeria and its people.” The governor, who condemned the killing of innocent people and destruction of properties in Ile-Ife, said; “whether committed by Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa or any tribe, crime is crime…

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How Buhari is Undermining The Senate

By Stephen Ubanna The battle  line appears to have been drawn  between the Executive  and the Legislature over the undermining  attitude of President Muhammadu Buhari Political  appointees towards the Lawmakers. The undermining attitude of  Buhari appointees to the Legislature as exhibited by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and Lawal Babachair, Secretary to the Federal government shows how Buhari is undermining the Senate. The duo at different times have flouted invitation sent to them by the Senate. Ali’s controversial decision to disregard   the invitation…

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HOW FIDELITY BANK COLLABORATE WITH 419NERS TO DUPE CUSTOMERS

BY SHEDRACK IFURUEZE `Facts have emerged on how Fidelity Bank, a new generation bank in Nigeria has encouraged its customers to engage in what some customers call monkey business. In one of its slogans in order to entice customers, Fidelity bank plc told stakeholders of the bank who care to know that the bank keep its word in the world of business. Recession or no recession.To economy watchers and the innocent customers of the bank, the slogan has been a major source of attraction in doing business. Beyond the deceptive…

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Senate Probes Saraki Over SUV Imports

By Stephen Ubanna The trouble between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS and the Senate has taken a new dimension as the upper Chamber  moves  to probe  Bukola  Saraki, the Senate President  linked with the imports of a N298 million bullet proof SUV vehicle seized by  the `Customs. The  Senators are not happy at the news making the rounds that Saraki had imported an SUV bullet proof vehicle which was impounded by the   Customs at the instance of Ali, the Customs boss. The Lawmakers…

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How Ali Was stopped By Senate

By Stephen Ubanna More facts have emerged  why Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, was stopped by the Senate in his desperate moves to shore  up the revenue generation of of the Service. This has to do with  the introduction of duty payment on all  imported vehicles through the land borders on Nigeria roads irrespective of the age  and refusal to wear the Customs uniform. The  Customs’ vehicle duty payment   policy and Ali’s refusal to wear the Customs’ uniform was believed to have overheated…

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Clearing With Tears

By  Stephen Ubanna For  years , clearing agents at the nation’s ports and terminals including the land border stations operated as if the Customs and Excise Management Act, CEMA,  does not matter. Many of them , with the active connivance of Customs personnel  shortchanged the government through false declaration, transfer of values and under payment. The situation was so bad in the ports and terminals under the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Zone 2 Lagos.The fallout was the establishment of a roving  team by  the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A,…

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