Arms Haul: Customs Strengthens Enforcement Units

By Bayo Bernard   The seizure of 1,100 pump action rifles at the Tin can Island Port, Lagos is an indication that it’s no longer business as usual with men and officers of the Nigerian Customs Service of the Command particularly, since assumption of office of the no nonsense Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd). The command has been up and doing since Bashar Yusuf became the Area Customs Controller of the command sometimes last year. His deployment to the command has witnessed the interception and…

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Refinery: IheanachoTakes Big Risk

By Bayo Bernard   Big player in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas sector Integrated Oil and Gas Limited has rolled out plans for the construction of a 20,000 bpd crude oil refinery in Tomaro Island, Lagos, which experts say will help the federal  government quests  to exit from the comity of fuel importing nations.  The Eko Petrochem and Refining Company Limited is a subsidiary of Genesis/ IOG Group, owned by shipping magnate and former minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho. When completed the project is expected to reduce Nigeria’s dependence on…

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Apapa: Iheanacho Calls FG To Action

By Bayo Bernard On the heels of recent intervention by Dagote Group on roads leading to Nigeria’s major seaports in Lagos former Minister of Internal Affairs, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho has appealed to the federal government to make huge investments in intermodal transport system as a way of solving the perennial traffic gridlock experienced by Nigerians plying businesses around and inside the Lagos ports area, due to infrastructure deficit and facility collapse. The former governorship candidate in Imo state said the current administration must immediately empower a task force to address…

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CVFF: NIMASA Fails Ship Owners Again

By Bayo Bernard For a record time the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has dashed the hopes of ship owners and operators earnestly expecting the disbursement of Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund, CVFF.  The Fund set up to assist indigenous ship operators in the country has climbed to over $100 million in the last few years and currently warehoused with the Central Bank of Nigeria. In spite of the steady rise in the  multi-0million dollar funds, disclosure by the agency Director General, Dakuku Peterside that it cannot be assessed…

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Maritime Leaders Fete At NIMPORT 2017

By Bayo Bernard Staunch stakeholders in the maritime sector of Nigerian economy will gather between August 22 and 24 at the Oriental Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos for the annual international conference and exhibition of the Nigerian International Maritime Ports and Terminals (NIMPORT) conference. Chairman of NIMPORT, Fortune Idu, in a press statement disclosed that the theme of this year’s conference is “Improving Connectivity,Enhancing Trade” and it is aimed at “bringing together all maritime industry leaders to network and discuss on pressing issues relating to global maritime trade,port and logistic development…

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ANLCA Exposes N3.2B Fraud in CRFFN

By Bayo Bernard Registrar and chief executive officer of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, Sir Mike Jukwe will be shocked over latest revelation of allege gross mismanagement of funds belonging to the Council. A group, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA has alleged that the council under the watchful eyes of the council boss mismanage over N3 billion, being funds allocated to the CRFFN by the federal government in the last two years. The Association has therefore demanded a probe of the finances…

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FG Splashes N6B on Peugeot

By Bayo Bernard After years of almost redundancy Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited has got a new lifeline as Nigeria’s major automaker, after the federal government purchased 360 vehicles from the vehicle manufacturer. The development came after the Kaduna based vehicle maker was made richer to the tune of over N6billion by the Buhari administration. The firm was contracted to supply 360 Peugeot 506 to Nigeria’s House of Representatives members. The automobile company has already delivered 200 state of art vehicles to the lawmakers.  According to analysts, the automaker has benefited…

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Seizures: Agents Storm FOU

By Stephen Ubanna Worried at the rate which Federal Operation Unit, FOU, Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service impound Containerized cargoes and trucks released from the ports, Bonded terminals and land border stations  in Lagos and Ogun states, officials of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF,  last Wednesday, August 2, were at the  Command  to rub minds with Mohammed Garba, the Comptroller to seek for a soft landing. The NAGAFF team was led to the negotiation table by Boniface Anniebonam , the founder of the negotiation…

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N400B Debt: Senate Probes Atiku’s Intels

By Bayo Bernard Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited, INTELS is one of the firms to be grilled by the Senator Hope Uzodinma joint Committee on Customs and Maritime investigating infractions on revenue accruing to the federal government from the seaports. The committee had recently alleged that the Nigerian Customs Service, NSC a la Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA failed to remit over N30 trillion to the federal government. As part of the ongoing probe the committee Tuesday directed 60 companies to appear before it. Senator Uzodinma said the companies should be…

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POF: CRFFN Bounces Back to Life

By Bayo Bernard The Abuja and Lagos offices of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CRFFN have come alive again following the collection of Practitioners’ Operating Fees, POF by the council as directed by the Ministry of Transport, MOT. The MOT in statement titled ‘Commencement of Collection of Practitioners Operating Fee By Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding In Nigeria’ said Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi gave the directive to end the over two years POF hiatus. “The minister of transportation had approved that collection…

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Vessels: NPA, Senate Head for Showdown

By Bayo Bernard The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff faces a herculean task in its quest to unravel allege missing of 282 vessels in the Nigerian ports. The Senator Hope Uzordinma had few days ago directed the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA to immediately account for the vessels which it said developed wings from the ports after berth. The implication the senators said is that the country was denied revenue due to the discrepancy. The Authority has however replied the Committee describing the allegation as unfounded without any proof…

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Checkpoints: Controllers Shun CG

By Bayo Bernard More than 24 hours after Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS , Colonel Hamid Alli(retired) directed the removal of all illegal checkpoints across the country men and officers of the service have failed to comply. The customs’ boss had directed his men to dismantle hundreds of such roadblocks in compliance with the circular of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s quest to make business easy to do in the country. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently signed a Presidential…

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Apapa: Still A Disaster

The Oshodi/Apapa Express way  is still a disaster despite government fr promises to fix the road as Aliko Dangote and  two other critical  stakeholders mobilize funds to fix the road to save the multi-billion naira investments at Apapa Wharf By Stephen Ubanna Okechukwu Uzochukwu, a Lagos based clearing agent has never had so bad taking delivery of his importer’s Container at Tin-can Island port to an importer’s warehouse. This is because of the bad state of the Oshodi /Apapa Expressway. It takes a truck laden with Container from the Sifax…

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AIB resuscitates Investigation equipment

The unserviceable flight Data equipment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is on the verge of resuscitation, a move that is expected to boost the investigations capabilities of the Bureau. The $5.8 million unserviceable Flight Safety Laboratory equipment is designed with capacity to download information from Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). In a statement issued by the Bureau spokesman, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi after a week of training facilitated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Singaporean Government,the Commissioner, AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru said that the…

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LASG Plans to Connect Ikorodu to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Lagos State Government says it has started the “long awaited road project,” which will connect the Agric area of Ikorodu to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway through the Arepo area of Ogun State. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at a stakeholders’ meeting on Tuesday on the road in the Agric area of Ikorodu, requested support and cooperation of community leaders. The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Rotimi Ogunleye, said the government had also approved the reconstruction of Igbe/Igbogbo/Bola Tinubu network of roads. He said, “The Agric-Isawo-Konu-Arepo…

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BRT Standstill

By Oji Odu Monday, July 10, 2017, Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) scheme drivers decided to embark on a partial strike. Passengers who patronised the laudable transport outfit of the Lagos state government were stranded from the early hours of the day, as the drivers refused to work. At all their bus stops from the Ikorodu terminal to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), passenger were seem stranded and waiting for the buses to convey them to their destinations from 5.30am to no avail, as the angry drivers loitered around the Ikorodu terminal.…

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AIG Imue Warns Port Criminals

By Bayo Bernard The first task of the newly appointed Assistant Inspector General, AIG of Police, Maritime Police Command, Pius Immue is to clean the Augean stables of the ports where miscreants and criminals operates without encumbrances. In spite of claims by various security agencies working in the Lagos ports for instance, men of the underworld still continue with their criminal activities unhindered. Major crimes existing in the ports include, forgery, burglary, document falsification and cargo stealing. Whereas these crimes are committed sometimes, in the full glare of security agencies…

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NIMASA: Firms Reject NSDP Graduates

By Bayo Bernard   Over one thousand graduates under the Nigerian Seafarer’s Development Programme, NSDP bankrolled by apex maritime body, the Nigeria Maritime Administrative and Safety Agency, NIMASA have failed to secure payable jobs since they finished the course. Most of them are now languishing in Lagos and other cities across world hoping to find a job somehow after years of rigorous training abroad. The NSDP was an interventionist project started by the agency in 2008. Eight years after, the programme has produced over one thousand graduates trained in different…

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Maintenance of River Niger Dredging Flagged Off

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi flagged off the of the maintenance dredging of the River Niger from Ajaokuta to Onitsha and congratulated the management of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for looking inwards. He promised to ensure the NIWA was fully empowered to continue to carry the regular maintenance dredging with bigger and more standard dredger to make “This is the best form of administration you can get being ingenious because we don’t have money to pay any contractor. I asked if they have the capacity to do…

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Tinubu@65: Ambode Names Newly Commissioned Road After Tinubu

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday, poured accolades on the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, over his sterling performance in the last 22 months, saying that the Governor has made him proud. Speaking while commissioning network of roads, link bridge and health centre in Alimosho area of the State as part of activities to mark his 65th birthday, Tinubu said the achievements of Ambode in office was a reflection of a Governor who is not only a thinker but a doer, and…

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