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The Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) is to auction not fewer than 272 vehicles, one boat, 1,046 Laden Containers and a number of other palletised/ packaged items, including steel rods, cement plant equipment, industrial generator, cable reel, chemicals and iron bending equipment declared as abandoned or overtime cargoes at the ports across the nation.

According to an impeccable sources from the Customs headquarters, the only thing that would prevent the exercise from being carried out is the consignees or licensed customs agents coming up to clear them before the end of this week, as the customs had earlier directed.

The sources  added that the delay in carrying out the exercise was informed by the overseas trip of the Comptroller- General of NCS, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi.

At the arrival of the NCS boss, the sources posited that every thing will be put in place to auction the goals in line with the Federal Government rules and regulations on overtime or abandoned cargoes.

To this end, a fresh comprehensive list of all overtime and abandoned cargoes in all Nigerian Seaports and customs formations across the country is being compiled by the authorities.

As a way of ensuring a hitch-free exercise, a team called “Committee for Disposal of Overtime/ Abandoned Goods at the Port” has been put in place by the custom high command.

NCS has earlier said, goods that arrived Apapa/Tin Can/Island/Lilypond/Kirikiri Lighter Jetty/Murtala Mohammed Airport, Cargo and International, Onne, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Warri Ports which have become due as overtime/abandoned on or before November 6,2009,should be sold with further notice.

It was also gathered that as at November 6, 2009, the terminals in Lagos have a total of 1164 units of abandoned goods, while Onne port in Rivers State had 237 consignments.

Similarly, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) phase I has 20 containers, KLT ii has 42 containers, KLT II has 72 containers, SDV has 26, Brawal, 14 containers and Mid Maritime has 8 containers, and these terminals are under KLT Customs Area Command in Apapa Lagos.

Other areas include Lilypond Terminal, Lilypond Arae Command that has 20 containers and PTML Terminal Areas Command has 235 vehicles, Ikorodu Terminal under the Ikorodu Area Command has 117 containers, Lagos Port Complex (LPC) Apapa Area One Command has 15 containers.

Also Fano terminal, Apapa Area 1 Command has two containers, while Sapid 1B terminal and 2B terminal have 23 and 6 containers each at Apapa Area 1 Command.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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