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Committee To Boost Customs Welfare Package

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The Presidential Task force on Customs Reform says it will transform the welfare system of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

The chairman of the committee Dr. Ochi Adriniru said  this  recently in Lagos while on a tour of Apapa Customs Command. He said the committee would harmonise all existing reports on Customs reforms and come up with a blue print for implementation.

According to him, the challenges of risk management, Customs procedures and screening  of cargoes are very critical in other to give a better risk management module for the service.

We recommend  introduction of other modules in the cargo screening process whereby arms and other dangerous goods  could be identified” Achiniru said, adding that Customs as a service that does  valuation and classification, should be able to do this to a high degree. Adiniru said the committee would suggest a transition management process for the service to take over from the service providers by year 2011.

“We want Customs officers to be embedded in each location where service providers are” he said, noting that the committee would  recommend theoretical and on the job trainings for officers and men of services. The committee’s  chairman said, the committee would recommend better living standards for officers and men of the services saying that the official quarters  at the border station were terrible.

He, however, commended the comptroller-general of Custom Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi,  whom he described as “being so reform-oriented” and for imbibing all the suggestions the committee had been making.

In his address, the Comptroller, Apapa  Customs command, Adbulkadir Azarema said the service had streamlined and harmonised car clearance procedures in line with the World Customs Organisation’s requirements to achieve the 48 hours cargo clearance time.

Azarema, who was represented by the deputy comptroller, Administration, Mahmoud Dalhatu said it took more than 48-hour to get goods out of the port because some importers had intention of short paying the duty.

He mentioned the challenges of risk management and said risk management had been an effective tool for monitoring all import and export transactions.

Azarema, however, explained that Port environment was littered with so many government agencies, adding that the average importer had to contend in dealing with all the agencies in clearing their goods.

“This situation is a major source of delay” the comptroller said, Azarema also told the members of the presidential taskforce command that men of the service had been trained on cargo screening techniques by Cotecna Destination Inspection Ltd.

He said  the trained officers had become proficient in different aspects of screening procedures including operations and maintenance of scanners, systems operations and image analysis.

Cotecna is responsible for operating fixed and mobile scanners in  Apapa port. The area comptroller said scanning had the advantage of speedy clearance of cargo out of the port, adding that larger volume of cargo could be handled per unit of time.

Azarema also said through scanning, there would be increase in revenue generation due to large volume of container handled.

He added that scanning combats smuggling by exposing the concealments.

The comptroller said scanning also simplified and harmonised customs clearance procedures in line with international best practices.

He explained that the training was also part of the capacity building and professionalism for Customs officers.

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NPA Frowns Against Extortion Of Truck Drivers

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has threatened to sanction any staff that indulges in extortion of money from truck drivers at Apapa Port. 
The Acting Managing Director, NPA, Muhammed Bello-Koko, disclosed this shortly after a meeting with Governor Babatunde Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.
Koko expressed optimism that the agency’s collaboration with the state government would bring an end to the perennial gridlock within and around the Apapa area.
The NPA boss emphasised the need to strengthen enforcement of traffic laws along the roads leading to Apapa and Tin Can ports, which are the two busiest ports in the country. 
He said NPA had been inundated with complaints of extortion from truckers, especially by security operatives, demanding money from drivers before accessing the ports.
 He described the practice as a major disincentive to the smooth implementation of the truck call-up system.
“One of the complaints of the truckers has to do with extortion by security operatives, the Army, the Police, the Nigerian Navy and even NPA security staff.
“This is one of the areas we require the intervention of government, because we have police officers deployed from the State Command who are allegedly involved in this. We at the NPA have resolved to take the right punitive measures against any of our staff involved in this.
“We have moved some of them out of port locations, and we will do further reviews. Whoever is found involved would be appropriately sanctioned”, he said. 
The NPA boss acknowledged that the Lagos State Government had been a close partner in terms of enforcement, but asked for more intervention to end the menace. 
“NPA has reached out to the Federal Ministry of Works, we have been speaking with the Director of Works in the State, and we have asked that they should provide some palliatives around Sunrise Bus-stop.
“We were made to understand that the contract for that section of the road has just been awarded, but because of the rains, work has been delayed”, he added.

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MWUN Tasks NIMASA, NIWA On Boat Drivers’ Training

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The Maritime and Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to train and retrain boat drivers in the country to reduce incessant accidents on our waterways.
MWUN said training and retraining of boat drivers would enhance their capability and efficiency in the industry and save lives.
Chairman, MWUN, Rivers State Chapter, Comrade Jonah Jumbo disclosed this during a telephone interview with The Tide.
Comrade Jumbo also advised NIMASA and NIWA to sanction any boat driver involved in over-speeding, overloading and reckless driving to reduce boat mishaps.
The chairman who regretted that most boat drivers lacked the skills and technical know-how to navigate the waters, said their human errors often caused accidents.
Comrade Jumbo insisted that regular training for boat drivers would enrich their skills and enable them to read the tide while on transit.
He frowned at the increasing rate of boat mishaps on the nation’s waterways and urged all stakeholders to check the trend. 
The MWUN boss called on the Nigerian Navy and the Marine Police to arrest and prosecute any driver indulging in alcohol and overloading of passengers while on transit, adding that the act caused over seventy percent of water accident.
He appealed to drivers to desist from acts capable of causing accident, noting that many families have lost their loved ones through reckless driving and unholy acts caused by human errors on the waterways.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Sokoto To Boost Water Transport With Motorised Boats

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The Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, says his administration will boost water transportation with motorised boats.
He also said his government would make life jackets available to all travellers and other water users to reduce boat mishap.
The governor stated this while commiserating with the people of Shagari Local Government Area that recently lost their loved ones in a boat mishap in the state. 
He regretted that the state had lost many lives to boat accidents and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear their loss.
Also speaking, Chairman, Shagari Local Government Council, Aliyu Dantine Shagari, said eight of the victims were married women while five were children and elderly men.
He attributed the cause of the boat mishap to overloading.
“But there are other causes of boat mishap including strong wind. We are still investigating the matter to know what actually led to the accident”, he said. 
The chairman advised boat drivers to desist from overloading and over speeding, noting that the community lost over six people in a similar accident last year.

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