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Seme Customs Generates Over N3bn

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The Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Command, Sahabi Abubakar Sadiq said the command has generated a total of N3,319,490,578 between January and June, in contrast to the sum of N2,759,359,775.20 collected during the same period last year.

Compt. Sadiq said “though this signifies an increase in revenue collection, however we are not satisfied as we are working assiduously to meet our half year revenue target of N4.2 billon

“It is worthily to note that this command’s highest monthly revenue collection in recent history was collected in the month of may 2012. This command collected the sum of N 997,585,453.37 in the said month and our zeal to collect much more revenue remains unquenchable”, he said.

The command made a total of 92 seizures between January and June 2012, with duty paid value (DPV) of N46,321,992.00, a feat that expresses the command’s resolve to continue to deliver even under a new leadership.

The seizures comprises Tokunbo vehicles, 700 cartons of frozen turkey, shoes, textile materials, used tyres, rice and other prohibited item including mechandised that were attempted to be brought into Nigeria through unapproved routes.

Speaking to newsmen while displaying the seizures, Compt. Sahabi Abubakar Sadiq said the command emphasis will be on the unapproved routes where smugglers attempt to bring in what could be  described as un-customs goods either to evade duty payment or illegally import things on the federal government’s import prohibited list.

Sahabi  re-emphaised that the custom under its current Comptroller- General Abdullahi Sadiq will not relent in meeting the federal governments demand for more revenue in the non-oil sector including customs duty collection, adding that the Seme command will not relent in enforcing maximum collection of all revenue due to the federal government and arresting of un-customs goods in line with the relevant law establishing the customs and its function.

The Seme Command Boss, hinted  that trucks complaints with ECONS Trade liberalisation  scheme (ETIS) goods with a CIF (Cost Insurance and Freight) value of N4,177,118,01 were cleared in the command but because of waivers and some federal government’s privileges granted to some countries, companies or organisation,. the command lost N1,176,786,072.41 while the one percent CISS (Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme) revenue amounted to N37,554,018.00

“The revenue loss is the money we should have collected but did not. It is not embezzlement as speculated by one magazine. It is a government policy to maintain good rapport with our neighboring countries or in forms of waivers and so on”, the customs boss posited.

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Piracy: MWUN Tasks NIMASA On Security Of Inland Waters

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to extend the activity wing of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waterways to curb piracy and other forms of criminal activities.
The Deep Blue Project consists of Nigeria’s maritime security assets commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
Despite the launch of the USD195 million maritime security assets, criminal acts have persisted in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG) and the nations inland waterways, witnessing the abduction of eight persons including five maritime workers, along the Kula-Abonnema River.
Speaking on the abduction, Deputy General Secretary of MWUN, Comrade Oniha Erazua, urged NIMASA to extend the coverage of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waters considering the incessant abduction of travellers along the waterways.
“It’s appalling that five of our workers were abducted suddenly. It took the intervention of some stakeholders to get them rescued eventually. Our coastal waters are essential to the economy of the country and should be secured.
“Should we now leave our inland waters insecure to the detriment of our workers? It shouldn’t be. We are begging NIMASA to extend the activity wing of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waters that are prone to kidnapping and all other maritime related crimes”, he said.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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MWUN Members Relive Experiences In Kidnappers’ Den …Say They Were Fed With Garri, Flogged With Knives

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The five members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Rivers State Branch, that regained freedom from kidnappers’ den last week say they were fed with only garri and flogged with knives and sticks while in captivity. 
The MWUN members said they were fed for three out of the six days in captivity in the hands of the suspected pirates.
Narrating their ordeal to The Tide shortly after their release in Port Harcourt, the victims comprising four men and one woman said they were set free and dumped at a mangrove forest near Abonnema between 8pm and 9pm.
“The experience at the mangrove was not easy, we were beaten with knives and sticks by the pirates.
“We were fed with garri for only three days through out our six days of captivity, once in a day”, one of the victims who did not want his name mentioned said. 
 The victims, however, declined to give reasons why they were abducted by suspected gunmen on their way to Port Harcourt on a commercial boat.
It would be recalled that the five members of MWUN were kidnapped two weeks ago by suspected pirates onboard a commercial boat from Kula, near Abonnema to Port Harcourt to attend a meeting. 
The MWUN gave their names as Comrade Wisdom Iderima, Chairman, MWUN, Kula Unit; West Opubo, Secretary, MWUN, Kula, Unit; Ajenina Daniel, Vice Chairman, and Madam Clementeba Clementeba Exco officio of MWUN, Kula Unit. 
One of the abductees, Madam Clementeba said she had been kidnapped three times by pirates.
She said she had 12 boats that used to ply Kula /Abonnema routes, but had all been stolen by criminals.
She said sea robbers had carted away 10 of her speed boats for no reasons.
Clementeba called on the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the state government to assist her recover her missing boats and curb sea piracy on the waterways.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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NIWA Threatens To Arrest Fishermen Defecating In Lagos Lagoon

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has threatened to arrest and prosecute any fisherman that defecates into Lagos lagoon.
This was contained in a statement by Kelvin Eba, an official of the agency working at the Liverpool area of Apapa, Lagos while warning the fishermen.
Eba said the agency would no longer tolerate the practice, but insisted that it would arrest and prosecute any culprit.
He said NIWA had set up patrol teams to arrest offenders, most of whom he described as “illiterates and drug addicts”.
He said, “Defecating into the river, lagoon and such places is classified as open defecation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), can lead to the outbreak of diseases including diarrhea and others associated with ingesting and exposure to human waste”.
The Tide reports that in October 2019, Nigeria became the number one open defecation nations in the world, overtaking India. 
An estimate of 10 to 50 million Nigerians are said to be defecating in the open space.

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