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PTML Customs Nets N10.5 bn In June

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Multipurpose Limited (PTML) command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) under Comptroller Adegoke Folorunsho has generated the sum of (N10.5 bn) into the coffers of the federal government in the month of June alone, the highest in the history of the command.
If the favourable trend continues, it is expected that PTML Customs Command will make about N101.1 billion by the end of the year.
A breakdown of the figure revealed that the out-going Controller, Controller Tunji Aremu between the months of January to May generated the sum of N24billion into federation account, bringing the total amount generated in the first six months to N34.247 billion.
Controller Adegoke, a chartered accountant, has promised to surpass, the record of his predecessor at the command.
The sustain the tempo of anti-smuggling, revenue generation he inherited from Compt. Aremu. Adegoke said that soon after taking over, “I quickly made an assessment of what area of operation a command is, stressing that the reality on the ground has compelled is to fashion out new operational strategies that will enable us intensity war against revenue leakages and smuggling activities.”
Compt. Adekgoke reiterated his early warning that fraudulent agents will continue to face direct consequences because his command will always resist any attempt made by fraudsters.
Besides the regular meeting with stakeholders in the Maritime Industry, to enhance efficiency in cargo handling at the PTML terminal, Compt. Folournsho’s moral boosting measures have helped to encourage professional efficiency and dynamism since he became the custom helmsman at the PTML terminal.
Before coming to serve at PTML in June this year, the PTML custom boss had served at Muritala Mohammed International Airport Command, Port Harcourt Area II Onne Port, Tincan Island Port, Custom headquarters Abuja, PAAR Units.
Meanwhile, the command spokesman, Mr. Steve Okonmah (CSC), told our correspondent that Compt. Folorunsho, Former Assistant Project Manager, knew all the antics of a fraudulent agent, adding, that with his wealth of experience on the job, he has made the command uncomfortable for dubious agents and their importers.

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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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