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NCS Generates N1.4 bn Revenue In Five Months

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The Niger Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says it collected N1.4 billion as revenue between January and May this year.
The NCS comptroller in charge of Niger, Kwara and Kogi commands, Mr Yusuf Abba-Kassim, said last Wednesday in Minna that the amount represented 40.2 per cent of the N3.05 billion targeted for the year.
He said that the collecti on was a massive improvement when compared with the N534 million collected within the same period last year.
“What we have is more than 100 per cent improvement, the difference is N 603 million”, he noted.
Abba-Kassim said that 2,162 bags of rice with a duty paid value of N39 million, and 17 vehicles with duty paid value of N10 million were seized within the period.
He expressed confidence that the Area Command would meet its projected revenue target for the year and explained that measures were being put in place to step up security at border posts to curtail illegal trades and prevent contraband from entering the country.
He warned smugglers and their accomplices to steer clear of the command, adding that the personnel were keeping vigil to ensure that arms, rice and cars were not smuggled in through land borders.
The NCS official solicited the support of stakeholders, traditional and religious leaders in mobilising residents to volunteer information that would aid in apprehending those involved in illegal trades.

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Piracy: Federation Harps On Global Cooperation

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has called for urgent global and regional cooperation to fight piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
This is as two vessels were targeted in the Gulf of Guinea, last week.
The body decried the spate of pirate attacks in the sub region, describing it as alarming.
The Chairman, ITF Seafarers’ Section, David Heinde, disclosed this in a statement made available to The Tide yesterday.
Heinde said, “Alarmingly, the frequency’ and severity of attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Guinea is increasing, with a spate of recent kidnappings and ruthless acts of violence in recent months.
‘The entire maritime industry urgently needs to take action to improve prevention, reporting and response to attacks across the Gulf.
“Coastal countries in the Gulf must work with industry and unions to identify actions, and allocate adequate resources, to reduce the risks posed to seafarers and shipping.
“While we acknowledge the difficult international regulatory environment, we must continue to build capacity and cooperation, and address the mounting human toll that these attacks are having on lives and physical and mental health transiting through the waters of West Africa”.
Heinde said two weeks ago, pirates kidnapped nine crew members from the Norwegian-flagged MB Bonito while the vessel was at anchor off the coast of Benin in West Africa.
Two days later, four crew members were also taken hostage off the coast of Togo from the Greek-flagged Elka Aristotle.
Several other abductions have been reported in the Gulf of Guinea in recent months, including eight crew members taken hostage off Cameroon in August, and 10 Turkish seafarers off the coast of Nigeria in July 2019.
It will be recalled that in October, 2019, International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported that the Gulf of Guinea accounted for 86 percent of 49 crew taken hostage so far in 2019.
Although the number of crew members taken worldwide was down significantly from the 112 taken in the first nine months of 2018.
IBM reports insisted that the Gulf of Guinea continues to be a concern because of the increasing scale and frequency of attacks.

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Container Traffic At Rivers Port Excites Trailer Drivers

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Trailer drivers at the Rivers Port Complex, Port Harcourt, have expressed happiness at the volume of container traffic at the port over the past three months.
The drivers who were seen in their numbers at the port main gate, yesterday, told The Tide that maritime activities had improved in the port since the assumption of the new Port Manager, Engr. Yunusa Ibrahim Anji.
The drivers said members of their association now have consignments to carry from the port to various states  of the nation.
Mr Jack Okorafor, a trailer driver who loads consignment from the port to Onitsha, Anambra State, said normalcy had returned to the port just as economic activities are now on the increase.
Okorafor said over 50 trailers were on the queue waiting to carry goods from the port to neighbouring states for sale.
According to him, both importers, terminal operators and license Customs agents are happy doing business at the port, noting that security has also improved at the port complex.
He told The Tide that the problems of sea piracy and theft within the port complex were history, as the management had improved on its security challenges in and around the complex since the inception of the new manager.
“No more attacks on vessel owners and crew members by pirates around the channels to the port, even as the Nigeria Navy and Marine Police patrol the waterways for safety of lives and property”, he said.
Okorafor disclosed that over 10 to 12 vessels berth weekly at the Rivers Port Complex discharging  various cargos ranging from frozen fish, bitumen, general containers, AGO, crude and LPFO.
Others products that berth at the port, according to him, include Premium Motor Spirit, bulk malt, bulk wheat, VHS and Naphta.
The excited driver also lauded the port management for its low charge rates on goods coming through the port complex.
He expressed joy at the improved security networks at the port complex and called on the port manager to provide a befitting trailer park for its members.
Okorafor appealed to importers from the South/ East and South/South states to patronise Rivers Port for their importation of goods instead of patronising western ports and spend heavily on charges.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Customs Generates N1trn In Nine Months

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The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) said it realised N1.2 trillion as revenue in nine months within 2019.
This is against the N1.2 trillion it realised in the whole of 2018.
The Service said the revenues were realised between January and September 2019.
This was contained in a statement made available to The Tide by the NCS, Abuja office.
The statement shows that the highest revenue recorded was N123.6 billion in July and N118.6 billion in May.
The statement also reveals that the month of February had the lowest revenue of N86.3 billion.
The revenue was generated from import duty, levy, excise duty and other fees.
But unconfirmed reports state that the low revenue collected in February might be as a result of the partial closure of the border for the 2019 general elections slated for that period.
The data further shows that Apapa Area Command had the highest revenue of N313.5 billion within the period under review.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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