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Mechanism Of Social Pollution And Corruption

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This write-up is necessited by current events taking place in Nigeria, for the purpose of making the average person understand that behind every event, there are usually causal factors. Moreover, an accurate understanding of visible experiences and factors which account for them, can pave the way for a better and stress-free future. Obviously, what we experience today can be described as matters arising from what we had put together yesterday. Similarly, what we put together today would constitute what we are going to experience and harvest in the future.
No amount of quibbling and prevarication would diminish or annul the fact that every wrong activity revenges and avenges itself upon the perpetrators for the purpose of correcting imbalances. Such correction or atonement for imbalances come about through sad and unpleasant experiences which are meant to facilitate a rethinking and possible reformation of individuals. This process is a grace provided for human transformation, neither does a doctrine of vicarious atonement hold any water.
It is also noteworthy that the inner qualities or status of human beings manifest in different and varied standards or qualities. Different human beings, therefore, represent different life qualities, in such a way that deeds, utterances, life styles and actions express and represent the standings of individuals. By deeds we may judge but not without errors.
In observing and passing judgement on events and the deeds of humans, there is a need to keep aside personal bias and prejudices, which is not quite easy to do. Yet, events and deeds often bear the badge and signature of their origin, thus providing opportunities for a bias-free assessment to be made. Sound observation, analysis and discernment can be made, not on individuals personally, but on the message which events and deeds convey. Obviously, not everybody is capable of developing such hypodermic ability of perception and analysis of events and experiences.
Mechanism of influx of inferior souls
Definite inequalities and variations exist among human beings, not only in physically observable and quantifiable endowments and abilities, but also in the life-qualities represented. In this course of natural history, evolution of the inner life and strivings of human beings have not taken any uniform pace. Wide variations and differences exist, arising from the degree of individual exertions and diligence. With the gift of a freewill, everybody chooses and determines what path to take and what line of strivings and activities to engage in. Everyone learns through this process, especially as personal experiences become our best teachers.
It is obvious that there are recalcitrant and wayward human beings who, despite every admonition, help and guidance, choose wrong paths, perhaps till Nemesis hits and changes them the hard way. So, there are souls that are definitely inferior in terms of quality for noble volition and activities. What is referred to earlier as homogeneous affinities make it imperative that souls of various qualities, noble and ignoble ones, flock together like birds of same feather. They flow at definite quality-waves.
Souls of the dead and living beings on earth are linked through several affinities and mechanism, of which personal volition, value orientation and lifestyle provide platforms from contacts. Women in particular, provide the bridge by which incarnating souls strive for earthly birth, according to peculiar orientation and quality of the mothers giving birth to them.
In the world beyond invisible to living human beings, there are millions of souls longing and scrambling to be born as babies, for the purposes of attaining certain goals. One of such goals is the opportunity to atone for some personal imbalances and guilts. There are also the desires to gratify various material longings, all of which the earth provides through particular roots and environments. Just as we have aggressive and ruthless hustlers on earth who can bulldoze their way and get what they want, so also are there souls desperate to incarnate on earth at all costs.
Just as decent and noble human beings would shun and stay away from areas where “hoodlums” and miscreants predominate, so also souls of noble qualities would shun hostile environments as the platform for their incarnation. We can observe such environments which noble and decent souls would not want to be born into. We can also observe homes and mothers that noble and decent souls would not want to provide the platform for their birth. Souls flow to where they fit in, quality wise!
We can also find situations where decent and noble parents can have a “black sheep” as an offspring who, in adulthood, becomes a blot or shame to good parents. The mechanism involved in such enigma has to do with the kind of company which an expectant mother keeps. There is no art to find the mind’s construction on the face, but life qualities incline where they find affinities, and in the births mothers serve as the attracting pole.
Demoralising era and experiences in Nigeria.
A common idiom that water flows to link with its level and source of affinity is valid and applicable in the incarnation of souls to definite homes and societies. Similarly, wherever particular propensities and peculiarities predominate as lifestyles, souls that long for such environment for the gratification of their mission, would incarnate in large numbers. In the case of Nigeria, those endowed with a hypodermic vision would say that 1966 marked a demoralizing era and experience for the nation. It is not usually what happens that is a calamity, but more of how a demoralizing situation is handled. Events of 1966 became demoralizing calamities because of the handling.
Everybody may not subscribe to the theory, but Nigeria is paying the price of past lapses of which the upheavals of 1966 became a culminating point. Considering the large number of sudden and agonising deaths unleashed between 1966 and 1970, it would not be hard to conclude that the effects of that demoralising era and experiences are visiting us today. For one thing, there were curses and invocations from dying persons whose humanity was dehumanized.
Is it rational to underrate and overlook the power and implications of the dying declarations and invocations of people tormented to death in cold blood by hoodlums? Can the imprecations of an old woman who saw her pregnant daughter raped and disemboweled by a gang of hoodlums go without the vengeance of the gods? Is there any immunity for those who evade human laws?
Curses and invocations from dying persons who see their death and sad experiences as the result of miscarriage of justice, constitute psychic pollutants which are infectious. Accumulation of such psychic pollutants form centres which spread harrow and corruption in societies where nobility and purity are in short supply. When a nation is encircled by such dark energies, women in particular are more likely to absorb such influences. Similarly the state of the purity of women determines the quality of children which populate the nation. It is not outward piety which determines the purity of any woman.
Recent events taking place in Nigeria, especially with reference to brutality, abuse of power and prevarication to evade justice, are reminiscent of what happened in 1966 and thereafter. Cover-up antics of state agencies of law enforcement as well as the culture of brigandage and impunity are not new in Nigeria. Rather there are abundant evidence that practitioners of acts of lawlessness and impunity end up with an altered state of consciousness which predisposes them more and more to the absorption of psychic pollutants. They part ways with normalcy!
The mechanism of self-destruction takes various guises, one of which is the use of hollow excuses to hide away personal deficiencies even in the face of serious national threats. The saying that those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad, is a part of the mechanism of social pollution and decay. Social corruption goes along with misplacement of priorities.
The fact that acts of brutality, brigandage and impunity by some personnel of law enforcement agencies continued unaddressed, until there arose mass protests, is an indication of social pollution. Someone reported that after acts of lawlessness, perpetrators of such acts usually resort to “drinking merrily”. Such allegation, whether true or false, is a part of the mechanism of social pollution and corruption. Taking of alcohol and narcotic substances after acts of lawlessness usually deaden the conscience and good judgement. The result is that repeated engagement in such activities raise little moral compunction and consequently to growing decay in society.
There is a significant relationship between growing acts of lawlessness and the consumption of narcotic substances. Something can be said between social decay and diminution of a sense of personal responsibility. In an environment where position-holders are alive to their roles and personal responsibilities, there are hardly excuses for failures or prevarication as a means to explain away non-performance. Public office holders who show no feeling of shame about what they do, say or the image they leave behind after office, contribute towards a society in corrupt state.
Law enforcement mechanism contributes a great deal in the degree of confidence which the populace have in a nation’s system of reward and punishment. Many Nigerians would doubt if this system is fair and just. The result is that patriotism would diminish where people do not have confidence in a nation’s reward system.
Redressing Social anomalies
Setting up of Commissions of Inquiry to look into cases of brutality and abuse of power by various law enforcement agencies would hardly be enough to transform the situations in Nigeria. Social Pollution and corruption can also be described as failures of the social system. Complaints and protests about police brutality and abuse of power can be said to be one little fragment of the complaint which Nigerian citizens have about “the system” that the country operates. Ranging from abuse of power, to the adoption of a true federalism, Nigerians have everything to complain about, especially wealth distribution.
Therefore, more fundamental and comprehensive solutions should be sought in order to reposition the country and avoid other protests in the future. Since actions and deeds are products of mindset, the task of redressing anomalies in Nigeria should be a long-lasting transformation process. If no one has done any serious research in this direction, let it be said here that a major anomaly in Nigeria is the state of the nation’s political economy. Police brutality is a mere symptom, not the substance.
A former state governor was quoted as saying that Nigerians are cowards, just like Nigerian youths were alleged to be lazy. The impression created is that the masses are being short-changed by those who think that they are smart and clever. This awareness is growing fast! The masses are being short-changed deliberately! Niger Delta people in particular. Thanks to military strategists!
Dr Amirize is a retired lecturer from the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt.

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Challenges Of Reporting Nigeria’s Electoral Process

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The Institute for Media and Society (IMS) in conjunction with the European Union Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria, Component 4A (Support to Media), recently organised a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on “Trends And Challenges In Fair, Accurate and Ethical Coverage Of the Electoral Process In Nigeria” in a bid to strengthen the media houses. Here, our reporter, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, attempts an analysis of the main discourses at the one-day event held in Port Harcourt. 

Speaking during his open
ing address, the Executive Director, Institute for Media and Society (IMS), Mr. Akin Akingbulu, stated that the mandate of his Institute was to see that the Media provides fair, accurate and ethical coverage of the electoral process in Nigeria, adding that since the project started they have been working on this mandate and have recorded tremendous results.
He explained that the Nigeria Component, which is also called Support to Media, has four components, namely: To enhance professionalism of the media; To help to strengthen institutions to deepen and diversify the delivery of voter and civic education; To help strengthen the capacity of the regulators, especially the broadcast sector regulator, as to enable it do better on its mandate; and To drive the focus and attention of the media on marginalised groups in society such as women, youths, persons with disabilities for input participation of these particular groups in the electoral and broader democratic processes in Nigeria.
Akingbulu noted that, so far, there has been tremendous progress, adding that they have recorded these tremendous results through forums such as this over the past few years.
He further explained that the media is a critical stakeholder in the Nigeria Component for which reason they have come to Port Harcourt to engage in this activity, which falls under the sub Component, and is working on strengthening media platforms for improved delivery of voter and civic education in the electoral process.   
“We have brought together conscious and strategically important stakeholders to be part of this discussion as we believe that focus group discussion should be small, but qualitative; hence our choice of selection, noting that it is expected that those selected for the focused discussion will do a step-down at their various media houses.
“We trust that we will get the best out of the conversation that we are going to have here. To ensure that activities run well, we have put in place a timber-and-caliber facilitator, a Professor of Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Ifeoma Dunu,” Akingbulu announced.
In her presentation, the facilitator of the group discussion, Prof Dunu stated that it was expected that the discussions would suggest ways to move forward, adding that, for her, it was not just conversation and discussions, but the way forward.
Dunu emphasised that this year is the electoral period in Nigeria, using Anambra State as an example. Looking at democracy and governance in Nigeria, she wondered where Nigeria’s Democracy is today. Is it progressing, retrogressing or stagnated?     
She added that IMS was in Port Harcourt to ensure that all the institutions responsible to the smooth running of the electoral process in Nigeria get it right, remarking that the discussion must find lasting solutions to some of the problems confronting the electoral process in the country.
The varsity don also noted that journalism challenges are part of the core challenges confronting the electoral process as journalists working in both the private and public media houses are faced with poor remunerations which forces them to give biased reportage.
In her contribution, the Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State Chapter, Mrs. Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, drew attention to the meaning of democracy as a system of government in which power is vested with the people and exercised by them directly.
She, however, pointed out that in Nigeria the reverse is the case as this power is vested in the legislature, noting that democracy is not being practised in the country.
A staff of Radio Nigeria, Purity FM Awka, Dr Adaora Arah, who also spoke at the event, stated that there were many young broadcasters who engaged in broadcasting without possessing the requisite qualifications to do so. She, therefore, urged the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to beam its searchlight on television and radio stations, especially those operating in remote areas.
Arah stressed that many of them have not gone to communication schools, nor acquired the needed training on what broadcasting is all about before embarking on full broadcast activities, thereby bringing embarrassment to their stations, NBC and the general public.
In his speech, a member of the International Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (IBAN), Charles Maraizu, stated that the only way forward for the electoral process in Nigeria is for it to be centralised as there were many incidences that bedeviled Nigeria’s democracy.
He stressed that there were also voters’ apathy, in which the people were no longer interested to go out and vote as many of them have continued to express fear that their votes no longer count in elections. 
 Maraizu commended IMS for organising the programme and for always being gender sensitive as well as bringing serious-minded people on board for the focus group discussions saying, ‘whenever they do things, they always do it well’.
He advised everyone to generate ideas on the trends and challenges of the media “because, to me, it is not enough to produce gender sensitive media lens glass without representing it by putting it to action”, adding that IMS was always walking the talk and not just talking.
In his turn, the Director of Broadcast Monitoring at NBC, Dr Tony Anigala, informed that his Commission does not deal with an individual when a broadcast station violates the ethics of broadcasting.
He commended the IMS, which has been there over the years, helping NBC a lot during elections, adding that recommendations gotten from IMS platforms help the Commission to do better.
Anigala charged participants to produce positive results from some of the materials which NBC had given out to them and their organisations, while also adding that at any point in time people should tell NBC whatever it needs to do to improve, especially during the electoral process.
Chief Constance Meju, in her goodwill message, stated that marginalisation has been one of the challenges women go through, adding that her group has been pushing for more women to be included in all spheres as long as politics was concerned.
She was of the opinion that, as a way forward, both the private and public media, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), among other institutions should be financially autonomous so that they can independently operate under the ambit of the law without fear or favour.
Meju also appealed that the training be extended to politicians and Nigeria leaders as they have allowed the security system to be too tight to the politics, remarking that governance is not about party. She advocated the retention of the multi-party system in Nigeria.
In summary, the main resolutions reached at the event include:

  • The institutions responsible to drive the electoral process in Nigeria are not strong. 
  • Structures needed for such drive, not in place. 
  • Individuals, journalists in both private and public media houses and relevant institutions should be financially well equipped, so that they can operate independently and within the ambit of the law, among others.
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Checking Sex Trafficking Of African Women

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For thousands of years and even up to the present, African women have been subjected to acts of slavery, including sex trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.
Slavery has, therefore, become a daily happening each and every year, particularly among Africans. Now it seems some persons have turned it into a huge business from which they make large sums of money with no intention to let go any soon. This criminal act towards these victims is mostly perpetrated by their relatives, friends, men or women who pretend to mean well but who harbour evil intentions toward their unsuspecting victims.
The world is increasingly being blinded by the truth so much so that we don’t get to face the reality when a young girl is being trafficked. During the invasion of slave traders, women were used to satisfy their sex needs because such females were deemed to be of little or no importance unlike the men who were forced to perform the harder duties. These ladies were used anytime, any day thereby robbing them of their dignity and self esteem. Unfortunately, this trend has endured till date, more especially among African women.
Let me share the story of a young lady who was once a sex traffic victim. Her name is Ngozi (not real name). I met her in Moscow, the Russian capital, four years ago. She and her baby caught my attention. I was so curious to know who she was because, from every indication, she didn’t strike me as a student.
We started off by exchanging pleasantries after which she asked to know if I was a student, to which I responded in the affirmative. When she said she wasn’t a student, I then realised that my instinct was right, after all.
She was like, I need to tell you about myself unashamedly; an experience that has become a lesson to me and which might serve as a warning to any young girl who clamours to travel out of Nigeria in search of a better life.
Ngozi started narrating the story of how she was taken from Delta State, lured with the offer of travelling to Russia to assist a certain nursing mother from Uganda who was resident in Moscow. Her duty would entail taking care of the lady’s children in her absence.
The woman who travelled down to pick her from Nigeria happened to be a friend to her aunty whom she was staying with then. The two friends had a lengthy discussion together during which the woman assured Ngozi’s aunty that her niece would be well paid and have a good life. In turn, the aunty pleaded that Ngozi be properly taken care of and given the best of life as promised.
Fast forwarding a little, she narrated how her travel documents were processed based on the understanding that she was going for study as claimed by her lady companion in order to avert suspicion.
Ngozi said she was barely 17 years old as at when the woman came to pick her up. Everything sailed through for her at the entry points and they were able to arrive Moscow. But life took a different turn for her in a space of three days. The woman really made her feel comfortable in those few days, but on the fourth day, two hefty men wearing masks came into the apartment at night and whisked her away.
According to the lady, she was not the only one in such a mess as she could hear other girls crying and pleading for help from another cage where they were held. All she did was to cry quietly knowing the uselessness of any loud wailing. Soon, they were given new clothes by the masked men and told to get ready for work.
A new but harsh life began for Ngozi such that she got thoroughly beaten and starved whenever she declined sleeping with her assigned clients. She was forced to sleep with an average of 10 men each day and the money paid directly to the madam in charge of them. All her attempts to escape proved futile. Ngozi’s child came from a Russian man who bought her off from her madam. On the possibility of returning to Nigerian, Ngozi vehemently rejected the idea, claiming that she was ashamed of herself and nothing good could come of her life anymore.
After hearing Ngozi’s story and comparing with other accounts I had heard previously in the media, I was so broken and asked myself questions that might appear unexplainable but which definitely have answers: Why are young ladies in their early ages of 15-40 years, still being trafficked every year? What measures are being applied to stop the rise in sex trafficking cases in Africa? Why is the government not paying adequate attention to human trafficking? Why are there no seminars or platforms created to educate and possibly discourage the average young lady who wants to risk her life by travelling to such countries? And lastly, why are they mostly trafficked to Middle East countries?
Now, let’s start with the first question. Like stated in the first paragraph of this article, young ladies have always been victims of sex traffickers and also major targets because they are young and energetic.
Also, most of the girls trafficked are either orphans, people from poor homes or those who are desperate to have a better life by all means and who do not care about what happens to them afterwards.
On the second question, it can be said that the men and women who take these women overseas from Africa are most likely to have connections with a human trafficking syndicate. Just like the narcotics business, it is extremely difficult to identify those in charge. In the event that something goes wrong and a leader is apprehended, a fresh link is created immediately for the business to continue.
For the third question, we understand the fact that the government has a lot of responsibilities to handle; but regardless, women trafficking is an important issue too. It is a threat to society, trafficking is an important issue too. It is a threat to society, a threat to Africa and also to the girl-child. We appreciate the role being played by the Nation’s Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) but such monster as this deserves utmost attention and should be critically followed with all amount of seriousness.
The fourth question harps on the need for platforms to be created to discuss and enlighten potential victims of such illicit trade. We now live in a world that has gone digital and where information on any topic is readily accessible. But unfortunately, most of the less privileged young women still need to be properly taught about the so-called ‘countries with great opportunities’ which they hope to travel to and make quick money.
They should also be schooled on how to easily identify any person(s) who is coming around with the aim of deceiving them into travelling abroad for good jobs and better living standards.
On the frequency of trafficking women for sex in Middle East countries, I want to believe that it is as a result of the handsome monetary reward. Ladies who are trafficked to Arab countries often end up in wealthy families where they are mostly maltreated by their bosses and the entire household. These young women are usually placed on faulty contracts which subjected them to such households for life. They are bought from their traffickers with huge sums of money and forever remain as slaves or sex objects in which ease they are sometimes used to also generate revenue from pornographic video productions. And whenever these girls attempt to escape, having had enough, they are either killed or some other tragic fate befalls them.
Some of the effects of sex trafficking on African women who had been victims include, but are not limited to: loss of self worth, misery, self pity, living in fear, hunted by past experiences, loss of confidence in society and psychological trauma.
Sex trafficking can be checked if young women look out for early danger signals as already stated. Other measures that can be taken are as follows:
Young ladies should take note of false appearances and suspicious behaviours. Most fraudsters appear to be decent while some even belong to the same religious or ethnic group with them. They may even be the people such girls see daily who usually look harmless.
Parents and guardians should not just give out their daughters to people they barely know on the claim of providing them a better life elsewhere.
Government should ensure that once caught, tried and sentenced, any perpetrators are adequately punished if only to serve as deterrent to others.
And finally, the country’s borders should be under constant watch because these traffickers can always improvise means of transporting their victims out of the country or locally without the awareness of security officials. Some even pay their way through.

By: Osepken Muzan
Miss Muzan is a Nigerian medical student in Russia.

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Customs And Dynamism At Seme Border

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The pains cum hardship believed to have been occasioned by the Nigeria‘s international land border closure seemed incomparable to the dynamism and operational progress that have characterised the reopening of the borders.
Enlightening Nigerians, through the media, on the positive exploits of his leadership team associated with border reopening to their progress, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Seme border area boss, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo, stated that his area command situated at the ECOWAS Joint Border Post, Seme-Krake Borders, has since the pronouncement of the reopening of land borders to date by the Federal Government, performed creditably.
He maintained that during the course of its sustained tempo in the fight against smuggling, the Command intercepted a total of 232 (Two Hundred and Thirty Two) parcels of cannabis sativa. In line with the dictates of the Service towards promoting inter-agency collaboration, cooperation and its unequivocal zeal towards the fight against drug trafficking, the Command  handed over the aforementioned seized drugs with duty paid value of N2,933,358.40 (Two million, Nine Hundred and Thirty Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty Eight Naira, Forty Kobo) only to the Commander, NDLEA Special Command Seme.
According to Jibo, officers and men of the Command had in their various operations taken the full advantage of the Service’s renewed strategies to continue the fight against smuggling, leading to remarkable interception of 705 (Seven Hundred and Five) items, with a duty paid value of N409,851,533.14 (Four Hundred and Nine Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty One Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirty Three Naira, Fourteen kobo).
The Area Controller itemised the seizures as 5,568 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each); 3208 jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (25 liters each); 79 units of smuggled vehicles; 294 cartons of frozen poultry products; 131 parcels of cannabis sativa; 798 cartons of tomato paste; 3 cartons of sugar; 6 cartons of slippers; 305 pairs of used shoes; 30 cartons of Nescafe; 19 cartons of non-alcoholic wine; 10 cartons of cigarettes; 12 cartons of herbal soap; and 2 sacks of condoms; adding that the  landmark achievement was an indication that officers and men of the Command were not losing their guard in detecting and streaming the tide of the nefarious activities being perpetuated by daredevil smugglers.
“In the wake of Federal Government pronouncement on the reopening of land borders, the Command harnessed all revenue compounds in line with the new operational guidelines with a view to projecting revenue base of the Command and facilitation of legitimate trade,” he said.
The Customs comptroller disclosed that in export, the Command recorded a trade volume of 348,827,775 (Three Hundred and Forty Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Five) metric tons of exported goods with the free on board (FOB) value of N4,277,047,153.92 (Four Billion, Two Hundred and Seventy Seven Million, Forty Seven Thousand , One Hundred and Fifty Three Naira, Ninety Two kobo) and a NESS value of N21,384,443.67 (Twenty One Million, Three Hundred and Eighty Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty Three Naira, Sixty Seven kobo).
Jibo explained that a whopping sum of N80,774,807.22 (Eighty Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seven Naira, Twenty Two kobo) was raked into the Federation Account (federal government coffers) during the period under review emanating from 0.5% ETLS, 1% NESS, Baggage assessment and  reassessment of  trapped trucks;  stressing that the Command was yet to receive imports from third countries, as there are  clearance procedure disputes to settle between importers, agents from Nigeria and Benin Republic authorities, including the shipping  companies, declaring that the Grand Total for the seizures and revenue stood at N490,626,431.36 (Four Hundred And Ninety Million, Six Hundred And Twenty Six Thousand, Four Hundred And Thirty One Naira, Thirty Six Kobo).
The comptroller explained that in line with the Comptroller-General’s  reform agenda which sees the welfare of officers as paramount, the Command benefited from different welfare initiatives from the management of NCS, including the construction of 32, 30 and 16 man ranks and files barracks accommodation to cover the inadequacy of accommodation in the Command; pointing out that there was also ongoing renovation of Deputy Comptroller’s quarters as well as the new upgraded terminal to accommodate consignments, in the event that the private bonded terminal cannot handle the volume of consignments coming into Nigeria.
“In a bid to sustain the existing cordial relationship with the host communities, the Command through corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, constructed a modern convenience at the International Park, J4, in Seme Badagry West Local Government to assist travellers both local and international. The convenience was handed over to the Chairman of the Local Government Council for effective utilization,” he stated.
The Seme Customs boss stated that the Command was partnering with an NGO named Community Football Foundation for the establishment of a football club named Badagry United; which has already been registered with the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC) and Oba Akran of Badagry, De Wheno Aholu Menu-Toyi 1, was also presented with the Certificate of Grand Patron while the new team was accorded royal blessing and support.
Comptroller Jibo who personally led media practitioners on an inspection tour of some multi-million naira worth of trade facilitation equipment put in place by the NCS at the Seme Border also maintained that effective and efficient community relations was being maximally fostered by his leadership, leading to a befitting collaboration with traditional leaders as well as representatives of other sister government agencies.
On whether the Command has the operational capacity to contend with effective implementation of the new government directives that imports into the country must be fully containerised henceforth, Comptroller  Jibo explained that it was only goods imported from developed countries that were to be received in containers while ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme products generally referred to as ETLS goods were still receivable in  trailers and trucks; stressing that more uitra-moderm scanning machines have been acquired and installed for the command to boost its examination capacity and efficiency.
The well attended media briefing which was co-ordinated by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Hussaini Abdullahi took place recently at the Seme conference room of the Service.
Ikhilae is a Lagos-based public affairs analyst.

 

By: Martins Ikhilae

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