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Revisit ASUU Demands, CNPP Tells FG

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The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to revisit the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in order to implement it.

In a statement in Enugu yesterday, CNPP said that after a close study of the demands of ASUU, it came to the “inevitable conclusion” that the demands were patriotic and rational.

“Accordingly, we call on President Goodluck Jonathan to, as a matter of urgent national importance, honour the 2009 agreement,” it said in a statement signed by Osita Okechukwu, its National Publicity Secretary.

The statement said CNPPwas alarmed when the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquyyatu Rufai, said the initial agreement was that the money to offset the allowances as demanded by ASUU should come from internally-generated revenue from the universities.

“To compound matters, she said that when the agreement was signed in 2009, it did not stipulate who would even pay the money or from what source,” the statement said.

It said that whereas parents could contribute in training their children, CNPP was of the view that the federal and state governments had enough money to fund the universities.

“The source of funding for federal and state universities must be the government, with the parents supplementing; not the other way round,” it said.

The conference also called on the minister to get the best out of the president not only for the universities, but for other educational institutions.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in University of Benin has appealed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo to intervene in the dispute between its members and the Federal Government.

The Chairman of the branch, Dr. Anthony Emine, made the appeal yesterday at the Government House, Benin, when he led his executive committee members on a courtesy visit to Oshiomhole.

Emine said it was very painful that the academic community had to embark on strike to actualise their demand from the government, which had failed to honour an agreement it reached with the union.

The chairman said, “in 2009, we know how you intervened to let government sign the agreement.

While urging the governor to accelerate the progress of work going on at the Ugbowo axis of Benin City to revive night life, the ASUU chairman said“ there were alternative roads that should be provided with street lights.

Responding, Oshiomhole, who said he would be happy to play any role to resolve the issues that had led to the strike by ASUU, noted that “agreements are meant to be obeyed.

On the Ugbowo road construction, he said the state government had to award the contract for the construction of two additional lanes on Ugbowo Road to ease the traffic on the road.

He added that provisions had been made in the 2012 budget for street lights for the Ekosodi community.

Oshiomhole said that the street light project in Ekpoma community in Edo Central Senatorial District had been completed but explained that because of limited funds, his administration had to do some of the projects in phases.

He said “we do not want to award contracts we cannot pay for and due to the wage increase in the state, expenditure has gone up.’

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Western Marine Command Intensifies Anti-Smuggling Operations … Intercepts N8.75m Worth PMS

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For officers and men of the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the battle is not over until smuggling is over.
In the wake of Wednesday May, 8, 2024, the ever vigilant officers, acting on a tip-off, intercepted 177 sacks and 61 kegs of 25 litres containing petroleum products, valued at about N8.750,000million.
The items were intercepted along Isalu Creek, Badagry Waterway en-route Benin Republic.
While briefing newsmen, the Command’s Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Paul Bamisaiye, said: “This seizure is most economically significant to the Command at this period of scarcity of Petroleum Products, especially Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in our cities, and shows the anticipatory posture in our response to economic saboteurs.
“At about 2:330hrs on Wednesday 8th May 2024, while on joint patrol by teams in the Command, credible intelligence was received of the movement of 2 boats laden with what was suspected to be petroleum products concealed in sacks. Upon receipt of the information, the team moved into Isalu creeks, Badagry waterway.
“On sighting the approach of the Officers, the smugglers took to their heels through the shore of the Creek. The loaded boats were then towed to the station at Badagry where preliminary examination was conducted and transferred to Western Marine Command Headquarters, Ibafon, Apapa, Lagos.
“Careful examination at the Command Headquarters revealed that the arrest was found to contain One Hundred and Seventy Seven (177) Sacks and Sixty One (61) Kegs of 25 Litres Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) containing Twelve Thousand Five Hundred (12,500) Liters with a total Duty Paid Value standing at Eight Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N8,750,000) only”.
Bamisaiye noted that the action of the smugglers is a contravention of Section 245 & 254 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 which the service, through Western Marine Command, is responsible for enforcing.
“The Command, under the leadership of Compt. PK Bamisaiye, is poised more than ever to rid the waterways of all acts of smuggling and economy sabotage for the benefit of the growth of economy of Nigeria”, he said
Bamisaiye said so far, no suspect was arrested in the Command’s anti-smuggling operations.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Illegal PMS Trading Booms In Lagos

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Petroleum products  being sought by motorists have disappeared from virtually all filling stations within Lagos and its environs, but are now booming in business in retail outlets.
Investigations by our correspondent revealed that while the product could not be got at some of the petrol service stations, activities are in top gear in the local retail outlets where the price has gone beyond the reach of users.
It was also gathered that in some filling stations supplied with the products, preference are often given to retail outlet operators by petrol attendants against the consuming public.
A source, directly involved in the business, said some petrol dealers are cashing on the irregular supply to divert the products to retail outlets where they could easily make their gains.
It was also gathered that some sales representatives in the service of major oil marketing firms indulged in the diversion exercise because of their personal interest.
At the retail outlets a liter goes for N950,00 against the normal N760,to N800 at some stations.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Customs Board Appoints Five DCGs, Eight ACGs

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The Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB) has confirmed the appointment of five Deputy Comptroller-Generals (DCGs) and eight Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs) of Customs during its 59th regular meeting.
The meeting, chaired by the Honorable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, was held at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja last Tuesday.
National Public Relations Officer of the Service, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, gave details of the confirmed appointments as: O.O. Peters (DCG /Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (rtd); B.M. Jibo (DCG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation); and B.U. Nwanfor (DCG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives).
Others are: S.A. Bomia (DCG, Commander Training and Doctrine Command); and C.K. Niagwan (DCG, Tariff & Trade).
The Assistant Comptrollers General (ACGs) are: B. Imam (ACG Board); A.A.S. Oloyede (ACG, Trade & Tariff); S.K. Dangaldima (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘B’); A. Abdul Azeez (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘D’); S.A. Yusuf (ACG, Human Resource Development); N.P. Umoh (ACG, Training and Doctrine Command); C.O. Obih (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘C’); and S. Chiroma (ACG, Strategic Research and Policy).
The new appointments, according to the statement, were made to fill the vacancies created by some senior officers who recently retired from the Service, noting that the principles of federal character, seniority and merit guided the appointments approved by the board.
“These appointments are a testament to the officers’ exemplary services and dedication to the Nigeria Customs Service. The NCSB remains committed to providing strategic leadership to ensure effective and efficient service delivery for optimum performance”, he said.
While thanking the retired members of the management for their meritorious services, the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, congratulated the newly confirmed officers and charged them to redouble their efforts to ensure the service attains greater heights in its mandates of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, and trade facilitation amongst others.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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