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DMO Issues N54.10bn Sovereign Bonds

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The Debt Management Office (DMO) recently issued N64.10 billion worth of 10-year sovereign bonds with different maturity dates.

The DMO said that it auctioned N34.10 billion in the 10-year bond due to mature in 2018 and N30 billion worth of 10-year instrument maturing in 2019 at its last monthly debt auction of the year.

A statement from DMO website stated that the paper, with term to maturity of six years and five months, would be due in 2018.

It said that the paper was sold at a 15.93 per cent marginal rate compared to 16.50 per cent at the previous auction.

It also said that the bond, with a term to maturity of seven years and 10 months that would be due in 2019, was issued at a 15 per cent marginal rate against 16.50 per cent at the previous auction in November.

It said that the total subscription at Wednesday’s auction stood at N120.10 billion, lower than the N157.72 billion at the November auction.

“The original coupon rates of 10.70 per cent and seven per cent for May 2018 and October 2019 respectively will be maintained,” the statement said. DMO issues N54.10billion sovereign bonds.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has signed an agreement with an investment company, Ostim Organised Industrial Region, on the establishment of an organised industrial park in the Niger Delta area.

A statement by the Deputy Director (Press) of the ministry, Mr. Fidelis Osammor, recently in Abuja said that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godsday Orubebe, signed the MoU on behalf of the Federal Government.

It added that Mr. Orhan Aydin, the chairman of Ostim Organised Industrial Region, signed the agreement on behalf of his organisation.

The statement said that the industrial park would foster a rapid socio-economic transformation of the region.

“In order to achieve the objectives of the MoU, the two parties have agreed to form two main committees. The committees will ensure the effectiveness and coordination of the project, while drawing up strategic plans for implementation.

“The MoU provides that the ministry shall be responsible for financing the project, while Ostim will provide support on investment,” it said.

The statement said that Ostim was expected to use its capabilities, strength and institutional powers to get financial support for the project from international financial institutions.

“The industrial park project is targeted at providing employment opportunities for unemployed youths and it will greatly boost the region’s economy.

“The Akwa Ibom State Government has signified its interest to collaborate with the ministry in the project implementation processes,” the statement said.

It said that Orubebe urged other states in the region to also support the project implementation processes.

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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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