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Customs Sets N1trn Revenue Target For 2016

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, said that the Nigeria Customs Service had set N1 trillion revenue target for itself in 2016.
Ali announced this to newsmen at the sidelines of the celebration of International Customs Day (ICD), yesterday in Abuja.
He said that the service had not received 2016 revenue target from the Budget Office of the Federation, adding that Nigeria Customs had, however, set the target for 2016.
“We (customs) have not received the 2016 revenue target from the budget office yet but we normally set a target for ourselves and we are looking at the N1 trillion for 2016.
“We hope and are working to block all leakages and making sure that our system works perfectly and hopefully the policies of government will also be in our favour; we hope to hit N1 trillion in 2016,’’ Ali said.
On asset declaration by customs personnel, Ali said, “I believe that all my officers are complying.”
According to him, the deployment of e-customs has boosted revenue collection and its role of providing connectivity in the nation’s borders.
He said that Nigeria customs was jointing its global counterpart community to celebrate the day set aside by the world body to appreciate customs men and women who had worked for the economic and security well-being of the nation.
“The deployment of e-customs has boosted customs’ role of providing connectivity between nations divided by artificial borders.
“Collection of revenue and interception of harmful imports have been made easier with the help of technology.
“In line with the change mantra of the present government, let me remind all operatives and stakeholders alike not to abuse the process and corrupt the system.
“Any act calculated to distort and compromise the integrity of e-customs will not be tolerated and will be met with appropriate sanctions,’’ he added.
Ali said that in the area of using technology for collaboration and efficiency, NCS was always playing the leading role. According to him, the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS), Nigeria Trade Hub and the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) are electronic platforms for effective collaborations and ease of doing business in Nigeria.
Ali said that compliant stakeholders and operatives who had distinguished themselves in the deployment and transparent use of e-customs to enhance revenue and national security would be encouraged and rewarded.
The Secretary General, World Customs Organisation (WCO), Mr Kunio Mikuriya, said that to support the WCO members in their efforts to further adopt digital customs, the WCO had developed an extensive portfolio of instruments and applications.
The Secretary-General was represented by the Deputy Comptroller General, Strategic Research and Policy, Paul Ukaigwe. Mikuriya said customs administrations globally were encouraged to actively showcase and promote the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT) to collect and safeguard customs duties, flow of goods and secure cross border trade from crime.
“Part of our work in these months to come will be to monitor and communicate best practice in topics as diverse as change management, human resource policies and information management.
“Over the course of 2016, all WCO members are to promote and share information on how to they are adapting to the digital environment and how they are leveraging the potential of IT.”
They will also promote how to implement and use digital technologies to advance and achieve their objectives and respond to the expectations of traders, transport and logistics operators.

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RSNC GM Tasks Medical Practitioners On Emerging Pandemics

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The General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Publishers of The Tide Newspaper, Chief Ernest Chinwo, has called on medical practitioners in the country to assist the government find workable solution to the array of emerging pandemics, including COVID-19, Lassa fever and monkeypox currently ravaging the country.
Chinwo said this in his office during a courtesy call by organisers of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit 2022.
Represented by the Acting Chairman of Editorial Board and Supervising Editor, Mr Nelson Chukwudi, the general manager also stressed the need for the health professionals to come up with private sector-driven health insurance scheme for the country.
He said that it also behoves on them to pool resources together with a view to building mega hospitals in the country to stem the tide of medical tourism abroad while at the same time curbing brain drain.
The general manager also tasked them to check the incidence of quackery in the medical profession.
Chinwo commended them for the proposed summit, assuring of the cooperation and support of the corporation, especially in providing adequate coverage to their activities.
He said the corporation, since inception has been on the forefront in publicising health issues, stressing that it was against this background that a page was dedicated in The Tide newspaper for health, and called for medical experts to contribute to the robustness of content on the page.
He further noted that beside newspaper publishing, the corporation also does all kinds of commercial printing jobs, and solicited patronage from the health professionals.
Earlier, Secretary General of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit, Dr. Joseph Olawuyi, said the summit with the theme “Repositioning HealthCare services in Rivers state” earlier proposed for the 22 to 26 of August 2022 was moved to October 2022 to ensure mass participation by both government and non-governmental organisations.
Olawuyi said the summit which is being put together by private medical practitioners in partnership with government aims at refocusing the health sector for quality service in the state.
He said a lot of people both within and outside the country have started registering for the summit.
According to him the event will also be used to train health practitioner’s on biomedical engineering as well as encourage the utilization of abundant medical equipment by practitioners.
He urged for a health bank in the country to create access to soft loans by health practitioners.
Olawuyi said the event which will be declared open by Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike will be attended by people from all walks of life including members of the armed forces amongst others.

By: John Bibor & Oreoluwa Adigun

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FG Spends N18.69bn Daily On Subsidy, Minister Confirms

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The Minister of Finance and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has disclosed that Nigeria spends N18.69billion daily on petroleum subsidies.
She stated this, yesterday, when she appeared before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating oil subsidies.
The minister claimed Nigeria consumes 64million litres per day, and that the figure could have been influenced by smuggling.
Ahmed said the executive is also concerned about the increment in daily consumption.
She noted that some of the products are being smuggled outside the country, adding that during COVID-19 locked down, daily consumption dropped significantly.
She stated that the president alone cannot take the decision on removing subsidy, insisting that there must be a multi-stakeholder approach, including all political parties, who must sit to make the decision.
The minister disclosed that the landing cost of petroleum is N448 per litre and that the NNPC takes care of the rest through under recovery.
She further said the Federal Executive Council has also expressed worry about the figure presented by the NNPC, adding that as the Minister of Finance, she has no access to the bank statement of the NNPC.
The Chairman of the Committee, Ibrahim Aliyu, questioned the figure provided by the minister.
Aliyu said even during the COVID19 locked down, Nigeria was still consuming high volume, which according to him was not logical.
He claimed the daily petroleum consumption was about 32million litres.
But the minister responded that she is not sure whether daily consumption has doubled and not also sure if the total number of vehicles in the country has doubled in the past 10 years.

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Over 20 Countries Arrive Abuja For 2022 INAC

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The 2022 International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC), themed “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”, was, yesterday, declared open in Abuja, by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe.
The 15th edition of the Expo holding at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels & Towers has in attendance no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in Nigeria.
Some of the countries already on ground include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Venezuela, Syria, India, Philippines, China, Iran, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Malaysia, Benin Republic, Sudan, Lebanon, South Korea and Tanzania.
States in Nigeria that have arrived Abuja for the annual international event are Lagos, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, FTC, Kaduna and Katsina.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Runsewe said the aim of the expo is to better project Nigerian crafts to various countries of the world given that our stories are better told by us. It is also to promote cultural exchange programmes and improve inter-country collaborations in music, arts, drama, etc.
The expo, as usual, is expected to amongst other items, feature skill acquisition trainings for young people, free medical examination and care, display of countries art documentaries, exhibitions of countries’ arts, crafts and culture.
Runsewe said: “This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be. We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youths in our crafts for revenue generation.”
The 2022 expo holds from August 18 to 20, 2022.

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