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Tin-Can Customs Rakes In N274.3bn In Six Months …Exports N100.4bn Goods

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Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it generated N274.3 billion in revenue between January 1 and June 31, 2022.
The Command’s Area Controller, Comptroller Olakunle Oloyede, gave the figures while briefing newsmen in Lagos,
According to him,”the Command, during the period under review, also recorded a 73 per cent increase in the volume of export through the area compared to the same period last year.
“This is a 27.50 per cent increase from last year’s collection of N229.3 billion within the period under review”, he said.
Speaking further, the Customs boss noted that 73 per cent in export amounts to 138, 246.50 metric tons compared to 100,500 metric tons recorded in 2021.
Oloyede put the Free On Board (FOB), value of the export in the first half of the year at N100.4 billion, representing an increase of 60 per cent compared to N66.3 billion recorded in the fiscal year 2021.
According to him, “Tin-can Island Command has so far experienced an increase in export activities in the first half of the fiscal year 2022.
“The Command recorded an outward throughput in export cargo of 138,246.50 metric tons, representing an increase by 73 per cent from 100,500 metric tons recorded in 2021, with an F.O.B value of N100.4 billion.
“This also represents an increase of 60% from N66.3 billion recorded in the fiscal year 2021
“We remain undaunted and cannot be deterred in performing our statutory responsibility, no matter the challenges, and are hopeful that in this 2022 fiscal year, the Command will post more and better revenue as the country’s economy swims out of this present situation”, Oloyede said.
The customs boss also commended the management of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) for creating a seamless collaboration that facilitated the clearance of export cargo at the Tincan Port Command, adding that the Command also made some seizures and detentions with duty paid value of over N1.3 billion.
According to him, the break down of the seizures include: 145kg of Colorado Indian Hemp concealed in two units of     Ridgeline trucks, and two units of Toyota Corolla vehicles; 206,000 pieces of machetes; 640 bales of used clothes; 236,500 pieces of used shoes; and 1,670,400 pieces of chloroquine injections.
Others are: 1,814,400 pieces of Novalgen injections; 48,850 rolls of cigarettes; 23,800 tins of sodium bromate and baking powder, in addition to 3,303 pieces of motor batteries found in three containers that were falsely declared.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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NTVOA Promotes 24hr-Online Operations On Faulty Vehicles

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The National Towing Vehicles Owners Association (NTVOA) has commenced consultation with security agencies and stakeholders in the transport logistics chain system on the best way to respond promptly  to rescue articulated vehicles parked along major roads and highways nationwide through digitalisation .
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) affiliate association said plans are already afoot to introduce an app designed to respond swiftly to brokendown  vehicles in furtherance to ensure free flow of traffic.
NTVOA said it will test-run the app in  Lagos when completed  due to the predominant and peculiar nature of traffic, noting that the technological device would take the form of “Uber”
In a chat with the National Secretary of NTVOA, Comrade Sylvester Afonughe in Ogun State, he noted that the move would be an all inclusive app through which security agencies will also be alerted  in line with the technological innovation .
He said the operation when completed will encourage faster response to vehicles with technical hitches to be evacuated from the roads.
The scribe sad aggressive campaigns and sensitization mechanism would be put in place to enable stakeholders understand how to use the app upon completion.
Afonughe, an engineer and the Business Relationship Manager, Moniepoint, affirmed that: “It looks tasking, no doubt, but that is what we are looking at as a union because we have already commenced consultation for the website which will operate like Uber or O Pay in nature.
He said the union is also resolved to key into the automation system as part of efforts to address human contact and to promote seamless operations in modern day transport technology.
“We are looking at how we can improve on our operations because it is what I single-handedly initiated under the stable of my organization, then the national can take it up from there.
“So many factors are also considered in this project because we are looking at 24 hours online real time operations because we cannot rule out night activities.

“Security is key here so these are the things we are looking at because we need to carry security agencies along because security must not be compromises when we kick start this project.

By; Nkemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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NIWA Provides Waterways Ambulance For Search, Rescue

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has introduced a new ambulance boat to serve the Lagos waters.
Disclosing this in a statement made available to our correspondent in lagos, NIWA said “The decision to introduce the new ambulance was in response to critical empowerment of the search and rescue team in Lagos, and as strategic fulfilment to suggestions made by the cream of maritime media at a recent parley with the Managing Director of NIWA, Dr. George Moghalu .
“Dr. Moghalu noted that the new craft fitted with amber lights and two 175 Horse Power engines by Yamaha, with cream colour leather interior, fitted with medical equipment, first aid boxes, communication system and stretchers, will form the fulcrum rapid response to accidents on Lagos waterways.
“Rugged and built to  ferry accident victims and those who require immediate medical attention to the nearest hospital and Medical Hold Bay, the ambulance watercraft can travel at controlled timing without fear or anxieties of being buffeted by high impact waves”, it stated.

By: Nkemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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CBN Raises Savings Interest To 4.2%

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Bank customers in the country are now to be paid more interest on their savings after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reviewed upward minimum interest payable to 30 per cent of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR).
At its last meeting in July, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the CBN had raised MPR to 14 per cent due to the persistent rise in inflation rate in the country.
The upward review of interest on savings was stated in a circular signed by the CBN Director, Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa, and issued to all banks dated August 15, 2022.
With the new circular, banks are expected to increase interest rate on savings from 10 per cent of MPR to 30 per cent of MPR with effect from August 1, 2022.
Consequently, bank customers can now earn up to 4.2 per cent, which is 30 per cent of the 14 per cent MPR as against 1.4 per cent, which was 10 per cent of the MPR.
According to The Tide’s source, the circular states in part:  “It will be recalled that as part of the efforts to ameliorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the minimum interest rates payable on local currency savings deposits from 30 per cent to 10 per cent of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR).
“This was aimed at stimulating growth in the larger economy following the economic slowdown occasioned by the pandemic.
“However, following the return to full normalcy and considering the prevailing macroeconomic conditions, it has become necessary to effect an upward adjustment of the interest rate payable on local currency savings deposits.
“Accordingly, effective August 1, 2022, the negotiable minimum interest rate on local currency savings deposits shall be 30 per cent of MPR. This supersedes our letter dated September 1, 2020, referenced BSD/DIR/GEN/LAB/13/052 on the subject.”

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