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Customs Seize 24 Illegal Containers In Onne Port

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The Nigeria Customs Services has seizured 24 containers laden with vegetable oil, comprising a total of 24, 860 gallons of 25 and 10 litres La-Jonic vegetable oil with other 29,800 gallons of 25 litres and 5,060 gallons of 10 litres with pay value of #833,172,538.42.
Speaking during a press briefing yesterday at the Onne Port, the Customs Area Controller Area 2 command Onne controller Baba Imam said also seized was 24 containers laden with 1,165 cartons of Analgin injection and fireworks with other items 286 cartons of Analgin injection I.M.V, 2/5g/5ml, 210 cartons of Banga, 273 cartons of W Tail, 216 cartons of coloured flowers, 180 cartons of pops.
He stated that the total duty paid value for the 26 containers is #94,652,168.39 adding that the seized cartons of Analgin injection will be handed over to NAFDAC yesterday in the spirit of interagency collaboration.
He said they will continue to build on the robust relationship with other sister agencies to rid the society off criminal elements that are working against the interest of the country.
Taking journalists around the seizured containers in the Port the Onne controller command also said that one 20ft container of machete was detained on documentation grounds pending provision of end user certificate.
He stated that they can not but underscore the necessity and imperativeness of synergy, collaboration and intelligence sharing as the above seizures were made purely with intelligence gathered and 100 percent physical examination.
He said investigation is still ongoing through they legal/ intelligent unit to arrest the culprits and bring them to book as soon as possible.
The Customs Area 2 command pointed out is success since assumed duty this year stating that the revenue generation of the command was given a target of 336 billion naira as they target for the year.
According to him as at yesterday the command has generated a total of revenue of Fifty -four billion,nine hundred and ninety two million, one hundred and twenty three thousand, six hundred and eighty seven naira, fifteen kobo (#54,992,123,687.15) which translate to 16.3 percent of the target.
“When compared to the same period last year the command had an increase in revenue of one billion,one hundred and thirty two million, nine hundred and twenty five thousand, five hundred and fifty six naira, eighty two kobo (#1,132,925,556.82).
“This figure realised is inspite of not having vessels berth in Onne Port for some time due to the election atmosphere.
“We look forward to continuous rise in the revenue generation in the coming months as we expect vessels to berth on our coastline within the next few weeks”, Imam said.
He commended the critical role play by the media especially in the area of sensitisation and enlightenment of all stakeholders and the society at large in order to achieve willful compliance to trade laws of all imports and export.
He encouraged the media to continue to educate the public while the command will continue to reinvigorate strategies that will enhance they performance.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Yobana Commends FG On LG Autonomy  …Donates Vehicles To Security Agencies In Khana 

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The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Ambassador Marvin Yobana, has commended the Federal Government for taking the bold step to secure financial autonomy for local governments in the country.
Yobana, in a statement by his Media Team, gave the commendation when donating security operational vehicles to security agencies in the area on Monday.
He also commended President Bola Tinubu for giving State governments enough time to conduct local government elections in their respective states.
The Khana Council boss, while presenting the vehicles to the security agencies, noted that security of the people is of utmost priority, hence the need to support them with operational vehicles.
He explained that the donation was to encourage the security agencies to do more and be apolitical as they discharge their duties.
Yobana called on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to order his men to vacate council secretariat of the 23 local government areas in Rivers State, saying the Court of Appeal has given a clear judgement against tenure elongation.
He urged the IGP to respect the rule of law and not heat up the polity in the State.
Ambassador Yobana promised that the Council would collaborate with security agencies to encourage farmers and fishers to go back to their farming and fishing without fear.
He warned those trying to sabotage the efforts of the security agencies to stay off the area as the full wrath of law will catch up with them.
The chairman enjoined residents of the State not to be distracted by the 27 former lawmakers loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, who he said, are no longer Assembly members by law.
He urged the Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminilayi Fubara, to continue with his people-oriented projects and not be distracted by the former lawmakers.
He also appreciated the media for accuracy and factual reportage of the political situation in the State.
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LG Poll: Monarch Decries In-House Fighting Among Politicians In Khana 

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A first class King of Bagha, His Royal Majesty, King Suanu Baridam, has frowned at the in-house fighting over who becomes the next Executive Chairman of Khana Local Government Council.
King Baridam, who was addressing newsmen after a stakeholders’ meeting in Bori on Wednesday, said the current in-house fighting among the political class in the area is unacceptable.
He noted that what the Ogoni people need, especially the people of Khana, is unity that can make the State Government look after them.
According to him, “Ogoni is a place that all of us love, especially Khana. So, the in-house fighting that is happening in the local government among our political class is unacceptable. We want a united Khana front for anything we are doing.
“Irrespective of political parties where we are, what we need is unity that can make the government look after us.”
The monarch warned that the State Governor, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, would not be happy or take the people of Khana serious “if everyone here starts in-house fighting.”
He advised the people of Khana to channel their energies into developmental issues such as security, electricity and education of the youths.
He also advised the political class including members of the Caretaker Committee in the local government to work together and leave the issue of who becomes the next Executive Chairman of the Council to God and the people of Khana, saying “it is God who gives power.”
 “When the time of who contest local government election comes, the Khana people will choose who they want. But for now, Marvin has been appointed the CTC chairman. Let everybody relax until his tenure ends and election is conducted”, King Baridam added.
Recall that some youths allegedly sponsored by anti-government elements staged a protest in Khana, on Wednesday, over who becomes the next Executive Chairman of the Council.
The Tide reports that the local council election across the 23 local government areas in the State is scheduled to hold on October 5, 2024, according to the timetable released by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC).
Recall that the tenure of the former Executive Local Government Council chairmen ended on midnight of June 17, 2024, prompting the State Governor, Sir Siminialayi Fubara to appoint caretaker committee chairmen for the 23 local government councils.
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HYPREP Project Coordinator Restates Commitment To Ogoni Clean-Up

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The Project Coordinator of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), Prof Nenibarini Zabbey, says he remains committed to the active and timely implementation of the Ogoni clean-up, and assures that the project will continue to be accountable, transparent, and people-centric.
Zabbey made this statement following his reinstatement by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as conveyed in a State House press release issued by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Chief Ajuri Ngelale.
According to the statement,”The President reached the decision (to reinstate the HYPREP Project Coordinator) following a performance review of the HYPREP Project Coordinator and concluded that he is fit to discharge his functions following the regulations guiding the execution of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP)”.
The Project Coordinator thanked President Tinubu for reinstating him and commended the President for his unwavering commitment to accelerating the implementation of the Ogoni clean-up as articulated in the Renewed Hope Agenda.
He assured to continue to drive the clean-up process with renewed vigour, passion, and zest toward meeting stakeholders’ expectations to deliver a world-class project that meets the best standards.
Zabbey added that he is not unaware of the eagerness of stakeholders and communities to see a speedy and quality completion of several HYPREP projects in Ogoniland.
These include the construction of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Restoration (CEER), the Ogoni Specialist Hospital and Buan Cottage Hospital, the Ogoni Power Project, the provision of potable water, sustainable livelihood programmes, remediation of oil-impacted land and shoreline sites, and mangrove restoration.
He stressed that, in line with HYPREP’s strategic policy of inclusivity, the Project would continue to carry out robust stakeholder engagement to constantly get community buy-in and inclusivity.
He noted that increased communication with critical stakeholders of the Project would be deployed, and he thanked the Ogoni community for their support and ownership of the clean-up.
While acknowledging the support of stakeholders for the Project, Zabbey urged them to keep faith, saying his “eyes are on the ball to deliver on HYPREP’s mandate of a cleaner Ogoni environment and a better human development index”.

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