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NCC Set to Order Refund Illegal Deductions From Customers





Prof Umar Danbatta - NCC Executive Chairman

Prof Umar Danbatta – NCC Executive Chairman

NCC (Nigerian Communications Commission) in Lagos & Abuja. Prof Umar Danbatta, has hinted that the commission may soon order telecommunication operators to refund illegal deductions from subscribers.

Danbatta, who disclosed this at a parley with the media in Abuja, yesterday said the illegal deductions were made in five months.

He said 58,965,478 total Active Broadband Subscription on 3G and 4G platforms was recorded as at November 2018.

Danbatta explained that Internet subscription grew from 107,547,723 in October 2018, to 108,897,679 in November 2018, while Active Voice Subscriber base grew from 165,239,443 in October 2018 to 169,104,830 in November 2018.

The commission also disclosed that Nigeria has exceeded 30 per cent broadband penetration target, as it the record stood at 30.9 per cent in November 2018.


Danbatta who was represented by the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, Sunday Dare, said Nigeria would achieve close to 50 per cent broadband penetration by 2019.

According to him, contributions of Telecommunications and Information Services to GDP from Q1 to Q3 2018 were N4.7 trillion, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

In the last quarter (Q3, 2018), the amount stood at N1.5 trillion, according to Q3 figures reported by the NBS.

Danbatta said that Telecommunications and Information Services Sector grew by 14.7 per cent from Q1, 2017 to Q3, 2018.

The NCC has also promised to reduce call masking across the nation by 80 per cent before 2020, noting that about N6 billion is lost yearly to call masking

The executive vice chairman disclosed that tracking technology has made the commission to reduce call masking by 21per cent as at August 2018, even as nine offenders have been arrested.

He said the commission had in the last six months, took proactive measures through investigation and efforts to reduce incidents of SIM boxing in the country by 32 per cent.

Customs Corner

Operation Whirlwind: CG Adeniyi Sets Up Special Operation Against Smuggling of Petroleum Products



Author: Folusho Adeogun.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Adewale Adeniyi, on Thursday, 22 May 2024, in Abuja, inaugurates a workshop for a newly formed tactical team, Operation Whirlwind, aimed at combating the smuggling of Petroleum Products to the neighbouring countries.

In his opening remarks, CGC Adeniyi emphasised the crucial role the team will play in protecting the nation’s economy from the adverse effects of smuggling petroleum products. “Economic saboteurs must be brought to justice,” he declared. “Over the years, we have rebuilt the service to an enviable height, our revenue is increasing, and our targets have also increased. However, if we are not significantly impacting the Nigerian economy, then we must do better.”

The workshop, held at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College (NCCSC), is designed to equip the Operation Whirlwind team with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively curb smuggling, particularly of petroleum products diverted to neighbouring countries.

CGC Adeniyi highlighted the significance of the workshop and the strategic importance of the new operation. “This is not a task force or the setting up of checkpoints,” he clarified. “This is an intelligence-driven operation that will support the political will at the highest level. Our dedication and loyalty must not be compromised. There will be serious consequences against whoever acts against this mission. There is zero tolerance for sabotage.”

Adeniyi stressed the need for collaboration and unity among the officers. “You were selected because you can do the job. Your coordinator’s record is impeccable, and your assignment can’t succeed without you working as a team. You are to complement the existing structure. You are not going as competitors; you are going to fight people sabotaging our efforts.”

The Director of Legal Services is scheduled to educate the team on the proper procedures for filing seizures, ensuring that all legal aspects of their operations are handled correctly.

The inauguration of Operation Whirlwind marks a significant step in Nigeria’s fight against smuggling and economic sabotage. As the team prepares to embark on their mission, the Comptroller-General of Customs asserts that the expectation is clear: to protect Nigeria’s economic interests with unwavering dedication and integrity.

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Compt. Bewaji Sensitises Stakeholders on 90-Day Window for Improperly Imported Vehicles



Author: Lucy Nyambi.

Comptroller Morenikeji Bewaji, in charge of the Nigeria Customs Service Ondo/Ekiti Area Command, has hit the ground running with a stakeholder engagement during the 90-day window for regularisation of import duty on improperly imported vehicles.

The sensitisation, which was held at the Command’s headquarters in Akure on Friday, 24 May 2024, had stakeholders, representatives of security agencies, members of car dealers association of Nigeria, traditional rulers and officers from MDAs, from Ondo and Ekiti states in attendance.

According to a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Customs, Aondoakura Dzungwenen, the Customs Area Controller, in her opening speech, said that the sensitisation is anchored on the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) policy thrust of consolidation, collaboration and innovation.

She emphasised, “The occasion marks a significant road map to unity to engage in constructive dialogue, foster collaboration and strengthen partnerships which will help achieve individual roles of nation building.”

The CAC also stated that to relieve the pains and sufferings of Nigerians who are caught in the web of wrongful or improper importation of vehicles, “The Honorable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun, has granted a 90-day window effective from 4 March 2024 to 5 July 2024 for victims to get their vehicles import duty regularised.”

“This is an opportunity for those who had their vehicles imported without duty or inappropriate duty payments,” the CAC stated.

She advised intending buyers of vehicles to ensure due diligence by confirming the genuineness of documents to avoid suffering from a crime they did not directly commit, as ignorance is not an excuse in law.

The Customs Area Controller assured that Ondo/Ekiti Area Command should continue to share the dynamics in government fiscal and trade policies as they affect businesses.

Also, during the event, an Assistant State Commander of Narcotics, Balogun Musa, sensitised stakeholders on the need to monitor people, especially youths, to ensure they are not engaged in drug abuse.

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Customs Corner

Customs, Immigration Join Forces in Officers’ Training



…Highlight Teamwork for Enhanced Efficiency

Author: Ibe Wada.

The Nigeria Customs service has joined forces with the Nigeria Immigration Service to train its officers on the importance of collaboration in enhancing performance and ensuring smooth operations.

A training session held at the Customs Training College on Thursday, 23 May, 2024, had over 300 participants undergoing rigorous training at the college.

The training session titled, “The vital role of subordinates within organisational structures” was delivered by the Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration, Kayode Sadiq.

He highlighted the essential nature of collaboration, stressing that regardless of rank, each member plays a crucial part in the collective mission.

Sadiq explained that the issue of subordinates is not limited to junior ranks, “even the highest in rank is answerable to another superior and no body should be underestimated”.

He further reiterated the need for continuous collaboration amongst agencies, stressing that “a secure border is synonymous with a safe nation, and that’s our primary objective.

“Our aim is to foster synergy between agencies, particularly in border management and control.”

Responding to the call for interagency collaboration, Commandant of the Customs Training College, Deputy Comptroller Haniel Hadison, stressed the need for officers transitioning from inspectorate cadre to superintendent cadre to understand the essence of collaboration.

He expressed satisfaction in officers’ performance on the day’s lecture.

“The quality of questions raised by participants reflects a deep assimilation of the lecture’s content,” Hadison noted.

The Commandant further expressed anticipation for insights shared by senior officers from various government agencies in future sessions.

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