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Border Closure Review: Benefits still outweigh losses — Shippers Council

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Border Closure Review: Benefits still outweigh losses — Shippers Council

Against the backdrop of the deviation of freight to ports of other West African countries following the closure of Nigeria’s borders, the Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, has disclosed that a new Border Closure Review review meeting has concluded that the benefit of the closure so far outweighs the losses.

According to Source, some stakeholders in West African traders who hitherto come to Nigeria to buy imported goods and transport the same through the land borders have now started importing directly through their own ports adding that most of them are Nigerian citizens.

They also said Nigerian importers have started shipping their goods directly to the customers in other West African countries through those seaports causing considerable loss of cargo throughput to Nigeria’s ports in favor of other West African ports.

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But speaking with Source on the development, Executive Secretary of the NSC, Hassan Bello, said from the outcome of the policy review meeting involving the private sector, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and others, the policy has helped to save the nation’s industries, especially the agro sub-sector of the economy.

He pointed out that the high rate of smuggling as a result of the porous borders placed unfair competition on Nigerian industries since factors of production oversees make goods produced there cheaper.

According to him, “There have been more gains for the country after the closure of the border. We recently held a stakeholders forum where we brought the private sector and the Customs to explain the border closure policy.

In trade facilitation, we need to save our industries, especially agro-based products because of our porous borders.

“For every smuggled item, it means we are not giving fair competition to our producers because the cost of production is cheaper there than in Nigeria.

So this takes our people out of business and we will be faced with growing unemployment. “Although there are some problems that we need to address but there are some which we have a comparative advantage here that we need to source here than in foreign countries.

“The border is porous, we need to tighten it against smuggling and dumping but there will be a time when you will say you are opening your border.

However, technology must be deployed to curb smuggling. “Issues like Cargo Tracking Note, CTN, contactless port/border post; technology will solve a lot of these problems.”

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Historical Facts About ‘Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)’

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The Nigeria Customs Service was established a little over a century ago when the British Colonial Administration appointed Mr. T. A. Wall, in 1891, as the Director-General of Customs for the collection of Inland Revenue in Niger Coast Protectorate.

The first Nigerian to be appointed as the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer in the Nigeria Customs Service was Mr. Ayodele Diyan in 1964. He was succeeded by Mr Henry Etim Duke in 1968.

Following the change of government in 1975, the post of Chairman of the Board was abolished and replaced with that of Director.

By the Virtue of Decree No. 41 of 28th August 1975, all the powers that were conferred on the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Board were vested in the Director of Customs and Excise and his deputies.

The first Director of Customs and Excise was appointed on 28th August 1975 in the person of Alhaji Shehu A. Musa.

His tenure was brief and was mandated only to reorganise the Board and Department of Customs and Excise.

The Department of Customs and Excise was operating as two parallel services – Revenue and Preventive. But this parallel method of running the two services created serious conflicts and immense administrative problems.

This led to the first major reorganisation on the 1st of April 1977, which was the unification of the services into one integrated service.

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The unification structured the Department of Customs and Excise into five main directorates and headed by a Deputy Director:

Customs Tariff and Trade
Customs Enforcement Directorate
Customs Investigation Directorate
Customs Inspection Directorate and
Customs Economic Relations, Research; and Planning Directorate

The overall head was still the Director, Department of Customs and Excise and Chairman, Board of Customs and Excise

In 1985, the Department of Customs and Excise witnessed another major change as it was removed from the Federal Ministry of Finance to Internal Affairs.

The department was later transferred back to Finance in 1992 and its status as a para-military organisation was recognised. It has been since known as Nigeria Customs Service
In 1993, the Federal Government set up the Major-General Paul Tarfa Panel to probe the activities of Nigeria Customs Services and the panel was headed by a Sole Administrator in the person of Brigadier-General (later Major-General) S.O.G. Ango, who was in charge of the service at that time.

On the 4th February 1999, the Federal Government announced the Appointment of Ahmed Aliyu Mustapha (OFR) a career Customs Officer as the Comptroller General of Customs.

The Comptroller-General of Customs was assisted by 6 Deputy-Comptrollers-General, heading the departments viz:

Finance, Administration and Technical Services
Tariff and Trade
Excise and Industrial Incentives
Enforcement and Drugs
Economic Relating Research and Planning
Investigation and Inspection

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NCS Recruitment: Change of Screening Venue for Shortlisted Candidates

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NCS Recruitment: Change of Screening Venue for Shortlisted Candidates

Shorlisted Candidates for South-East/South-South have been directed to Hero’s Square, New Owerri, as opposed to Dan Anyiam Stadium, which is currently being renovated. This came from a statement released and signed by the National PRO of Customs, Joseph Attah.

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As such, the shortlisted candidates are to proceed to Hero’s Square, on the already scheduled dates and times for the screening.

for more details visit Nigeria Customs Service Website for details.

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List of Successful NCS Candidate

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It’s a day to rejoice for potential candidates, as the Nigeria Customs Service is set to release names of successful candidates for the final screening process.

This was in a statement by the National PRO of Customs, Joseph Attah.

At present, there are a total of 3,500 successful candidates, which will have their names published in various national newspapers on 12th of February, 2021.

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The National PRO of Customs also advised the candidates to follow the instructions carefully and to the later to avoid disqualification.

The Nigeria Customs Service also cautioned the public to be wary fraudsters as they may attempt to distort and misinform Job seekers in most cases using the instrumentality of social media.

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