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The National Examination Council (NECO) has announced September 10 as the deadline for schools to register their candidates for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

This was announced on Monday in Abuja by the Registrar/Chief Executive of the exam body, Prof Godswill Obioma, who told stakeholders that NECO is in disagreement with the Federal Ministry of Education which announced an extension of the registration period for the exam.

The Registrar explained that the deadline is to allow NECO to prepare effectively and put all necessary logistics in place for the examination.

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He also used the opportunity to restate that the 2020 NECO/SSCE (Internal) would begin on October 5, and would end on November 18.

“The National Examinations Council wishes to remind all stakeholders and the general public that the deadline for the registration of schools and examination candidates for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) is Thursday 10 September.

He also added that “There will not be subject to extension as approved by the Federal Ministry of Education. This is to enable efficient and effective planning for the examination logistics required for the smooth conduct of the 2020 NECO SSCE (Internal)’’

Prof Obioma also disclosed that the schedule and examination time table for the 2020 NECO external SSCE would soon be released.

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Customs, Federal Fire Service Collaborate to Enhance Emergency Preparedness



Author: Ibe Wada.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Fire Service joined forces to enhance emergency response.

This landmark session on fire safety and security protocols took place at Customs Training College (CTC) Ikeja, Lagos, on Friday, 17 May 2024.

The Assistant Comptroller-General/Zonal Controller of Federal Fire Service, Zone F, Chika Njoku, who led the insightful lecture for selected officers, emphasised the importance of knowledge dissemination and collaborative efforts in tackling emergencies.

He further noted the pivotal role of collaboration in emergency response, stating, “When it comes to fire incidents, the fire service is the lead agency while other agencies are supportive elements.”

He explained that the collaborative effort between the Federal Fire Service and the NCS signifies a proactive approach towards enhancing emergency preparedness and the importance of inter-agency cooperation in safeguarding lives and property.

He expressed his satisfaction with the participants’ engagement following their questions.

On his part, the Commandant of the Customs Training College, Deputy Comptroller Haniel Hadison, lauded the initiative, noting its alignment with the institution’s commitment to capacity building and inter-agency cooperation.

“Today is a new part in the college. This is the maiden edition of inviting an organisation, Federal Fire Service, to come and speak to our officers on capacity training on their role, particularly security agencies’ roles in an emergency.

“The session provided comprehensive insights into fire safety procedures, preventive measures, and the roles of various agencies during emergencies,” he stated.

Emphasising the continuous nature of such collaborations, Hadison affirmed, “It’s a continuous exercise. We will continue to bring in other relevant government agencies.”

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Nigeria Customs Service Hosts 3-Day Workshop on Data Generation, Analytics



Author: Ruth Akata, Abang Maryrose.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has inaugurated a three-day capacity-building workshop on data generation, analytics, and storage on Monday, 13 May 2024, at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College (NCCSC), Gwagwalada to enhance the service’s capabilities in modern customs operations through improved data handling.

ACG Malanta Yusuf, representing the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, emphasised the critical role of data in strategic planning and operational efficiency. He also highlighted that effective decision-making relies heavily on robust data generation and analytics. He stressed that historical data is essential for organisations like Customs, responsible for border management and trade facilitation.

“This workshop is designed to equip officers with comprehensive knowledge in various aspects of data management.” He said.

ACG Yusuf encouraged attendees to engage fully, noting that the training would enhance their ability to understand smuggling networks, identify high-risk threats, and gather intelligence. “This practical learning experience aims to empower you in your roles, contributing to the overall success of the NCS.” He emphasised.

He also highlighted the importance of innovative solutions and the integration of geospatial intelligence into current data analysis practices. He called on officers to approach the workshop enthusiastically, emphasising that the skills acquired would foster professional development and operational efficiency.

Expressing gratitude, Yusuf thanked CGC Adeniyi, the organisers, and the participants for their contributions to the session. He hoped the training would serve as a catalyst for continuous learning and improvement within the NCS.

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Nigeria Customs Seeks Support of Traditional Rulers to Educate Subjects Against Smuggling



Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service has appealed to Traditional Rulers in border communities to support the service by educating their subjects against smuggling and assisting the NCS in its anti-smuggling activities.

The Comptroller-General Customs Service (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, made the appeal at a one-day workshop for the creation of Nigeria’s Platform for Local Authorities Along Nigeria-Benin International Boundary on Monday, 26 February 2024. In Ibadan, Oyo State.

The workshop had in attendance, His Excellency Adebayo Lawal, Deputy Governor and Chairman of Oyo State Boundary Committee, Her Excellency Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Deputy Governor and Chairman, Ogun State Boundary Committee, Adamu Adaji, Director General, National Boundary Commission, Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen of Border Communities, representatives of heads of security agencies, among others.

Speaking at the event, the CGC, who was represented by the Zonal Coordinator, Zone A, ACG Hammi Swomen, emphasized the importance of the workshop to the mandates of the service.

He stated that the workshop is timely and the Service views it with great importance, “it is significant in view of our mandates in controlling movement of goods across our borders in and out of the country, protection of Nigerian Economy, collection of revenue and accounting for same, trade facilitation and implementation of National and International protocols, including the ECOWAS protocols on the free movement of persons and goods.”

He noted that the Service is working increasingly to educate border communities and doing so with strategic stakeholders such as traditional rulers, local and state governments.

He, therefore, appealed to traditional rulers to give the service the needed support by educating their subjects against smuggling and assist the NCS in its anti-smuggling activities.

His words, “I will, at this point, like to appeal to the traditional rulers to give the Service the necessary support in educating their subjects against smuggling and assist the Service in its anti-smuggling activities. It will greatly help the Service and other security agencies where development is brought to our border areas”.

On his part, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Adebayo Lawal, urged the DG National Boundary Commission to come up quickly with a Bill to be presented before the National Assembly in a way that will increase the budgetary provisions annually to cater for all the challenges faced by border communities.

Adamu Adaji, DG National Boundary Commission, stated that the workshop is intended to sensitize the people on unity and integration along the borderline.

“It is a workshop intended to sensitize our people to the fact that we have a boundary, but it is not unmindful of the fact that the people of Nigeria and Benin Republic share so much in common.”

“We want to take advantage of the oneness of these people along the border corridor, to see how we can enhance corporation which will help a long way to combat security challenges and promote cross border corporation and development of the border areas of the two nations.” He concluded.

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