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NCS Ogun State Area Command: One Dead, Another Injured in Attack

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NCS Ogun State Area Command

Hoodlums armed with guns, machetes and other dangerous weapons attacked an NCS Patrol base at Oke Ore, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State on Tuesday, 20th of October, 2020.

This resulted in the death of Assistant Inspector of Customs, Solomon Alagye while another officer sustained gunshot injuries.

The Officer is said to be responding to treatment at the 192 Brigade Military Hospital, Owode.

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Even though the Customs Area Controller, Ogun State, Comptroller Michael Agbara called reinforcements to tackle the hoodlums, the teams were unable to reach the scene due to road blocks mounted by #EndSars protesters.

The NCS Area Controller sympathized with the families of the deceased officer, who died gallantly in the line of duty and promised to fish out the attackers and bring them to justice.

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Importation: FMFBNP, NCS Urges Stakeholders to Embrace IDEC

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The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP) has urged stakeholders in the importation sector of the Nigerian economy to key into the digitalization of Import Duty Exemption Certificate (IDEC), in a bid to eliminate corruption and time wastage, and promote transparency and efficiency in the business environment.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of FMFBNP, Mr. Aliyu Ahmed, at the Customs Training College Auditorium, Ikeja, Lagos, during a one-day sensitization seminar on the “Automated Import Duty Exemption Certificate (IDEC) Processing and Approval,” in her keynote, said that the initiative is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s interest in promoting and sustaining transparency and efficiency in delivering services in the public sector domain and organized private sector.

The minister revealed that the Federal Government approved the automation of the processing of IDEC in November, 2019 and the roll out of the Technology in March, 2020, in order to entrench process efficiency for IDEC administration.

“Approximately N341.94Billion worth of waivers was granted from August 2017 to August 2019. The scope of such request are expanding; hence the need to have in place modern technology to drive it’s administration.

“The kernel of the mandate of the FMFBNP is the overall fiscal management of our national economy. One critical incentive which the FMFBNP provides, in ine with extant laws, rules, regulation and executed international protocols, is the issuance of import/customs duties certificates to applicants”, she said.

The Comptoller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) who was also represented by the Zonal Coordinator zone A, ACG KC Okekezie, stated that the development will promote trade efficiency, eliminate corruption like impersonation through forgery of signature, boost investors confidence, transparency and ease of doing business.

Mrs Okekezie also added that the sensitization will not only bring success to the implementation of the automated IDEC, but will also serve as a testimony of Nigeria’s movement towards an enviable position in trade facilitation.

On his part, the permanent secretary FMFBNP, Mr. Aliyu Ahmed, said that prior to this development, manual processing of IDEC entails receiving and profiling of applications which took approximately 20 – 30 days is now possible within a couple of days as a result of the automation.

He expressed confidence that the new digital process will ensure, “efficiency and transparency with drastic reduction in direct, physical human interfaces.”

“The programme could not have come at a more auspicious time than now when the federal government has been working to ensure ease of servive delivery on all fronts in consonance with the Presidential Executuve Order 1 on promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment”, he added.

Mr. Abdulkadir M. Bashir, Deputy Director Tax Policy Division, Tecnnical Services Department, FMFBNP, also gave a detailed presentation on the laws governing import duty exemption processing and approval, and the guidelines for issuing such approval.

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Some stakeholders who spoke at the seminar and are already using the platform expressed satisfaction, noting that it is simple and user friendly, while some on the other hand, expressed dissatisfaction, citing difficulty understanding the interface and generating the IDEC reference number.

Mr. Dennis Obeto of Fourecore Technology Solution Ltd, developer of the IDEC platform, while giving a step by step presentation of how the platform works, stated that the automated process is a tool for achieving the government’s fiscal policies of increasing economic activities and employment in certain target sectors. He also added that the platform will continue to be improved upon as time goes on.

The seminar whick kicked off in kano on Monday, November 30, 2020, will come to an in Port Harcourt on Friday, December 4, 2020.

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Finance Minister, Customs CG, Others Charge Stakeholders to Key Into IDEC

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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has urged critical stakeholders in the nation’s economic growth to key into the digitalization of Import Duty Exemption Certificate, IDEC.

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Zainab who spoke at the customs training college Kano during a one-day sensitization seminar on the “automated import duty exemption certificate (IDEC) processing and approval,” ably represented by the commissioner of finance and economic development, kano state, Shehu Kura, said that the initiative is in line with President Buhari’s keen interest in sustaining transparency and efficiency in delivering services in the public sector as well as the private sector.

She revealed that, the federal government approved the automation of the processing of IDEC in November, 2019 and the roll out of the technology in march, 2020, “in order to entrench process efficiency for IDEC administration.”

Also speaking at the event, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali who was represented by the commandant of customs training college kano, Comptoller, Lawrence Banye, stated that the primary aim of waivers in every economy as being facilitated by IDEC in Nigeria is to provide incentives that will stimulate industrialization and economic growth.

Col. Ali stated that the development will, “not only block leakages with its attendant positive effects, but also promote trade efficiency, boost investors’ confidence, transparency and ease of doing business.”

He also assured that the sensitization will not only bring success story to the implementation of the automated IDEC, but will also serve as a testimony of Nigeria’s movement towards an enviable position in trade facilitation.

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NEW AREA CONTROLLER TAKES OVER THE MANTLE OF LEADERSHIP OF OGUN I COMMAND IDIROKO

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Comptroller Peter Chado Kolo yesterday took over as the new Area Controller of Ogun I Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service.

Kolo during the handing over ceremony commended and thanked his predecessor, Comptroller Michael Agbara for his giant strides in anti-smuggling activities and the success recorded so far.

 

The new Controller urged Officers/Men of the Command to double their efforts in order to sustain the fight against smuggling beyond the success achieved by his predecessors.

He called for high level of compliance to Customs procedures and fiscal policies among the Officers and trading stakeholders alike.

He also admonished the officers on the need to be disciplined in their conduct during the discharge of their statutory responsibilities. He directed all Officers to be diligent and abide by the rules of engagement while relating with the public.

He appealed to the stakeholders including other security agencies to cooperate with him and support his administration while promising to consolidate on the existing synergy between the Command and other security agencies .

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He warned smugglers and anyone with criminal tendency to desist from any nefarious activity as tough times awaits them. However, he assured members of the trading community of his maximum cooperation for legitimate trade.

On final note, Kolo assured of maintaining the administrative style and standard left behind by his predecessor.

In his own handing over speech, the formal Controller, Michael Agbara welcomed the new Controller and thanked Officers/Men of the Command and stakeholders including other security agencies for their cooperation and support during his tenure. He, however, solicited for same cooperation for the new Controller more than he enjoyed.

HAMMED BUKOYE OLOYEDE
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: CUSTOMS AREA CONTROLLER
OGUN I COMMAND
26TH NOVEMBER, 2020

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