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Nigeria Customs office adamawa Under attack by hoodlums

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Suspected Hoodlums, on Monday, looted Adamawa Custom Office, the eye witness said hoodlums where seen in their numbers breaking anything that stand in their way, carting away consumable and non-consumable items.

 

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ATTACK ON PERSONNEL OF NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE, OGUN I COMMAND

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NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE

ATTACK ON PERSONNEL OF NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE, OGUN I COMMAND AT OLORUNLERE VILLAGE, NEAR ALAPOTI, ADO-ODO OTA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF OGUN STATE

On Thursday, 3rd of December, 2020 at about 12:10 hours, a team of Officers and Men of Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun I Command while on routine mobile patrol along Olorunlere village, near Alapoti, Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of OGUN State intercepted some vehicles loaded with some bags of foreign parboiled rice.

The suspected smugglers on sighting the Officers started shooting sporadically and this resulted to serious exchange of fire between the two sides.

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Consequently, the patrol team called for re-inforcement but before the intervention from other units, they were overwhelmed by to the numeric strength of the smugglers/hoodlums. In the ensuing commotion, the members of the team scampered for safety and were able to escape with only one of the operational vehicle (Hilux) leaving the second one which suddenly developed fault and could not move.

On the arrival of the military personnel and other units of Customs including FOU as requested by the CAC, the left behind vehicle had been vandalised but was rescued from further destruction. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that the second driver of the official vehicle is missing and has not been found as at the time of writing this report.

In the light of the above, investigation is ongoing and effort is being made along with other security agencies and other critical stakeholders to locate the whereabouts of the missing officer and get him out alive.

To this end, the CAC strongly warned smugglers and their supporters that the incessant attacks leaves Officers with no other choice than to use appropriate force to deal with these new wave of criminal attacks on personnel performing their statutory functions.
The Command is not detered by this and will step up its offensive against those whose interests is to make profits at the expense of the Nation. Any one caught shall be made to suffer the wrath of the law.

HAMMED BUKOYE OLOYEDE
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR CUSTOMS AREA CONTROLLER
OGUN I COMMAND
3RD DECEMBER, 2020

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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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Minister of Finance

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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