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NRC commences cargo movement from Lagos to Kano, Kaduna dry port



NRC commences cargo movement from Lagos to Kano, Kaduna dry port

The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC has announced the resumption of the movement of cargoes in containers from Lagos to Kano and Kaduna Inland Dry Port.

This is part of efforts to reduce pressure on the highway, contribute to cost reduction, save time and further ensure the safety of the goods being moved through the rail lines.

The development was confirmed by the Managing Director of Inland Containers Nigeria Limited, ICNL, Ismail Yusuf, who noted that about 40 containers have been moved in the first instance.

Yusuf said that an additional 40 empty containers have been returned through the rail lines to Lagos from the Kano and Kaduna Dry Port, which is a subsidiary company of Inland Containers Nigeria Limited.

Yusuf said that it will now cost half of what is presently spent on road haulage to move containers by rail adding that ICNL is still in talks with NRC to deploy additional coaches to the port operation because his company has cargoes on ground to be moved.

Recall that the NRC, had in September 2020, suspended the movement of containers by rail from Apapa ports due to the rehabilitation of the railway tracks.

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The suspension of the rail service is to pave way for the resumption of laying of tracks on the ongoing standard gauge rail project and ensure better service upon resumption.

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Jubilation at Seme Krake Border as Buhari orders Reopening of Land Borders



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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, ordered the immediate reopening of land border.

The President broadcast this via he’s official tweeter handle. “President Buhari has directed the immediate opening of four land borders: Seme, Illela, Maigatari, and Mfun,”@NGRPresident tweeter handle.


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It is known that Nigeria closed its land borders to contain illegal importation of drugs arms and food products into Nigeria from neighbouring countries.

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Oyo/Osun Customs Clears The Air on Poisonous Rice Allegations



Oyo Osun Customs debunk allegation of poisonous rice

Oyo/Osun Customs Clears The Air on Poisonous Rice Allegations

In light of the Poisonous Rice allegation against the OYO/Osun Customs, Oyo Command Customs PRO Refutes Claims

The allegation against Oyo/Osun Command is that the command gave poisonous rice as COVID-19 palliative.

The Public Relations Officer, PRO Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Abdullahi Lagos Abiola, has described the allegation against the Oyo/Command baseless, mischievous and falsehood.

Oyo Osun Customs debunk allegation of poisonous rice

Oyo Osun Customs debunk allegation of poisonous rice


In his words:
“The attention of Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to some mischievous and deliberate falsehood being circulated in the media for reasons best known to their author(s) concerning the Federal Government’s palliative given to Oyo State among other states.

“As a responsible agency of Government whose functions include ensuring that nothing that could compromise security, economy and general being of Nigerians are allowed into the Country, we cannot turn round and be associated with giving anything that will negatively affect our people”.

He pointed out, ” We therefore wish to state as follows:
That in line with the Federal Government’s effort to cushion the hardship in the nation, the CGC had directed distribution of relief items including bags of rice across the nation through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, as palliative to the vulnerable, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

“As instructed, on the 20th of April 2020, the Oyo/Osun Area Command received high ranking members of the Oyo State Government in the persons of the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Jacob Ojekunle; the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Saidat Bolatumi Oloko; Executive Adviser to the Governor on Agribusiness, Mr Debo Akande; The representative of Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development in Oyo, Mrs MO Lasisi and other members.

“They visited the Command twice on the same day to inspect the bags of rice that were available for allocation.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller, HU Ngozi led them to the warehouses where they inspected the bags of rice, checked expiration dates and expressed satisfaction and readiness to evacuate their allocation.
Before leaving the Command on their second visit.

They pleaded to be given those from a section of one of the warehouses they considered “fresher” and this was granted.

Subsequently, on the 21st of April 2020, the Oyo State Government team came with their vehicles under the supervision of Mr. Jacob Ojekunle, Mrs. Saidat Oloko, Mrs. MO Lasisi, and other top officials, in the presence of the Customs Area Controller, other officers and members of the press to witness the loading and exiting of the 1800 bags of parboiled rice allocated to their State, as a palliative to the vulnerable”.

He stressed, “Incidentally, in the process of loading, few bags fell at different times and burst open in the presence of Mr. Ojekunle and Mrs. Lasisi and there was no time that any of the burst bags of rice had weevils in them. The warehouse had no signs of weevils, neither were their signs of weevils on the loaders or on the trucks under the scorching sun.

“The three States; Oyo, Osun, and Ekiti took delivery of the bags of rice allocated to them, returned their landing certificates to show delivery to its final destinations.

“They also showed appreciation to the CGC for his magnanimity. Contrary to allegations by Oyo State Government, Osun and Ekiti States have not complained about their allocations.”

He exclaimed, “The Command is therefore surprised, even embarrassed to hear three days later, that the rice allocated to them were infested with weevils and unfit for human consumption.

“The Command wishes to reiterate that weevils do not hide and in the process of loading the vehicles, traces of weevils would have been noticed on the floor, on the bags, on the loaders or on the trucks bearing in mind that the entire process was in the presence of the CAC, Oyo State Government’s high ranking team and men of the press with full video camera coverage.

The Command is also aware that for whatever reason, some pictures of bad rice have been circulating the social media. We disassociate ourselves from such false images and we suspect foul play on the part of the handlers of these allocated 1,800 bags of rice. The State Government may wish to dig deeper.

“It is surprising how bags of rice that exited the Command HQ in good condition suddenly became so bad after three days, as being circulated in the social media.”

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New Order: CBN Raises Exchange Rate For Cargo Imports (326 ->361)



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The new exchange rate for goods imported through the Nigerian ports is now N361 per dollar as against the earlier N326 to 1 dollar.

New Order: CBN Raises Exchange Rate For Cargo Imports

The new exchange rate for goods imported through the Nigerian ports is now N361 per dollar as against the earlier N326 to 1 dollar.

In light of this, Yesterday, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) effected an increase in duty payable on cargoes imported through the ports, in a development that has caused many anxieties at the ports as importers and freight forwarders complained about this surge.

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(Stock Photo: Customs Officer Standing Next to Cargoes with Cranes in Sight) Cred: Africa Press

In counter towards the complaints, the Vice President of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr. Kayode Farinto, said it is true that the Customs has effected the changes without due consultations with relevant stakeholders.

According to him, the implication of the increment is that the cost of cargo clearance would be increased in line with the duty increase, and this would affect the cost of products in the market.

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Farinto lamented that clearing agents who have completed their transactions based on the old rate of N326 per dollar are no longer able to take delivery of their consignment because it could not be imputed into the system.

“We woke up this morning to find out that the rate has been changed on the Customs system without any consultation or sensitisation. The government is behaving as if we are in a military era, not even in the face of this COVID-19 when every country is trying to lessen its hardship on its citizenry. This our government is confused.

There should have been a minimum of three months’ notice so that whatever transaction we are making anywhere in the world, we would adjust it. The increase in the rate of the international price of the dollar is not an excuse, most of the importers are sourcing their dollars from the black market. The government ought to have latched on to this small window, knowing that a barel of oil is just $10 now. If you kill the maritime industry, our economy is finished,” he said.

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