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Edo/Delta Customs Command Records Over N30Billion From Import, Excise Duty



Edo/Delta Customs Command Records Over N30Billion From Import, Excise Duty

By Cynthia Idowu

Despite the challenges recorded in the trade supply chain occasioned by a lull in Port activities, the Edo/Delta Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated a total sum of
Thirty Billion, Six Hundred and Thirty-Eighty Million, Seventy-Three Thousand,
Seven Hundred and Ninety-Five Naira Seventy-Five Kobo only (N30,638,073,795.75) from January to August 2023 and remitted same to the Federation and Non-Federation Accounts of the
Federal Government.

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Babatunde Olomu, stated the Command also recorded a total of Four Billion, Five Hundred
and seven million, Seven Hundred Thousand, Twenty Eight Naira from Excise Duty
collection, which are from Guinness Nigeria PLC, Coca-Cola, and 7up Bottling Company.

“When compared to the corresponding period last year, 2022, the Command had an
increase of Two Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty-Two Million, Three Hundred and Eighty-Two Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy-Nine Naira
(2,362,382,379.00). This indicates an increased collection of 8.02%,
“though we had One Hundred Seventy-Six (176) lesser Declarations in 2023 as we had Six Hundred and Fifty-Six (656) Declarations within the stated time frame in 2022 against Four Hundred and Eighty (480) in 2023.” The CAC said.

“Also, the command was able to raise 24 Demand Notices (DN) as compared to the Demand Notice for the corresponding period of 2022. The Demand Notice of 2023 is worth One Hundred and Thirty-Eight Million, Five Hundred and Eighty-Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty-Eight Naira
(N138,587,468.00).” He added.

In Export, Comptroller Olomu revealed that the total Volume of Crude Oil lifted from the Area within the period under review from January to August 2023 stood at 156,836,264 Barrels and that of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) was 268,319.522 Metric Tonnes. “This is an
emerging area of strength, and I wish to appreciate the support of the State
Government towards resuscitating this very vital sector. Compared to the corresponding period last year, the command had an increase of 53,911,990 Barrels for crude in 2023, while 61,548.86 Metric Tonnes increase was gotten for LPG in 2023.”

According to him, in ensuring the security of seizures and detentions domiciled in the
Command, the Area was recently gifted with an ultra-modern Government
warehouse in Benin outstation Aduwawa. He explained that all seizures brought in by Federal Operation Unit and Joint Border Patrol team are handed over to Officers and Men of Edo/Delta Command for proper documentation and safekeeping.

Speaking further, he noted that the Command is currently in the custody of seizures with Duty Paid Value of Three Hundred and Thirty-One Million One Hundred and Eighty
One Thousand Six Hundred Naira (N331,181,600.00) within half of a third
quarter of the year 2023, which includes Bales of Used Clothes, Rice, Veg-
Oil, Used Fridges, Red Wines, Tomato Paste Sacks of Cannabis, etc.

He listed some of the significant achievements of the Command as the construction of 16 Man Rank and File situated at the Customs Barracks, Airport Road, Warri, the construction of Ultra-Modern Government
Warehouse Customs House, Aduwawa Benin City, construction of two 16 Man Rank and File Customs House, Aduwawa, Benin City, renovation of four 3-bedroom Flats and Boys Quarters Customs Barracks, Airport road, Warri and renovation of 5 Blocks of 2-bedroom Flats semi-detached Customs Barracks, Airport Road, Warri.

“This press briefing will be incomplete if I fail to recognise in uttermost respect the special attention, love, dedication and care of the Ag. Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and the entire Management team have accorded the
Command. In general, their support and encouragement have been
overwhelming and have seen to the completion of the capital projects
for the Command.” He emphasized.

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Customs Kickstarts 2-Day ICT/Modernization Retreat for Management Team



Author: Muhammad Bashir.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, marked Friday, 1 March 2024, as a pivotal moment for his administration, heralding an era of digital transformation within the Service.

Addressing attendees at the 2-day NCS 2024 ICT—Modernization Management Retreat in Abuja, CGC Bashir Adewale reiterated his commitment to leveraging technology to streamline customs operations. He emphasized the importance of engaging stakeholders to ensure the seamless execution of this ambitious project.

“In 2024, we cannot afford to remain entrenched in outdated practices. Stakeholders are demanding a Customs Service that embraces technology to enhance efficiency and transparency.” CGC Adeniyi remarked.

Encouraging his Management Team, particularly in ICT, to champion the digitalization efforts, he urged them to harness internal resources to expedite the implementation of the electronic cargo tracking system.

He, however, emphasized that “It is imperative that we modernize every facet of the Customs Enforcement Ecosystem. We must also integrate technology to fortify our operations.”

Welcoming the CGC to the retreat, the Chairman of Trade Modernization Project Limited, Alhaji Saleh Ahmadu, lauded the CGC’s resolve, highlighting the pivotal role of trade in national development. He underscored that the modernization initiative would revolutionize the NCS’s operations, fostering a conducive environment for trade across Nigeria and the African continent.

Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of ICT/Modernisation, ACG Kikelomo Adeola, commended the CGC’s unwavering commitment to the project. She highlighted its significance in reshaping, digitizing, and modernizing the Service’s activities.

“Welcome to this landmark retreat, where we embark on a journey to recalibrate and modernize the Service, aligning it with international standards.” ACG Adeola stated.

The NCS 2024 ICT-Modernization Management Retreat sets the stage for a transformative era in the Nigeria Customs Service, signaling its readiness to embrace technological advancements in pursuit of operational excellence.

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Customs Oyo/Osun Command Intercepts Fake Drugs, Others, Worth Over N1.8B



…As Comptroller Ben Expresses Dedication to Protect Well-being of Citizens

Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Area Command, has intercepted sacks of fake Pharmaceutical drugs worth over N1.8billion.

Customs Area Controller Comptroller Ben Oramalugo disclosed this to reporters during a press briefing at the Command headquarters on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Comptroller Ben stated that the Commands anti-smuggling activities have been strategically positioned to ensure the Federal Government’s policy on border closure is totally enforced by preventing the importation of prohibited items harmful to the great citizens of Nigeria. He also expressed the effort to prevent the exportation of essential food resources for individual economic gains by some economic saboteurs.

“We have successfully intercepted and seized contraband goods, including items that pose threats to economic stability and lives of citizens in the country,” He added.

Highlights of the seizures include 53 sacks of fake Pharmaceutical drugs with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦1,739,000,000.00, 1,309 pieces of used tyres with a DPV of ₦70,140,000.00.

Others are; 345 × 50kg bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice, 344 × 25 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 4 Wraps (4 Kilogram) of Indian Hemp, 45 Sacks, 8 Sacks (9 Bales) of Used Clothings and Shoes, 34 Cartons of Foreign Wine, and 40 Bottles (5 litres), 21 Bottles (1 litres) of Foreign Vegetable Oil, all with a Total DPV of N1,890,022,931.00.

The CAC stated that, despite the prevailing economic challenges, the Command demonstrated resilience and efficiency in revenue generation by collecting the sum of N5,664,295,751.15 in February 2024. When added to the sum of N6,824,954,338.96, already collected for January 2024, the cumulative sum of N12,489,250,090.11 was collected so far for the fiscal year of 2024.

Comptroller Ben reiterated that all Borders within the Commands Area of Responsibility are still closed due to the Federal Government policy on Border closure and as such, “Command Officers remain vigilant and dedicated to preventing the smuggling of items that could compromise the health and well-being of our citizens.”

He appreciated the efforts of all Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen and Key Stakeholders in both Oyo and Osun States, who have continued to enlighten their people about the negative effect of smuggling on the economy.

The CAC expressed the Nigeria Customs Service’s unwavering commitment to transparency, accountability, and the nation’s overall well-being. “We are confident that, through collective efforts, we can overcome the challenges we face and contribute to a more secure and prosperous future for Nigeria.”

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COWA Collaborates with Youths, Women to Combat Drug Abuse



Author: Iruoghene Abra, Muhammad Bashir.

The National President of the Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA), Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi, has expressed readiness to partner with the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria as part of her plans to empower women through various ‘progressive’ programs aimed at improving their economic status.

Mrs. Kikelomo made this declaration during a meeting with members of the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria, led by Ambassador Ibrahim Ibrahim, at the COWA National Secretariat on Thursday, 29 February 2024. She also emphasized her dedication to supporting women through educational initiatives.

In an address, Mrs. Kikelomo commended the organization’s executives for their tireless efforts in achieving the organization’s goals and objectives. She urged the young executives to continue their exemplary work in serving humanity.

Highlighting COWA’s activities, the President outlined initiatives such as providing support for women and children, empowering them with new skills and startup kits, and serving as the voice for the voiceless in society.

She emphasized that COWA stands as a pillar of support for wives and children during times of need, advocating for the rights of women who face similar challenges and discrimination in society.

Addressing the importance of mutual support, the COWA National President stressed the significance of women supporting each other to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential.

She remarked, “The strength of a woman should not be measured by the challenges she faces but by her resilience in overcoming them.”

Continuing, she emphasized, “A healthy wife brings a wealthy life, as the well-being of women is crucial for the prosperity of households and communities.”

Mrs. Adeniyi highlighted the transformative power of education for women, stating, “When women are empowered, they contribute significantly to the economy, health, education, and all sectors of society, leading to positive change.”

She advocated for women to hold significant societal positions, citing their consistent ability to surpass expectations.

Mrs. Adeniyi reiterated COWA’s commitment to empowering women and children, expressing willingness to collaborate with the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria to achieve shared objectives.

In response, the National Coordinator of the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria, Ambassador Ibrahim Ibrahim, briefed COWA on the organization’s activities, which include encouraging women to embrace education and advocating against child abuse and domestic violence.

He highlighted the organization’s focus on supporting widows and children, facilitating skill acquisition, and caring for the elderly, praising Mrs. Adeniyi’s leadership and integrity expressing confidence in her ability to lead COWA to greater heights.

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