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COWA National President Visits Idiroko, Seme, Puts Smiles on Faces of Widows of Fallen Officers, Children

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Author: Lucy Nyambi.

In a demonstration of love for the welfare of Customs Officer’s Wives, the National President of the Customs Officers Wives Association (COWA), Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi, has reached out to widows of fallen officers and children

Mrs. Adeniyi, who was in Lagos to familiarize herself with members and also acquaint them with the activities of the association, visited Ogun 1 command, Idiroko and Seme Area Command on Friday, 15th September 2023.

During her visit, she urged the women to be fully registered to enable them to enjoy the benefits of being members while also pledging the Association’s support for widows and children of slain Officers.

According to her, “Our planned support for the wives and children of fallen Officers is to enable surviving spouses cater to the needs of their Children. COWA intends to establish contacts with as many of such families as possible, especially the ones that were recently bereaved, and extend helping hands to them”.

“Our focus in this regard is to provide educational support and scholarships to the children through the payment of school fees and vocational empowerment of the bereaved wives to make them self-reliant”, she added.

At Idiroko, she was received by the Chairperson, COWA Ogun 1 Command, Mrs Adeyinka Makinde and the outgoing Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde; she visited the Customs Staff Nursery and Primary School, Idiroko, where she met with pupils and rewarded best students in various capacities.

Thereafter, the National President, along with her Entourage, proceeded to Seme Area Command, where she was received by the Chairperson, COWA Seme, Mrs. Chinelo Dera Nnadi and the Outgoing Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Dera Nnadi.

In his speech, Comptroller Dera Nnadi welcomed Mrs. Adeniyi while also stating that in line with the Nigeria Customs Service’s mandate of revenue generation, the command has surpassed its target of N1.9 billion and will be handing over revenue of over N2 billion naira.

“My main work here is to collect revenue for the federal government and suppress smuggling. I can boldly say we have succeeded in those assignments,” he said.

“Our revenue target is N1.966 billion, as of this morning, we have collected over N2 billion; what it means is that even before the year has ended, we have exceeded our revenue by over N144 million. I thank members of COWA here for donating their husbands who have helped us achieve this feat”, Nnadi emphasized.

During her visit to Seme, she commissioned the refurbished Nigeria Customs Service medical centre and flagged off a medical outreach for children and adults within the Zango community.

Meanwhile, the National President paid a heartwarming courtesy visit to COWA members within the Apapa environs at Apapa Area Command in Lagos.

Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi emphasized the importance of mutual support and collaboration within the COWA network.

The visit had in attendance COWA members from Apapa, Tincan, PTML, KLT and Lilypond Area Commands.

The event concluded with an exchange of gifts and warm wishes from the National President to widows, orphans and members of the Association.

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

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…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

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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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Customs Pledges Support to Boost Hibiscus Industry in Jigawa State

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Author: Gift Wada.

The Nigeria Customs, on Tuesday, 27 February 2024, restated its commitment to support the Jigawa State Government in boosting the production and exportation of Hibiscus flowers in the state.

The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Dauda Ibrahim Chana, voiced his support during the official commissioning of the COMTTRA JIGAWA Hibiscus processing company by Governor Umar Namadi at the Magatari Border Free Zone in Jigawa state.

He pledged backing for the project, expressing the commitment of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, to promote exports, maintain trade balance, and safeguard national revenue and security.

“As a service, I wish to reiterate our commitment to support this laudable initiative and at the same time pledge our maximum co-operation for the effective take-off of this wonderful programme,” he said

While commending Governor Namadi, Chana highlighted the significance of the hibiscus plant in fostering value addition, encouraging exports, and generating employment opportunities.

On his part, the Bauchi State Governor, Umar Namadi, stated that the partnership aims to establish a cutting-edge Fumigation Chamber and a state-of-the-art cleaning and processing facility dedicated to hibiscus flowers. Operating under the brand name “Comttra Jigawa,” these facilities are poised to streamline production processes and elevate quality standards in the industry. This transformative collaboration seeks to position Jigawa as a leading center for hibiscus production and processing across Nigeria.

According to the Governor, In a bid to revolutionize the hibiscus value chain within its borders, the Jigawa State Government and Comttraex Nigeria Limited had inked a landmark Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement on April 19, 2022.

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