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Ex-Customs boss proposes regional prohibition list to curb smuggling

A former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Mr. Ahmed Kodjoli Bello, has proposed a list of prohibited cargoes that will be adopted in the West African sub-region with a view to curbing smuggling within the region.

Institute lauds Lagos over Okada ban

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, CILT, has commended the Lagos State Government for banning the use of motorcycles popularly referred to as ‘Okada’ as a means of transportation, saying that it was a time bomb waiting to explode.

Customs to take delivery of three scanners by second quarter

Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is set to take delivery of three scanners by end of the second quarter 2020, newsmen report. But some stakeholders are doubting the willingness of the NCS to use the scanners when they finally arrive.

CRFFN: 75 percent of freight forwarders untrained

Chairman of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN, Col. Abubakar Tsani, (retd) has said that about 75 percent of freight forwarders currently practicing in Nigeria are untrained.
THE National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, has said that the presidential taskforce set up to clear the gridlock in Apapa cannot achieve the task, adding that they have failed.

AMARTO: Cabals, cartels now in control of port access roads

The President, Association of Maritime Truck Owners, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, has said that different cabals and cartels have been established to control and determine who can have access to the Lagos ports.

Port congestion: Shippers warn of imminent collapse of quay apron

The Shippers Association of Lagos State, SALS, has warned that unless urgent measures are taken to address stacking of containers at the nation’s port quay apron, the facility would soon collapse.
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) on Wednesday denied allegations that it padded its 2020 budget with N4 billion worth of fraudulent and non-existent projects.

NIWA moves to stem boat mishaps

The National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, has commenced moves to reduce the rate of boat accidents across the country with a view to making water transport a preferred mode of transportation in Nigeria.
Notwithstanding the revenue increase the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, said it has achieved with the on-going partial border closure, exporters are counting their losses as countries within the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, sub-region have started rejecting Nigerian cargoes, apparently, as a form of retaliation against the land border closure.

Border closure: ECOWAS countries reject Nigerian goods

Notwithstanding the revenue increase the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, said it has achieved with the on-going partial border closure, exporters are counting their losses as countries within the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, sub-region have started rejecting Nigerian cargoes, apparently, as a form of retaliation against the land border closure.
NIMASA

Staff promotion was our greatest challenge – NIMASA chief

The issues of promotion of staff of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, were some the major challenges we had on assumption of duty at the agency, Chairman of the Board of the agency, Major General India Garuba, has said.

Police warns NPA pensioners against demonstration

The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Port Police Command, has intervened to restrain a group of the agency’s retirees against embarking on a demonstration without a permit.

How Customs contribute to port congestion – task force

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has been accused of contributing to the current congestions being experienced in the ports as empty containers that ought to have been inspected by the men and officers of the agency are abandoned for days on barges at the terminals’ waterfronts.
NIMASA

NIMASA hints of imminent plunge in freight rates

Following the commissioning of the maritime security surveillance portal by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mr Gambo Ahmed, Executive Director in charge of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services at the agency, has said that freight rate for Nigeria bound cargoes are expected to take a plunge anytime soon.
NIMASA

NIMASA: Why NSDP sea-time training is delayed

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has said that the delay in sending cadets of its National Seafarers Development Programme, NSDP, to sea time training was not related to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the foreign training institutions or payment to them.

Stakeholders call for presidential intervention over ex-Customs unpaid benefits

Following appeal by the Association of Retired Customs Officers, ARCO, to the Customs management to pay the pension arrears owed its members, stakeholders in the maritime industry have called on the Presidency to intervene in the matter before it is too late.

Ogun Customs generates N6.7 billion, lands 549 seizures

The Ogun State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has recorded a total of 549 contraband seizures in the first half of 2019, even as it raked in a total of N6.7 billion revenue within the same period. This is against the N2.6 billion made in the corresponding period of 2018, representing 174.45 per cent increase.
NIMASA

Stakeholders concerned over 10% growth projection for maritime industry

Maritime stakeholders have listed some measures that would be required to achieve 10 per cent growth in the sector as projected by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

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Teenager steals N340,000 after hiding in bank’s toilet overnight

A 16-year-old boy, Adekunle Ayomikun, who allegedly hid in the toilet of a bank overnight and stole N340,000 was yesterday, remanded at Special Correctional Centre for boys in Oregun, by a Lagos magistrate’s court sitting in Igbosere.