Amaechi has therefore directed the Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC), the implementing agency, to commence preparation to undertake the responsibility of administering CTN as it takes off.
The Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) or the ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note), is a system for collecting documents and processing information, when exporting by sea in order to obtain prior information, to participate in security measures, statistics, and generally in order to participate in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) recommendations on trade facilitation and security.
Shippers’ Council has been encouraged to introduce the system in a way that shouldn’t add to the cost of doing business at the ports, but enable the nation to track imports from ports of origin to drastically reduce import of arms.
Recall that in 2017 alone, 2671 pump-action rifles were intercepted at Nigerian seaports. The guns were legally registered for export in Turkey as pump-action rifles for hunting but the manifests were changed in Morocco to become steel doors to enable the container gain entry into Nigeria.
With CTN, however, Nigeria would have been able to see the original manifests from Turkey and intercept the guns before the consignments arrived in Nigeria.
Twenty-four African countries presently use CTN and these nations include; Angola, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana and Guinea.
Others include; Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Togo.
Although CTN has had two stints at Nigerian ports previously, under the administration of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and later NSC, Nigeria would have to prequalify the possible companies via a bidding process.
Speaking on the reintroduction of CTN, a maritime lawyer, technocrat and Director of Education and Research in the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Dr. Alban Igwe said CTN remains the best answer to issues of anomalies and security challenges in the country.
Igwe explained that this was because CTN will improve the security and safety of the supply chain as it will profile cargoes being imported into the country.
“The objective is to improve the security and safety of the supply chain and help us see the profile of products we are bringing in. It will help us know the origin and destination of cargoes and help us know our enemies,” he said.
Besides insecurity, CTN has also been described as the best platform in checking revenue leakages in imports as well as obtaining information about the content of the cargoes.
CTN will address situations in which importers under-invoice their goods from the suppliers at the point of purchases to pay less duties. The platform will check the trend to ensure manifests are not tampered with by ships for the purpose of cheating on GT.
The Executive Secretary, NSC, Barrister Hassan Bello, whose Council is to handle CTN describes it as “another instrument that will add tremendously in shipping development”.
According to Bello, “It will boost the revenue of the government in customs revenue collection in the sense that it will abate under – declaration and concealment. It will boost the revenue of NPA because there will be no more alteration of the manifests. It will boost the revenue of NIMASA because under – declaration on the weight of ships will not be there any longer.
CTN is also a veritable source of data and some economic experts describe this as the best quality of the electronic based platform.
“You will know everything that is coming into your country. We have had many African countries having this because it is the initiation of the Union of African Shippers Council (UASC),” the NSC boss said about CTN last year
News Alert! Tricycle operators protest multiple ticketing in Lagos
—- appeal to government to intervene
There were protests by tricycles operators this morning at Ile Epo, Abule Ẹgba, Ekoro and Àgbàdo over what they called multiple ticketing which they said has made them unable to make daily payments to the owners of their tricycles.
Speaking with our reporter, the protesting tricycle operators decried what they called a regime of double taxation in the hands of thugs allegedly brought from Oshodi by Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Olu Omo, to double ticket them.
This development, according to them, came about when Alhaji Akinsanya took over the parks in the areas mentioned early last week.
” Can you imagine, before leaving Ile Epo I will pay for the ticket, and on getting to Ekoro, I will also pay for the same ticket, and the same ticket will be issued at Abule Ẹgba and I have to pay”, Asimiyu Okanlawon, a tricycle operator at Ekoro told this medium.
John Atteh, a tricycle operator told the Eyewitness reporter that ” it has been very difficult for me and my family since the takeover of our park, unlike before when Alhaji Abiola Istijabah, the chairman of Tricycles Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter was fully in control. Then it used to be one ticketing. Now I don’t know what to do as the owner of the tricycle is threatening to take it back from me.”
Atteh’s story is not different from Hakeem Agbegbe, another operator who said ” yesterday I could not make any money delivery to the owner of my tricycle, and today I don’t know what will happen.”
He said they had no option but to protest the unpalatable conditions they have found themselves.
One of the leaders of the protesters, Waheed Adeoti, appealed to the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu, to come to their aid, saying if the situation persists, operators may be forced out of business, a situation that may worsen the transportation problem in the state.
Many of the operators who spoke with our reporter urged the Lagos State government to settle the rift between Istijabah and Akinsanya, adding that Alhaji Akinsanya is not a tricycle operator and wondered why he should be meddling in the tricycles operations in the state.
” I honestly pray that the governor will look into our challenge for the sake of our family. The only way to go for peace to reign is to allow Tricycles Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria under its leaders to manage its operations as was the case before”, Adeoti said.
As at the time of filing this report, protests were still ongoing in Ile Epo, Abule Ẹgba and Ekoro.
It was learnt that under Alhaji Abiola Istijabah, there was nothing like multiple ticketing. In the old order, many a time ”we would approach Alhaji Abiola Istijabah for help concerning our children’s school fees, and he would gladly do so. But now, we have nowhere to go, since they are wrestling control from him. It is sad”, Adeoti lamented.
146 passengers on ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train still missing
The confirmed safe passengers have risen to 186.
“51 phone numbers on the manifest are either switched off or have not been reachable since Tuesday morning and 35 phone numbers on the manifest are ringing, but no response from the other end”, Okhiria said.
He said 60 phone numbers on the manifest when called, responded non-existent.
”The statement is aimed at updating Nigerians on the ongoing development regarding the clearing of the incident site (recovery of the rolling stock, repairs of the track) and status of Passengers that were on board the AK9 train of Monday, March 28.
”Of the 362 validated passengers on board the attacked AK9 train service on March 28, 186 persons on the manifest are confirmed to be safe and at their various homes (additional 14 persons confirmed safe today),” Okhiria said.
Two coaches (SP 00016 and SP 00017) earlier re-railed have safely been moved to Rigasa Station.
”This brings the total number of recovered Coaches and safely moved to NRC Stations to be seven.
“Intensive work continues on track repairs. More concrete Sleepers were moved to the site while some section of twisted tracks has been straightened.
”We remain grateful to the security agencies for all the support. We are very appreciative of Squadron Commander MOPOL 1 Kaduna’s visit to the accident site today.
”NRC will continue to update the general public of developments to prevent misleading information and falsehood,” he added.
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