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 House of Reps summons Mele Kyari, Amaechi over violation of Cabotage law

Rotimi Amaechi
Eyewitness reporter
The House of Representatives has summoned the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, over the alleged award of a coastal shipping contract to a foreign company.According to NAN reports,  Rep. Legor Idagbor, the Chairman, House Committee on Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring, issued the summons on Wednesday, in Abuja, during an investigative hearing on the contract allegedly awarded in 2020.

He said that the award of such contract to a foreign company, UNIBROS, was in breach of the law while asking the NNPC GMD to appear before it on Oct 13.

The House said if the NNPC failed to appear, the process of the law and the powers given to the National Assembly would be followed to deal with the corporation.

The House also summoned the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as well as the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

He directed the NNPC, Transportation Ministry and the NCDMB to furnish the committee with every single detail of the contract, as it did not have a single document in relation to the contract in its possession.

According to a letter from the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mohammed Nami, read at the hearing, UNIBROS was not registered in its database and that payment had been made in the name of the company.

President of the Shippers Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Dr George Onyung, who was at the hearing, said that the NNPC sidelined local shippers and, without due process, awarded the contract to UNIBROS, in spite of the fact that local shippers had the capacity to carry out the job.

“The NNPC awarded the contract to UNIBROS. It is a coastal shipping contract. It is one contract, but for 11 vessels. That is the whole share of coastal shipping.

”This means that when those vessels that bring the product from abroad arrive Nigeria, the ships that would take the products to various jetties that have the shallow draft, which is a cabotage trade to start with, is supposed to be domiciled in Nigeria”, he said.

He added that the NNPC hired up to 11 to 14 ships to be able to do that trade and then supply those products.

“They gave it to one company called UNIBROS, and all those ships are foreign flags, all are foreign-owned, and they do not hire Nigerians.

Idagbor observed that based on the submissions of the ship owners’ association, they had shown that they have the capacity to handle the contract.

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WCO commends Adeniyi for transformational leadership of Customs 

Funso Olojo 
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has received a commendation from the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) East and Southern Africa for its exceptional performance under the leadership of Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi.
In a letter of commendation signed by WCO Director Larry Liza, the organisation hailed the NCS’s remarkable 74% growth in revenue over the past year, marking a significant milestone in customs administration.
“We extend our warmest congratulations to Comptroller-General Adewale Adeniyi and the Nigeria Customs Service for achieving a 74% growth in revenue in the last year. This outstanding feat has not gone unnoticed and stands as a testament to your dedication and effective leadership,” stated Larry Liza.
 Despite challenging security conditions, The WCO highlighted the NCS’s exemplary achievements across various fronts, including revenue collection, trade facilitation, societal protection, and stakeholder collaboration.
 “Under Comptroller-General Adeniyi’s guidance, the Nigeria Customs Service has demonstrated commendable resilience and innovation, particularly in streamlining operations and enforcing critical directives for the benefit of the nation,” remarked Larry Liza.
“We applaud the NCS’s proactive measures against smuggling and other illicit activities, which have reinforced border security and contributed to Nigeria’s economic stability.”
“We continue to draw inspiration from Comptroller-General Adeniyi’s leadership, which transcends borders and exemplifies excellence in customs management. Our congratulations extend to his team, stakeholders, and the entire nation of Nigeria,” added Larry Liza.
The WCO’s recognition underscores the global impact of Nigeria’s Customs reforms and reinforces its commitment to learning from and supporting successful strategies in customs administration under CG Adewale Adeniyi’s leadership.
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CIoTA seeks collaboration with NIMASA, pays homage to Mobereola.

Dayo Mobereola, NIMASA DG

Funso Olojo 

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr. Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

On his part, the DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship of the institute.

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Tin Can Customs generates N575.5bn in six month

Funso Olojo 
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tincan Island Port Command (TIPC) has generated N575.5 billion in revenue in the first half of the year 2024.
The Customs Area Controller, TIPC, Comptroller Dera Nnadi said this at a media conference held at the Maritime Reporter Association of Nigeria (MARAN) secretariat in Apapa, Lagos.
According to Nnadi, this is an improvement by N315.24 billion and represents a 221.13 per cent increase from the half year report in 2023 which had N260.26 billion.
“As at today, July 12, the command has generated N627 billion and we have been given a target of N1.403 trillion. This shows that significant efforts have been made in the command in meeting the target.
“TCIP operations in the last six months significantly aligned with the statutory functions of the Service in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation and enforcement/anti-smuggling activities.
“The command’s operations were performed in consciousness of the theme of the 2024 International Customs Day, ‘‘Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose’.
“The command further enhanced the existing operational process to conform to the malady of the floating exchange rate regime with the use of technology made available by the NICIS II Software,” he said.
On enforcement, Nnadi noted that the command coordinated several 100 per cent physical examination under his supervision in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure that the command was freed of any form of non-compliance to the international trade cycle.
“Items discovered as concealments and seized during the period under review are one RZ17HD – 20P9964 – rifle, one RZ17HD – 20P9962 – rifle, one GAMO – T660739 – rifle, one pump action – MV0830249 – rifle, one RZ17TACTICAL – 30H21PT011992 – rifle, one RZ17HD – 20P9929 – rifle, one pump action – MV0830253 – rifle.
“Others  are one pump action – MV0830839 – rifle, one RZ17HD – 20P10115 – rifle, one pump action – V1690019 – rifle, one pump action – 52-H21PT – 3803 – rifle, one  RZ17HD – 20P9951 – rifle, one SAR9 SARSILMARZ T1102-21BV63826 – pistol, one RUGER AMERICAN PISTOL 9MM.
“Others listed: one SAR9 SARSILMARZ T1102-21BU51078 – pistol, one TAURUS G3C – BAIN BRIDGE, GA ADA 799424 – pistol, one TAURUS G3C – BAIN BRIDGE, GA ADC 122309 – pistol, one TAURUS G3C – BAIN BRIDGE, GA ADB 941276 – pistol.
“Also intercepted are one used Toyota Corolla Chassis Number: 5YFBURH1EP09601: 2014 model, Sterling High Quality shot gun cartridges green (12 cal 32 grams – 10packs of 25 pieces each), Sterling High Quality shot gun cartridges green (12 cal 30 grams – 20packs of 25 pieces each and 23 extra pieces).
“Included in the list are Seller & Bellot  Buck Shot – 55 pieces, Crossman Co2 12 gram cartridges – 123 pieces, 1USP CO2 Air Gun Pistol with Accessories Cal. 117 (4.5mm) BB, units of Mace Pepper Gun, to Department of State Services (DSS) for further agency function,” he said.
He said that during the period under review three plastic drums were intercepted concealed with several packets of Cannabis Indica, 46 bags containing 2,144 packets of cannabis indica all weighing 1,072kg seized from 1x40ft Container No. GAOU 669921/5 imported from Canada.
“The approximate street value of   the illicit substances is N3.216 billion.
“Also, 877 cartons of Barcadin cough syrup with codeine – 200 bottles of 100ml per carton and 82 cartons of Really Extra Diclofenac Sodium 50mg tablets – 600 packs per carton imported from India was seized.
“The approximate street value of the cough syrup is N964.33 million,” he said.
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