Author: Kenneth Jukpor

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in a proactive move to enhance compliance and streamline import processes, has announced a 90-day window for regularizing import duties on specific categories of vehicles. This initiative is said to be applicable solely to vehicles imported into Nigeria where the requisite customs duty has not been fulfilled or vehicles detained due to undervaluation. “While we strive for inclusivity, it is important to clarify that vehicles seized and condemned will not be released under this arrangement and shall be forfeited to the Federal Government in accordance with extant regulations.” “All vehicle owners, importers/ agents seeking to regularize…

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…NIWA trains 252 boat captains and deck officials Lagos boat operators have disclosed that they intentionally overspeed during coastal trips at twilight to avoid N50,000 fines collected by Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) for late arrival to ferry terminals. This was one of the challenges highlighted by the operators when the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) organized a workshop for boat captains and deckhands at the Lagos Area Office on Saturday. Some of the boat operators also noted that dredging activities also cause boat accidents as iron pipes are usually left on the waterways around Lekki routes while the dredgers…

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Few days after directing minimum standards for boats operating in Lagos, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Lagos Area Office has intensified its inspection of watercrafts operating on Lagos waterways. During the inspection by NIWA officials on all small boats operating along the Ikorodu/CMS routes today (Friday), the regulator stressed that all boats operating along this route are equired to undergo a meticulous two-stage examination. News Diet gathered that the first phase involves jacket inspection, followed by a comprehensive assessment of boat worthiness in the second stage. This development underscores NIWA’s commitment to enhancing safety measures on Lagos waterways as…

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By Victoria Adonye Ibiama Let’s embark on a voyage through the illustrious career of a maritime industry leader, a Principal Manager & Head of SERVICOM at Calabar port, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mrs. Funmilayo Omowumi Loremikan. Funmi recently celebrated 30 years in service at the NPA. Her career has been characterized by unwavering commitment to excellence. Her story can serve as a mentorship guide for younger officials at NPA and anyone who hopes to attain success in any careerpath. In this interview with News Diet, Funmi speaks on her journey from humble beginnings to pioneering efforts in challenging the status…

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Comptroller Jaiyeoba and his team have enhanced EoDB Following a recent online report on some allegations of sharp practices by the releasing department of the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), a governing Board member of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Princess Chi Ezeh, has commended the Cargo Releasing team at the command for prioritizing due process. Princess Chi, who was speaking during a chat with newsmen on Thursday, stressed that the calls for re-examination of cargoes is simply because the bulk of cargoes at the Apapa port are heterogeneous goods and…

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…ATBOWATON neglects NIWA training, other safety measures In a bid to curb the menace of boat mishaps in Lagos, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has mandated that henceforth boats must have speedometers, three lifebuoys and a diver. The NIWA Lagos Area Manager, Engr. Sarat Braimah, gave this instruction during an engagement with boat operators and waterways stakeholders at the Authority’s Lagos office on Wednesday. Braimah expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of boat operators in the state, especially members of Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) who refuse trainings and basic safety precautions. Her words:…

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As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria has donated a fishing boat to women in Osoroko community in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos. While presenting the boat, the President of WISTA Nigeria, Mrs. Eunice Ezeoke, asserted that the boat is the association’s contribution in the spirit of supporting blue economy which has become prominent in Nigeria. Her words: “We are here to accomplish one of WISTA Nigeria’s CSR which is the donation of a fishing boat to women in Osoroko community. We chose this community because they are prolific in fishing and also…

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Russia, Israel wars posing new maritime security threats in GoG – Jamoh Despite having a clean bill of health with zero piracy incidents recorded in Nigeria for about two years, the piracy incidents in other parts of the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) has increased by 45 percent with 32 incidents recorded in 2023. The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, revealed this during a recent engage with the House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration. Jamoh stressed that ongoing wars in Russia/ Ukraine and Israeli/ Palestine has heralded new…

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Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited (TSSNL), has secured a major win for the nation in collaboration with the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) via a landmark judgement at Federal High Court, Abuja, with an order directing the forfeiture of an illegal crude oil vessel, MT Kali and its content to the Federal Government. This judgement is a first scenario in recent times when oil thieves and their barons are being prosecuted and brought to book, as 20 crew members, including community boys’ accomplices, were arrested in the operation. The police in the Charge NO. FHC/ABJ/CR/18/2024 B/W: INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE V.…

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Despite declining trade volumes at seaports, the Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday last week, recorded another revenue collection milestone by generating N16,021,660,412.00 in a day. This figure has become the highest daily revenue collection in the history of the command surpassing N11.3billion collected on November 22nd, 2023, and the N10billion on August 3rd, 2023. Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba who described the feat as one of the expected fallouts of the many strategies he has put in place, urged officers and men of the command to keep up the tempo of…

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