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  •  FG promises to promote protect local steel coys
    FG promises to promote, protect local steel coys
     FG promises to promote protect local steel coys
    FG promises to promote, protect local steel coys
    Economy1 week ago

    FG promises to promote, protect local steel coys

    Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development says the Federal Government is making effort to promote and protect local steel industries.

    Adegbite made this known, while inuagurating a nine-man committee for the reconstitution of the National Steel Council on Tuesday in Abuja.

    He said the committee was inaugurated to protect the interest of the local steel producers and to curtail dumping of foreign steel in the country.

    He said the inuguration was in the  right direction, bringing Nigeria closer to its goal of achieving self-sufficiency in steel production.

    “The National Steel Act clearly makes adequate provisions for the establishment of the National Steel Council, which will be responsible for the central planning of the iron and steel industry.

    “The council consists of a chairman, executive secretary, four board members, and one representative drawn from the following federal ministrie -finance; power, and steel.

    “They will serve as central planning for the steel industry; research and development for the steel industry, including research and development of the technology and other aspects of iron and steel production,” he said.

    The minister said the committee would coordinate thevexploration of iron ore, cooking coal, limestone, dolomite, refractory clay and other minerals related to iron and steel production.

    He said the committee would collaborate with the ministries of power and steel, the Nigerian Coal Corporation and the Nigerian Mining Corporation to achieve the task“Training of Nigerians in all aspects of the iron and steel industry and related fields and the deployment of senior Nigerian management staff and trainees to steel plants and other sectors of the industry.

    “Research into the development and manufacture of equipment to be used for the purpose of and in relation to basic engineering in the steel industry among others will all be coordinated by the committee.

    ”Earlier, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning commended the Federal Government for selecting visionaries as committee members.

    Ahmed said that no country could be industrialised without a vibrant  steel company, adding that government was making efforts to reawakening all steel companies in the country.

    Also, Mrs Gbemisola Saraki, the Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development said no doubt the calibre of people that were selected to form the committee would achieve success for the sector.

    “Since the establishment of Ajaokuta steel, Delta steel and iron ore at Itakpe in Kogi state, this is the first time steel council is established.

    ”Alhaji Muhammad Aliyu, the Chairman of the committee said the committee would put in their best to achieve the task saddled on them.


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  •  Reps seek to make Ajaokuta Steel Mill operational
    Reps seek to make Ajaokuta Steel Mill operational
     Reps seek to make Ajaokuta Steel Mill operational
    Reps seek to make Ajaokuta Steel Mill operational
    General news2 weeks ago

    Reps seek to make Ajaokuta Steel Mill operational

    The House of Representatives Committee on Steel on Friday called for concerted efforts by relevant authorities to ensure that the Ajaokuta Steel Mill located in Kogi State becomes fully operational.

    Rep. Abdullahi Halims, the Chairman of the committee, made this appeal during an oversight visit with other members of the committee to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in Abuja.

    Halims said that the facility would significantly contribute to the growth of the country when operational.

    He noted that the steel mill would create job opportunities, and also help to address the issue of insecurity arising from unemployment of the youths.

    “To be succinct and precise, the purpose of this is to see how the operations of the Ministry is faring.

    “We also seek to gather information, identify challenges, build synergy, and look for ways to resolve issues that need government input through legislative actions,” the lawmaker said.

    He noted further that the country was facing enormous challenges in human, social and economic development.

    Halims said that the increasing level of violence, insecurity, deepening poverty and inequalities were demoralising, adding that it is capable of inspiring action amongst political leaders.

    “The country is enmeshed in political activities geared towards shaping the nation for the better, and visits such as this will broaden the horizon of political gladiators.

    “The committee will help to see how government agencies through budgetary releases can foster and build confidence in the teeming youth through legislative engagements.

    “I urge the ministry to work closely with our committee, for that way, we can together explore more opportunities for positive growth.

    ”Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, the Minister of State in the ministry, regretted that so far, no steel had been developed at the Mill.Saraki said that the ministry was committed to working with relevant authorities to ensure it delivered on its mandate.


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  •  NIWA optimistic Onitsha port will have a positive impact on the economy
    NIWA optimistic Onitsha port will have a positive impact on the economy
     NIWA optimistic Onitsha port will have a positive impact on the economy
    NIWA optimistic Onitsha port will have a positive impact on the economy
    General news1 month ago

    NIWA optimistic Onitsha port will have a positive impact on the economy

    The Director General of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr. George Moghalu, has expressed optimism that the recently leased Onitsha River Port will have a positive impact on the nation's economy.

    Moghalu made the expression, as he formally handed over the port to Dr. George Nwangwu, managing director of the Universal Elysium Consortium and licensee of the port in Abuja on Friday.

    “We are here to formalize the delivery of the port of Onitsha that has been formally concessioned because the concession agreement has been signed.

    “And what we are doing now is giving the concessionaire the instrument of authority so that they can enter the port and put it into active use.

    “We believe that the port is a very strong asset of the Federal Government.

    “For our part, we are very excited because I think this is the first successful PPP deal in the maritime sector.

    I'm not sure if this has happened to anyone.`

    “So, for us it is a milestone towards a great achievement, we also hope that the Onitsha river port will work perfectly well so that it can have a positive impact on the economy of the nation in general and the economy of the southeast.

    Moghalu said.

    According to the NIWA chief, the port of Onitsha will act as a reference for the ports of Baro, Oguta and Lokoja, which will also be concessioned.

    He said: "So we expect a successful exit and, as former Minister of State for Transport Senator Gbemisola Saraki said, the river port of Onitsha 'is our poster boy'.

    “It is our point of reference now for the other concessions that we are trying to do like Baro, Oguta, Lokoja.

    "All of them will be concessioned because we firmly believe in partnering with the private sector so that we can operate these ports for the benefit of humanity."

    Moghalu, on behalf of the authority, congratulated the concessionaires for being successful and winning the bid as concessionaires of this port and prayed for their success in the project.

    “In time, once I have the opportunity again, I will continue to visit the port.

    “With what they are doing now, I am going to inform everyone who has to do with NIWA, all our tenants, that the administration of the place has been handed over to the organization that was the winner in the bidding process.”

    "Once again, I congratulate you and formally sign the papers."

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  •  New transportation ministers assume office pledge optimum performance
    New transportation ministers assume office, pledge optimum performance 
     New transportation ministers assume office pledge optimum performance
    New transportation ministers assume office, pledge optimum performance 
    Metro1 month ago

    New transportation ministers assume office, pledge optimum performance 

    The new Minister of Transportation, Mr. Muazu Sombo has pledged to give his best towards achieving President Muhammadu Buhari’s Infrastructure  Development Agenda in the transport sector.Sambo said this during the handover ceremony by the former Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki on Wednesday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new Minister of State for Transportation, Mr Ademola Adegoroye also assumed office on Wednesday.The minister said:” I am here for a very short time. I am coming with an open mind; there is nothing under the sun you won’t hear when you move into a place.” The best thing is lead the people with an open mind. I want you to embrace me and give me all the support.”I wish we could work with my sister (Saraki) but I have a brother, one good one, goes one comes.”We will do our best and leave the rest to humanity and posterity to judge.”Earlier, the outgoing minster, while handing over, thanked the staff of the ministry and urged them to give in their best to the new ministers.Saraki said: “The team you have here are exceptionally hardworking, very quick to learn and have been exceptionally focused in ensuring to serve and assist the ministers in any and every capacity.”I am sure that they will continue to do that as you take over the reign of the ministry.”The Ministry of Transport is one of the focal point of Mr President’s agenda looking at the issue of infrastructure.”I am sure and have no doubt in my mind that the good legacy that has started in 2015 will continue.‘”If there is any way I can be of assistance to both of you, you know where I am. ”NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  I will contribute to growth of mining sector Saraki
    I will contribute to growth of mining sector- Saraki
     I will contribute to growth of mining sector Saraki
    I will contribute to growth of mining sector- Saraki
    Economy1 month ago

    I will contribute to growth of mining sector- Saraki

    Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, the new Minister of State, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) has promised to impact her wealth of experience in the mining sector.Saraki made this known when she assumed duty, as the Minister of State Mines and Steel Development on Wednesday in Abuja.” I will try my best to contribute my own quota to the growth of this sector.“We know how much is our solid mineral reserve in this country but we have concentrated more on crude oil for decades,” she said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, who was the Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, was deployed to the Ministry of Mines as the State Minister.Saraki replaced Dr Okechuckwu Ogah, who resigned as Minister of State, to contest for the 2023 Governorship position in Abia.She commended the Minister of Mines and Steel Deveploment, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite for his efforts in moving the sector forward.She also appreciated the staff of the ministry for the warm reception accorded her upon as of office.Speaking, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Adegbite tasked Saraki to bring her wealth of experience to play in the sector.“Saraki was in the Senate where she performed very well, she has also contributed so much on this administration, we know that she will perform well in this ministry too.”He said that the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari was to diversify the economy through the mining sector, create jobs for the youth and also increase the GDP.Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, the Permanent Secretary, Mines and Steel Deveploment said the ministry had contributed immensely to the GDP in spite of its challenges.   Akinlade, represented by Patrick Ojeka, the Director, Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Department, MMSD, said her deployment to the ministry would also contribute to the growth of the sector.   ” We know that with your support we can still do better in this ministry and we have staff with wealth of experience from Grade Level eight to Director cadre that have been working tirelessly to move the sector forward.   “We have performed very well in contributing to the GDP in spite of our numerous challenges.”

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  •  Buhari urges new Ministers to serve nation diligently
    Buhari urges new Ministers to serve nation diligently
     Buhari urges new Ministers to serve nation diligently
    Buhari urges new Ministers to serve nation diligently
    General news1 month ago

    Buhari urges new Ministers to serve nation diligently

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assigned portfolios to seven newly appointed ministers, charging them to serve the nation diligently, maintain unalloyed loyalty to the country and office of the President.

    Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, which preceded the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the president also announced the reassignment of portfolios in his cabinet.

    According to him, the new redeployment is aimed at reinvigorating certain sectors where the government desires to accomplish improved results, saying his administration is now on the home-stretch of its second term, more work still needs to be done in diverse areas of the economy and national life.

    The newly appointed ministers and their portfolios are: Ikechukwu Ikoh, Minister of State, Science and Technology; Umana Umana, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Udi Odum, Minister of State, Environment and Ademola Adegoroye, Minister of State, Transport;

    Others are; Umar El-Yakub, Minister of State, Works and Housing; Goodluck Opiah, Minister of State, Education and Nkama Ekumankama, Minister of State, Health.  

    The president also re-assigned Sen. Adeleke Mamora, Minister of Science and Technology (formerly Minister of State, Health); Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, Minister of Transportation (formerly Minister of State, Works and Housing); Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State, Niger Delta (formerly Minister of State, Environment) and Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development (formerly Minister of State, Transportation).

    Buhari urged the newest members of his cabinet to consult and collaborate with older cabinet colleagues and focus on driving key programmes already initiated by this administration.

    He also warned all members of the cabinet against corrupt practices, reiterating that public officers must be above board and those caught in corrupt practices would face the full wrath of the law.

    ‘‘I begin this address by welcoming on board, all newly sworn-in members of the Federal Executive Council. I also congratulate you because the process that you all passed through to reach this stage has been rigorous and meticulous.

    ‘‘The appointment of these new Ministers is in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which prescribes that the Federal Executive Council shall be made up of members from every state of the Federation.

    ‘‘I therefore urge you to consider your emergence out of millions of equally qualified Nigerians within the purview of selection from your State, as a call to duty which imposes the obligation to serve the nation diligently and presents to you the unique opportunity to work hard in service to the Government and the country.

    ‘‘At the valedictory session for six former Ministers that left to pursue other political careers, I promised that their replacement shall be a matter of priority so that the business of governance would not experience delays or setbacks.

    ‘‘This administration has been in the saddle since 2015 and is now on the home-stretch of its second term, as the nation prepares for the 2023 general elections.

    “All through, it has vigorously pursued the three main electoral objectives namely: Securing the nation; Diversifying & growing the economy as well as fighting corruption.

    ‘‘You are all coming on-board at this time with new energy, ideas, experiences and vigour, to join the existing team so that the implementation of policies, programs and projects associated with these electoral objectives would be escalated and accelerated.

    ‘‘There is still so much to be done for our country in the areas of infrastructure development, energy, access to finance, access to justice, technology and innovation, trade, agriculture, education and security. The list is inexhaustible,’’ he said.

    Buhari urged the newly appointed ministers to be conscious that time is of the essence as they assume office.

    ‘‘As I assign you portfolios, therefore, I expect you to carefully study your sectors, take wise counsel, reach out to key stakeholders, consult and collaborate with older cabinet colleagues and focus on driving key programs already initiated by this administration. Above all, be loyal to your President and your country.’’

    While underscoring the need for the old and new members of his Cabinet to work with common objectives of leaving indelible legacies for Nigerians and ending strongly with verifiable accomplishments, the president warned:

    ‘‘You must resist bad counsel, resist temptation and be circumspect in your utterances and conduct. You must totally eschew corruption and be above board because if caught there will be no sacred cows.’’

    The President told the newly appointed ministers to await further communication on their appropriate Ministerial Mandates from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

    Prior to the commencement of the FEC meeting and swearing-in ceremony, the Council observed a minute of silence in honour of the Secretary-General of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammed Barkindo, who died on Tuesday in Abuja. (

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  •  Buhari swears in 7 new Ministers announces minor cabinet changes
    Buhari swears in 7 new Ministers, announces minor cabinet changes
     Buhari swears in 7 new Ministers announces minor cabinet changes
    Buhari swears in 7 new Ministers, announces minor cabinet changes
    General news1 month ago

    Buhari swears in 7 new Ministers, announces minor cabinet changes

    President Muhammadu Buhari has announced minor cabinet reshuffle as he swore in seven new Ministers in the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected ministers swore in include Goodluck Opiah (Imo), Umar El-Yakub (Kano) and Ademola Adegoroye (Ondo). Henry Ikoh (Abia) Umana Okon Umana (Akwa Ibom), Ekumankama Nkama (Ebonyi) and Odum Odi (Rivers).

    NAN reports that six of the ministers replaced six former members of the federal executive council, who retired to participate in the last party primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while El-Yakub replaced the former Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, who was removed from office.

    While announcing the reshuffle shortly before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, the president approved Minister of State, Health, Sen. Adeleke Mamora as new the Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of State, Works, Mua’azu Sambo also moved to the Ministry of Transportation as substantive Minister.

    Umanna Umanna is now the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs while Minister of State Environment, Sharon Ikeazor has been moved to the Niger Delta Ministry as Minister of State.

    Sen Gbemisola Saraki was moved to the Ministry of Mines and Steel as Minister of State while Umar El-Yakub is now the Minister of State Works and Housing.

    The president also approved Goodluck Apiah as Minister of State, Education; Ekumankama Nkama. Minister of Health; Ikoh Ikechekwu, Minister of State, Science and Technology; Odum Udi, Minister of State, Environment and Ademola Adegoroye is now Minister of State, Transportation.

    NAN reports that before the swearing in, a minute’s silence was observed in honour of Mohammed Barkindo, the outgoing Secretary-General of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), who died at the age of 63, on Tuesday night.

    Those physically in attendance are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.

    Other Ministers who  were also in attendance include the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Education, Adamu Adamu, Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

    Others are, Mines and Steel, Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, and Minister of State, Budget, National Planning, Clem Agba and State, Industry Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagun as well as all the newly sworn in ministers. (

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  •  Maritime FG urges speedy dispensation of maritime matters
    Maritime: FG urges speedy dispensation of maritime matters
     Maritime FG urges speedy dispensation of maritime matters
    Maritime: FG urges speedy dispensation of maritime matters
    General news1 month ago

    Maritime: FG urges speedy dispensation of maritime matters

    The Federal Government has called for speedy dispensation of maritime matters by the courts to ensure boost in the sector.

    The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, made the call at the on-going International Maritime Seminar for Judges in Abuja on Tuesday.

    The minister, represented by the ministry’s Director of Procurement, Mr Hussein Adamu, also commended the sustained partnership between the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC)and National Judicial Institute(NJI).

    “The importance of speedy and efficient dispensation of maritime matters by the courts can never be over-emphasised because, as we all know, in international commercial transactions, time is money and it is even more so in a multi-billion dollar industry like ours.

    “ I must commend the sustainability of the partnership between the Nigerian Shippers’ Council and National Judicial Institute which dates back to 1995.

    “This strategic partnership stemmed from the recognition of the need to specially furnish our judicial officers with the requisite knowledge to assist them in facilitating expeditious dispensation of justice in maritime causes in our courts.

    “The lacuna created by the low penetration level in Maritime Law at the undergraduate levels of our universities, coupled with the fast pace of development in international trade, exerts a lot of strain on our judicial officers.

    “Some of whom are confronted with this special area of the law for the first time when Admiralty matters are brought before their courts for adjudication.

    “ It is therefore commendable that this seminar has created a veritable forum where prominent jurists and legal luminaries come together to rub minds on how to enhance the competitiveness and economic viability of our maritime industry.

    “Not only through the capacity building of the judicial officers, but indeed also in tackling some of the crucial issues on the front burner of maritime discourse both locally and globally.

    “This will no doubt increase the confidence of investors in the industry, since it is obvious that an efficient, lucid, predictable and stable legal system plays a very significant role in attracting investors.

    “It is worth mentioning that this seminar series have contributed immensely in charting the policy direction of government in the maritime sector. I am happy to state that Government will continue to rely on the important outcomes of this forum for policy enunciation,” she said.

    The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, in his address, reiterated the need for continued training in order to guarantee the independence of the judiciary.

    Ariwoola said, ‘`Training  will also add value to the quality and efficiency of the judicial system, which the judiciary is known for.

    “No doubt, capacity-building is an integral part of the legal profession for members of the Nigerian Bar, irrespective of your chosen field as a judicial officer or a legal practitioner.’’

    According to him, the seminar was designed to acquaint participants with emerging trends in the sphere of Admiralty Law and the challenges that digitisation and globalisation may throw up on the adjudication of admiralty matters.

    The CJN urged the National Judicial Institute to deepen the collaborative agreement with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council to aid the course of justice and enhance speedy dispensation of justice in Admiralty matters.

    Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of NSC, Emmanuel Jime, thanked the participants for making efforts to attend the event while wishing everyone fruitful deliberations.(

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  •  FG reiterates need for capacity building in maritime sector
    FG reiterates need for capacity building in maritime sector
     FG reiterates need for capacity building in maritime sector
    FG reiterates need for capacity building in maritime sector
    General news1 month ago

    FG reiterates need for capacity building in maritime sector

    The Federal Government on Tuesday underscored the importance of capacity building in the growth and development of the country’s  maritime industry.

    The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki said this at the 16th International Maritime Seminar for Judges held in Abuja.

    “It is a common knowledge that most of our maritime transportation is conducted by foreign ship owners.

    “Thereby limiting the economic benefits accruable to the nation and the sub-region in areas such as creation of jobs, freight and insurance earnings etc.

    “ It is in the above regard that the development of a national fleet becomes imperative.

    “The present administration is looking into ways of encouraging the establishment of a private sector-driven national shipping line to ensure maximum exploitation of the potential in our maritime industry.

    “ A Ministerial Committee has been working on this important initiative and I look forward to having their concrete recommendations for immediate implementation.,’’ Saraki said.

    The minister, represented by the Director of Procurement in the ministry, Mr Hussein Adamu, said the government was ready to implement various initiatives on the ease of doing business, including in the maritime sector in order to open up all the potential of the Nigerian business environment.

    “May I reiterate the commitment of the Nigerian government towards the implementation of various initiatives on the ease of doing business, including in the maritime sector in order to open up all the potential of the Nigerian business environment.

    “I am also pleased to state that following the recommendations of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council’s communiques, the government has geared up efforts to sanitise and foster global best practices in port operations.

    “And in this regard has developed a working document called the Nigerian Port Process Manual (NPPM) and constituted an Inter-Agency Task Team led by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council for its implementation.

    “The NPPM reflects the internationally acceptable processes in port operations by spelling out a step-by-step processes and specific roles of government agencies and private operators at all levels in the port.

    “The process of ensuring the gazzetting of the Process Manual in order to give it the requisite regulatory teeth is ongoing.

    . “That step will further complement the critical role of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as the Port Economic Regulator in our jurisdiction.”

    According to him, government will continue to support the NSC in this role in order to ensure the smooth, effective and successful implementation of the mandate given to it.

    The Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Justice Bode Vivour said the seminar provided a specialised form for the judicial officers to be equipped with requisite skills and knowledge as a means to an efficient and effective judicial resolution of maritime cases.

    He said:“The judiciary as we all know, is the lifeline of democratic societies. The need to strengthen our respective judiciary cannot be overemphasised.

    “ A strong and independent judiciary, which practices international best standards, promote stability, protects rights, and guarantees fair and expeditious outcomes.

     “Judiciary’s importance pertains to the political and social life of the people and acts as a catalyst for economic change and development of a nation.

    “An effective judicial system is a key pillar of an efficient economy and plays a vital role in a nation’s economic performance.

    According  to him, a strong and independent judiciary which decisions are rendered fairly transparently within reasonable time limits and in accordance with international recognises norms, encourages foreign as well as local private sector investment.

    The three days seminar was attended by Chief Justices of Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, and the Gambia who gave their goodwill messages.

    Others who were in attendance included stakeholders in the maritime and judiciary sector.

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  •  Apapa Customs Command generates N522 4bn in six months
    Apapa Customs Command generates N522.4bn in six months
     Apapa Customs Command generates N522 4bn in six months
    Apapa Customs Command generates N522.4bn in six months
    Economy2 months ago

    Apapa Customs Command generates N522.4bn in six months

    The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, has generated N522.4 billion in the first half of 2022.

    The Area Controller, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Friday.

    Yusuf said that the figure showed a significant increase of N156 billion or 42.54 per cent when compared to the N366.5 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2021.

    “This feat was made possible because of our officers’ resilience in ensuring identified revenue leakages have been mitigated, while sustaining the level of compliance by the in the clearance value chain,” he said.

    On export, he said that in line with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non-oil export, the command recorded a boom in the exportation of non-oil commodities with about 2.5 million metric tonnes, above the 540 metric tonnes in the year 2021.

    He noted that the Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items also rose from $1.6 million in the year 2021 to $138 million in 2022.

    “Items exported include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products amongst others.

    “The Federal Government policy and export incentive schemes have played vital roles in boosting export trade in Nigeria,” he said.

    He said that for the period under review, the command curbed the smuggling of dangerous items, resulting in the seizure of 83 containers with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N8.3 billion.

    “Some of the seized items include: wood, 32 containers; five containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals, 18 containers of used ; 13 containers of foreign parboiled rice.

    “Others are vegetable oil – seven containers, tomato Paste – three containers, and 1x20ft container laden with 150 cartons of tramadol,” he said.

    Yusuf said that 21 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizures.

    He added that a suspect arrested in connection with the seized 1x20ft container of tramadol was currently undergoing .

    Yusuf said that to further strengthen existing relationship between relevant government agencies in the port, the command had recently handed over 2x20ft containers no. SUDU 7774749 and UETU2798479 laden with 150 cartons of illicit hard drugs to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

    On the issue of the non-utilisation of the scanner, Yusuf said that they had logistics challenge because of the ongoing rail construction.

    “We can’t operate the scanners while the rail construction work is in progress because the radioactive activity will pose health threats to the workers.

    “These scanners have already been synchronised with the current platform of the NCS which is the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II. The scanners in Onne and Tin Can Island are working,” he said.

    He, however, expressed optimism that with the level of cooperation from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the intervention of the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki; within the next two months Apapa scanners would be deployed and utilised.

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