The Acting Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Wale Adeniyi, has said not all Nigeria’s land borders have been reopened.
This is even as he said that only some selected strategic borders were reopened, adding that Customs is reviewing the process of reopening the remaining borders.
The Customs boss who spoke with State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, said while some strategic borders were reopened in 2022, Customs would soon review the objectives of border closure.
Said he: “Well, it is not true that all Nigerian borders have been reopened. The status quo ante still exists within the borders. If you remember that the borders were completely shut down in 2018 up until 2022, when some selected strategic borders were reopened, that is the situation as we speak.
“Four were initially reopened and two more were opened after that, and that is still the situation.
“There are ongoing processes to review this situation against the objective of the border closure itself. And the processes are not yet completed. And of course, when the borders are reopened, it’s not going to be subject of rumour in any way”.
Speaking further, Adeniyi revealed that part of his discussions with President Tinubu is to actively engage Customs administration’s across the country’s borders, particularly the strategic ones that NCS must work and collaborate with for it to achieve common objectives of border security and regional integration.
“In the next one week, or thereabout, I will be paying an official visit to Republic of Benin, to have discussions with the Customs Administration of Benin, and see how we can take forward the issue of collaborations between us, the issue of border security, the issue of importation across the border, and more importantly, how we can deploy technological solutions to very complex border problems”, Adeniyi disclosed.
Meanwhile, the Customs CG has expressed his gratitude to President Tinubu for finding him worthy to be appointed the Acting Comptroller General of Customs just as he also revealed that he was at the Presidential Villa to felicitate with Tinubu for his recent appointment as the Chairman of ECOWAS.
Said he: “For us in the Nigerian Customs Service, ECOWAS represents a very bold attempt to forge regional integration, cooperation in border security and monetary affairs. And it is so good to note that my assumption of Office coincide with that period when attention will be focused on Nigeria holding the flag of regional integration.
“I had the opportunity to have very useful discussions and a very constructive engagement with His Excellency, Mr. President. And for all of you that have known him, I’ve worked with him very, very closely. You know that, Mr. President, is a very good listener.
“We had discussions regarding what customs can bring to the table, to actualize the vision of renewed hope for Nigeria, what customers can do in terms of addressing gaps in revenue generation in the customs, our enforcement strategies, and, most importantly, the issue of promoting port efficiency and competitiveness of our Ports”.
Diezani Gets £70,000 Bail in Alleged £100,000 Bribery Trial
Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke was granted bail by the Westminster Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom on Monday.
She was granted a £70,000 bail over an alleged £100,000 bribe by the district judge, Michael Snow.
Snow further imposed other terms on Alison-Madueke including an 11 pm to 6 am curfew, an electronic tag to be worn by her at all times and a £70,000 surety to be paid before she could leave the court building.
During her appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court, she provided her name, date of birth, and address.
Although she did not formally enter a plea, her attorney, Mark Bowen, informed the court that she would plead not guilty, Reuters reported
BREAKING: Fuel Subsidy is Organised Crime – Peter Obi Declares
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, has described fuel subsidy as an organised crime.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Obi made the statement on Monday while speaking on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ on what approach he would have taken differently in resolving the looming strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress.
“Fuel subsidy is organised crime. I said it repeatedly that it should be removed,” Obi said. “For me, the approach would have been, is to remove the corruption and criminal side of it and remove the excess demand.”
“By doing this, you would have reduced it by 50 per cent. The remaining 50 per cent is what we would have been able to, after consultation with various stakeholders in order to find a way in an organised manner, remove and show the proceed of the gains of the removal to be invested in critical development areas.”
Obi, the former governor of Anambra State, is known for vocal criticism of the Tinubu-led government, especially in managing public finances. He had pledged to remove fuel subsidy and invest the proceeds in critical development areas, such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure, if elected president.
He lost the 2023 election to President Bola Tinubu
BREAKING: Jubilation across Nigeria as BUA Reduces Price Of Cement To N3,500
One of the major companies in Nigeria, BUA Group , has announced a reduction of ex-factory cement price to N3,500 per bag.
The company, which made this known in a statement on Sunday, said the reduction will take effect from 2 October, 2023.
The statement titled : ‘BUA Cement reduces ex-factory cement prices to N3,500/bag effective October 2, 2023’, reads in full :
“We refer to our previous pronouncements regarding our intent to reduce cement prices upon the completion of our new lines at the end of the year, in order to spur development in the building materials and infrastructure sectors.
As per the commitment made to reduce prices and following a periodic review of our operations for efficiency, the management of BUA Cement Plc wishes to announce and inform our esteemed customers, stakeholders, and the public that effective October 2, 2023, we have decided to bring the price reduction forward. As a result, BUA Cement would now be sold at an ex-factory* price of 3,500 Naira per bag so that Nigerians can begin to enjoy the benefits of the price reduction before the completion of our plants.
Upon completion of the ongoing construction of our new plants, which would increase our production volumes to 17million metric tonnes per annum, BUA Cement PLC intends to review these prices further in line with our earlier pronouncements by the first quarter of 2024.
NOTE: all pending, undelivered orders which had been paid for at the old prices will be reviewed downwards to N3500/bag in line with the new pricing from October 2, 2023. Our licensed dealers are also enjoined to ensure that end-users benefit from this reduction in ex-factory prices as we will monitor field sales to ensure compliance
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