The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, on Friday said that the partial closure of the nation’s land borders had caused some people pain, but was necessary in the interest of the economy.
Bello spoke in Lagos as the NSC and maritime stakeholders came together to discuss the land border closure and brainstorm on ways to improve international trade.
The executive secretary told the stakeholders that the aim of the gathering was to look inward and instill rules that would aid international trade in the country.
“Nigeria has become the victim rather than the beneficiary, and it is our duty to support what Customs is doing and proffer solutions, so that the country will not be taken advantage of again,’’ he said.
According to him, Nigeria is a nation of laws, which respect laws, agreement and treaties, but unfortunately, neighbouring countries are not doing as much in international trade.
He said that Nigeria needed to ensure that respect for laws and agreements was reciprocal as regard international trade, otherwise the country would be in trouble.
Bello said that if Nigeria had failed to do the needful, it would continue to export jobs and lose its ability to feed itself.
“We cannot depend on import alone, it is about time we try export for us not to perish, we must insist on our rights as a country with regard to international trade and assent to the letters of agreement,’’ he said.
Bello said that whatever decisions were reached at the meeting would be sent to government for consideration.
Mr Kunle Folarin, Chairman, Ports Consultative Council, called for strategic planning and implementation of outcome of the meeting.
He said that there should be compliance to protocol in trade.
Dr Kayode Farinto, National Vice President, Association of Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA) said that the closure of land border without ports being accessible would have negative effect on the country.
He said there was the need for the country to take stock and data of what happened before border closure, during and after so as to move forward.
“There is need for customs to review their operations, review port development policies, have good road network, ensure interconnectivity in the issue of transportation, as all these will aid trade in the country,” he said.
A Customs officer, Deputy Comptroller Bello Jibo, Head Revenue, Seme, said that apart from illicit trade and security, a major reason for the border closure had to with transit trade.
According to him, transit procedure has to do with transporting goods in their original form, which unfortunately has not been so.
“Proper transit procedure must be adhered to; anything coming into Nigeria meant for Nigeria must come in its original form.
“As regard corruption, everything starts with the importer when he under-declares his goods, and is not complying with the rules; this is not good at all,” he said.
Edited by Oluwole Sogunle
NSCDC arrests 2 Ebonyi gov’t officials over vandalism
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two staff of the Ebonyi Ministry of Environment over alleged vandalism of installation items at the state Pulverisation plant.
Samu said that both suspects were in the NSCDC’s custody.
He said both suspects were from Amagu community and Inyimegu community both in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state.
“The items recovered from them include 10 full lengths of 16 mm iron rods and 30 pieces of foundation bolt used in the pulverisation plant.
“They were arrested while using a state government vehicle for the act,’’ she said.
The commandant said the duo were arrested by officers of the corps who were guarding the plant.
“I am happy that my officers have been vindicated as they were being accused of vandalising equipment at the pulverisation plant.
“I want to advise workers attached to the state government’s installations to desist from such acts as it impedes the governor’s efforts to develop the state,’’ she said.
“I am in charge and take records of all items used for work at the plant.
“The iron rods and bolts are not currently being used for work at the plant and I arranged to take them back to the office in case the store-keeper asks me for the record.
“How then can I steal items that I am in charge of and will be called upon to give record,’’ the suspect said.
“This is the truth I cannot say presently, and I will inform you more whenever I am officially briefed,’’ he said.
Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
COVID-19: NHIS donates PPE to NSCDC
The PPE included, 125 infrared thermometers, 250 packs of face masks, 500 packs of hand gloves, 500 protective suits and 125 hand pumps among others.
In addition, Sambo said the NSCDC formed part of frontline workers, saying: “ they are in all isolation centres, providing support and protection to patients.
“So we treated that request from the PTF as priority and with that and purchased the items for them,’’ he said.
He said NSCDC as an international body, had the mandate for disaster management, both natural and man-made.
“We have deployed over 9,500 officers across the country to enforce, implement and we have also deployed some corps to isolation centres,’’ the commandant general said.
He cited examples of two officers who were knocked down by vehicles in an attempt to stop them during the lockdown, saying those were part of the challenges of the job.
“Unfortunately, we lost of one of them but we thank God, the other one survived after he sustained some injury and was treated,’ he said.
According to him, the donation of PPE will boost the morale of the officers.
Also speaking, the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, said the task force had the mandate of coordinating the delivery of resources and donations to support the fight against COVID-19 and had nine key ministries as its members.
“We had to look at our budget and found out that we did not have enough to supply to all the agencies, we then approached different agencies of government to see how they can complement what we already have.
“ Today, we are able to get NHIS to put in a contribution and direct this contribution to the agencies that we know are extremely important when it comes to the enforcement of guidelines as it relates to COVID-19,’’ he said.
The coordinator assured of continuous support for the corps, saying “ we will continue to work with you and support you.
He, however, commiserated with the management of the corps over those that lost their lives in the cause of enforcing COVID-19 guidelines and also those who were injured in the line of duty.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitri: NSCDC deploys 1,585 personnel in Ondo State
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has deployed no fewer than 1,585 personnel to ensure a hitch-free Eid-el-Fitri celebration in the state.
Mr Philip Ayuba, State Commandant of NSCDC, made this known in Akure on Sunday.
Ayuba said that the personnel had been strategically deployed for intelligence gathering, enforcement of interstate border restrictions, crime detection, safeguarding of critical national assets and infrastructure and maintenance of peace and order.
The commandant warned perpetrators of nefarious activities to desist from unscrupulous behaviour or face the wrath of the law.
He frowned at the attitude of commercial bus drivers and heavy duty vehicles hauling in travellers, thereby, violating government’s interstate movement restriction.
He charged the NSCDC officers and men deployed to the 18 local government areas to be civil and professional in their line of duty.
”The personnel should desist from any form of compromise or violation of human rights.
“You are fully aware that these are very crucial times; hence as disciplined and trained officers, you must be observant, tactful and courteous by your implicit adherence to the rules of engagement,” Ayuba said in a statement.
The commandant, however, wishes all Muslim faithful happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: NSCDC deploys 500 officers to provide security in Yobe
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Yobe, says it has deployed 500 officers across the state to provide security and to monitor compliance with Coronavirus (COVID-19), health guidelines during the Sallah celebration.
Olowo said: “As regards Ed-el-fitr celebration, my men will go out and ensure that people abide by the government’s directive on social distancing, washing of hands, wearing face masks and other health directives.”
Olowo urged Muslims to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols during Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
While wishing Muslims happy Ed-el-fitr celebration, Olowo advised people not to engage in self medication, but report to a healthcare facility immediately they felt unhealthy.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: NSCDC deploys 35,000 personnel nationwide
The Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Abdullahi Gana, says the corps will deploy 35,000 personnels nationwide to ensure hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Spokeperson of the Corps, Mr Emmanuel Okeh, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.
Gana said that the deployment of the personnel would ensure effective coverage of the environment and protection of all critical national assets and infrastructure.
He said the State Commandants would deploy all other equipment such as surveillance vehicles, patrol vehicles, ambulances, dogs and other monitoring gadgets to all critical infrastructural installations and black spots, prone to attacks and vandalism.
Ganda advised officers of the corps to remember that all COVID-19 regulations were still enforce, saying that there should not be any large gatherings.
“There must be strict adherence to the use of nose masks, maintaining physical and social distancing, regular washing of hands and use of alcohol based hand sanitiser,” he said.
While urging personnel to be civil and diplomatic in their approach and towards members of the public, Gana cautioned Nigerians to desist from acts capable of breaching the COVID-19 protocols, before, during and after the celebration.
He said that the law was no respecter of anyone who violated the measures put in place to reduce the spread of the virus in Nigeria
Gana felicitated President Muhammadu Buhari and Muslim communities for successfully completing 2020 spiritual exercise.
He said the period of fasting was dedicated to praying for Allah’s intervention in restoring peace and normalcy in the nation.
Gana said what the nation needed this moment was prayer in order to tackle the security situation in the country, the COVID-19 pandemic and for God to give wisdom to the leadership of the nation in handling the various challenges.
“It is also a time to reconcile with Allah for the remission of sins and an opportunity to care and give alms to the needy and the the vulnerable in the society.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Eid-el Fitr: NSCDC deploys 1,000 personnel in Jigawa
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Jigawa Command, says it has deployed 1,000 personnel to ensure hitch-free Eid-el Fitr celebration in the state.
Adamu Shehu, the NSCDC Spokesman in the state, made this known in a statement in Dutse on Saturday.
“The state Commandant of the Corps, Alhaji Garba Muhammad, has ordered immediate deployment of the personnel, drawn from various departments and units, including Special Armed Squad, Counter Terrorism, Intelligence Operations, Disaster Management and Medical Unit,” Shehu said.
Shehu said the personnel would join the already deployed 250 officers that were involved in the enforcement of the lockdown order at the state boundaries and some specified Local Governments Areas.
He explained that more attention would be given to identified vulnerable locations, with emphasis on strategic places such as Eid grounds, government installations and buildings, markets, among others.
“The officers are to equally ensure compliance with the state government’s directive of wearing face masks, use of hand sanitiser, washing of hands, and observance of social distancing while at the Eid ground to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Therefore, the commandant charged the personnel to discharge their duty diligently and professionally,” he said.
The spokesman added that Muhammad also urged the general public to cooperate with the officers in their bid to provide security and safety during the festive period.
According to him, the corps urges residents to report any suspicious movements in their respective localities to the nearest security formations.
“While wishing the good people of Jigawa a happy and hitch-free Eid-el- Fitr celebration, the commandant urged them to pray fervently for God’s intervention in eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Eid-el-fitri: NSCDC deploys 600 personnel in Edo
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has deployed 600 personnel in Edo to ensure a crime-free Eid-El-Fitri celebration in the state.
Mr Efosa Ogbebor, the state Command’s Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Friday.
Ogbebor said that the action was also to ensure the safety of lives and property as well as ensure free flow of traffic during the period.
He said that the personnel had been deployed to all identified flash points across the state..
The spokesman said that measures had been put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 within the period.
He emphasised that prayers at Eid grounds remain banned, while prayers to be held in Mosques should not have more than 20 persons in attendance.
The Federal Government had on Thursday declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays to mark 2020 Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitri: Obey lockdown or face sanction, NSCDC warns Kaduna residents
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC), Kaduna State command, has deployed 3000 personnel to enforce the restrictions on movement in the state and advised residents to obey the lockdown order or risk sanctions.
Dutsinma advised the resident to obey the restriction of movement directive, saying it was for the collective good of all, as only the living celebrate.
He said that anyone who violate the lockdown order by embarking on intra or inter state movement would face the wrath of the law.
“The deployment will be maintained during Eid-el-Fitri and I urge residents of border communities to cooperate with security agencies by not allowing desperate people to take advantage of illegal routes in their domain.”
He said that the command’s Head of Operations, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers have been fully mobilised to curtail influx of people into the state to prevent community spread of Coronavirus.
H urged Muslims to use the Eid-el-Fitri period to pray for Nigeria especially against challenges of terrorism and insurgency, banditry, cattle rustling, ethnic militia and the end to the novel Coronavirus.
“On the unfortunate incidents of killings and banditry in parts of the state, the Command assures that efforts are being intensified to apprehend those behind it.
“Perpetrators of the dastardly acts must desist from it in order to pave way for peace and development, as without peace there cannot be development.” Dutsinma said.
He assured that the corps in collaboration with sister agencies were working relentlessly towards restoring peace in the state.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Edo collaborates with NSCDC on farmer protection
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has sought the support of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Agro Rangers to protect farmers in the state.
A statement on Thursday by Mr Emmanuel Okeh, spokesman of the NSCDC, disclosed that Obaseki made the request when he visited the Corps Commandant-General, Mr Abdullahi Gana, in Abuja.
According to Obaseki, plans are underway to set up the state’s forest guard outfit in partnership with the NSCDC.
He expressed confidence in the Corps, which he said has continued to distinguish itself among other security agencies in the country.
He said that engaging the NSCDC would boost farmers’ confidence and encourage more people to go back to farms.
“The proposed establishment of forest guard is a welcome development in the face of current realities. I am assuring you of our total support.
“The Corps will work with the state government to achieve its purpose which is in line with the mandate of the NSCDC Agro Rangers, including securing farmers and protecting agro-allied investments in the country,” he said.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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