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Onne Area 11, Customs Fetes Newly Promoted Officers



The Nigeria Customs Service Area 11, Command, Onne  Rivers state has feted about 104 newly promoted officers and men of the Command

The event which took place Wednesday at the Command ‘s conference Hall, saw the Customs Area 11, management team, other sister agencies, such as the Nigerian Navy, Department of State services, NIMASA, Immigration among others in attendance.
In his welcome address, the controller, Customs Area 11, Command Onne, Comptroller, Baba Imam stated that the occasion was for  the decoration of officers and men of the Command who were successful in the recent promotion exercise.

He noted that those who were not successful at the moment should continue to pray and trust in God that by the next promotion exercise, which comes up  in no distant time, might be their own opportunity.

Admonishing, those who were successful, Imam insisted that promotion is never a right but a privilege adding “for those of you promoted, there will be more expectations from you by the Service, the stakeholders and the public” even as he pointed out that they were going to face more responsibilities and challenges saying ” You are certainly going to face greater responsibilities and bigger challenges, but for you to confront the challenges in line of your duty, fist of all, you must be guided by certain ethics and principles as tools, that will guide you carry your responsibilities”

Speaking further, Imam charged them to be “a role model of integrity, ensuring that every principle guiding the agency is strictly upheld ” adding that they should ensure they consult their fellow colleagues” as no man is an Island,

On trade facilitation, the newly promoted officers were enjoined to ensure trade facilitation by removing every bureaucratic bottleneck, obstacles and impediment that would mar their operations and ensure every obstacles  associated with clearance procedures were eliminated as according to him,
 trade facilitation was the key.

While thanking, the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his management team for their policy thrust on human capital development, which according to him, ensued the promotion of the officers and men of the Command, he however reminded them that they should always maintain a good working relationship with all the stakeholders and other sister agencies while performing their duties.

Our correspondent reports that the break down of the newly promoted officers  and men of the Command showed that 4 former Deputy Comptrollers of Customs were promoted to the rank of Comptrollers, 8 Assistant Comptrollers were promoted to Deputy Comptrollers, 24,Chief Superintendent of Customs promoted to Assistant Comptrollers among others.

In his goodwill message, the Commandant Nigerian Navy basic school, Onne, commander GJ kashim expressed happiness on  the level of synergy and collaboration between Navy and the Customs even as he praised  Comptroller Baba Imam for sustaining the robust relationship.

He reminded the newly promoted officers and men of the Command to always be on the saddle adding that the Comptroller has encouraged them for commitment and devotion, noting that promotion always comes from God even as he reiterated that what they witnessed during the decoration was a sign of good things to come.He encouraged those that were not promoted to thrust in God as according to him, “God’s time is the best”

Speaking on behalf of the newly promoted officers and men, CSC JN Ewere expressed his appreciation to God, the Area controller and the Comptroller General of Customs BA Adeniyi MFR for what he referred to as “taking them to the next level”

He pledged their unalloyed commitment and loyalty to the Nigeria Customs Service, ensuring that they would obey all the extant laws while discharging their duty.

CREDIT: Bon Peters 

Port Harcourt, Rivers State

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BVN, NIN requirement: CBN keeps mum as deadline expires



The Central Bank of Nigeria has kept mum as the deadline for banks to restrict customers’ accounts without a Bank Verification Number or National Identity Number has expired.

DAILY POST recalls that CBN, in a notice on December 1 last year, signed by the Director of Payments System Management Department, Chibuzo Efobi and Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Haruna Mustapha, asked banks to restrict tier-1 accounts or wallets without NIN or BVN.

“For all existing Tier-1 accounts/wallets without BVN or NIN: Effective immediately, any unfunded account/wallet shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’ until the new process is satisfied.

“Effective March 1, 2024, all funded accounts or wallets shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’, and no further transactions will be permitted. The BVN or NIN attached to and/or associated with all accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024”, the statement partly reads.

However, CBN acting spokesperson, Hakama Sidi has yet to respond to calls from DAILY POST on Friday over the fate of banks’ customers without NIN or BVN.

Meanwhile, in a telephone interview with DAILY POST, the President of the Bank Customers Association of Nigeria, Dr Uju Ogubunka, appealed to CBN for a deadline extension.

According to him, though many accounts have NIN or BVN, there are still many without the requirement.

“At this point, the best thing for CBN to do is extend the deadline for bank customers to have their NIN or BVN”, he told DAILY POST.

A source who preferred anonymity in a tier-1 bank told DAILY POST that no customer account had been restricted owing to the NIN or BVN requirement.

“At the moment, no customers’ accounts have been restricted. Customers in the last three days have trooped in to update their account”, he said.

DAILY POST reported that bank customers were in a last-minute rush to meet the NIN and BVN requirement deadlines as they besieged their respective banks.


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Gov Mbah signs New Enugu City, ENSIEC bills into law



On Friday, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State officially approved the New Enugu City Development Agency Bill, the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Bill, and the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIC) Amendment Bill, turning them into law. The signing ceremony, witnessed by Enugu State House of Assembly Speaker Uchenna Ugwu at the Government House in Enugu, marked significant steps in the state’s governance.

Governor Mbah clarified the purposes of these laws during the signing event. He highlighted that the New Enugu City Development Agency Law grants administrative authority to oversee the development of a new city master plan, aimed at accommodating both present and future generations. The Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Law, on the other hand, focuses on automating and digitizing processes for service delivery, beginning with land-related matters.

Regarding the ENSIEC Amendment Law, Governor Mbah noted its alignment with constitutional amendments concerning electoral bodies, ensuring compliance with the evolving legal framework.

Explaining the rationale behind the New Enugu City Development Agency, Mbah emphasized the government’s forward-thinking approach to governance, addressing the need for urban expansion to accommodate the growing population. He underscored the significance of having a master plan for future generations to prevent urban congestion.

Furthermore, Mbah elaborated on the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service, emphasizing its role in fulfilling the administration’s promise to streamline land administration processes and provide efficient services. He highlighted the agency’s mandate to manage property information systems and facilitate digital platforms for accessing services and making payments.

Governor Mbah expressed gratitude to the State House of Assembly for their support and swift passage of these executive bills, acknowledging the importance of collaboration in driving the state’s development agenda forward. He emphasized that progress and success hinge on the collective efforts of all stakeholders, including the legislature.

In conclusion, Governor Mbah affirmed his administration’s commitment to fulfilling its promises and leveraging legislative support to enhance governance and service delivery in Enugu State.

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Tinubu’s presidency not by chance – Shettima



Vice President Kashim Shettima asserts that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s rise to the presidency is not coincidental but a divine blessing due to the sincerity of his character. Shettima made these remarks during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) delegation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.

“The path leading to Tinubu’s presidency wasn’t accidental. He is known for his consistent sacrifices for the nation’s welfare. His success is viewed as a divine reward for his genuine intentions,” Shettima stated.

He stressed the importance of leaders fostering unity, highlighting Tinubu’s significant role in offering an alternative political platform within Nigeria’s system.

“Tinubu has made sacrifices and facilitated unity. He provided a haven for those facing political persecution and offered an alternative platform when others struggled for recognition,” Shettima elaborated.

Shettima urged Nigerians to be patient with Tinubu’s leadership, emphasizing that his presidency is not a coincidence but a deliberate journey towards national success.

He also charged the newly appointed NCPC Board to demonstrate unwavering commitment to their duties and reminded them of the importance of religious dedication in addressing national challenges.

“All of you were selected based on your religious commitment. We cannot overlook the issues within our system. It’s essential for all of us to strive for positive change to achieve the Nigeria we envision,” he concluded.

Previously, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the opportunity to serve on the board and praised Vice President Shettima’s outstanding leadership, citing his support for the Church and peace efforts in Borno State.

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