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President Tinubu unveils ambitious data-driven agenda at CGC’s 2023 conference

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President Tinubu unveils ambitious data-driven agenda at CGC's 2023 conference

In a groundbreaking revelation at the 2023 Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Annual Conference, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu disclosed his administration’s strategic plan to tackle historical inadequacies in policymaking through comprehensive data deployment. Speaking through his deputy, Vice President Kashim Shettima, the President outlined an ambitious vision that aims to transform Nigeria into a hub of export and import activities.

The President expressed deep concern over the historical lack of comprehensive data in Nigeria, labeling it a “technological affliction” that has impeded the nation’s growth trajectory and hindered informed governance decisions. Emphasizing the indispensability of data in the modern world, President Tinubu asserted that Nigeria can no longer afford to operate in the dark.

Vice President Shettima, representing President Tinubu at the conference held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, highlighted the administration’s commitment to deploying data as a guiding light for sound government decisions. Describing President Tinubu as an “accounting virtuoso” with an unparalleled understanding of data’s significance, Shettima underscored the appointment of “tech-savvy Nigerians” into critical government positions to ensure strategic planning.

“We must not only commit to deploying data to make decisions within the government but also address the historical inadequacies of Nigerian policymaking, often impeded by a lack of comprehensive data. Our current governance landscape demands a transformative intervention, and the solution is what has brought us together today,” Shettima stated.

President Tinubu’s representative further stressed the urgency of adopting evidence-based processes and innovative strategies to align policies with the administration’s objectives, streamline decision-making, and resolve conflicts arising from misinformation and inconsistent policies within the government.

The President also highlighted the need for integrating complex data to interpret patterns of transactions and interactions in international trade. Additionally, he revealed plans to position Nigeria as a preferred destination for stakeholders involved in export and import activities overseen by Customs.

“Data provides the sharpest lens for us to connect the dots, even in establishing the security of our borders. We can easily determine the traffic of people and goods around a specific border and share indisputable information with other nations with just a punch on our computers,” President Tinubu declared.

Expressing satisfaction with the efforts of the Nigerian Customs Service in accumulating large amounts of data, President Tinubu applauded the commitment to shaping a public service system that upholds data integrity. He emphasized the necessity of investing in the training and capacity-building of Customs officers to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best minds globally.

As he declared the conference open, President Tinubu expressed hope that the discussions would set the trajectory for a new era in the Nigeria Customs Service. The CGC, BA Adeniyi, welcomed participants and highlighted the significance of technology in global Customs operations, emphasizing the Customs’ adaptation to global requisitions.

Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Director General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), commended the Nigerian Customs for upscaling global service delivery in maritime services. He expressed optimism that Nigeria, with its dedication to adopting technology in global trade, would soon become the reference point in Africa’s Customs revolution.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, pledged continuous adaptation to innovations and changing times in global trade. He promised seamless infrastructure and a conducive environment to enable the Nigeria Customs Service to match global standards.

The Ooni of Ife, HRH Oba Adeye Enitan Ogunwusi, praised the leadership of the Nigeria Customs for aiding the Tinubu administration in achieving its eight-point agenda. He advocated for a special economic status for Lagos State, recognizing its contributions to the nation’s economy.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Sen. Isa Jibrin and Hon. Leke Abejide, Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Customs, respectively; Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary, World Customs Service; Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Manasseh Daniel Jatau; Oba of Ilaro, Oba Olugbenle Olu; Alhaji Lai Mohammed, former Minister of Information; and former Comptrollers of the Nigeria Customs Service, among others. The conference marks a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s quest for growth, development, and technological innovation in global trade.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.

 

 

The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

 

 

 

Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.

 

 

Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.

 

 

 

In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.

 

 

 

He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.

 

 

Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

 

A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.

 

The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.

 

Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.

 

In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members

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The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.

 

 

The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).

 

 

Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

 

 

Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.

 

 

He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.

 

 

 

Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.

 

 

Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.

 

 

Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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