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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), on Wednesday inaugurated a high-powered investigative panel to fish out all those connected with the illegal importation of military wares.

The committee headed by Assistant Comptroller-General, Sanusi Umar, is to conduct a thorough investigation into the recent importation of military camouflage outfits into the country.

Other members of the probe panel are Bukar Amajam, Olomu B.O, Okonmah S, Oloworaran J.O, and Wudapba T.K.

Officers and men of the NCS Federal operations Unit, Zone ‘C’ and operatives of the Onne Area II Command Port-Harcourt had intercepted two containers in the last one month.

The containers with reference number MRSU 3040288 and MRKU 4909151 were found to contain military camouflage jackets and other items. They were intercepted on July 27, 2018 and August 16, 2018.

The first container was found to contain 11 bales; each containing 400 pairs of new set of military camouflage uniform totalling 4,400 sets.

The second container was found to contain 620 sets of completely sewn military camouflage outfits and caps.

It also contained 10,100 pieces of inner military T-shirts, and 512 pairs of military jungle boots.

The importation of the items was said to be contrary to Schedule 4(13) of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff which fell under the Absolute Prohibition and Section 46(b) of Customs and Excise Management Act.

A statement from the Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, quoted the CG as saying that preliminary investigations had led to the arrest of five persons including the importer.

He said despite the arrest of the five people, there was a need for the service to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter to expose others who might be connected with the importation of the illegal items.

He said, “Even though preliminary investigations have led to the arrest of five persons including the importer of both consignments, it is imperative that a painstaking investigation is conducted to unravel all those who are remotely connected to the criminal importation with a view to punishing offenders and preventing a recurrence.”

One of the terms of reference of the committee, according to the statement, is to investigate all alleged breaches of the Customs Import Clearance Procedure as set out in its extant law and statute books.

The panel is also to investigate and establish the full facts of the case in relation to the importation of both containers (MRSU 3040288 and MRKU 4909151).

The committee is also saddled with the task of identifying all parties involved in the illegal importation and establish their degree of culpability and to profile all importation previously made by the sole importer or his cronies with the intent of discovering if this had been a trend.

The panel is also to make recommendation to the NCS management on the way forward as well as liaise with other security agencies, should the need arise in the course of the investigation.

Responding on behalf of the committee members, the chairman of the panel told the CG that it would do a thorough job.

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Transcorp Hotels Expand into Marketplace, Launches Aura to Connect People, Hoteliers, Others

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Transcorp Hotels Plc, on Thursday, announced it has launched a new digital platform, Aura, through which people can book accommodation, restaurants and experiences.

Aura, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model, leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value.

It’s a new dawn in the hospitality industry! I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food, and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. Dupe Olusola said.

For more than 30 years, Transcorp Hotels Plc has been at the forefront of creating a superior guest experience at our locations. Today, our commitment to innovation has offered us an opportunity to extend this beyond the hotel premises,” Olusola added.

The launch of Aura by Transcorp is one of the most significant developments in the company’s history as it seeks to transform the travel and tourism industry in Africa by focusing on three important components of travel, whether for leisure or business — where you stay, what you eat and how you spend your time. With its people-driven hospitality model, Aura is set to revolutionise travel and help remind Africans of our deep history of hospitality.

Speaking on the launch of Aura, Obong Idiong, Chief Executive Officer at Africa Prudential Plc, Aura’s technology partners, expressed his excitement. “Finding the right accommodation when you travel can be incredibly complex. Options available for the right prices are often limited, and travellers sometimes end up with accommodation that taints the travel experience. Transcorp Hotels Plc has been able to fix that with Aura and we are proud to be associated with them.”

To ensure topnotch user experience, we built a solution to drive digital transformation through the adoption of shared living spaces for the Aura business. With an advanced search algorithm powered by artificial intelligence, Aura determines the relevance of locations taking into consideration, the customers’ preferences and requirements to meet them at the point of their needs,” Idiong added.

Priscilla Adeboye, a travel enthusiast and early adopter of Aura, said the global pandemic has pushed international travel down her list. “But I still want to be able to take some time off work or spend a weekend away from home with the family. I have found incredible homes on Aura that meet my need for space and privacy.

 

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Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director

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Seun Suleiman is the New Managing Director of Siemens Energy Nigeria

Mr. Seun Suleiman is the new managing director of Siemens Energy Nigeria, the company announced on Wednesday.

According to the statement released by the energy company, Suleiman will be responsible for the entire management of operations and decisions on business policies and corporate strategy.

Commenting on his appointment, Suleiman said, “It is an absolute honor to lead the business for Siemens Energy Nigeria and I look forward to delivering on the brand’s promise of excellence.

Suleiman joined Siemens Energy in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience and deep expertise in the private sector across Europe and West Africa.

The statement said, “He is an accomplished business strategist and success-driven leader with strong business acumen. Suleiman has also been a core member of the executive management team at Siemens Energy serving in roles as Sales Director West Africa – Service Distributed Generation Oil & Gas and Vice President Service & Digital.

“Prior to this, he also held various functional and managerial positions with ABB Ltd UK, ABBNG Nigeria, Schneider Electric Nigeria and Dresser-Rand Nigeria Ltd.

It added that Suleiman was experienced in establishing operational excellence with specific competence in the power, oil and gas sectors.

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

The Federal Government on Monday said the Osubi Airport in Warri has been reopened for daylight operations.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriki, disclosed this in a tweet.

The airport was closed in February 2020 over mismanagement and debt allegation involving aviation service providers and airport management.

However, Oberuakpefe Afe, a lawmaker representing Okpe/Sapeie/vaie federal constituency, recently moved a motion for the Federal Government through the ministry of aviation and relevant authorities to reopen the airport for flight operations.

On Monday, Hadi Siriki said “I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth.

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