Due to the incessant attacks launched on Nigerian customs operatives at the border, the Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders And Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) has advised the federal government of Nigeria to deploy modern technologies to beef up security.
APFFLON stated that the rate of crime being perpetuated at the border is alarming and urged the government to act swiftly as customs operatives are continually losing their lives.
This was disclosed by the association’s National President Frank Ogunojemite, who was condemning the attack that claimed one life of an officer and caused others’ body injuries at a Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) Sector 3 of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) operatives along Sinau-Kenu road in Baruten Council of Kwara State on October 21, 2022.
In his words, “APFFLON is shocked by the persistent attacks on Customs operatives. It is indeed regrettable that the organization keeps losing its personnel to hoodlums, who keep unleashing terror on its operatives manning our borders.
“So many lives have been lost over time and many more are still falling victim. It is an ugly trend that requires a high level of intelligence to confront.
“It is a fact that smuggling is on the increase due to very harsh import policies being churned out by the Federal Government, these policies have negatively affected international trade compelling people to seek alternatives by circumventing trade rules.
“The masses are passing through serious hardships that if something urgent is not done to cushion it, could result in unprecedented criminal activities across the country.”
He further urged the Federal Government to equip the Joint Border Patrol Team with the needed technologies and quality security gadgets such as superior firepower, sound patrol vehicles as well as routine training and collaboration with border communities.
In a bid to smuggle contraband goods into the country to avoid impoundment, hoodlums have on countless occasions unleashed mayhem on customs operatives, as this has become a norm.
These dastard acts have been reported to be on the rise, largely due to the hardship faced in the country and poor security measures put in place.
Asides from the deployment of modern technologies at borders to beef up security, APFFLON has also advised the government to alleviate the plight of the citizens by creating jobs for the youths and supporting small business owners, which they believe will reduce crime rates.
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Grey, a leading cross-border fintech company, has embarked on a significant global brand rebranding initiative, revealing a fresh logo and website design.
This strategic move aligns with the company’s dynamic plans to expand its footprint in the global market.
The company’s transformation was unveiled on its social media platforms on Monday, November 27, 2023. Grey aims to leverage this fresh identity to reach a broader audience and solidify its international presence. The updated brand assets visually represent Grey’s commitment to innovation, excellence, and global connectivity.
The rebranding initiative follows closely on the heels of Grey celebrating a milestone achievement of surpassing 500,000 users. The company’s rapid growth and expanding user base have spurred this bold step towards rebranding, symbolizing success and underlining its dedication to remaining at the forefront of global fintech innovation. Furthermore, the previous logo was not usable in some foreign markets due to trademark conflicts with another company.
Idee Obong, The CEO and founder of Grey, shared insights into the rationale behind the rebranding, stating, “As we chart our course toward serving a global audience, we recognized the need for trademarks and related processes. We identified similarities with existing marks during this evaluation, prompting a deliberate rebrand. The new logo and website signify our forward trajectory, emphasizing global connectivity and our commitment to creating a more interconnected world. Our focus remains on being people-centric and cultivating a lasting community.”
Grey’s brand evolution is occurring at a crucial juncture for the fintech industry, which is positioned for significant opportunities despite recent economic uncertainties. The fintech sector has faced challenges in the past year; notwithstanding, Grey has rapidly scaled, adeptly responding to the heightened demand for its services.
The company has also established key partnerships across both B2B and B2C sectors across Africa over the past months, solidifying its reputation as a trusted and reliable cross-border payments company.
Femi Aghedo, Co-founder of Grey, emphasized the strategic timing of the brand evolution, stating, “The timing simply felt right to evolve our brand. Our growth and evolution as a business needed to be reflected tangibly. We are dedicated to ongoing innovation, adapting our services to meet the dynamic needs of our customers. Our core mission is to provide seamless and secure cross-border payment solutions, empowering businesses and individuals in the global economy. We eagerly anticipate the future of fintech and the opportunities it presents for us to impact the industry positively.”
Furthermore, customers can expect a more innovative and interconnected user experience when engaging on their platforms. As Grey ventures into this exciting new chapter, the team remains committed to providing cutting-edge and secure cross-border payment solutions, fostering global connectivity, and contributing to the evolving landscape of the fintech industry.
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