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Customs: VP Shettima Declares CGC’s Conference Open

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…as Deputy Governor of Gombe State Reposes Confidence On New Comptroller General Towards Revitalizing The Service

The Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Kashim Shettima has declared open the annual conference of the Nigeria Customs Service tagged “Comptroller General of Customs Conference 2023 taking place at Intercontinental Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos State.

This was according to a press statement signed and made available to Amana Radio by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity,
(Deputy Governor’s Office) Jack A Tasha.

Delivering his message during the opening ceremony the vice president described the theme of the conference “Leveraging Data Analytics for Secure and Efficient Trade Facilitation in Customs Service” as timely in view of strategic importance of data in every organization.

The Vice President said data is light that is guiding the landscape of modern world and the lack of it has impeded opportunities to make progress, and commended the new Comptroller General for making efforts to addressing the inadequacies and changing the trajectory by adopting and upholding the use of data.

He assured that the President Federal Republic of Nigeria has remained resolute to establishing a robust system that encourages the use of data analytics for proper documentation , planning, analyses and overall development.

The Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Manassah Daniel Jatau, Ph.D, who is a retired Deputy Comptroller General of Customs commended the new Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi for revitalizing the customs service by bringing back to life the CGC’s Conference which was last convened over ten years ago.

He explained that the conference was designed to provide opportunity for appraisal of the activities of the service with a view to making room for a feedback mechanism towards assisting the service achieve it’s constitutional responsibilities.

Dr. Jatau called on the serving custom officers to be resilient, responsive and adaptive to the changing trends of the service so as to be successful while also calling on the retired officers to see themselves as part of the system where they are expected to contribute continuously to the progress of the customs service.

He called on all and sundry to adopt the Marxist theory of dipping their buckets where they are by contributing in their respective positions not waiting until they occupy bigger positions.

Goodwill messages came from the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-olu and the Oni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja the second, congratulated the Comptroller General of Customs and the entire customs service for thriving to change the narratives of the service for greater impact.

In his address of welcome, the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi welcomed the Guest to Lagos State and to the conference of the Comptroller General of Customs which he defined as the entities signifying performance towards the best for the nation.

He said Lagos, Customs and the Conference have great significance for the nation’s progress as Lagos, the nation’s commercial nerve centre and the theatre of diversity constitute the strength of the nations revenue generation and revenue collection is part of the responsibility of the custom service.

The Comptroller General who was Dr. Jatau’s Special Assistant while in service, was coincidentally the Master of ceremony during the last CGC conference in Katsina over ten years ago while the Deputy Governor of Gombe State was the Chairman in that occasion.

The conference is expected to close tomorrow with more topics to be discussed and closing ceremony.

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Tekan Peace Desk Encourages Gombe Citizens On Religious Tolerance, Human Rights Protection

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By Yunusa Isa, Gombe

The need for Gombe People to respect one another’s belief, strengthen human rights and remain brothers keepers has been stressed.

The encouragement was given by the lead resource person Dr Obadiah Samuel from University of Jos, during a stakeholder consultative meeting on human rights and religious tolerance, organized by Tekan Peace Desk in Gombe.

Presenting a paper titled “Understanding Religious Intolerance and Its Effects on Human Rights Protection” and another on “Strategies for Creating Safe Space for Human Rights Protection”, Obadiah said religious tolerance has to do with respecting other people’s beliefs and avoiding anything that could make them intimidated.

While encouraging people of the state to remain brothers keepers, the resource person maintained that religious tolerance bring about peace, social cohesion and national development.

On human rights, Dr Obadiah said national, regional and international treaties recognized right to life and right to religious belief amongst others for every human being, maintaining that it is a duty on individuals and states to recognize and safeguard same.

He urged participants to become advocates of peace by reaching the unreached, to step down the knowledge acquired during the meeting.

Some participants at the meeting Lami Andrew and Ali Alola Alfinti, identified ignorance, poverty, political sentiments and extremism as major factors responsible for religious intolerance in the state.

They however highlighted love, education, awareness creation, understanding for one another and fight against poverty as panacea to religious intolerance and human rights violations.

They assured to step down the knowledge to grassroots.

Tekan Peace Desk with support from Brot and European Union is implementing a project ‘Faith for Peace’ in six communities; two each in Kwami, Yamaltu Deba and Ɓillliri local government areas of Gombe State.

The project focuses on empowering local actors to promote peace building, human rights, democracy and religious tolerance in Nigeria.

Participants at the meeting cut across community, religious and civil society organizations, media outfits, government & security agencies as well as human rights activists.

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DZ Rice Rekindles Hope Amidst Economic Challenges

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By Auwal Muhammad Adamu, Gombe

In a beacon of hope amidst soaring food prices and unemployment, the newly established rice mill industry ‘DZ Ventures’ has pledged to alleviate some burden by subsidizing the cost of processed rice and fostering employment opportunities in Gombe.

During the grand opening ceremony at Ajiya Nasarawo in Gombe metropolis, Alhaji Salisu DZ, the Managing Director of DZ Ventures, revealed the company’s commitment to gender and age-inclusive job creation, aiming to complement Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s efforts in tackling economic hardships.

In his remark, the Chairman Northeast Cooperative Stakeholders Forum, Barrister Abdullahi Jalo, commended the inclusivity efforts of the Gombe State Rice Processors Association, urging them to support DZ Ventures to excel.

Also the chairman Gombe State Rice Processors Association, Alhaji Lawan Yusuf, praised Alhaji Muhammadu Dan Zaria DZ for his dedication in turning the rice mill vision into reality. He emphasized the commitment to producing high-quality and affordable rice for the people of Gombe State and the nation at large.

The event, attended by top government officials, industry stakeholders, cooperative society representatives, and community members, marks a significant step towards economic resilience and prosperity in the state.

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UNICEF Engages Journalists On Ending Child Poverty In Three North Eastern States

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By Vasty Bala Jonah, Gombe

The need for government at all level to improve access to quality education, healthcare services and strengthen social safety policies as well as empower marginalized households has been stressed so as to tackle child poverty.

This was stressed at a two day media dialogue on Child Poverty for journalists drawn from Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe at Evolution Hotel Tumfure which was put together by UNICEF Bauchi Field Office.

Presenting their papers, a lecturer from Federal University Kashere Ali Madina Dankumo and Dr. Yusuf Auta a social policy specialist UNICEF Bauchi Field Office described child poverty as the inability of a child to have the basic necessities of life.

While enumerating the drivers of child poverty which includes corruption, unemployment, violence and insurgency, inadequate investment in social sectors, bad governance among others, Dankumo called on governments at all level to emulate the steps and measures taken to address child poverty by countries of the world so as give the large number of Nigerian children the opportunity to have a better life.

At the end of the two day engagement, UNICEF called for more attention to social safety policies, employment opportunities for the poor, economic and institutional reforms, provision of farming inputs for rural settlements among others, while urging the media to advocate for child friendly policies in order to tackle the menace.

In an interview, a participant from Adamawa Dr. Solomon Z. Kyagya; the director planning and Research Adamawa State Planning Commission described the engagement as timely and hoped that child poverty can be tackled within the shortage period of time while calling on journalists to be proactive in following through government budget, policies and programmes towards addressing the issue.

Another journalist from Voice of Nigeria Rebecca Muazu said the media dialogue was impactful, stressing the need for government to put things in place to increase consumption levels of families, so it can translate to having enough for children’s developmental growth, while pledging to educate the public on child poverty and also hammer on agriculture for more food production and security.

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