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CUSTOMSGATE: $3 BILLION PROJECT RUNS INTO DISPUTE

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CUSTOMSGATE: $3 BILLION PROJECT RUNS INTO DISPUTE

CUSTOMSGATE: $3 BILLION PROJECT RUNS INTO DISPUTE

 

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Despite a restraining court order and informed legal opinions, the Federal Executive Council, FEC, Wednesday, ratified the re-award of concession on the implementation of the Nigeria Customs Service Modernisation Project. The E-Customs project is worth $3.1bn.

 

 

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Rising from the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of State, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba said council approved a memo appointing Messrs Bergman Security Consultant and Supplies Limited as the project sponsor, Africa Finance Corporation, as lead financier while Huawei Technologies will be retained as lead technical service provider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minister said he was unaware of a pending court order on the matter although two Senior  Advocates of Nigeria had written the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance  on the need to obey a court order in a suit FHC/ABJ/CS/848/2022 filed by the original concessionaire, Messrs E-Customs HC Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The senior lawyers, Messrs Ahmed Raji and Dipo Okpeseyi in separate letters last week warned the AGF; the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Secretary to the Government of the Federation of “underhand efforts being made to obtain the Federal Executive Council’s approval and or ratification of the re-award of the E-Customs Modernisation Project.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a follow-up letter to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Ahmed Raji and Co. called attention to the pendency of a suit on the subject matter at the Federal High Court, Abuja, and claimed that the Ministry of Finance, at the goading of the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, has perfected plans to present a memo for the Council’s ratification of a new concessionaire in a brazen disregard for the rule of law.

 

 

 

 

 

Specifically, the lawyers had asked the Federal Executive Council to suspend, discontinue or discountenance any request to initiate deliberations or a fresh request for approval for the award of the said contract to any other bidder aside the original approval granted by FEC to Messrs E- Customs Project Limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It is in spite of all these that the Nigeria Customs Service is pushing to have the FEC grant another approval with the sole purpose to embarrass, over reach and undermine the earlier approval and ratification by the FEC and prejudice the matter pending in court,” said Mr Okpeseyi in his letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation dated April 11, 2023. The same letter was copied to the AGF, the Minister of Finance and the CG, NCS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the affidavit deposed at the court by Alhaji Umar Tanko-Kuta, representative of the plaintiffs in the suit, he had averred that FEC on 2 September, 2020, approved the appointment of Messrs E-Customs HC Project Ltd as the concessionaire for the project on a 20-year concession agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

He also averred that a dispute arose when the CG, Nigeria Customs Service “sought to impose a shareholding and governance structure on the concessionaire in a manner inconsistent with the negotiated terms and the full business case approved by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja had in June, 2022, restrained the Federal Government from enforcing or giving effect to the agreement on the Customs Modernisation Project otherwise known as E- Customs allegedly executed by its agents on May 30, 2022 which substituted the rightful concessionaire with another company- Trade Modernization Project Limited- registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission on 6 April, 2022.

 

 

 

 

On 20 February, 2023, Justice Inyang Ekwo asked all parties to preserve the res of the matter and do nothing to interfere with the proceedings.

 

 

 

 

 

The agents who allegedly executed the disputed concession agreement are the Nigeria Customs Service, Trade Modernization Project Limited, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited and Africa Finance Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

The court also issued an order of interim injunction against the Federal Government or its agents, acting through the Federal Executive Council, from retrospectively ratifying the decision to concession the Customs Modernisation Project also known as e- customs project to Trade Modernization Project Limited, Huawei Technologies Company Limited and Africa Finance Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The court also specified that the order shall last till the hearing and the determination of the suit brought against the Federal Government and other parties by two aggrieved companies.

The case was on Wednesday adjourned to 8 June, 2023, for definite hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recall that the plaintiffs, E-customs HC Project Limited and Bionica Technologies (West Africa) Limited jointly challenged the alleged unlawful and fraudulent replacement of their names in the concession agreement earlier approval by President Muhammadu Buhari and ratified by FEC on 2 September, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

Counsel to the two aggrieved companies, Anone Usman of Ahmed Raji Chambers had on behalf of the two plaintiffs argued an ex-parte application praying the Federal High Court for the interim orders against the defendants to protect the interest of his clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Ekwo while ruling on the ex-parte application granted the prayers of the plaintiffs having placed sufficient evidence of interest in the concession project.

 

 

 

 

 

Defendants in the suit are the Federal Government of Nigeria; Attorney-General of the Federation; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning; the Infrastructure Regulatory Concession Commission; Nigeria Customs Service; Trade Modernization Project Limited; Huawei Technologies Limited; Africa Finance Corporation and Bergman Security Consultant and Supplies Limited being 1st to 9th defendants respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two plaintiffs had in their statement of claim narrated how they proposed to carry out customs modernization project through several government officials for the benefit of the Nigeria Customs Service.

 

 

 

 

They claimed that after series of meetings and negotiation with some of the defendants, President Muhammadu Buhari granted anticipated approval for the e- custom Project

 

 

 

 

 

They averred that on September 2, 2020, the Minister of Finance presented a memo number EC2020/153 to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, the highest decision-making body of the Federal Government, and secured approval for the two plaintiffs to be granted the concession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plaintiffs further claimed that trouble started when the Nigeria Customs Service unilaterally reviewed the FEC approval and imposed other conditions among which are shareholding formula and governance structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They claimed that the power of the NCS to unilaterally review FEC approval was protested and that the Comptroller General of Customs stood his ground. Plaintiff asserted that to their surprise they read in the news that the Nigeria Customs Service had executed a concession agreement with Trade Modernization Project on May 30, 2022, Huawei Technologies Company and African Finance Corporation in total breach of the Concession Agreement vetted by the AGF in conjunction with the Minister of Finance.

 

 

 

 

 

They averred that Trade Modernization Project was incorporated April, 2022 at the Corporate Affairs Commission with one Alhaji Saleh Amodu, a close friend of the Comptroller General of Customs as the chairman.

 

 

 

 

 

Plaintiff asserted that the new company having been just incorporated in April 2022 could not have obtained and did not obtain the full business case compliance certificate from the Infrastructure Regulatory Concession Commission and the approval of the Federal Executive Council to carry out the e- customs project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They therefore asked the court to make a declaration that the decisions of the Federal Government and its agents to enter into concession agreement with Trade Modernization Project, Huawei Technologies Company and African Finance Corporation in respect of the e-customs project is illegal, null and void, having been made in gross violation of Section 2 of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission Act 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also asked the court to declare that E-customs HC Project Limited is the approved and rightful concessionaire for the e-customs project as approved by   the Federal Executive Council at its meeting of September 2, 2020 and in line with Section 2 of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Act.

 

 

 

 

They also applied for an order of the court directing the Federal Government through the AGF, Finance Minister, ICRC and NCS to consummate the E- customs project with the 1st plaintiff as approved by FEC in September 2020.

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*MEET THE LAGOS STATE TAMPAN ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES*

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*MEET THE LAGOS STATE TAMPAN ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES*

 

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Oladunjoye, Oluwasseun Olayemi
A Graduate of Lagos State Polytechnic
A Publisher of Soft sell Magazine (*HIGHFLIERS*)
A Film Producer
An Actress
Currently Publicity and Research Secretary of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria. Lagos Chapter
A Native of Ogun State, Abeokuta to be precise

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*TAJUDEEN BAMIDELE AYOBIOJO*
A journalist and movie practitioner. I joined Tampan Lagos State Chapter since inception in 2014 as the interim State Chapter Secretary.
In November, same year, I was elected as the State Chapter Publicity and Research Secretary.
In November, 2018, I got elected as the State Chapter Secretary.
In November, 2022, I was elected as the Governor, Lagos State Tampan Chapter.

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*Adegboyega Kayode Olubori*
A film producer and Director under TAMPAN Association I’m the Lagos State Treasurer of the Association. I am from Osogbo in Osun State. I’m also a Lagos Island indigene. My Mother is from Lagos State.
I was born in July 21st 1965

 

 

*Marian Oluyemisi Odunaiya* is a multifaceted talent in the theatre industry from Lagos Mainland Local Government excelling as both a movie artiste and producer, with a captivating presence on screen and behind the scenes. She is a graduate of Lagos Sate University, Ojo and University of Lagos, Akoka (B.Ed & M.Ed) She is currently the Chief of Staff to Tampan Lagos State Governor, Mr Tajudeen Bamidele Ayobiojo. She is also a seasoned Lecturer in one of the Federal Colleges of Education in Nigeria. A Lagos and Osun indigene and married to Ijebu Odogbolu.

 

*MOSHOO AJANI OGUNLEYE.a.k.a bigman*
A movie actor, producer and a director, am a member of TAMPAN Lagos State Chapter, also the current state organising secretary.
Am also a member of TAMPAN GUILD OF DIRECTOR ( TGD),
I had produced over 20 movies and directed over 150 good movies
Am the CEO of OBEKETV you tube channel.
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*My name is Tinuade Oke Chukwurah (Mrs), born and brought up in Lagos island, Lagos State Nigeria*
*I am a Nigerian*
*I was born 13th of May by Elder Stephen Maradesa and Madam Elizabeth Oke*
*I am married to Mr Martins Omotayo Chukwurah, from Anambra state Nigeria. we are blessed with wonderful good children, to God be the glory*
*My primary school education was at WJ David Memorial Baptist school broad street Lagos State Nigeria*
*Later proceed to Fiditi grammar school Fiditi, in Oyo State Nigeria*
*I went to Rimax institute of computer studies and science at Meiran Ijaye Lagos State*
*I was a student of Yaba tech, at Yaba Lagos State Nigeria*
*I am a actor, a film producer, I trained under Alhaji Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo films) at Odunfe caucus, at Odunfa Mainland Lagos which Alhaji Olayinka Quadry ( Masomo) is the chairman, while Alhaji Abbey Lanre and Alhaji Pefuele were our leaders*
*I am practicing my carrier under Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (Tampan ) I have received so many awards, I have served in so many areas in the association just to mention few, a Treasurer, Liaison officer represent Lagos State at national level, Financial Secretary.*
*I am doing second term as Financial Secretary Tampan Lagos state*
*I am into business at the same time*
*To God be the glory, I blessed God for my life.*

 

HAKEEM ATANDA OLANREWAJU
A DIRECTOR/PRINCIPAL in Lagos state ministry of Education and Theatre/ movie practitioner. I joined Tampan Lagos State Chapter since inception in 2014 as the interim State Chapter Financial Secretary.
In November, same year, I was elected as the State Chapter Financial Secretary.
In November, 2018, I got elected as the State AUDITOR
In November, 2022, I was re-elected as the AUDITOR Lagos State Tampan Chapter.

 

I, am, Alashe Hammed Adewale.
An Actor, Director for both Stage drama and films, also Art Director.
( The 1st ever Olu Omo of Tampan Lagos.), The 1st interim mainland Tampan Chairman.
The 1st Executive to Mainland Tampan Chairman.
The Former Publicity and Research Secretary (PRS) for Tampan Lagos State, The Newly Elected General Secretary for Tampan Lagos.
The *OGO YORUBA* *AWARD* (OYA) Winner as the best Stage Technical Director in 2017, FNW award winner in 2028 as Lagos State best Stage actor, National Theater Festival of Unity t Double honored actor in year 2020.

 

*OYELEYE ADEDEJI STEPHEN*
A movie Director and Producer,
I joined TAMPAN LAGOS STATE Chapter since inception in 2014 as the Interim Alimosho LG Chairman,
In November, same Year I was elected as the Alimosho LG Chairman chapter
2 Term elected as Lagos State Chapter Provost Marshal

 

PRINCE WASIU ISHOLA OJO.(omoiyaghanaADEDIBUTAMPAN)
A THEATER/MOVIE PRACTITIONER( DIRECTOR /PRODUCER)/ REAL ESTATE MANAGER.
I Joined Tampan Lagos State in the year(2014 )
First Interim chairman Oshodi/Isolo(2014)
Elected Chairman,4years(2014)
Appointed chief of staff to former Governor Tampan Lagos state (Chief Mrs Esusu Oyewunmi) 2018.
The present Deputy Governor of TAMPAN Lagos state Chapter November 2022.
Member Guild of Directors (TGD).
Member Guild of Producers (TGP).
CHAIRMAN/CEO : FREE NEW WORLD ENTERTAINMENT.

 

LAWAL OLUWARANTIMISIRE ADEOSUN
*A professional fashion designer
*A dancer
*An actress
*A film producer
*C.E.O Of Roqwas entertainment
*A chanter (ALAGA IDURO, ALAGA IJOKO)
*The Former Vice Chairman Of Shomolu Bariga TAMPAN Local Government ,And Now Currently the Social Secretary Of Lagos State Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures
Practicioners Association Of Nigeria
*A Native of OGUN State (Abeokuta)

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Junior Pope: AGN suspends movies involving boat rides

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JUNIOR POPE- The Actors Guild of Nigeria has stopped all film productions involving riverine areas and boat rides following the tragic boat accident that claimed the life of Nollywood actor, Junior Pope, and three crew members.

 

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Junior Pope: AGN suspends movies involving boat rides

The guild’s President, Ejezie Rollas, disclosed this in a circular dated April 11, 2024 and posted on social media on Thursday.

Additionally, actors are barred from participating in any film produced by Adanma Luke until further notice.

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Luke is the producer of the movie titled “The other side of life,” in which Junior Pope was starring before his death.

The AGN statement read, “Following the tragic incident of a boat mishap that claimed the life of Junior Pope and three other crew members at waterside of River Niger Cable point Asaba on April 10, all films that involve riverine areas and boat riding are hereby suspended indefinitely.

“There should be no shoot on all locations nationwide on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

 

“The film titled ‘The other side of Life’ is suspended indefinitely.

“Also, no actor is allowed to work with Adamma Luke as a producer till further notice.

“While we keep searching for the bodies of the remaining persons, may their souls rest in peace.”

News broke on Wednesday that Junior Pope and four other crew members lost their lives in an accident while travelling by boat away from the film set.

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Nollywood Star, Anita Joseph Lands Multimillion Naira Endorsement Deal with Harmony Gardens & Estate Development Ltd

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Nollywood Star, Anita Joseph Lands Multimillion Naira Endorsement Deal with Harmony Gardens & Estate Development Ltd

 

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Anita Joseph Olagunju, a renowned figure in Nigeria’s Nollywood industry, has struck gold with a multimillion naira endorsement deal, landing her in the lap of luxury with a leading real estate firm in Lagos, Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD. Under the guidance of MD/CEO, Hon. Dr. Audullahi Saheed Mosadoluwa, popularly known as Mr-Ibile.

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The dynamic actress and her husband/manager was on Friday, 22nd March 2024 spotted at the Harmony Gardens and Estate Development Limited head office, located at HarmonyVille Estate, Eleko Beach-road, Off Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria where she officially signed and welcomed in the family of Harmony Gardens.

 

Nollywood Star, Anita Joseph Lands Multimillion Naira Endorsement Deal with Harmony Gardens & Estate Development Ltd

 

 

This landmark promotional partnership, kicked off on the 1st of April 2024, entails a fixed-term contract lasting one year renewable. Both parties have committed to a fruitful partnership in promoting the 5 estates, which includes HarmonyVille Estate, Granville Estate, Crestview Estate, and Lekki Aviation Town, currently developing by Harmony Gardens & Estate Development Ltd.

Anita Joseph assumes the prestigious role of official Ambassador of Harmony Gardens and Estate Development Limited for the duration of the contract, with the option for renewal upon mutual consent.

The magnitude of this endorsement deal is underscored by the compensation package, which reportedly includes her been part of the stakeholders with a land at Aviation Town or Crestview, esteemed estates under the umbrella of Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD, which is sold for millions of Naira. This lucrative arrangement not only secures financial stability but also solidifies Anita Joseph’s position as a prominent influencer in the real estate sector.

Anita Joseph’s foray into the realm of real estate is poised to redefine the landscape of celebrity endorsements not to just market but to also help sensitizing Nigerians on what and what required whenever they set to acquire land or properties in Lagos State, and this would be setting a new standard for mutually beneficial partnerships between, prospectives buyers, entertainment icons and esteemed brands. With her star power and Harmony Garden’s commitment to excellence, this collaboration is bound to yield unparalleled success in the months and years to come.

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