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Customs Men Disrupt Tinapa Trade Expo

June 06, 2008 15:34, 111 views

By Emma Una/Calabar

The much touted Tinapa Trade and Tourism Expo came to a frustrating end after men of Nigerian Customs Service confiscated goods brought in for the event.

Moments after the Cross River State governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, declared the 2008 Tinapa Expo Trade Exhibition open, at the Tinapa Business Resort and Leisure premises in Calabar, Nigerian Customs Service officials blocked the main entrance to the resort and seized items bought by customers at the expo. The heavily armed Customs officials left nothing to chance as they frisked persons and vehicles leaving the venue. They also impounded the vehicles of people who had purchased goods from the expo.

The Customs officials went wild when they saw some fabric in a vehicle, with registration number EF 153 AAA, hired by three ladies who had come to shop at the expo. They immediately seized the fabric and impounded the vehicle. But for the timely intervention of some management staff of Tinapa and members of the public, the ladies would have lost their goods to the overzealous Customs officials.

This apparent show of force confirms insinuations in many quarters that the Nigerian Customs Service have been a cog in the wheel of the successful take-off and operation of the Tinapa as a free trade zone. Since the commissioning of the business and leisure resort by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on 2 April last year, business activities at the resort have not commenced due to the insistence of the Nigerian Customs Service that it must collect import duty on items sold at the Tinapa.

Tinapa is presently awaiting the Federal Government legislation that would confer on it, the status of a free trade zone and enable it to operate as such. To this effect, the Customs officials mounted a security team at the Tinapa gate to prevent customers in the expo from taking away any item.

After the dust had settled, the Customs officials told newsmen that the management of Tinapa did not inform them that the business fiesta was a trade expo and not a trade fair.

The Customs officials said Tinapa management had held series of meetings with them but did not say that the event was going to translate into a trade fair, hence they were right to have confiscated the items.

Reacting, the Managing Director of Tinapa, Arch. Bassey Ndem, said the Customs officials were high-handed in their approach to issues that concerned the resort and that their action suggested that they were out to sabotage Tinapa.

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This culture of dependency, waiting on the FG to do everything in Nigeria is part of the reason Nigeria cannot move forward. Smh.

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See silly questions ooo . . . how did I not catch this? lol

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The argument for or against TINAPA and trade terminologies such as EPZ, FTZ or TFZ would have made sense if Nigeria is a country. It is really funny that people are trying very hard to associate humanly protocols for exchange of goods and services with a jungle such as Nigeria.

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@ Kobojunkie, have u been to Tinapa? Do not understand what you are saying? are u saying the Duke Admin. was wrong to embark on the project or that it is okay for Imoke govt to abandon the project? or u fail to see the big picture for Calabar, as a tourist/shopping destination? Do you even have an inkling about the idea behind Tinapa/Carnival/tourism project? or must u comment on every thread for the sake of hearing yourself?

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I hope people at Abuja will let this project see the light of day. Those that don't understand the meaning of tax-free one or export free one ought to learn the meaning before shutting down the Tinapa project.

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Tinapa Shipping Line makes maiden voyage

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2009/09/29/tinapa-shipping-line-makes-maiden-voyage/comment-page-1/

September 29, 2009.

Categories: National News

By John Ighodaro

CALABAR—The Tinapa Shipping Line, which started operations Monday as a cargo vessel to serve the Tinapa Business Resort and neighbouring state, made its maiden voyage to the dormant Calabar Sea Port in Calabar, Cross River State.

The shipping services, a collaboration between the Tinapa Business Resort and Ropacorp Shipping Services, is part of efforts to ignite business at the Tinapa Business Resort and boost the economy of the state and the surrounding areas.

The ship, a 4500 metric ton cargo vessel owned by Mr. Robert Glover, a Cross Riverian, is one of the four planned by the shipping line.

It came in from Italy, laden with diverse goods largely imported by operators at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort.

Managing Director of Ropacorp Shipping Services, Mr. Robert Glover, said the ship would ply Calabar and the West African coast every four days and would serve mostly business operators at the Tinapa and others doing business at the Calabar Free Trade Zone and beyond.

The vessel has the capacity to carry about 300 containers and would be manned by Russian and Ukrainian crew, who would in due time be replaced by a Nigerian crew to conform with the provisions of the cabbotage law.

Managing Director of Tinapa Business Resort, Bassey Ndem, expressed hope that the development would bring about a huge economic impact to the operations of Tinapa and the state.

His words: “The operation of Tinapa Express will rejuvenate the Calabar Port. The port here will enjoy all the fees, transport firms in Calabar and container handlers will benefit and there will be creation of other jobs, increase of economic activities will take place instantly.”

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The point may be solid but it is WRONG and without evidence. If you want to find out the truth about export zones check out these links.

"Nigeria's FTZ regulatory regime is liberal and provides a conducive environment for profitable operations. The incentives available are among the most attractive in Africa and compares favourably with those in other parts of the world. These include:

# Exemption from all federal, state and local government taxes, levies and rates.

# Approved enterprises shall be entitled to import into a zone, free of customs duty on capital goods, consumer goods, raw materials, components and articles intended to be used for purposes of and in connection with an approved activity. "

http://www.tradeinvestnigeria.com/incentives/983064.htm

http://tinapa.com.ng/leisure/uploads/51c79402-1ff8-a23d.pdf

The Nigerian Export Processing zone Authority (Nepza) is the government Authority managing the Free Trade Zones of Nigeria.

It is Nigeria's Investment Promotion Agency for investment into the Free Zone areas in Nigeria . The licensing, monitoring and regulation of Free Zones Scheme in Nigeria is vested on the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority by the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Act 63 of 1992.

The enabling Act also confers on the Authority the power to approve and grant all licenses and permits to the exclusion of all other Agencies, enforce obedience and compliance to rules and regulations. In effect, the Act is an omnibus law, which permits the Authority and its Board the power to define the policy directions and provide a One-Stop-Shop business transaction without bureaucracy.

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you make a very solid point in your explanation of what EPZ really stands for and why the FG is really protecting our interest.

i didn't know tinapa was a zone. i thought it was just the name of the complex. and i used to think foreign countries created EPZs. ex US importing finished goods from EPZs in mexico and providing them with infrastructure and labor jobs in return etc

who are we mainly trading with in this zone?

the shops in tinapa were expecting not to pay import duties? why did they think it was their right not to pay taxes?

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so tinapa has become a white elephant after all (for the time being at least). that's a shame though i remember we were all praising it when it was being built

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I like that.

MASSOB is a result of the injustice.

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Point blank,

Hausa boys are stalling developments in the south, they've been pulling the same stunts for decades. They stalled and killed Lagos state's 1st metro rail attempt in 1977, they eve tried to pull the same nonsense with the Eko Atlantic city project. Luckily, lagos of today is full of leaders with balls, great vision and determination, they're finding it difficult to mess with lagos now because the state is hip to the hausa boys BS, Fashola is running circles around them and getting things done. The problem in the SS and SE is a little complicated because the leaders are part of the corrupt and useless system, they sold their souls to the hausa boys, they have no independence and are willing to carry water bottles for their political masters in Abuja @ the expense of their people.

Too bad some elements in the east are still preoccupied and distracted with nonsense like MASSOB/Biafra, they're getting left behind because the leaders don't give a rats Bottom about MASSOB/Biafra, they are busy dancing with the devil and lining their pockets, sacrificing needed development and all the good stuff.

Right now, for any state in Nigeria to advance and develop, they have to develop some kind of pseudo independence and walk their way around Abuja, nothing is gonna happen with your leaders in their pockets, you just can't do poo.

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In the original plan for Tinapa, they forgot to include a hospital, clinic or sick bay. So if anything had happened to anyone there, the person would most likely die.

I don't know if they've corrected that.

I have no problem with Tinapa in fact, I believe Donald Duke is the best governor Nigeria has seen. However, Liyel Imoke odds to sit with Duke and extensively discuss this Tinapa thing because I believe Imoke does not really know the purpose which Tinapa was to serve.

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what did I dismiss? APPROVED ACTIVITY is clearly mentioned in the Tinapa regulations.

You people keep mentioning the fact that it is an EXPORT PROCESSING ZONE, but you refuse to agree to what EPZ means. It means ship in resource or raw materials, manufacture or assemble, then ship out.

The trade fairers were not doing that. They imported finished goods, sold them to Nigerians and the buyers were taking them home. Has EXPORT been PROCESSED in that manner?

You have no clue that what they FG is doing there is protecting our interest.

Manufacturers in Nigeria pay tax. VAT, import duty, corporate tax, even income tax. Do you know what will happen to all these many jobs will be lost if the FG allows us to convert Tinapa from an Export Processing Zone to an IMPORT DUTY FREE ZONE?!

Please now, Nigerians if we won't help ourselves, at least let us allow another person to help us.

So how will Tinapa create jobs if nothing is going to be processed for export? Is it the sales boys that will be in shopping malls that is the massive job creation?

Tell me how revenue will be generated when companies come from abroad, do not pay any licence fee, import goods without paying import duty, sell to Nigerians without remitting any VAT, then repatriate the money they make back to their country. How is revenue now generated for the state or nation?

Do you believe that is what is done in Dubai?

Please, let's help ourselves. Do the right thing.

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The FG never like to see anything good so killing tinapa is part of their agenda

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Aarrgghh!!! Now I get it!!! Simply point out what I saw wrong in the planning of the project makes me a naysayer, nevermind that I am not the one who made the mistake in not ensuring all papers were signed and a GO before embarking on such a huge project in a country like Nigeria? Like I said, better I leave you to believe as you want to.

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From the start in January 2004 to what was opened in 2007 refers to the short time. To be a naysayer is simply wrong, constructive criticism is welcome but I'm still searching for the constructive bit to your input.

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You state that there were papers to be approved by the federal government that significantly impact the success of the project, yet, instead of waiting to ensure the approval was received first, the project planners went ahead with building their dream. Now the government has been stalling on approving these papers and you think the government is to blame for the non success of the project? Sigh!!! I think it is best I allow you believe as you will cause I see this going nowhere.

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Tinapa is probably the most well planned and executed project in Nigeria's History. The amount of progress they have made in such a short space of time is to be encouraged.

The project is remarkable in every regard except in one regard, the positive nature of the project must be very difficult for the eternal naysayers to accept.

“the failure of the Federal Government to approve the Procedures and Guidelines for the operation of the resort, the construction of Tinapa has been completed and all that remains is for the Federal Government to approve the Procedures and Guidelines that were jointly prepared by the same Government and private stakeholders since October 2007.”

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Yes, we should "PROFFER MORE SOLUTIONS" on NL. look around you. How many of the hundreds of "PROFFERRED SOLUTIONS" have so far been implemented?

It seems when people have nothing to say, they start harping that folks instead PROFFER MORE SOLUTIONS as if already available SOLUTIONS have been tried. PLANNING is PLANNING. YOU PLAN and then you EXECUTE YOUR PLAN. IF YOU cannot plan, then don't execute. Why is that solution not good enough?

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Logistics.

The calabar port is too small, they have been calling on the government to dredge it. My thing is you know how useless the government is in the first place, so why wait for the federal government. The road network needs to improve too.

Look at Lagos, they are also building a free trade zone in Lagos, but they are going about it in a different way. First the Lekki to epe road expansion, opening up of the lagos-badagry road that will lead to west African countries (work is expected to start August/September). they are also building a port (by a private company), they are not waiting for federal government to come and build their port. All this will help when they start the FTZ.

The only thing the government needs to do is concession the 4th mainland bridge and this will help with the logistics.

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Let us assume that the NL critics of Tinapa are right and more versed in financial and strategic matters than KPMG, Vetiver and all the Banks in Nigeria & South Africa that invested in the project. Please share your uncommon wisdom.

Rather than telling us 'it wasn't planned well', please be specific about the failing so we can all learn something.

Was the failure in:

Legal /Regulatory Framework.

Finance and Investment

Construction Project Management.

Logistics

Content & Facilities Management

Site location &Tourist attraction

Better still, do something different on NL, offer ideas that can help rescue the situation.

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@Jaguda, I am not sure what your point there is. All I have said is it was not well planned and your argument seems to point to that being the case. Not sure what else you are trying to say there, if anything else.

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a) I am not a northerner, neither am I from rivers area.

b) I have friends, and know of people from the north, and south west who invested in companies vested in Tinapa. I can even get you a list of Nigerians willing and ready to invest in any good venture anywhere in the country, regardless of location.

c) Stop trying to play the PITY CARD in arguments and lay down facts for once. Tinapa, if successful benefits ALL, not some of Nigeria. It does not and cannot take away from Lagos and other projects but it can certainly help to draw more market to Nigeria and away from surrounding economies in west and probably east africa. Can we stop being myopic in our reasoning for once and step outside of ourselves in analyzing FACTS?

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@ Jaguda. Comparing the Calabar carnival to Tinapa is like comparing the running of a nursery school with that of a university. Its completely different and requires different expertise.

This article is old anyways any recent news on tinapa?

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Tinapapa is a victim of Yar'dua's wipe out of evrything OBJ did. If the mugu from Katsina doesn't understand Free Enterprise zone, and Tax free concept it may be too late to teach him. Kobojunkie and other northerners can continue their circular arguments for the sake of debate, but the people who invested millions into that project will loose their money, and other people watching them would never dream about investing in Nigeria again for a very long time to come.

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The Federal government kills everything. From education-healthcare-trensport-etc. So tinapa is not an exclusion.

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yes, Olutoye, both are projects of the duke regime. are u saying the carnival was not well thought out too before initiation? D state govt has neglected TINAPA project while FGN has refused to imolement the EPZ status of the area. A clear case of lack of continuity in governance.

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Who amongst us has visited TINAPA? cos from the arguments above, u guys are arguing from the position of hear say, reports or pictures. the TINAPA project by the Duke is administration is huge, just like the now annual CALABAR CARNIVAL.

First of all, Calabar is a designated EPZ area (Export Processing Zone) a supposedly tax free haven. It was so named in the early 90s beforee i went to Calabar for my undergraduate studies and till today, t has not taken off. If Calabar is an EPZ area with companies operating in the zone, then it is only logical that TINAPA will boost the economic activities of the companies and even the surrounding states.

2. FGN has deliberately kept quiet over the decay of other sea ports in the country apart from those in Lagos. Inne is another free trade zone with its own port, what do we have there? skeletal services. What about the ports at Warri, Koko, Sapele, Port Harcourt? they are all dry and deserted, yet the FGN keeps and pays staff salaries to so-called NPA workers in the ports. Sea ports are not under the control of the states, but under Federal control, so if FGN wants to diversify, they can do it.

between Ezeagu & Kobojunkie, ur rantings wear us down. if the TINAPA was not well thought of before execution, can same be said about the carnival, cos both came out from the same administration. Me thinks TINAPA problems can be traced to both CURRENT administrations of Liyel Imoke and Yar' adua. Liyel has done literally nothing to further the TINAPA concept both in completing the project or making it operational and Yar' adua is just indiferent.

I wonder wat would have been the fate of TINAPA if Duke had built it for himself?

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Don't worry, Lagos seaport is not that great.

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All the businesses that are not in lagos have already proved you wrong. This lagos centric thinking is the reason all the other seaports in the country have been left to rot.

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Nobody is killing tinapa. The project is not an economy viable project. How many business would leave lagos and go start a business in a place with less people. Olokola is the most viable economy problem after lagos because of location.

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Nex, with the greatest of respect and without prejudice you have been eloquently erroneous on this issue.

Without checking your facts you dismissed this achievement and you have done so without foundation.

"Nigeria's FTZ regulatory regime is liberal and provides a conducive environment for profitable operations. The incentives available are among the most attractive in Africa and compares favourably with those in other parts of the world. These include:

# Exemption from all federal, state and local government taxes, levies and rates.

# Approved enterprises shall be entitled to import into a zone, free of customs duty on capital goods, consumer goods, raw materials, components and articles intended to be used for purposes of and in connection with an approved activity. "

http://www.tradeinvestnigeria.com/incentives/983064.htm

Part 4 GENERAL REGULATIONS

40. Incentives and Concessions

FZEs within TFZR shall be entitled to the following incentives and concessions-

(a) legislative provisions pertaining to taxes, levies, duties and foreign exchange

regulations shall not apply within the Zone;

(b) repatriation of foreign capital investment in the Zone at any time with capital

appreciation of the investment;

(c) remittance of profits and dividends earned by foreign investors in the Zone;

(d) no import or export licences shall be required;

(e) up to 100 per cent goods may be exported into the Nigerian Customs Territory against a

valid licence permit, and on payment of appropriate duties, subject to extant fiscal

guidelines of Government;

(f) allocation of land and space at a rent as determined by Zone Management;

http://tinapa.com.ng/leisure/uploads/51c79402-1ff8-a23d.pdf

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My people perish for lack of knowledge. Ignorance is what is killing the Tinapa project, not customs officials or the Federal Government.

Tinapa is an Export Processing Zone (EPZ). The words when looked into properly will let you know what it means. The type of free trade that takes place there is one which will facilitate processing of export goods:

1. No import duty on raw materials entering the zone which are to be used for manufacturing goods for export.

2. No export duty on the goods manufactured in the zone which are meant to be exported to other countries.

3. That's all.

Most of the goods you buy cheap in Dubai are either manufactured or assembled in Dubai. They are cheap because they were not taxed. There are also goods that are imported as finished products to Dubai, these are very expensive.

When you create a free trade zone, it is for importation of raw materials and exportation of finished goods. Manufacturing jobs are created, there's technology transfer and the economy grows.

The worst thing any human being can do is to bring in finished or semi finished goods tax free into a free trade zone and sell them to consumers in the country in that form. Where are the jobs created, where is the technology transferred, how has the economy gained. Doing that is nothing short of broad daylight smuggling.

When you set up an institution, it is assumed that you know the principles guiding what you are doing, so when you err, the agencies should not be the ones teaching you your job, they are there to enforce the law.

Tinapa was going quite well under Donald Duke, I suggest Mr Imoke goes to Duke for a full explanation of what the FTZ is aimed at achieving.

You cannot acquire a GSM licence and tax exemption for 5 years, then you begin to broadcast television signals. The government will shut you down.

I am from the Niger Delta, and when I hear about how the Central Government marginalizes us, I laugh because it is our ignorance that marginalizes us.

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after exploring the circular arguments presented here (bad planning etc) It seems to me that we should be focusing on the solution that will make Tinapa work?

http://allafrica.com/stories/200907060070.html

Nigeria: laments Situation in Free Trade Zones

Tashikalmah Hallah and Nasidi A. Yahaya

5 July 2009

 

Abuja — President Umaru Musa Yar'adua has asked the National Assembly to review the legal framework of the Free Trade Zones (FTZ) to ensure that the country derives maximum benefits in terms of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), employment generation, foreign exchange conservation and transfer of technology.

The presidential request followed reports that the Free Trade Zones may have deviated from the original concept and intentions and have lent themselves to all sorts of trade malpractices, money laundering, terrorism financing and transit camps for illicit drug trade.

Yar'adua who spoke at a Summit on the Free Trade Zones organised by the National Assembly Anti-Money Laundering and Cyber Security Coalition said the repositioning of the Free Trade Zones had become necessary at this time of global meltdown and dwindling oil resources.

The President who was represented at the event by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief Achike Udenwa, said that the Federal Government was irrevocably committed to creating the enabling environment for the FTZs to thrive but warned against the use of the zone for illicit trade which undermines the Nigerian economy.

"In our determination to ensure that investors are assured of the safety of their investments and thus encouraged to invest without fear, the Federal Government has approved that goods manufactured or produced in the free zones shall be imported into the Customs territory, provided they are not under absolute prohibition, on payment of appropriate duties."

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Now I know you do not read posts at all.

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What's 'absurd' is that you decided to rule out of your equation the stupidity of those in the Nigerian government. If someone can stuff their pockets full of other peoples money they don't need, how is it absurd that they wouldn't want to lose these eastern money makers. Whether in obongo English, or pidgin, the truth is always the truth.

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Exactly, I have no idea why all the easterners feel it necessary to pack up and leave to develop hostile territories when they could develop their homelands, although there is less competition in somewhere like Kano than in somewhere like Onitsha.

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If you are so aware of this conspiracy, why do the Easterners not just make a sacrifice anyways, load up, and head home anyways? won't they do better if they were all together in their collective communities trying to develop it? Nothing ventured , nothing gained. Make the sacrifice and build your homes.

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I am not sure it is the case that you need glasses or something but If you read my post clearly, you would realize that I have in no way made the claim  you accuse me of making @Ezeagu No where. These claims you make are absurd at best. I really hate this VICTIM card some easterners on here continue to play as if other tribes have nothing to gain from a TINAPA in their back area.

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I don't care if your in the mood, I'm just glad you now know your incorrect, and the Federal government are the ones frustrating Tinapa for a reason: they know $5 million is nothing to the millions they would lose in their regions as millions of easterners migrate back to their homelands. I just got real.

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“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt. 1910

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@Ezeagu, I am not in the mood for disconnected connections that you are so good at trying hard to make. The article tells you the WHOLE COUNTRY is losing billions as a result and you think it had to do with tribal issues? Get real!

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The government held off on alowing Tinapa to take off, when I told you it was the other regions of Nigeria that were responsible for the failure of Tinapa you were blindly arguing with me, now can you see I wasn't making anything up?

http://allafrica.com/stories/200802090011.html

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Isn't Tinapa supposed to be a TAX FREE ZONE? Why would Custom send them Tax bills? I am just saying, the only and main reason Tinapa is failing is because the planners did not do a good job. This is just a huge flop and should not be blamed on federal government. I mean I know federal government has remained incompetent for decades now but that is no reason to blame it for even our own ineptitude. This project was destined to fail from the get go. And it continues to because there seems to real effort to turn it around.

I bet you the arab project will not only succeed but likely take over west africa in no time.

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You are indeed correct. Accessibility should have been a priority in planning such a project. The marketing is also very important. One thing for certain is that these initiators of projects like this do not care. The whole project is about what money they can steal in the process. The other mistake that was made with Tinapa is the advertizing of it as the alternative to Dubai. This enraged the Arabs, who have decided to run Tinapa out of business by planning and currently executing a much larger project in Senegal.

Finally, on the issue of the Customs officers, Nigeria has a knack for letting the common man bear the brunt of inadequacies of leadership. Considering the scale of the issues, Customs should have noted the products purchased and their values, and then sent a bill to the organizers to pay the taxes on them. The people who bought were not properly notified about the issues, and thus was unfair that they had to bear the brunt.

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There is absolutely no excuse for any one, government or non, to embark on such a huge project WITHOUT, I repeat, WITHOUT ensuring that these issues are dealt with beforehand. Why did the Tinapa project team NOT ensure that they dealt with these red tape issues before actually starting up on such? I mean come on. We are talking of Nigeria here where common sense should be used FIRST. Kai!!! Would you go into Lagos, knowing the laws prohibit you in some way or another, to build some illegal structure, projecting it would bring in this many jobs or that, and expecting after building that things will just happen easy for you then. Come on!!

These things ought to be taken care off BEFORE embarking on such massive projects. We have tons of examples of these sought of thing all over that country. We need to learn to plan well.

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Kobojunkie, next you will be quoting the 7 point agenda and respect for the rule of law.

Come on! this scheme is projected to create 15 to 20,000 jobs. It is an example of the economic diversification the country is crying out for.

The sad issue is that the FG can waive these red tape issues in a minute, why the delay.

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Nigerians are so busy fighting each other with their Ethnic crap while their futures are being auctioned away for politicians to store foreign exchange in China now. I recently read about Enugu or Anambra Airport being sold to some Chinese guy. This guy also bought an unused airport in Eastern Germany, where he plans on assembling goods from China, and promptly label them as being made in Germany.

There are 2 issues here. Do a search on google and see what type of agreement was made in the Purchase of the unused East German Airport, and then check and see if the Anambra or Enugu government did not recently spend Billions of naira renovating the Airport that they just gave away to the Chinese for almost nothing. You should watch out for waves of products that will be coming out of Onitsha soon branded Made in Germany. Nigerian government is a party to the continuing defrauding of Nigerians, and have found new partners in the Chinese since the Western World adopted new money laundering policies. China will willingly assist corrupt Nigerian Politicians to store their money in China for a piece of Nigeria at a time, until the whole country becomes a colony of China.

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The federal government is killing an improperly planned massive project like Tinapa? Give me a break!!! Don’t the same customs staff raid other places around the country?  Now we want to pretend Tinapa is the only place they raid. Why didn't the planners, knowing of the many bans in that country get some sort of release to enable them sell BANNED goods legally?

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NO SURPRISE AT ALL. IT HAS EVEN LASTED THIS LONG. IT HAS TRIED. ITS TYPICAL "9JA LAW BY INHERITANCE" TO MAKE SURE NOTHING LASTS UP TO 5 YEARS. EVERYTHING MUST BE DESTROYED BEFORE IT GETS TO 5 YEARS. ITS IN OUR GENES. WE'RE KNOWN AS DESTRUCTIVE PEOPLE AND NOTHING MORE. ANOTHER FEATHER IN UR HAT, 9JA. BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND UR PEOPLE.

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I DONT THINK THIS IS FAIR BECAUSE THIS PROJECT SHOULD BE LAUDED BY THE FGN

POSSIBLY AS A NATIONAL MONUMENT DUE TO THE EXISTENCE OF A NON PARALEL INITIATIVE,

TINAPA HAS MADE THE WORLD KNOW THAT NIGERIA POSSES ABUNDANT TOURIST ATTRACTION LOCATIONS,

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