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NIMASA Under Peterside: Paradise Lost

NIMASA Under Peterside: Paradise Lost

Opinion
By Ubon Akpan At the Advent of this administration which was sold to Nigerians as a one with a reformist agenda, Dr. Dakuku Peterside was among the very set of political appointees announced by President Mohammadu Buhari. Which invariably means Mr. President had very little doubts and more trust on the capability of the man who flew the All Progressive Congress (APC) flag at the Rivers State gubernatorial elections as a capable hand strong enough to interpret the party’s reformist agenda at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), a strategic economic arm of the federal government. However, two years down the line, operators and watchers of Nigeria’s maritime industry have been left wondering what has happened to the giant maritime parastatal, which when...
Nigerians tear president apart for appointing dead folks into boards

Nigerians tear president apart for appointing dead folks into boards

Politics
When president Muhammadu Buhari announced the appointment of 209 board chairmen and 1,258 board members late Friday, dead folks also made the cut. It’s an embarrassment that has since gripped the nation and got everyone on social media talking. Chief Donald Ugbaja who was appointed member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), died on the 29th of November, 2017. Reverend Christopher Utov who was appointed member of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, died in March of 2017. But that didn’t stop Utov—once the proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic—from getting a job in the president's bureaucracy. Francis Okpozo, a second republic senator and a former member of the BoT (Board of Trustees) of the APC, was appointed board chairman of the Nigerian Press Council. ...
Celebrating Failure?

Celebrating Failure?

Business, Opinion
You were appointed to change the fortunes of NIMASA by President Muhammadu Buhari in May 2016, having lost the Governorship Election in Rivers State to Mr Project. Rather than do the job for which you were appointed, you decided to embark on a global jamboree unprecedented in the history of any government CEO. As at the last count you have made no fewer than 50 foreign trips in your 18 months in office. Put that in financial context ,and we should be talking about millions of dollars of tax payers money in estacodes, flight tickets and other incidentals. Is that how you would have governed Rivers State if you had been elected Governor? You lost IMO Council seat as a sitting AMAA Chair after an over N300m expenditure by the Nigerian delegation. You also in May this year blew N500m...
MAN, Oron would not compromise on Quality of our cadets – Rector

MAN, Oron would not compromise on Quality of our cadets – Rector

Breaking News, Education
Rector of Nigeria’s Premier Maritime Institution, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Commodore Duja Effedua has pledged to transform the institution to one of the best in the world. The Rector who spoke exclusively to Shipping World said “under my watch the emphasis would be quality, quality, quality. And to achieve this we are going to turn the institution to a centre of excellence in such a manner that every cadet of the Academy would be a worthy ambassador of this great country. The era of mass production of half baked cadets is over “We are going to improve on the basic infrastructure needed for the Academy” he said. On the spate of abandoned projects in the Academy, Comdr Effedua revealed that only projects that are relevant to the cadets would 'receive our attention. He...
President Muhammadu Buhari names Demola Seriki as Chairman of MAN, Oron Governing Council.

President Muhammadu Buhari names Demola Seriki as Chairman of MAN, Oron Governing Council.

Breaking News, Education
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a Governing Council for the Maritime Academy of Oron, Akwa Ibom State. The 4-man Council is headed by Demola Seriki as Chairman. Other members of the Governing Council include Taiwo Tayo Ibitola(SAN), Hon Garba Jiji and Alh Sale Kudiawa. The Maritime Academy of Nigeria has been without a Governing Council since the inception of the present administration. With this appointment, the Interim Management Council of the Academy headed by Aare Adebayo Sarumi is expected to wind up. Mr Seriki who hails from Lagos State belongs to the ruling All Progress Congress. He was appointed Minister of State Defence in 2009 before defecting to the APC. He holds a master of science degree from Herbert Lehman College of the City University of New York in the ...
Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy Will Tackle Crime – Dakuku

Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy Will Tackle Crime – Dakuku

Breaking News, Law, Maritime
In line with the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA is set to acquire strategic maritime safety and security assets, which are also in line with the total spectrum of maritime security strategy. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who made this known in Lagos recently, also announced the establishment of a command and control center as part of the strategic initiative. “The four components of the initiative are situational awareness, response capability, law enforcement and local partnerships, and regional cooperation which are the fulcrum upon which tackling maritime crime will be built on”.  Dr. Dakuku noted that the implementation of NIMASA’s total spectrum maritime strategy in coll...
NIMASA set to release maritime industry forecast by first quarter 2018 – Dakuku Peterside

NIMASA set to release maritime industry forecast by first quarter 2018 – Dakuku Peterside

Breaking News, Business, Maritime, Press Release
As part of the initiative to reposition the maritime sector for greater efficiency in line with International best practices, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) will release the empirical forecast that will determine the outlook of the industry in Nigeria by the first quarter of 2018. The Director General of NIMASA Dr. Dakuku Peterside who disclosed this in Lagos recently further stated that the Nigeria forecast will deal with how developments on the international scene will affect the industry in Nigeria, which will also serve as a guide for investors and Stakeholders in the maritime sector. Dr. Peterside noted that the forecast will be released from a holistic perspective in order to know areas of advantage that will be of immense benefit to Stakeho...
FIFA’S timely warning to Super Eagles: Five Reasons Iceland can shock the world

FIFA’S timely warning to Super Eagles: Five Reasons Iceland can shock the world

Sports
World football governing body and owners of the World Cup competition has warned the global audience to watch out for the mystery team called Iceland when the World Cup kicks off in June next year. Iceland, one of the two debutants and the smallest county ever to qualify for the World Cup, will feature in Group D where the Super Eagles will be attempting to cross to the next round. Iceland will be Nigeria’s second opponents after that of Croatia before facing Argentina. FIFA in its website gave five reasons why Iceland can shock the world. It remarked that there is an undeniable novelty factor to the small country’s participation at Russia 2018. “Even their manager, Heimir Hallgrimsson, acknowledged as much after their spot at the FIFA World Cup – and place in history as th...
Customs Records Highest Revenue, Hits N1.1 Trillion In 2017

Customs Records Highest Revenue, Hits N1.1 Trillion In 2017

Breaking News, Business
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has surpassed itself by recording a revenue of one Trillion, one hundred billion naira, barely nine days to the end of the year. This spectacular performance in revenue collection this year is above the figure for 2016 to the tune of N241, 685, 276, 289.74 At a media parley in Abuja, the nation's capital, the National Public Relations Officer of the Service, DC Joseph Attah, said despite the economic recession, with low volume of imports and restriction placed on 41 items from accessing forex, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) undertook some strategic measures which led to the historic revenue figure. The CGCs innovative measures include the redeployment of officers and men, the retraining of Customs Intelligence Unit, maximisi...
NASS to Amaechi: Governing Council not Interim Management Committee for MAN Oron

NASS to Amaechi: Governing Council not Interim Management Committee for MAN Oron

Breaking News, Education, Maritime
Chairman House of Representative Committee on Maritime Administration and Education, Mallam Muhammad Umar Bago has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately inaugurate a Governing Council for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron in Akwa Ibom to assist in the day to day running of the premier maritime institution in the country . Mallam Bago who gave the advice during an oversight visit to the institution last week picked holes with Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi on the appointment of an Interim Management Committee to run the Academy side by side a substantive Rector. Said he: "An Interim Management Committee has no place in the Act establishing the Maritime Academy of Nigeria.As it stands today, the IMC remains an illegality and cannot pass any integrity test as it h...