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Month: July 2019

Persistent Lagos Apapa Ports Gridlock, Night mare makes me sad, says President Buhari

Persistent Lagos Apapa Ports Gridlock, Night mare makes me sad, says President Buhari

Breaking News, News Feature, Politics
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru President of Nigeria His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that he was saddened by the persistent chaotic situation around the Lagos Apapa ports. President Buhari had two months ago gave the order that the Apapa gridlock which has become a nightmare should be immediately cleared. President Buhari Also on May 22 this year, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, issued an order directing a special task force to, within two weeks, clear the traffic gridlock that had made Apapa ports and its environs difficult to access. The directive according to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande was after a meeting the vice-president earlier had with relevant stakeholders on April 25, this year. However, about four weeks after the directive was issued...
Goje heads Marine Transport as Lawan names Senate committees appointments (Full List)

Goje heads Marine Transport as Lawan names Senate committees appointments (Full List)

Breaking News, News Feature, Politics
Chairmen and Vice chairmen of the 69 Senate committees as announced by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. Here are the details: Agriculture – Abdullahi Adamu, Bima Enagi.Airforce – Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Michael Nnachi.Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes – Suleiman Kwari, Aliyu Wamakko.Appropriation – Barau Jibrin, Stella Oduah.Army – Ali Ndume, Abba Moro.Aviation – Dino Melaye, Bala Na’Allah.Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions – Uba Sani, Orji Uzor Kalu.Capital Market – Ibikunle Amosun, Binos YeroCommunications – Oluremi Tinubu, Ibrahim Bomai.Corporation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD – Chimaroke Nnamani, Yusuf Yusuf.Culture and Tourism – Rochas Okorocha, Ignatius Longjohn.Customs, Excise and Tarrifs – Francis Alimekhena, Francis Fardausi.Defence – Aliyu Wamakko, Ist...
Dakuku Peterside breathes fresh air into NIMASA

Dakuku Peterside breathes fresh air into NIMASA

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature
By Asu Beks A little over three years ago when Dr. Dakuku  Adol Peterside was appointed Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, there was a sharp division of what his coming portends.While some believed that he would make a difference, significant and far reaching, there were also those who expressed some level of reservation and indeed pessimism, based on the consideration that not been an industry person would clearly limit his ability to achieve  the desirable growth index. Three years down the line, so much has taken place that, without equivocation, can be summed up as the striking gains under Peterside’s stewardship in every parameter, which even his worst critics cannot deny. Overall, he has been able to secure the levers of th...
MARITIME LIVING LEGEND OF THE WEEK: Admiral Festus Porbeni (Rtd) mni, cfr

MARITIME LIVING LEGEND OF THE WEEK: Admiral Festus Porbeni (Rtd) mni, cfr

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Profile
Perhaps, it’s about time we fit in the word AWESOME as his middle name. Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni is by all historical account one of the foremost  retired Nigerian Military General, who has not shown any trace of tiredness and is still solidly active in nation building part of which is the mentoring of youths and creating opportunities for their dreams and career. A professional navigator and diver, boardroom player, ambassador and human capital builder, Rear Admiral Porbeni was born May 28, 1946 at Abari, Delta State. After his primary and secondary education which ended at two most prestigious colleges of that time, Hussy College Warri and Government College Ughelli, between 196-64 and 1965-66, respectively, the young Porbeni enlisted in the Nigerian Military in 1967. He tra...
Nigeria Customs Service receives hard knocks for primitive cargo examination method

Nigeria Customs Service receives hard knocks for primitive cargo examination method

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Port News
Management of the Nigeria Customs Service has received hard knocks for insisting on 100 percent physical examination of cargo at the nation's, seaports, airports and border stations. Comrade Tony NTED, a former President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria gave the thumbs down while speaking weekend with Shipping World. Comrade Nted wondered why after 100 years of its existence, the Nigeria Customs Service has refused to adopt globally accepted norms in the clearlance of goods. The frontline union leader says he is at a loss as to why the Nigerian Customs Service has opted for the most primitive method of cargo examination at a time cargo clearance has gone digital. Said he : " Why can't the Nigerian Customs Service deploy scanners at seaports, airports an...
BUSINESS-AS-USUAL CABINET WITHOUT ABUJA INDIGENE’

BUSINESS-AS-USUAL CABINET WITHOUT ABUJA INDIGENE’

Breaking News, News Feature, Opinion, Politics
Inside Stuff With MARTINS OLOJA It is his privilege to nominate anyone he likes. It is our right to examine the nominees and have our say. But as chief executive of the federation, he will have his way. In the same vein, it is still our responsibility as citizens to return our verdict on the quality of the cabinet this brand new senate will certainly clear tomorrow. The President of the Senate as a candidate, pledged that the senate he would preside over, would not be a ‘rubber-stamp’. Indeed, he has set the tone for the kind of senate he will lead with the just-take-a-bow-and-go’ standard that has just been set. I understand the president’s men are smiling (not to the bank please) that Senator Bukola is not even in the senate to ask why portfolios were not attache...
Critics Up in Arms Against Lackluster  Gernot Rohr

Critics Up in Arms Against Lackluster Gernot Rohr

Breaking News, News Feature, Sports
Super Eagles head coach,  Gernot Rohr is a somewhat hot-in-demand football manager following Nigeria's  third place finish at the 2019 CAF African Nations Cup in Egypt penultimate week. Although the highly traveled coach continues to receive flaks from football fans and afficianados due to his none comittal approach to the development of the local game,  he continues to receive rave comments abroad. Immediately following their 1-0 win over Tunisia to win the bronze medal,  the Morrocan FA was all edged to uave made inquiries about the Franco-German football tactician. But Nigeria Football Federation president,  Amaju Melvin Pinnick appears confident in introverted manager. A leaked NFF memo was widely quoted in the media indicating the German would be spon...
Harnessing Nigeria’s Marine Biodiversity for Accelerated Economic Growth

Harnessing Nigeria’s Marine Biodiversity for Accelerated Economic Growth

Breaking News, Maritime, Misc, News Feature
FG To Integrate Blue Economy In ERGP * As NIMASA hosts maiden edition of African Day of Seas and Oceans As part of efforts to ensure the maritime industry plays a significant role in the growth of Nigeria's economy, the Federal Government has initiated steps to inject blue economy concept into its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). While this can be seen as an avenue to correct the previous jettisoning of the maritime sector in national planning, the government also intends to setup a strategic Blue Economy committee under the leadership of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari revealed this earlier today, during a ceremony to mark the maiden edition of Africa's Day of Seas and Oceans scheduled ...
Gbajabiamila: Nigeria Looks to Marine Resources for Economic Recovery

Gbajabiamila: Nigeria Looks to Marine Resources for Economic Recovery

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Press Release
·        As NIMASA  hosts African Day of Seas and Oceans ·        Forwards 6 international instruments on blue economy for ratification Nigeria’s rich maritime resources represent a vital economic safeguard and vehicle for the successful implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which must be sustainably tapped, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has stated. Gbajabiamila said this on Thursday in Lagos at a ceremony hosted by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to mark this year’s African Day of Seas and Oceans, with the theme, “Harnessing Nigeria’s Marine Biodiversity for Accelerated...
THE IJAW PEOPLE ASSEMBLY (IPA) CONDEMNS IN STRONG TERMS MILITARY INVASION OF PEACEFUL AZAGBENE COMMUNITY

THE IJAW PEOPLE ASSEMBLY (IPA) CONDEMNS IN STRONG TERMS MILITARY INVASION OF PEACEFUL AZAGBENE COMMUNITY

News Feature, Press Release
THE IJAW PEOPLE ASSEMBLY (IPA) CONDEMNS IN STRONG TERMS MILITARY INVASION OF THE PEACEFUL COMMUNITY OF AZAGBENE IN EKEREMOR LGA OF BAYELSA STATE The IPA condemns in strong terms the invasion and razing of Azagbene Federated community by officers of the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army under any guise. The dastardly, cruel and dehumanizing attack carried out on July 23,2019 has pulverized the entire community and internally displaced the whole population including pregnant women and children, leaving no single private or public building standing. This gruesome attack by Nigerian soldiers, on an otherwise peaceful community currently renders every resident of the Azagbene community homeless. It has inflicted avoidable human sufferings upon a civil population who have been deprived, margin...