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Month: August 2019

FOU ZONE C OWERRI MAKE LANDMARK SEIZURES

FOU ZONE C OWERRI MAKE LANDMARK SEIZURES

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News
The Customs Area Controller Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ Owerri, Comptroller Olusemire Kayode has advised Nigerians to acquaint themselves with the country’s import and export prohibition list to avoid running afoul of the law. Comptroller Olusemire who made this known in a press briefing yesterday at Nigeria Customs Service government warehouse in Aduwawa Benin, said the Service is not against legal trade or business but against illegal importation and smuggling. He disclosed that the Unit has made various seizures with a cumulative duty paid value of N501, 650,025 from July 2019 till date. While responding to complaints and public outcry against constant seizures by the Unit, he advised would be importers to confirm the status of any import or export t...
Buhari sacks Prof Nelson Brambaifa , names Benard Okumagba as new helmsman of NDDC

Buhari sacks Prof Nelson Brambaifa , names Benard Okumagba as new helmsman of NDDC

Breaking News, News Feature, Politics, Press Release
President Muhammadu Buhari, has, subject to Senate confirmation, approved the composition of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) made up of the following persons: S/N Position Name State 1 Chairman Dr. Pius Odubu Edo 2 Managing Director Bernard O. Okumagba Delta 3 Executive Director Projects Engr. Otobong Ndem Akwa Ibom 4 Executive Director Finance & Admin. Maxwell Okoh Bayelsa 5 Delta Rep Prophet Jones Erue Delta 6 Edo Rep Chief Victor Ekhatar Edo 7 Rivers Rep Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh Rivers 8 Abia Rep Nwogu Nwogu Abia 9 Bayelsa Rep Theodore A. Allison Bayelsa 10 Akwa Ibom Rep Victor Antai Akwa Ibom 11 Cross River Rep Maurice Effiwatt Cross River 12 Ondo Rep Olugbenga Elema Ondo 13 Imo Rep Hon. Uchegbu Chidiebere Kyrian Im...
Dakuku: Buhari’s Economic Agenda Dependable

Dakuku: Buhari’s Economic Agenda Dependable

Breaking News, Maritime, Politics, Press Release
· As NIMASA is Named Most Reliable Government Organisation Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that the economic programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is not only succeeding, but it is also reliable. Dakuku stated this at the seventh edition of the Pan African International Recognition Awards/Annual Discourse held in Accra, Ghana. The Director-General’s remarks followed the recognition of NIMASA as the “Most Reliable Government Organisation of the Year” at the occasion. Organisers of the annual awards, Pan African International magazine, said NIMASA was recognised for “its giant achievements in the maritime sector, locally and globally.” The theme of this year's event wa...
AMAECHI, GBEMI SARAKI PROMISE IMPROVED WELFARE FOR WORKERS

AMAECHI, GBEMI SARAKI PROMISE IMPROVED WELFARE FOR WORKERS

Breaking News, News Feature, Politics
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has promised a better deal for staff of the ministry during an interactive session in Abuja. Amaechi who vowed to ameliorate the challenges facing the staff has accordingly promised them free bus rides. Said he: " knowing the background I come from, I felt that you people are spending more money having to transport youselves to work and I'm surprised that they are collecting monies from you for those buses ", he said. He therefore directed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sabiu Zakari, to ensure that staffers enjoy free bus rides to and fro.He also promised to ensure that henceforth training and retraining of staff would be given top priority. In her remarks ,Minister of State in the ministry Gbemi Saraki assured the workers of a smo...
FG Directs Shippers’ Council to Carry out Audit of All Port Terminals

FG Directs Shippers’ Council to Carry out Audit of All Port Terminals

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News
The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) to carry out a comprehensive audit of all seaport terminals in the country. The government also decried the arbitrarily high shipping charges in West and Central Africa sub-region and called for a downward review of the charges to promote trade among countries in the sub-region. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo gave the directive in Abuja at the opening session of a three-day sub-regional summit on ‘Unfair Shipping Surcharges and High Local Shipping Charges at the Ports of West and Central Africa Sub-region’ hosted by the NSC. He said, “The Federal Government has mandated the NSC in her capacity as the port economic regulator to carry out a comprehensive audit of all seaport terminals in Nigeria to as...
More than 100 feared dead as Cameroon-bound Vessel Capsizes

More than 100 feared dead as Cameroon-bound Vessel Capsizes

Breaking News, News Feature, Port News
More than 100 persons were feared dead as a Cameroon-bound vessel capsized on the high sea on Sunday. According to sources at the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) at Marina, Lagos, the vessel which left Calabar, the Cross River State capital, for Cameroon with about 180 passengers on board on Sunday did not arrive at its destination. In the morning when some reporters went to Marina, Calabar, the takeoff location, some persons were seen discussing the incident in a sad mood. As at the time of the visit to Marina, Calabar, there was no official report from Shoreline, the official operators of the vessel and the harbour. In the afternoon, reporters were not allowed entry into the harbour. A security man at the gate at about 2:55 p.m. said all Shoreline staff had shut down for the day whereas...
COMPT MORENIKE OLADUNNI: BREAKING THE KLT JINX.

COMPT MORENIKE OLADUNNI: BREAKING THE KLT JINX.

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News
Since the emergence of the Apapa/Tin Can gridlock over a decade ago, the KLT Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has been one of many of victims of dearth in cargo and inactivity . Successive Customs Area Controllers have tagged it the "Seberia Command " where officers go and mark time until they are called up for retirement. Carved out of Tin Can Command over a decade ago, KLT usually depended on cargo from feeder commands like Apapa and Tin Can from where containers are transferred . But eventhough this was seen as well thought out plan by the Customs High Command in Abuja to lift the burden off the busy ports of Apapa and Tin Can, this seem no longer to be paying off due to the impassable access roads leading to KLT.Besides , Customs agents no longer find it attractive to...
COMRADE ADEWALE ADEYANJU IS MARITIME LIVING LEGEND OF THE WEEK

COMRADE ADEWALE ADEYANJU IS MARITIME LIVING LEGEND OF THE WEEK

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Profile
A crusader and soldier of social change, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju hit the limelight during the  federal government privatization's programme in 2003, as one the of young Turks in the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), to be invited for briefing as part of the Nigeria Labour Movement delegates. His voice rang out in informed protestations against seeming gaps contained in workers disengagement document, which he insisted must be adjusted to reflect adequate protection for those to be disengaged in line with the rules of engagement. Currently the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Adeyanju has continued to remain on the firing line, constantly in battle with government alongside the NLC and operators of the maritime industry, demanding improved and...
‘Shell JV, SNEPCo have paid $2b to NDDC’- Samuel Adesanya

‘Shell JV, SNEPCo have paid $2b to NDDC’- Samuel Adesanya

Breaking News, News Feature
The Media Relations Manager, Shell Nigeria, Bamidele Odugbesan, stated this while reacting to the allegation that the oil giant was among the 50 oil firms that owe the NDDC. The Principal Partner, Paris Trust Limited, Timothy Bagwams, who said his firm was authorised by the NDDC to serve letters to the defaulting oil companies that owe the Commission, noted that Shell was among the defaulters.Oil companies in Nigeria statutorily are mandated to pay three per cent of their annual budget to the Commission. However, Bagwams stated that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Chevron, Shell, Agip, Pan Ocean oil, Petrobras, Seplat, Moni Pulo Petroleum Development, South Atlantic Petroleum and Slumberger, among others, owe the commission. ...
NIMASA DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO SEAFARERS WELFARE

NIMASA DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO SEAFARERS WELFARE

Breaking News, Maritime, Press Release
·        Facilities Signing of Landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement In furtherance of its effort to ensure improved working conditions for seafarers in the country, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has midwifed the signing of the Nigerian Seafarers Conditions of Service Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The agreement signed at the Agency's headquarters in Lagos was with the endorsement of the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC)CollectiveBargaining Agreement on minimum standards on conditions of service for Nigerian seafarers in both coastal and offshore sectors. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, expressed his belief that proper implementation of ...