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Month: May 2021

WHEN MARITIME EDITORS HOSTED TRAIL BLAZING PRINCE OLAYIWOLA SHITTU

WHEN MARITIME EDITORS HOSTED TRAIL BLAZING PRINCE OLAYIWOLA SHITTU

Maritime
Prince Olayiwola Shittu, immediate past President of the National Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, is a reporters' delight any day. A respected stakeholder in Nigeria's Maritime Industry, Shittu who is reputed as a mobile encyclopedia of the Maritime Industry , led the most successful tenure as President of ANLCA before bowing out honourably on April 14th, 2018. Last week, Shittu stormed the Secretariat of the elite Maritime Editors in Festac where he fielded questions on a wide range of issues . On the electronic call up system for trucks introduced by the Nigerian Ports Authority, Shittu posited that the system was founded on a faulty foundation. Shittu reasoned that there wasn't sufficient consultation between the NPA and stakeholders before its implementat...
Niger state boat mishap: A national tragedy says Atbowaton.

Niger state boat mishap: A national tragedy says Atbowaton.

News Feature, Press Release
The malele, Niger state boat mishap in which about 76 persons died and still counting, has been described as a national tragedy and embrassment by Mr Gani Tarzan Balogun President, Association of Tourist Boat Operators and water Transporters of Nigeria ( atbowaton). Mr Balogun who decried the very poor response and attention to the national tragedy by both federal and state governments, noted that the recent mishap was not the first on that water route, adding no serious attention has been paid to dredge and remove wreck from the malele kebbi Waterways. " I can't understand it, the usual blame game against water transporters and boat operators. The stereotype and the often rush to call boat operators names without due investigation to find out if overloading and sundry operationa...
NPA WILL RESOLVE BOTTLENECKS AGAINST TRUCK CALL-UP SYSTEM – MOHAMMED BELLO-KOKO

NPA WILL RESOLVE BOTTLENECKS AGAINST TRUCK CALL-UP SYSTEM – MOHAMMED BELLO-KOKO

Port News
Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, has assured port users of the Authority’s commitment to speedily resolve all teething challenges against the smooth implementation of the electronic call-up system for trucks doing business at the port. Bello-Koko made the pledge while interacting with truck owners and drivers during his visit to the Lilypond Terminal in Ijora, earlier today, for a firsthand assessment of the IT physical infrastructure built for the call-up system, which is domiciled in the terminal. The visit, according to the Acting Managing Director, is to enable him re-evaluate the performance of the truck call-up system three months after it was deployed, and also engage directly with the service users to appreciate their concerns...
Gov. Diri Condemns Attack On Diette-Spiff  *Warns Against Secret GMoUs

Gov. Diri Condemns Attack On Diette-Spiff *Warns Against Secret GMoUs

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has condemned the attack on the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass, King Alfred Diette-Spiff, by youths of the kingdom. King Diete-Spiff was the first Military Governor of the old Rivers State and current chairman of the state Traditional Rulers Council. Governor Diri expressed his displeasure on Monday during a meeting with leaders of Twon-Brass in Brass Local Government Area to resolve misunderstandings in the area. In a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, the governor acknowledged the right of people to embark on peaceful protests but frowned at the recourse to the misguided attack on the monarch. He warned the youths to shun violence, adding that government would not condone further attack on the reve...
Attairu Bala Usman, Hadiza Bala Usman’s brother was defacto NPA Chairman

Attairu Bala Usman, Hadiza Bala Usman’s brother was defacto NPA Chairman

Maritime, Port News
Daniel Kanu writes Amaechi, NPA Probe Panel, demands payment of US$4,229,434.07, others Renowned arrowhead of the One-Million-Man-March in the regime of late General Sani Abacha and businessman, Mr Daniel Kanu, is in the news again. According to a leaked document sighted by Newsdiaryonline, Kanu is this time around seeking justice over alleged infractions against his company, Cleanall Environmental Services Limited by Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA under suspended MD, Hadiza Bala Usman. A copy of the petition signed the company’s chairman, Daniel Kannu, was endorsed as received by the Ministry of Transportation on 21 May 2021. The petition to the Minister was further addressed: “Attention: The Chairman Administrative Panel of Inquiry on Nigerian Ports Authority Management”.In i...
Gov. Diri Tasks INC On Ijaw Nation’s Challenges

Gov. Diri Tasks INC On Ijaw Nation’s Challenges

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has urged the new leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) to build linkages at home and abroad in order to successfully address the Ijaw nation's challenges. Governor Diri, who expressed confidence in the capacity of the new leadership to effectively champion the cause of the Ijaw people, applauded their change of strategy in seeking a better deal in the Nigerian state. He spoke on Friday during a courtesy visit by the executive council members of the INC to Government House, Yenagoa. The governor in a press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, challenged the ethnic nationality apex socio-cultural body to foster unity among all Ijaws and speak with one voice, particularly at a time that other ethnic ...
*SWAIMS PARTNERS NPA ON MARITIME SECURITY AND SAFETY*

*SWAIMS PARTNERS NPA ON MARITIME SECURITY AND SAFETY*

Maritime, Press Release
Maritime security experts under the aegis of the ‘’Support for West African Maritime Security’’ (SWAIMS), has pledged to partner the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to address maritime security and safety within the country's waters. The group, affiliated to the European Union, provides support to ECOWAS Countries and Mauritania in the drive to fight against piracy and related crimes in the sub-region offered its technical assistance on the anti-piracy and nautical security services, among others. The SWAIMS team on a working visit to the Authority's head office in Marina Lagos, identified electronic management control, deepening of International Ships and Ports Facility Security ISPS Code compliance and sustenance, security surveillance and deterrence as critical areas of concern...
Blue Economy: Wike Applauds Jamoh’s Giant Strides

Blue Economy: Wike Applauds Jamoh’s Giant Strides

Maritime, News Feature
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike ,has commended the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for designing and pursuing a Blue Economy strategy purposed to replace the current oil economy in about 10 years. Wike stated this in Port Harcourt, when he received the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, who was on a courtesy visit. The governor said NIMASA’s plan for sustainable use of Nigeria’s abundant maritime resources was in line with the country’s economic diversification drive. Jamoh earlier appealed for greater involvement of the littoral states in the implementation of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure – also called the Deep Blue Project. The security scheme, which is domiciled in NIMASA and being executed i...
Ijaw Nation’ll Sustain Boro’s Legacies – Gov. Diri

Ijaw Nation’ll Sustain Boro’s Legacies – Gov. Diri

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the Ijaw nation would continue to agitate for the realisation of the ideals of equity, justice and freedom that the late Major Jasper Adaka Boro fought and died for. Governor Diri stated this on Sunday during the 2021 Boro Day celebration at Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area. The governor also re-emphasised the need for the Federal Government to restructure the country so the Niger Delta can manage its resources, develop at its own pace and pay taxes to the centre. In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, Diri acknowledged that some of the issues the late Niger Delta hero agitated for have been achieved but that a lot still needed to be achieved. His words: "Clearly, Isaac Boro has d...
Why I Have No Political Enemies — Gov. Diri

Why I Have No Political Enemies — Gov. Diri

News Feature
  Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has revealed how the virtue of love towards all practised by his mother, late Mrs. Rose Diri, shaped his political philosophy of seeing nobody as his enemy. Senator Diri disclosed this on Saturday at Ayamasa, his maternal hometown in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state, during the eighth-year wreath-laying ceremony in honour of his mom. Madam Diri was born on May 15, 1939 and died on her birthday 74 years later on May 15, 2013. The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said his late mother was the perfect examplar of the woman and wife captured in Proverbs 31 of the Holy Bible. He described his mother as a woman that accommodated everyone that came across her while alive and ne...