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Month: June 2023

BELLO KOKO INITIATES OVERTIME CARGO EVACUATION AT NIGERIAN PORTS

BELLO KOKO INITIATES OVERTIME CARGO EVACUATION AT NIGERIAN PORTS

Port News
The sustained advocacy of the Mohammed Bello Koko- led Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the decongestion of the Ports to pave way for efficient operations received a boost on 23rd June, 2023, when Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Transportation Dr. Magdelene Ajani led an inter-agency team comprising of the NPA, Nigerian Customs (NCS)and the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) on assessment tour of overtime cargoes littering the Ports. The Lagos and Tin can Island Port Complexes and the Terminals therein including Ikorodu Lighter Terminal have over the years been occupied with 3,200 Units of overtime cars and about 3,295 units of overtime containers respectively, while the eastern ports have a combined total of 956 overtime containers. This awkward situati...
*Bashir Jamoh: The man who broke the CVFF jinx* By Pius Mordi

*Bashir Jamoh: The man who broke the CVFF jinx* By Pius Mordi

Maritime, News Feature
He was not there in 1985 when one-time Minister of Transport, late Major General Ibrahim Gumel, decided to liquidate the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL). With that singular decision, the country's classification as a ship owning nation, a status that had been sustained since 1959, disappeared overnight. Nigeria's ownership of a national carrier that at a time had about 21 sea-going vessels evaporated over night. Today, he is pioneering and assiduously driving the building of another indigenous fleet of vessels. But he is avoiding the missteps of the past. Unlike in the past when NNSL got the lion share of the Ship Acquisition and Ship Building Fund (SASBF) administered by then National Maritime Authority as Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was then know...
NDIOMU RAISES ALARM: 5TH COLUMNISTS WANT TO DESTROY PAP……

NDIOMU RAISES ALARM: 5TH COLUMNISTS WANT TO DESTROY PAP……

News Feature
Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Gen Barry Ndiomu has fingered fifth columnists as those behind the campaign of calumny against his person. He has however warned that no amount of intimidation would distract him from putting the PAP on the path of probity and accountability. Ndiomu who spoke after his maiden visit to the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu those who have profited from the criminal exploitation of the scheme were bent on having their way, but promised that he will remain focused on his planned transformation agenda for ex agitators. He said he was not unaware that some disgruntled people parading themselves as ex agitators were bent on blackmailing and sponsoring faceless groups and individuals to attack him. Said Ndiomu: " If you...
We have returned the Nigeria Customs to her rightful owners….VP Shettima

We have returned the Nigeria Customs to her rightful owners….VP Shettima

News Feature
The Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima has decorated the new Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), describing the appointment of Mr Adewale Adeniyi by President Bola Tinubu as morale booster for officers in the service. Sen. Shettima stated in a brief ceremony witnessed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila at the Presidential Villa. Said Shettima:“congratulations for bringing professionalism back to the Nigerian Customs Service. Now, every Customs officer can aspire to occupy the pinnacle of his or her profession. “I wish you well, on behalf of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Congratulations, once again,” the VP added. Speaking to journalists shortly after the decoration ceremony, Mr Adeniyi expressed grati...
3 Medical Students Confirmed Dead in boat mishap in Calabar….

3 Medical Students Confirmed Dead in boat mishap in Calabar….

Maritime, News Feature
The National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA has confirmed that three medical students lost their lives in a boat mishap which occurred weekend in Calabar, Cross River State. The deaths which were confirmed by Engr Stanley Onuoha, Calabar Area Manager of NIWA, revealed that no fewer than 14 medical students who were on their annual conference were onboard the Passport 19 pleasure boat when the accident occurred. A statement by NIWA spokesman, Jubril Darda'u, explained that Safety and security measures were thrown to the wind as both the jetty and the boat which was used for the cruise had no prior approval and certification by NIWA. Dardau' explained further that the boat was overloaded and that it has capacity for 9 passengers, whereas 14 medical students were on board at the time of ...
PIA, A Time Bomb, Says Gov Diri  *Seeks Review Of Act

PIA, A Time Bomb, Says Gov Diri *Seeks Review Of Act

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has advocated an amendment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) in order to address the flaws in the legislation. Governor Diri also said the review would go a long way in tackling the ongoing crisis between oil companies and their host communities. Describing the Act as a time bomb, the governor emphasised that since the country operates a federal system of government, it was an aberration for the federal government to deal directly with oil producing communities while excluding the states and local governments. Senator Diri stated this on Tuesday when the new Commander of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Rear Admiral Eugenio Ferreira, and other officers paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa. ...
League Cautions Tinubu Administration Against Merger of FIRS, Customs, NIMASA · Points out massive job losses  · Argues merger should be for agencies not doing well

League Cautions Tinubu Administration Against Merger of FIRS, Customs, NIMASA · Points out massive job losses · Argues merger should be for agencies not doing well

News Feature, Press Release
The League of Maritime Editors (LOME) on Monday advised the administration of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu against the proposal to merge the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as one single agency to be known as the Nigerian Revenue Service (NRS). The League described such proposal as ill-conceived and misleading to the administration of Tinubu which should not be allowed to see the light of the day. Describing the proposal as anti-people, the association added that those behind the idea failed to consider the obvious dire consequences associated with merger which include mass sack of employees in all the agencies involved. In a statement signed by the President of the League, Chi...
Diri Urges FG To Prioritise Waterways Safety *Says Kwara Boat Mishap Tragic

Diri Urges FG To Prioritise Waterways Safety *Says Kwara Boat Mishap Tragic

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has bemoaned Monday’s boat accident in Kwara State that claimed more than 100 lives. Describing the mishap as sad and unfortunate, Governor Diri commiserated with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the state government, the families of the victims and the people of Kwara State. The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, on Wednesday, said the tragedy was a sad reminder of similar incidents in the riverine areas, particularly in Bayelsa and other coastal states in the country. Diri said such incidents resulting in deaths would be minimised if the Federal Government, which is in charge of the waterways, took concrete steps to prioritise safety on the country’s rivers. He urged the Federal Government to c...
Diri Offers Scholarship To Children, Job To Wives Of Deceased Bayelsa Queens Supporters

Diri Offers Scholarship To Children, Job To Wives Of Deceased Bayelsa Queens Supporters

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has granted scholarship to university level for children of the four supporters of Bayelsa Queens Football Club who died in a road accident a week ago. The governor also directed immediate employment for their wives while anyone that is not employable be empowered by the state government to set up a business. He directed the Ministry of Trade and Industry to liaise with Office of the Secretary to the State Government to immediately effect the pronouncement. His Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as having given the directives on Saturday during the funeral service for the deceased at the Peace Park in Yenagoa. Eze Igali 38, Kurotimi Igali 36, Clement Diripigi 34 and Philemon Ogidi 38 lost their lives in an auto...