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Supreme Court warns states to stay off the waterways, upvoting Niwa as the authentic regulatory authority

Supreme Court warns states to stay off the waterways, upvoting Niwa as the authentic regulatory authority

Press Release
The battle of who regulates all activities on Nigerian inland waterways between lagos state government and the Federal government came to an end on Friday in Abuja as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the federal government and its inland Waterways regulatory agency, National Inland Waterways Authority( NIWA). Honourable Justice Okoro, in a landmark judgment delivered yesterday, January 5th, 2024, validated an earlier federal High Court ruling, FHC/CS/ 543/ 2012, which pronounced NIWA as the authentic authority over Nigerian inland waterways and advised lagos state government and its agencies and any other states in the country to stay away from regulatory activities on Nigerian inland waterways. Justice Okoro held that any attempt to compete over regulatory and commercial functio...
Tinubu Appoints Executive Directors for NIMASA,  NPA

Tinubu Appoints Executive Directors for NIMASA, NPA

Press Release
President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of new Executive Directors in two (2) agencies under the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy:Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA): (A) Ms. Vivian C. Richard Edet — Executive Director, Finance & Administration (NPA) (B) Engr. Olalekan Badmus — Executive Director, Marine & Operations (NPA) (C) Engr. Ibrahim Abba Umar — Executive Director, Engineering & Technical Services (NPA) Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) (D) Mr. Jibril Abba — Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage Services (NIMASA) (E) Mr. Chudi Offodile — Executive Director, Finance & Administration (NIMASA) (F) Engr. Fatai Taye Adeyemi — Executive Director, Operations (NIMASA) The President approves these...
Nassarawa State Govt Partners Shippers’ Council on Inland Dry Port Project*

Nassarawa State Govt Partners Shippers’ Council on Inland Dry Port Project*

Press Release
Nassarawa State Government has expressed willingness to partner with the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) to facilitate the establishment of Inland Dry Port (IDP) in the State. The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barr.Pius Akutah, disclosed this after a closed door meeting with the Executive Governor of Nassarawa State, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule. Akutah who briefed newsmen after the meeting on Saturday hinted that the Governor has already issued directives on how the project can be actualized for the benefit of shippers in the state. The NSC Chief Executive Officer further disclosed that the State Governor has directed the Attorney General of Nassarawa State to meet with the management of the Nassarawa Investment Agency to ...
Bayelsa Gov Signs N489.4bn 2024 Appropriation, Electricity Bills Into Law *Assembly Increases Budget For Stadium, Renal Centre Projects

Bayelsa Gov Signs N489.4bn 2024 Appropriation, Electricity Bills Into Law *Assembly Increases Budget For Stadium, Renal Centre Projects

News Feature, Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has signed the state’s 2024 appropriation bill of N489,443,632,374 into law. Governor Diri appended his signature on the “Budget of Sustainable and Shared Prosperity” on Thursday in Government House, Yenagoa. This figure represents an increase of N8.450 billion from the earlier N480,993,632,369 the governor presented to the House of Assembly for consideration on November 29, 2023. His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted Senator Diri as saying that the budget prioritises key sectors like education, infrastructure, healthcare delivery and agriculture. He expressed optimism that a careful implementation of the budget would improve the living conditions of the people and address rural and urban poverty. He said: “In order...
Omatsola Ogbe Assumes Office as  Exec Sec NCDMB, Charges Staff on High Performance

Omatsola Ogbe Assumes Office as Exec Sec NCDMB, Charges Staff on High Performance

Press Release
The newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe has assumed office and held his first official meeting with the Directors and some management staff of the Board. Ogbe was appointed last Thursday by President Bola Tinubu, replacing Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, who had served for seven and half years in office. At a meeting on Thursday at the NCDMB’s Abuja liaison office, the new Executive Secretary received a high-level briefing on the Board’s projects and initiatives from the Directors and senior management. In his remarks, the new NCDMB boss lauded the achievements recorded by the agency, especially the human capacity development programme which had produced Nigerians who now provide high-tech service...
Diri To Bayelsa-born CIF CEO: Your Appointment Will Inspire Others

Diri To Bayelsa-born CIF CEO: Your Appointment Will Inspire Others

Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the appointment of Tariye Gbadegesin as the Chief Executive Officer of the global organisation, Climate Investment Funds (CIF), will inspire many from her home state of Bayelsa, Nigeria as well as the African continent. Governor Diri stated this in a congratulatory message he personally signed, describing Tariye as the proverbial apple that does not fall far off the tree, in reference to her parents, Prof. Turner and Prof. Miriam Isoun. The Bayelsa governor said he received the news with excitement. He said: “I received the news of your appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) with much excitement. “This is particularly heartwarming for us in Bayelsa State knowing that you are the f...
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...
Maritime Journalists’ Association Of Nigeria (MAJAN) Announces death of its President

Maritime Journalists’ Association Of Nigeria (MAJAN) Announces death of its President

Press Release
The Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), announces the shocking death of its president, Mr Ray Ugochukwu, on Thursday,1st of June 2023, at his home town in Imo State. Mr Ugochukwu, 'Oga Ray' or 'PE', as he was fondly called, was a brilliant and versatile journalist, an experienced unionist, a dedicated and hard working Journalist who has contributed immeasurably to the growth of journalism , particularly Maritime Journalism. He also traversed many news rooms; from Daily Times of Nig., Vangaurd Newspapers, Business Day et al. Mr Ray Ugochukwu, the President of the Maritme Journalists' Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), a three term former president of Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), Was also a senior member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos ...
League of Maritime Editors to host Muazu Sambo

League of Maritime Editors to host Muazu Sambo

Maritime, Press Release
The League of Maritime Editors (LME) has concluded arrangements to honour the Transportation Minister, Alhaji Muazu Sambo and his Minister of State counterpart, Mr. Ademola Adegoroye. The honour for the two Ministers is in appreciation of their hard work and landmark achievements within a short space of their stay in the Transport Ministry. As part of the honour, the League is organizing an Appreciation Dinner slated for June 9 at Eko Hotel and Suites, in Victoria Island, Lagos. The Appreciation Dinner which is strictly on invitation will be chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha. In a statement signed by the President of the League, Chief Timothy Okorocha and the Public Relations Officer, Mr Francis Ugwoke, the two Ministers are being ho...
British MP, Report Slam Oil Firms, Allege Environmental Genocide In Bayelsa *Say $12bn Required For Clean-Up In 12 Years*Gov. Diri Pledges Support, Lauds Predecessor For Oil Commission

British MP, Report Slam Oil Firms, Allege Environmental Genocide In Bayelsa *Say $12bn Required For Clean-Up In 12 Years*Gov. Diri Pledges Support, Lauds Predecessor For Oil Commission

Maritime, Press Release
Oil pollution in Bayelsa State was on the international focus on Tuesday as the report of the state’s Oil and Environmental Commission (BSOEC) was launched at the House of Lords in London. The 211-page report titled: “An Environmental Genocide: Counting the Human Cost of Oil in Bayelsa, Nigeria,” is a detailed documentation of the over 60 years of oil exploration and pollution in the state where oil was first discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria by Shell. The BSOEC was established in March 2019 by the immediate past Senator Seriake Dickson administration. It had as chair a former Anglican Archbishop of York and member of the House of Lords, Dr. John Sentamu, alongside former president of Ghana, John Kufuor and another member of the House of Lords, Baroness Valerie Amos, as...