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APC Chieftain Calls for Relocation of NNPCL, NIMASA, NPA to Niger Delta

APC Chieftain Calls for Relocation of NNPCL, NIMASA, NPA to Niger Delta

News Feature
Yekini Nabena, a chieftain of the APC and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary, has advocated for the relocation of the NNPCL, NIMASA, NPA to the Niger Delta region. Additionally, he proposed relocating the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, steel development, trade, and investment to Benue, Kogi, and Kano States, where abundant raw materials and natural resources are present. Nabena’s call comes amid controversy surrounding the purported move to relocate part of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to Lagos State for increased efficiency. The APC chieftain said: “If efficiency of these agencies is the main reason for plan to relocate them to Lagos State, we from the Niger Delta are also asking that the NNP...
Review of Port Concession Agreement: We have not found infringement by any Terminal Operators…BELLO KOKO.

Review of Port Concession Agreement: We have not found infringement by any Terminal Operators…BELLO KOKO.

Maritime, News Feature
As stakeholders mount pressure on the Nigerian Ports Authority to urgently review its concession agreement with Terminal Operators, helmsman of NPA, Mohammad Bello Koko has come out with a clean bill of health for concessionaires. Said Bello Koko; The concession agreement has rules of engagement, there are clauses where we are empowered to withdraw licenses, but you have to follow due process. So far we haven't found any infringement by any of the Terminal Operators to warrant the withdrawal of such Licenses ', he declared in an Exclusively Interview with Shipping World Magazine. Mr Bello Koko's vote of confidence is coming amid concerns by the Minister of Transportation , Engr Muazu Sambo, that the Concession agreement entered into between the NPA and Terminal Operators over a decade ...
MOHAMMED BELLO KOKO’S MANY GOOFS: APPOINTS A LAWYER AS GM PUBLIC AFFAIRS

MOHAMMED BELLO KOKO’S MANY GOOFS: APPOINTS A LAWYER AS GM PUBLIC AFFAIRS

News Feature
Baring any last minute changes, Mrs OLUYEMISI OYINLOLA, one of the most experienced and best hands in the legal department of Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, would assume duty as General Manager Corporate Communications and Strategy, to take over from Mallam Ibrahim Nasir, who has proceeded on his mandatory retirement vacation.But for this surprise posting, MRS OYINLOLA was being touted as most suitable for the post of General Manager , Legal Services/ Company Secretary. But if this appointment holds, the NPA would be losing on two fronts; losing a core professional to run the PR unit and trading off one of best brains in the NPA'S legal department. Industry watchers are yet to come to terms with this development as there are competent and experienced hands within the system that would ha...
EXCLUSIVE: Bank documents expose how Dangote wired funds to NPA’s Bala Usman during general elections

EXCLUSIVE: Bank documents expose how Dangote wired funds to NPA’s Bala Usman during general elections

Breaking News, Press Release
Hadiza Bala Usman did not play an open role in the 2015 campaign, but her share of the election spoils has been rapid and significant. In the heat of the 2015 general elections, Aliko Dangote transferred N200 million to a bank account run by Hadiza Bala Usman, a BringBackOurGirls activist who has been the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority since 2016. The transactions were sent in two tranches from two different bank accounts of the Africa’s richest man to Ms. Bala Usman’s account with Access Bank, financial records seen by Peoples Gazette said. Ms. Bala Usman received the first N100 million transfer on February 6, 2015; while the second N100 million came through three days later on February 9. The transfers carried ambiguous descriptions that made it difficult to c...
Jamoh takes campaign for inter Agency cooperation to Immigration boss.

Jamoh takes campaign for inter Agency cooperation to Immigration boss.

Breaking News, Maritime
Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh The quest for inter agency cooperation among relevant governmentl agencies as a panacea to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain last weekend took Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, to the door step of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede. Jamoh, who was at the NIS headquarters on a working visit, said the immigration service was a critical stakeholder in the security apparatus of the country. He said the service was also key in the implementation of the Cabotage law, which seeks to empower Nigerians in the maritime sector.   Jamoh said, “We need to interface and synerg...
HASSAN BELLO: THE BIG BROTHER OF NIGERIA’S MARITIME FAMILY

HASSAN BELLO: THE BIG BROTHER OF NIGERIA’S MARITIME FAMILY

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News
Clearly, the above headline sounds not only a bit disagreeable but to a large extent antithetical for those who are familiar with Hassan Bello in the discharge of his national assignment, in the past one decade or so. Mr. Hassan Bello But the casting is deliberate and by no means intended to subtract from an already established fact that the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello remains the beacon of the ports industry development agenda, a master technocrat, avid performer, great initiator and facilitator; with a knack for uncommon strategy and conquest in matters of utmost urgency. It is in the light of the qualities aforementioned that the headline finds expression, since no nation or strategists appeared to have been able to respond adequ...
Ex-NPA MD Habib Abdullahi Accused Of Instigating Detention Of Business Partner

Ex-NPA MD Habib Abdullahi Accused Of Instigating Detention Of Business Partner

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature
A businessman detained by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) since 2017, Jacob Taiwo Okunrintemi, has accused a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Habib Abdullahi, of being behind his ordeal over a disputed sum of $4million. Okunrintemi has filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) challenging the propriety of his detention without trial over an alleged business dispute with his erstwhile business partner, Habib Abdullahi. In petition dated, July 8,2019 authored by Okunrintemi’s lawyer, Bob James, to President Buhari, James attributed his client’s travails to Abdullahi, who he said was the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authori...

Nigeria Customs Service: Murtala Muhammed Airport Command Records N48 billion in 2017

Business, Maritime
The Murtala Muhammed Airport Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated a total of forty eight billion naira (N48b) as against a target of sixty nine billion (N69b), recording a shortfall of about twenty two billion (N22b) at the close of business in 2017. This figure represent 69 per cent of the target given for the preceding year. Alas, in the first two weeks of 2018, the command made impressive revenue of about one billion, one hundred and eighty eight million, five hundred and sixty thousand naira. Compared to year 2016 figure of fifty five billion naira, the 2017 figure records a shortfall of N7,464,805,321. According to the Customs Area Comptroller, Edede I. Emmanuel, the command made remarkable progress in revenue generation, trade facilitation and anti- smuggling a...

Mad rush for deep seaports: Where are the cargoes?

Opinion
In March 2006, the nation's seaports were concessioned to private Terminal Operators after a bidding process that saw the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) letting go of its traditional cargo handling functions to become the port landlord. In the last 12 years, the privatisation programme in the ports sector has been credited with taking our yearly cargo throughput from 35 million TEUs to about 80 million, leading to unprecedented challenges at the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports. In the intervening years, there has been a gradual shift by governments and investors to invest in deep seaports in the country. This is to further broaden the shipping horizon so that bigger vessels can call at our ports with economies of scale. By definition, a deep seaport is one that has the capability to acco...
How half-baked administrators are killing the maritime industry

How half-baked administrators are killing the maritime industry

Business, Opinion
The maritime industry in Nigeria contributes about 90% by volume of the goods that come into the country and by value, it is the third largest contributor to our nation's coffers after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigeria Customs Service. Since the early 70s, government has invested heavily in marine infrastructure in the sector to bring about port efficiency and high productivity. At a point in our nation's history, there was need to build a brand new port and government set about building the Tin Can Island Port in 1977 to take care of the cement armada of the late 70s. The agencies in the sector which are funded by government include the NPA, the Nigerian Shippers Council, the Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency and the National Inland Wate...