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Doyen of Maritime Journalism, Asu Beks, drops landmark case against Hadiza Bala Usman, Adesoye

Doyen of Maritime Journalism, Asu Beks, drops landmark case against Hadiza Bala Usman, Adesoye

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News
Backdropped against the rising tide of appeals by well-meaning Nigerians, both home and abroad, the Doyen of Maritime Journalism and Publisher of foremost maritime journal, Shipping World, Elder Asu Beks, yesterday formally withdrew the case against suspended Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman and the Chairman of the NPA Board, Chief Emmanuel Adesoye. In the Suit No: FHC/L/CS/485/2021- Elder Asu Beks & 2 Ors V The President Federal Republic of Nigeria & Ors, they had prayed the court to quash the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman for a second term in office without having served out her first term. It also asked the court to quash the appointment of the NPA Board which negated the provisions of the NPA Act. In a letter dated 15th November, ...

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...