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Why We Should Accept Port Infrastructure Failures

Why We Should Accept Port Infrastructure Failures

By Kenneth Jukpor The maritime industry in Nigeria and elsewhere is seen as a veritable engine of growth of national economic development and a catalyst to any sustainable transformation agenda. Maritime is a sector that can be a notable contributor ...

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Unmovable Illegal Checkpoints Of Police And Customs

Unmovable Illegal Checkpoints Of Police And Customs

By Kenneth Jukpor As part of efforts to enhance the ease of doing business at the nation’s ports, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) issued a circular stating that no checkpoint should be situated above 40 kilometer radius from the ports; ...

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Managing Hazards In The Carriage Of Dangerous Goods By Sea

Managing Hazards In The Carriage Of Dangerous Goods By Sea

 By Kenneth Jukpor The risks associated with hazardous materials require the application of safety precautions during their transport, use, storage and disposal. Most countries regulate hazardous materials by law, and they are subject to several international treaties as well. Dangerous ...

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POF Collection: CRFFN In Murky Waters

POF Collection: CRFFN In Murky Waters

 By Kenneth Jukpor As the August 1 commencement of the collection of the Practitioners’ Operating Fee (POF) across all seaports, airports and land border stations nationwide draws nearer, there remain several question marks over the modalities for the collection, amount ...

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Truck Transit Park: One Project, Many Rewards

Truck Transit Park: One Project, Many Rewards

By Kenneth Jukpor The absence of an effective rail transport system in Nigeria means trailers and other Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) continue to play a key role in bulk movement of goods. They transport more goods at a time thereby ...

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Presidential Orders: Laws Or Mere Statements

Presidential Orders: Laws Or Mere Statements

By Kenneth Jukpor The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, signed a very important executive order on port operations; instructing Apapa Port to resume 24-hour operation within 30 days and also admonishing all agencies at the port to harmonize their operations into ...

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Nigeria’s ICDs Development And Kaduna’s Reality Model

Nigeria’s ICDs Development And Kaduna’s Reality Model

By Kenneth Jukpor In a bid to address the problem of hinterland shippers’ inadequate access to the seaports and frequent congestion at the Lagos ports, the concept of Inland Container Depots (ICDs) was promoted by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC). ...

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Does Nigeria Need A National Maritime Transport Policy?

Does Nigeria Need A National Maritime Transport Policy?

By Kenneth Jukpor Transportation plays a key role in the economic and social development of any nation. A well functioning and integrated transport system stimulates national development, enhances the standard of living of citizens, allows markets to operate by enabling ...

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Port Access Roads: Major Obstacle To Executive Order On Ports

By Kenneth JukporIt’s over a month since the Vice President issued the executive order on ports and stakeholders have continued to highlight several reasons why the order may not work. However, one issue which continues to feature in most people’s ...

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Unraveling The Conundrum In CRFFN Act Amendment

Unraveling The Conundrum In CRFFN Act Amendment

By Kenneth Jukpor Freight forwarding associations have been thrown into tantrums over the modalities for the amendment of the Council of the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) Act. While some are in support of the amendment but propose ...

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Has Buhari’s Change Mantra Affected Maritime Sector?

Has Buhari’s Change Mantra Affected Maritime Sector?

By Kenneth Jukpor At the 2015 electioneering campaigns, President Muhammadu Buhari had flaunted the change mantra as he promised to right all wrongs wrought on Nigeria by the Goodluck Jonathan administration as he had claimed. President Buhari stated that he ...

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Count Down To 24 Hours Seaport Operations In Nigeria

Counting Down To 24 Hours Seaport Operations In Nigeria

By Kenneth Jukpor Following the recent Executive Directive issued by Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo highlighting several issues on the ease of doing business at the nation’s ports, it became pertinent to analyze the directive to see how realistic ...

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What Are Nigeria’s Chances At The 2017 IMO Council Elections?

What Are  Nigeria’s Chances At The IMO Council Election 2017 ?

By Kenneth Jukpor Nigeria wants to emphasize its relevance in global shipping, whilst making further developments to crown its emergence as the hub of maritime in West Africa; hence the nation has vehemently begun the quest to return to Category ...

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Who Should Wear The NTC Cap?

Who Should Wear The NTC Cap?

By Kenneth Jukpor As the National Transport Commission Bill before the National Assembly edges closer to its passage, some stakeholders in the maritime industry remain quizzed as to which government organization is best placed to transform into the National Transport ...

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Local Content Vs Tugboats: Which Guarantees Nigeria’s Maritime Hub Status?

Local Content Vs Tugboats: Which Guarantees Nigeria’s Maritime Hub Status?

By Kenneth Jukpor Maritime activities are expanding; bringing benefits to people across the world. The merchant navy, offshore oil subsector, commercial fishery and cruise companies have added impetus to the growth of the industry. The sector has become a major ...

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Customs Board: To Be Or Not To Be

Customs Board: To Be Or Not To Be

By Kenneth Jukpor Anytime you play a game, you would observe that there is a set of rules that control how the game is played. Each player cannot do whatever he wants. The rules tell each player what he or ...

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Rear Admiral Ikoli’s Death: Suicide Or Assassination? 

Rear Admiral Ikoli’s Death: Suicide Or Assassination? 

Only seven months ago, Daniel Teikumo Ikoli was promoted to Rear Admiral in the Nigerian Navy from the rank of a Commodore. Suddenly, the amiable Naval officer is dead. Whilst, the Police has centered its investigations on the suicidal theory; ...

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Customs Reforms: Facts Or Fallacies

2017: Customs Generate N486Bn In First Half

The economic challenges facing Nigeria are too numerous to mention, but one sector when properly harnessed, is expected to dissipate the fiscal woes facing the nation. The maritime sector, also known as the ‘blue economy’ is that critical sector and ...

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Mixed Reactions Trail CBN’s Cashless Policy

Mixed Reactions Trail CBN’s Cashless Policy

Despite the multifarious challenges of the cashless services channels like the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and Point of Sale (POS) machines which have become liabilities for banks and e-payment service providers like malls and shops, the new cashless policy of ...

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Kaduna Airport: Drums Of Despair For Airlines Cloudy sky

Kaduna Airport: Drums Of Despair For Airlines Cloudy sky

The blue skies of Kaduna Airport should be clear for airlines, but they are not. Fuel bills may be a fraction of their problem, but there are some nasty headwinds appearing. Nigerian airlines have clandestinely announced a fall in ticket ...

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