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BULLS:  Cheers to Ify!

BULLS: Congrats Aisha & Obiageli

As the DG of Nigerian Chamber of Shipping Mrs. Ify Anazonwu Akerele celebrates her 60th year on Earth and 13 years of service to the Chamber, she has succeeded in transforming the chamber from a one-room office where it started ...

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BEARS: Sidon Look Police

BEARS: Reckless Police Officer

The spate of crime incidences continues to reverberate in our conscience with the recent robbery attacks at Zenith Bank and First Bank in Ebute Ipako area of Ikorodu, and to think that a police station is adjacent the scene of ...

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Implementation of 35% levy on used cars stalled

Implementation of 35% levy on used cars stalled

There are indications that the collection of 35 per cent import levy on used cars, popularly called Tokunbo, which was due to begin on July 1, 2015, has been put on hold. The levy is the second phase of the ...

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CARGO DELAY: Many Problems of APM Terminals To Economy

CARGO DELAY: Many Problems of APM Terminals To Economy

Last week, the management of APM Terminals Ltd, perhaps ignorantly set a storm rolling, when it blamed the delay in cargo clearance on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). This unsettled the Apapa Area 1 Customs Command, which in this interview tries ...

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Elumelu calls for more investment in energy projects

Elumelu calls for more investment in energy projects

The Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, has restated his commitment to the African Energy Leaders Group as it strives to encourage initiatives that will address energy challenges in Africa. Elumelu, who spoke in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at the meeting ...

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Nigerian Shippers’ Council Tasks NPA On ports Infrastructure

Nigerian Shippers' Council Disagree With TCIT On Public Holiday Operations 

The Nigerian Shippers, Council (NSC), has tasked the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), on the need to provide ports infrastructure for port operators. The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr. Hassan Bello made it clear that the survival of ...

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CBN extends Forex curbs to export proceeds, BDCs

Cash Shortage Hits Banks As TSA Deadline Expires

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) last week stated that beyond the exclusion of funding for 41 items in the interbank forex market, the items cannot also be funded from proceeds of exports as well as the bureau de change ...

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Bird strike Incidents: Domestic Operators Lose Over $180m Annually – AON

FG Shouldn't Give Airlines Cash As Bail Out - Ojikutu

Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), last week, said their members lose over $180 million to bird strike incidents at airports in Nigeria every year. The members also said over 70 percent of crashes that occurred in Nigeria were as a ...

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Why Africa Lost IMO Sec-Gen. Election

Why Africa Lost IMO Sec-Gen. Election

Outcome changes IMO NIMASA DG clashes with Perm. Sec. over election Capt. Olugbade faces recall The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General election took place last week, with Africa defeated again, against the great expectation in the global maritime community ...

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Port Economic Regulations: How Has Nigerian Shippers’ Council Fared?

Shippers’ Council Seals PS Maritime, Reopens Cosco Shipping

Over the past decades, many ports, with exception of the United Kingdom(UK) and New Zealand ports that were privatized, have introduced private participation in port operations  through different forms of concession or lease agreements. One of the key reasons is ...

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Falling Containers: The Emerging Killer with Haulage Masks

Falling Containers: The Emerging Killer with Haulage Masks

The sight of a container laden truck leaving the ports and hitting the streets could mean different things to different people. Just like the age- long African adage,” one man’s meat is another man’s poison. To an importer who has ...

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PORT REGULATIONS: Watching The Chain Of Fraud

Shippers’ Council, Customs, To Collaborate On 48hr Cargo Clearance Target

It is no longer news that the import and export business in Nigeria is booming and growing by the day, given the available statistics. This is visible by the beehive of activities around the ports. So many international agencies have ...

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How ECOWAS Common External Tariff Can Drive Industrialization.

Tinubu Tips Dikko' Replacement

In this excerpt, Ifeoma Oguamanam examines the role of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET), in the industrialization of the Nigerian Economy.   The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Common External Tariff (CET), adopted by 15 countries of ...

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Egbin power plant now generates 1,000MW

Egbin power plant now generates 1,000MW

Nigeria’s largest power generation plant, Egbin Power Plc, is for the first time in eight years generating above 1,000 megawatts of electricity. This follows continuous investment and upgrade activities on the plant by the Sahara Power Group and Korea Electric ...

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Idris Takes Over As Accountant-General

Idris takes over as Accountant-General

The newly appointed Accountant-General of the Federation, Alh. Amed Idris, on Monday formally assumed office and vowed zero tolerance for corruption at the Treasury House. Idris took over from the acting AGF, Mr. Mohammad Dikwa, at about 5:30pm on Monday ...

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NIMASA, NPA, NCC Not Paying Monies Generated To FG Account

NIMASA, NPA, NCC Not Paying Monies Generated To FG Account

The Chairman of the Governors Forum and Zamfara governor, Abdulaziz Yari has stated that revenue generating agencies like NIMASA, NPA and the NCC have not been paying monies generated from their agencies to the federation account as required by the ...

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APR To IMO: NIMASA DG  Slaps Ex- Transport Minister, Umar

NIMASA Redeploys Directors

  Nigeria High Commission rejects nominees Confusion now trails  the nomination of the Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Representative(APR) to  the International Maritime Organisation(IMO) in  the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Ministry of Transport. ...

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Special Sharon

Special Sharon

Barr. Sharon Ikeazor graduated with an LLB Hons in 1984 and was called to Nigeria Bar in 1985. She has 27years post graduation experience as a Solicitor and Advocate, a vast  knowledge and experience in the field of  Business Development ...

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NPA Orders Quick Intervention On The Deplorable Apapa Road

NPA Orders Quick Intervention On The Deplorable Apapa Road

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Aihaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero has directed that immediate temporary rehabilitation works should commence on the deplorable road network linking Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports. The Managing Director gave this directive when ...

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WILAT Urges Women To Bridge Gender Inequality Through Branding

APR To IMO NIMASA DG Slaps Ex- Transport Minister, Umar Nigeria High Commission rejects nominees Confusion now trails the nomination of the Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Representative(APR) to the International Maritime Organisation(IMO) in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Ministry of Transport. This development is equally unsettling the Nigeria High Commission in London, with the fear that the prevailing ethno-political intrigues will for decades seal Nigeria’s chances of being on the Governing Council of the IMO. The retirement of the current APR to IMO, Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade on account of long service in November, 2015 has created a vacuum waiting to be filled. NIMASA, with the approval of the Director General, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, had sent the name of Mr. Felix Bob-Nabenna as nominee for APR to the former Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar, who after due consideration, disqualified Bob-Nabenna on account of experience and service and directed that the nomination be substituted by Mallam Dikko Bala, a deputy director in NIMASA who is on secondment to the office of the Minister as special assistant.With all relevant procedures concluded with the relevant ministries and agencies for Bala ‘s nomination, Akpobolokemi, feeling that the Minister had no right to change his nomination approached former President Goodluck Jonathan with another nomination seeking approval for the person of Mr. Fred Ugo, an assistant director, Shipping Development, NIMASA. MMS Plus Weekly gathered that the Director General got the approval as one of the parting approvals from Jonathan without the knowledge of the Minister of Transport, who shortly after was removed from office following the coming of a new President. Seeing that the Minister has gone, NIMASA wrote to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, intimating of them of confusion in the nominations. Procedurally, the ministry replied seeking explanation, following which Dikko was swapped for Fred Ugo, who is said not to have the requisite knowledge, skill and experience to represent Nigeria in IMO as APR. According to sources in NIMASA, Ugo graduated in 2002 and was employed as level 12 officer but was single-handedly placed on level 13 by Akpobolokemi later, in difference to the civil service rule. Shortly after this, NIMASA wrote to Ministry of Transport, seeking a Surveyor, and forwarded his name. Consequently, he was promoted to level 15. However, the source Ugo is not a Surveyor because it takes, at least ten years to train a marine surveyor. Fillers from Nigeria High Commission in London is that both Ugo and Dikko are not qualified to represent Nigeria in IMO on account of experience and training and by civil service procedures. “Ugo and Dikko are not experienced enough to represent Nigeria as the Alternate Permanent Representative. An interview needs to be conducted by the ministry of transport to pick the right person. And if you don’t have the right person in place, in the next 20 years, Nigeria will never get near the governing council seat of IMO. It is not a posting for favour. Ugo is a fresh graduate and his ascendance to an assistant director is questionable and against the civil service procedure,” the source noted. Speaking with a diplomat on this, he listed the requirements for APR thus: “Good understanding and knowledge of maritime policy; diplomatic skills and ability to communicate and build consensus among the membership of the organization; matured and measured disposition. Being a marine engineer, master mariner or any other technical qualification could be an ‘’add on’’ but does not guarantee effective representation as currently being experienced. IMO as a United Nations Agency is first and foremost a diplomatic mission with responsibility for shipping and maritime regulation. IMO carries out duties through diplomacy against the backdrop of maritime technical issues and arrives at desired result through consensus. ” If Nigeria is serious about maritime and its representation at IMO, an independent panel must be constituted to interview candidates from the Ministry of Transport and its agencies with a view to selecting the best candidate who must not necessarily come from NIMASA. Yusuf Suleiman, former minister of transport started that inclusiveness by appointing a deputy director APR from NPA,” he added. Reviewing this development with the current happenings in IMO, he observed, “the current APR has been very ineffective, yet he is said to be a master mariner! For two consecutive years Nigeria has been unable to get back into the executive council of IMO. The last time Nigeria was in the council was during the tenure of William Azu, a maritime policy analyst and a diplomat per excellence. Nigeria must return to those glorious days.” Our findings, however, revealed that the office of the APR to the IMO is currently manned by two senior officers, Capt. Olugbade, who is the ARP (the High Commissioner) and another, Engr. Anas Suleiman, who is the Technical Adviser. Between 2002 and 2003, Engr. Olu Akinsoji from the Federal Ministry of Transport was the APR, while WILLIAM Azu from NIMASA as his deputy. Upon departure of Akinsoji, Azu took over as the APR and was later replaced by the incumbent. On the duties of the APR, MMS Plus Weekly gathered that the Permanent Representative(AP) is the High Commissioner, who is concurrently accredited to the IMO but because he must not have a maritime knowledge; has a wider audience and responsibilities ; too many diplomatic work to do and represents the Federal Government on a lot of things, and so will not have time to be attending the IMO meetings which comes almost every week, that is why there is the need for an APR, who is an alternate to the High Commissioner to IMO. So the person must be somebody who knows the dynamics of global maritime industry and must not be a captain, master mariner or marine engineer.

The Women In Logistics And Transport (WILAT), has advised women to bridge the gender inequality gap through proper branding of their person and businesses. The National Woman Leader and member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressive Congress ...

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