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How Freight Forwarders  Sold CRFFN To Transport Minister

How Freight Forwarders  Sold CRFFN To Transport Minister

By Frank Odinukaeze & Chioma Akabuogu Confusion has made its masterpiece as the controversy surrounding the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) takes a new twist. While there are allegations that the council board had been …

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Lekki Deep Seaport: The Metaphor Of A Beautiful Bride

Lekki Deep Seaport: The Metaphor Of A Beautiful Bride

By Frank Odinukaeze   In a space of four months, Lekki Deep Seaport, Lagos has hosted many top government functionaries who obviously visited with a political intent. The most striking of all the drama, is the disagreement on the project …

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The Politics Of CVFF And Nigeria’s Shipping Sector

The Politics Of CVFF And Nigeria’s Shipping Sector

By Kenneth Jukpor “CVFF to a large extent is being politicized.” This statement was echoed by a leading Nigerian ship-owner and Chairman of Starz Investments Company Limited, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun at the 2022 stakeholders’ forum organised by the Alumni of …

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Why SON’s Return To Ports May Spark Illegal Operations

Why SON’s Return To Ports May Spark Illegal Operations

By Kenneth Jukpor Nigeria’s efforts to enhance the ease of doing business and reduce the cost of using the nation’s port is set to take a back stage as freight forwarding associations and organized private sector groups have endorsed the …

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19 Missing Containers At Tin Can: Stakeholders Tell Different Tales

19 Missing Containers At Tin Can: Stakeholders Tell Different Tales

By Kenneth Jukpor One week after freight forwarders shutdown Clarion Bonded Terminal over an alleged 19 missing containers, the bonded terminal, Customs and the freight agents have left more controversies with their varying tales about the incident. While the bonded …

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BASA And Aviation Economic Woes In Nigeria

BASA And Aviation Economic Woes In Nigeria

By Kenneth Jukpor Amid growing concerns of foreigners dominating business opportunities that should dissipate the high level unemployment and economic hardships in Nigeria, multiple entry points granted to foreign airlines based on the nature of their Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements …

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MMS Amazons Identify Success Nuggets For Nigerian Women

MMS Amazons Identify Success Nuggets For Nigerian Women

By Kenneth Jukpor When MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame (WoFHoF) Initiative celebrated some amazons to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) last week, it was a colourful outing as participants, celebrants and well-wishers wore smiles, shed joyful …

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Post VIN Valuation Protests: Waiver Controversies Commence At Terminals

Post VIN Valuation Protests: Waiver Controversies Commence At Terminals

By Kenneth Jukpor The protests over the e-valuation process of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) which crippled port activities at the Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) ended a fortnight ago, but the effects are just beginning to plague shippers and their …

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Kano State, NIDCOM Position Dala Dry Port For Global Market

Kano State, NIDCOM Position Dala Dry Port For Global Market

With a niche marketing pitch that is expected to attract billions of dollar investments and businesses to Kano, the Kano State Government has gone into partnership with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission(NIDCOM) to market Dala Inland Dry Port to Nigerians …

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VIN Valuation: Storage Charges Exceeds N500m, Protests May Resurface

VIN Valuation: Storage Charges Exceeds N500m, Protests May Resurface

By Kenneth Jukpor Two weeks after protests over the e-evaluation process of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) crippled port activities at the Tin Can Island Port, normalcy is yet to return at the RoRo ports at Five Star Logistics Terminal and …

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How Russia-Ukraine War Affects Global Trade, Nigeria

How Russia Ukraine War Affects Global Economy, Nigeria

By Kenneth Jukpor Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has distorted global financial and energy markets causing oil prices to soar even as maritime, aviation, tourism, sports and other sectors have been affected significantly. According to the United Nations COMTRADE, Nigeria imports …

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Policy Disconnect: Industry Bigwigs Plot To Rejig Shipping Sector

Policy Disconnect: Industry Bigwigs Plot To Rejig Shipping Sector

By Kenneth Jukpor In a bid to address the myriad of challenges plaguing Nigeria’s maritime sector, shipping industry stakeholders have resolved to address the policy disconnect via a holistic and robust engagement with policy actors such as; legislators, relevant Ministers …

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What Kyari And Jamoh Should Do

What Kyari And Jamoh Should Do

In just an interval of two weeks, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency( NIMASA) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) have destroyed lives and properties of Nigerians  over regulatory laxity encouraged by corruption. Properties worth billions of dollars destroyed by …

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ETO: Why Extortion Persists On Lagos Ports Access Roads

ETO: Why Extortion Persist On Lagos Ports Access Roads

By Kenneth Jukpor When the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) commenced the implementation of the electronic call-up system (ETO) for all trucks calling at the nation’s ports on February 27, 2021, it was tipped as one of the biggest milestones to …

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Rising Debts Of DisCos And The Possibility Of Imminent Collapse

No hike in electricity tariffs – NERC

The postponed fears by most stakeholders in the Nigerian electricity market is nowhere, as the weak structure of electricity companies, especially the 11 distribution firms (DisCos) and government-induced bottlenecks, have pushed the sector to the verge of collapse. Built on …

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CRFFN Governing Council Elections: Ministry Propaganda Sparks Fears

CRFFN Governing Council Elections: Ministry Propaganda Sparks Fears

By Kenneth Jukpor Nigeria’s port sector and the success of the nation’s import-dependent economy has one central problem which lingered throughout 2021. Analysts say freight forwarding practice in the country and the rancor surrounding the Council for the Regulation of …

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Analyzing FG’s Proposal To Stop Customs From Revenue Collection

Analyzing FG's Proposal To Stop Customs From Revenue Collection

By Kenneth Jukpor The Federal Government has proposed a legislative framework that would stop the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) from revenue collection, saying the role was a distraction to the service. According to the government, the sole responsibility of collecting …

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Nigeria’s Road Transport: Regulatory Gaps, Special Trade Licenses And Opportunities

Nigeria’s Road Transport: Regulatory Gaps, Special Trade Licenses And Opportunities

By Kenneth Jukpor Despite the dominant role of the road transport sub-sector in the nation’s transportation system, there are numerous regulatory shortcomings, absence of technical and economic regulation in certain areas, amid massive opportunities. To explore several angles on these pertinent …

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Airport Concession: Addressing Stakeholders’ Fears

Airport Concession: Addressing Stakeholders’ Fears

By Kenneth Jukpor As the Federal Government through the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and the Ministry of Aviation expedites plans to concession four Nigerian airports, stakeholders ranging from indigenous operators to foreign airlines, transport professionals and aviation consultants, aviation …

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Nigeria’s Empty Container Conundrum And Innovative Collapsible Shipping Boxes

Nigeria's Empty Container Conundrum And Innovative Collapsible Shipping Boxes

By Kenneth Jukpor With more than 200million empty container movements across the globe responsible for international trade via ships, some ports have become overburdened by the imbalance of shipping containers as lack of exports and port access challenges lead to …

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