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2022 Navy Games: CNS promises to equip sports complex in Lagos



2022 Navy Games: CNS promises to equip sports complex in Lagos

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo during a golf tournament in commemoration of Nigeria Navy 66th Anniversary celebration in Port Harcourt

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo says that plans are underway to equip the Navy Town Sports Complex, Lagos, on time for the Navy Games in August.

Gambo made this known on Sunday during a one-day golf tournament at the Sealords Golf Club, Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder base in Port Harcourt.

The tournament was organized by the Nigerian Navy as part of a week-long celebration to commemorate its 66th anniversary.

According to him, the navy has prioritised use of sports activities to improve the fitness and proficiency of personnel while carrying out their assigned duties.

“So, efforts are ongoing to equip the Navy Town Sports Complex in Lagos with state-of-the-art equipment in preparation for the Navy Games that will be held in August.

“We will continue to encourage active participation in sporting activities both locally and internationally towards taking the Nigeria Navy a notch higher.

“We are committed to walk the talk as our plans for our navy remain robust,” he said.

Gambo said the golf tournament brought together about 300 amateur golfers, including both serving and retired officers and friends of the navy to compete and improve fitness.

“Participants have competed fairly and shown strong determination, great perseverance and true sportsmanship while promoting the spirit of solidarity, friendship and cultural exchanges.

“Celebrating our milestone at 66, we pledge our commitment towards the realisation of the vision to be a strong, formidable and credible navy that Nigerians can be proud of.

“The Nigerian Navy will continue to achieve giant strides in securing our maritime domain while ensuring that personnel are fit to sustain navy achievements,” he added.

The navy chief said that investments in sports had yielded positive results as its female volleyball team was currently representing the country in an ongoing female volleyball tournament in Tunisia.

Speaking, Rear Admiral Ochegomie Fingesi (Rtd) debunked the impression by golf enthusiasts that the game was exclusively for the wealthy and senior citizens.

Fingesi, 80, who retired 32 years ago, said the game could be played and enjoyed by both the young and old, rich and low-income earners, provided such individuals were fit.

“Golf is a game of all ages, unlike some other sports that you cannot participate in when you reach a certain age.

“I started playing golf in 1974 when I was 30 years old and now I am 80 and actively still playing the game of golf.

“So, we are delighted that the CNS Gambo is featuring golf in this year’s anniversary, considering that the game improves both fitness and mental sharpness,” he explained.

Fingesi, a prominent figure in General Ibrahim Babangida’s regime, said that golfing was also among the cheapest sports to go into when compared with other popular games in the country.


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OBANGAME EXPRESS: 2023 Multinational Maritime Exercise Successful, says CNS



OBANGAME EXPRESS: 2023 Multinational Maritime Exercise Successful, says CNS

The Chief Of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, on Friday said the 2023 multinational maritime exercise in the Gulf of Guinea, codenamed ‘Obangame Express’, was a huge success.

Gambo said this during the review of the exercise at the Admiralty Conference Centre, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 Obangame Express is an annual multinational maritime exercise for Naval commands in the Gulf of Guinea.

It began on Jan. 27 with 32 participating nations and was meant to encourage maritime safety and security in furtherance of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct.

The Yaoundé code of conduct was signed in June 2013 by the governments of countries in and around the Gulf of Guinea, to repress piracy, armed robbery and illicit maritime activities in West and Central Africa.

Gambo said that the maritime exercise, which brought together foreign partners had also improved competencies through interaction with one another.

”The exercise exposed distinct salient points and critical observations, which are apt, relevant and will remain valuable towards improving future exercises.

”For example, we are expecting to conduct Exercise Aman later in the year and lessons learnt from Ex -Obangame will be applied in this exercise.

”I appreciate the diligence of our indefatigable observers for a great job and also commend the level of preparedness for the exercise, which manifested in commendable performances,” the CNS said.

Gambo also commended partner nations that dispatched ships that participated in the sea exercise, particularly the U.S. and Spain.

He said that the participation of their ships enhanced capacity development and facilitated safe, more secure and enabling maritime environment for socio-economic activities to thrive within the Gulf of Guinea.

”I specifically acknowledge our U.S. partners, particularly the African Command towards encouraging and bolstering regional cooperation and collaboration.

”They have helped in the establishment of the regional maritime domain awareness facilities in coastal states across the Gulf of Guinea, and sustained capacity through the facility’s training school at Apapa, Lagos.

”These are absolutely powerful testimonies to the steadfast commitment of the U.S. Government to enhancing maritime security across the board,” the CNS said.

Gambo added that these efforts facilitated the integration of relations between the Navies, aimed at achieving holistic and sustainable maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

He said that the magnitude of most maritime threats and their interconnectedness, coupled with the diversity of impacts, demanded collaborative framed responses.

”This is important because no single Navy or coast guard can do it alone.

”Lessons from this exercise will be developed into collaborative actions that will support strategic initiatives to enhance collective preparedness to successfully curb emerging maritime challenges in the Gulf of Guinea and beyond.

”I also appreciate our Nigerian Navy participants that contributed in making the exercise a huge success,” Gambo said.

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NIMASA: Deep Blue Team Rescues 7 Distressed Workers Onboard Vessel In Lagos



NIMASA: Deep Blue Team Rescues 7 Distressed Workers Onboard Vessel In Lagos

A prompt response by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has resulted in the timely rescue of 7 distressed workers, following a call to the NIMASA Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh.

The Thursday night call, which came in at about 11.30 pm (February 2, 2023), from the Safety Officer on MT ALIMA reported that while cleaning the tanks of the vessel by a private cleaning company, 8 of the cleaners developed complications due to insufficient oxygen available in the tank to sustain them. 

The position (coordinates) of the ship at the time of the call was 06*20.9’’N,003*21.9’’E at the single buoy mooring area in Lagos. 

Dr. Jamoh, it was further learned, immediately directed the NIMASA Head of the Deep Blue project and Head of the Maritime Safety Department to deploy one of the fast intervention boats for rescue operations and also directed immediate medical attention to the survivors.

NIMASA took the seven survivors to the military hospital at Ikoyi for medical attention, where they are presently recovering at various degrees. Five of them are now stable, one has a broken leg and one is still in critical condition.

While reassuring the maritime community of NIMASA’s ever-ready 24-hour vigilance to respond to distress calls using any of the procured air, land and sea assets, Dr. Jamoh urged operators to be meticulous about basic safety standards at all times.

He advised further that anyone working on board vessels should update themselves with required training that complies with Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) in line with the revised Manila Convention. 

Jamoh thanked the rescue team for the operation and urged them to keep the maritime tradition of round-the-clock watchkeeping and timely response at all times.

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Sambo Declares Funtua Inland Dry Port As Port Of Origin And Final Destination



Sambo Declares Funtua Inland Dry Port As Port Of Origin And Final Destination

The Federal Government has declared Funtua Inland Dry Port in Katsina State as a Port of Origin and Final Destination for import and export of cargoes.

This implies that the Inland Dry Port is empowered to operate shipping businesses including clearing and forwarding of cargoes directly from anywhere in the world.

The declaration, which was made on behalf of the Federal Government by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, is coming many years after the establishment of the Funtua Inland Dry Port.

In March 2006, the Federal Executive Council approved the establishment of the Funtua Container Freight Station, alongside other Inland Dry Ports across the country. 

The Funtua Container Freight Station was later converted to an Inland Dry Port and this critical transport infrastructure is based on the strategic framework of Build, Own, Operate and Transfer( BOOT)

In making the declaration, the Minister relied on the power conferred on him as Minister of Transportation by section 30 of the Nigerian Ports Authority Act, Cap. N126 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. 

Speaking at the declaration ceremony, Mu’azu Sambo explained that the Funtua Inland Dry Port would be a Customs port in accordance with the provisions of the Customs and Excise Management Act, Cap. C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and would have all the prerequisites of an international port.

According to the Minister, the importance of Katsina State as the commercial domain in the Trans-Saharan trade route with huge agricultural produce and trade in local and export volumes, qualified the State for an Inland Dry Port.   

He said national and international maritime practitioners, shippers, shipping companies, landlocked countries and port users should take full advantage of the port for import and export of their cargoes.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, said the declaration of Funtua Inland Dry Port as Port of origin and final destination, was another milestone achievement for the intermodal transportation system in the country. 

According to her, “the Funtua Inland Dry Port will further unlock the economic potentials of Nigeria and facilitate trade with the land-locked countries like Niger and Chad Republic. The Port will provide importers and exporters located within the nation’s hinterland access to shipping and port services without physically being at the seaports”. 

Other benefits of the Funtua Inland Dry Port,  the Permanent Secretary said, are that the project “will promote the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and economic integration as well as further support the Presidential Business Enabling Environment Council (PEBEC)”. 

The Governor of Kastina State, Aminu Bello Masari, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Alh. Musa Sule, in his presentation, noted that the State Government, as part of its contribution to the project, facilitated 16.2 hectares of land and also paid compensation to the landowners.

He said the Katsina State Government took the step based on the conviction that when fully operational, the Port will create employment for the immediate community and its environs, support the revenue base of the State and facilitate trade within and outside the country. 

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Emmanuel Jime advised States that were allocated Inland Dry Ports but were yet to develop them, to expedite action on the project in order to bring shipping closer to importers and exporters in their State. 

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