NPA to Prioritise hydrographic charting of navigable channels- Hadiza

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The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (left) receiving a plague from the Navy Hydrographer and President, Nigerian Hydrographic Society (NHS), Commodore CE Okafor, when the Commodore paid a courtesy visit to the NPA Management at the Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.
  • As FG hires 7,500 graduates to boost tax revenue

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman has assured the international maritime community that the Authority would continue to prioritise the hydrographic charting of the navigable channels, in order to sustain their confidence while boosting vessels’ safety and security.

Hadiza indicated this while receiving a team of the Nigerian Hydrographic Society (NHS) who came on courtesy call, led by Commodore C.E. Okafor, a Navy Hydrographer and President of the Nigerian Society of Hydrographers at the Corporate Headquarters of the Organization, in Marina, Lagos.

Subsequently, Ms Bala-Usman said it is for this reason that the Authority would meaningfully increase its collaboration with Stakeholders, towards upholding the highest standards in all operational activities in order to attract more businesses to the Nigerian Ports.

The Managing Director expressed the desire of her management to synergize with the Nigerian Navy in the actualization of a safe anchorage across board in National Maritime activities; and highlighted the optimism that return on such investment would be of such dividends that would make the country proud.

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (left) with the Navy Hydrographer and President, Nigerian Hydrographic Society (NHS), Commodore CE Okafor, during a corporate visit to the NPA Management at the Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

She tasked the body to step up its operations, especially those concerning safety and security of lives and cargoes within the Ports community.

Commodore Okafor in his response, pledged support for the NPA’s efforts in enthroning best practices whilst stating that the Hydrographic Society looks forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with the Organization.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Ports Authority and Nigerian Navy  collaborated during the survey and charting of the navigable channels of the nation’s waters in the years 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The Hydrographers requested the NPA to sustain the archiving of its materials for effective use, stressing that some of the materials available for use dates back to the 1892 hydrographic charting of our navigable waters.

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (3rd left), President, Nigerian Hydrographic Society (NHS), Commodore CE Okafor (2nd right), Executive Director, Marine & Operations, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Davies (right), when the Society paid a courtesy visit to the NPA Management at the Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

The two Organizations are expected to further collaborate in heralding the World Hydrographic Day coming up on the 21st June, 2017 under the theme “Managing our Seas, Oceans and Waterways – More important than ever” as well as a Conference of African Hydrographers coming up in October, 2017 during which greater sensitization on the issues would be
highlighted.

In the meantime, the Federal Government is targeting an increase in the number of taxpayers in the next two years from the current 14 million to 17 million.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed this during a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja on a new initiative to drive tax revenue.

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (6th left), President, Nigeria Hydrographic Society (NHS), Commodore CE Okafor (5th right), Executive Director, Marine & Operations, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Davies (4th right), and members of the Society when they paid a courtesy visit to the NPA Management at the Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos

Adeosun was accompanied to the briefing by the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, and other top officials in the ministry.

Specifically, she said the Federal Government was planning to achieve the objective by recruiting 7,500 graduates as community tax liaison officers to raise the level of tax awareness in the country.

She said the graduates would be recruited under the N-Power programme of the Federal Government for a two-year period, adding that graduates with accounting, economics and similar backgrounds would be given priority during the recruitment process.

The minister stated that the major responsibilities of those employed under the programme would be to enlighten people in public places such as markets, schools, religious centres, offices and recreational centres, among others, on the need to pay taxes.

Adeosun said, “We will be recruiting them through N-Power and they can apply through the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance or through the N-Power website. It’s a two year fixed contract and they will be deployed in states and attached to states’ internal revenue service or the FIRS.

“Their job is to improve the level of education on Nigeria’s tax system. Our tax system is progressive, meaning those who earn less should pay less, and those who earn more should pay more.

“A lot of people don’t know that. So it’s a chance to get people on ground to answer all these pertinent questions.”

She encouraged intelligent graduates interested in pursuing a career in tax administration to apply as the government planned to sponsor the recruits to become tax professionals.

Additional report from Punch

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