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2021:Navy records 4 piracy incidences in Q3 — FOC

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2021:Navy records 4 piracy incidences in Q3 — FOC
2021:Navy records 4 piracy incidences in Q3 — FOC

The FOC, Rear Adm. Jason Gbassa flanked to his right by the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Nigerian Navy, Mr Yusuf Gagdi, and others.

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Jason Gbassa, on Friday said that Nigeria recorded only four piracy incidences in the third quarter of 2021.

Gbassa, who made this known at a maritime security meeting with stakeholders in Lagos, said that one of such attacks occurred within the Western Naval Command area of responsibility.

Quoting the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), the FOC said there was over 76 per cent reduction in the incidences of sea crimes.

“Security in the maritime domain witnessed a lot of improvement in the first three quarters of 2021 as compared to the year 2020.

“We have been able to record increased presence at sea which is made possible through a series of initiatives.

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“Initiatives such as the prompt allocation of petroleum oil lubrication product, availability of ships which enhance operations and synergy with other stakeholders as well as collaboration with our foreign partners,” he said.

Gbassa said that Nigeria also transited from the secured anchorage area regime operated by a private maritime logistics and security company to the Lagos anchorage area, policed by the Nigerian Navy.

“In conjunction with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Navy has been able to effectively secure the anchorage area set for shipping activities.

“In as much as these activities are heart-warming, the Nigerian Navy is not resting on its oars, more so, efforts are ongoing on the recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy fleet.

“The effort is geared towards having the right set of ships for tasking, including survey vessels to enhance our hydrographic efforts as well as logistics platforms to effectively support our operations,” he said.

The FOC, however, said that one of the prominent challenges facing the command was the lack of a dedicated holding bay for arrested vessels.

He noted that this had made the administration of arrested vessels cumbersome.

“Additionally, many of the ships encountered at sea while on patrol are usually found wanting for minor infractions such as switching off their Automatic Identification System (AIS).

“Arresting such ships could be counter-productive in the long run.

“Accordingly, efforts can be made to introduce administrative fines of such defaulters in our waters to deter this practices,” Gbassa said.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Nigerian Navy, Mr Yusuf Gagdi, commended the command for keeping to quality implementation of projects.

“As a committee, we will continue to do our utmost best by allocating resources and revenue to the Nigerian Navy in order to ensure optimal performance in their responsibility,” he said.

The chairman said that the committee was pursuing an amendment in the Armed Forces Act to give power to the Navy to prosecute maritime-related offences.

“This will go a long way at improving the operational and administrational capacity of the Nigerian Navy,” he added.

Gagdi said that the House had passed the Maritime Trust Fund to the Nigerian Navy so that overdependence on the yearly appropriation would be reduced to the barest minimum.

“The trust fund is expected to last for eight years just like we have the Police Trust Fund where money will be generated from some of the maritime-related activities as well as one per cent of the consolidated revenue,” he said.

Gagdi called for more interagency collaboration and advised against interagency rivalry which, he said, existed among stakeholders in the maritime domain.

“The Constitution donates Nigerian sea to the Nigerian Navy because the primary responsibility of Navy is to protect the nation’s integrity by sea.

“Therefore, any agency that is operating in the sea should be subject to the powers of the Nigerian Navy,” he said.

 

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MWUN: Bello-Koko Is An Extra Ordinary Administrator Of Note Says Adeyanju

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MWUN: Bello-Koko Is An Extra Ordinary Administrator Of Note Says Adeyanju

… As he congratulates NPA Boss Bello-Koko, and SIFAX Boss, Dr. Afolabi 

The President-General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade (Dr.) Adewale Adeyanju has described the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Bello Koko as an extraordinary administrator of note, who is truly deeply rooted, in port administration.

A Prince of Ibadan, Adewale Adeyanju made the observation, while congratulating Alhaji Bello Koko, who was recently honoured with double plaques, one for recognizing him as the “Public Servant of the Year 2023”; and as head of the “Outstanding Government Agency of the year 2023” respectively.

Dr. Adewale said that the Managing Director of NPA is not a mean administrator, having been so bestowed upon with these laudable awards by the Management of Champion Newspapers Limited.

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN)

“Alhaji Koko is deeply rooted in the Maritime sector, an extraordinary administrator of note; hence, his Germaine expertise has brought so many reforms of development to the Maritime sector”, the Ibadan Prince stated.

Comrade Adeyanju, who is also the Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in concert with his executives believe that Koko still has a lot to offer in the industry, and his double awards are no flukes but a charge for more development in the Maritime sector.

In a similar vein, Prince Adeyanju also congratulated  Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi (M.O.N) for his appointment as the first Chancellor of Gerar University of Medical Sciences, Ogun State recently.

Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi (M.O.N)

Adeyanju and his entire Executives of the Maritime Workers Union salute the CEO/Founder of the SIFAX Group over his pragmatic conduct on work excellence, commitment to nation-building and a wonderful employer of labour in the Maritime Sector, whose better management of workers cannot be overemphasized.

Comrade Adeyanju says that Afolabi’s appointment as the pioneer Chancellor of the Gerar University of Medical Sciences is a result of his love for academic excellence, research and development for the growth of quality education in the country. It’s therefore not surprising that the Maritime Industry Guru was so appointed.

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria fervently pray that both the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA ), Bello Koko and the CEO of SIFAX,  Dr. Afolabi find favour and mercy in the eyes of the Almighty God to accomplish much more in their various designations as so honoured.

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Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers’ misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

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Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers' misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

…Says officers’ behaviour undermines CGC’s key policy thrusts of fostering collaboration with sister security agencies 

Customs Officers shown in a viral video in a physical confrontation with Vehicles Inspection Officers VIO are now in hot soup, as the Abuja High Command, has dissociated the Service from their unwholesome behaviour and began a comprehensive investigation on the development.

The National Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada who confirmed this on Tuesday, also stressed that the incident contradicts the values and operational standards of the NCS, aside from undermining key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies and other stakeholders.

“Furthermore, the NCS unequivocally dissociate itself from the actions of these officers…”

“The NCS acknowledges that the event occurred on Friday, 24 May 2024, at AYA Roundabout, Abuja VIO Office. The officers involved in this regrettable incident are NCS personnel attached to the Customs Mechanical Unit in Karu Barracks, Abuja”, Maiwada stated, expressing deep concern.

“The Service wishes to express its deepest concern and empathy for those affected by this regrettable incident. 

Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers' misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

“Furthermore, the NCS unequivocally dissociate itself from the actions of these officers. Their condemned behaviour, which appears to be self-motivated, is under thorough investigation, and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken to forestall future occurrences.

“Such behaviour undermines one of the key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies…”

“It is essential to state that this incident contradicts the values and operational standards of the NCS. 

“Such behaviour undermines one of the key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure the safety and security of Nigerians and their properties. 

“The NCS, under the leadership of CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his Management Team, strongly condemns such conduct and does not tolerate any actions that jeopardise the commitment to professionalism and inter-agency cooperation”, the national spokesman said, stressing that the Customs Service remains steadfast in its mission to generate revenue, facilitate trade, and suppress smuggling to support a more robust and secure economy for all Nigerians, and would not tolerate any contradictory or unwholesome behaviour.

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Seme Customs Generates N2.6bn Revenue; Facilitates Export Of 143,468Mt Cargo

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… Comptroller Bomodi says command recorded 474 interceptions of various contraband items

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has achieved a significant milestone in revenue generation and export facilitation at the Seme/Krake border from January to May 2024. 

According to the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Timi Bomodi, the command generated revenue of N2,634,190,645, surpassing the same period in 2023 by 272%.

The Command also facilitated the export of 143,468 metric tons of produce, with a Free Board (FOB) value of N35,199,971,097, equivalent to $38,461,397.39.

 Additionally, the command recorded 474 interceptions of various contraband items, including premium motor spirit, rice, used vehicles, codeine, cannabis sativa, wild animals, and general merchandise.

The seized items had a combined Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N840,003,646, and 18 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures.

 The command has also set up a complaint desk to address issues concerning the molestation of females on this corridor, and has warned that stringent action will be taken against any officer found guilty of such acts.

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