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Akpabio, Saraki to lead discourse on African “Blue World”



Akpabio, Saraki to lead discourse on African “Blue World”
Akpabio, Saraki to lead discourse on African “Blue World”

Dr Felicia Mogo, founder AFMESI

… As Lagos Assembly appeals to President Buhari on protection of shorelines***

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio and Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki will lead maritime stakeholders and industry experts on the discourse, “African Blue World”.

Dr Felicia Mogo, Founder, African Marine Environment Sustainable Initiative (AFMESI) made this known in a statement in Lagos.

Mogo noted that Akpabio and Saraki would be the Chairman of the occasion and keynote speaker respectively.

She said that the discourse would take place at the 3rd edition of AFMESI on Oct 7.

According to Mogo, the one-day event will feature several pertinent maritime topics such as; Impact Of Security And Piracy in Maritime Business; Integrated Ocean Management, Science And Governance; Ocean Science And Governance In Marine Environment.

Others are Accounting For The Values And Wealth Of The Maritime; and Africa’s position within various ocean-related international laws (int’l).

“The event themed, ‘African Blue World: Which Way To Go?” has the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime and Education, Ms Linda Ikpeazu as the Special Guest of Honour; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh as the Chief Host.

“Chairman of Starz Group, Mr Greg Ogbeifun is slated as a Guest of Honour,” she said.


She listed some of the panelists for the event as Dr Pierre Failer, a professor of Economics at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom and Director, Centre for Blue Governance; Prof. Susan Kholeif, a Marine Geologist, Oceanographer and Ecologist at the National Institute of Oceanography & Fisheries, Egypt.

Others, she said are Prof. Rasheed Sumaila, Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Economics Research Unit , Ocean Canada Partnership; rtd Lt.-Gen India Garba, a trained Combatant, Strategist Logistician, Administrator and Member of AFMESI Advisory Board.

Others are Nigeria’s Co-Champion for AfCFTA on Transportation, Madam Funmi Folorunsho, President of African Women in Maritime (WIMAFRICA) and Principal Counsel, Jean-Chiazor&Co (Ofianyi Chambers), Mrs Jean-Chiazor Anishere, SAN.

In its previous annual conferences, AFMESI, a non-profit organization, availed the maritime sector robust platforms for holistic deliberations on sustainable approaches in managing the nation’s marine environment for optimum value.

Recall that at the last event the Nigerian government and other African nations were urged to address the menace of plastic pollution on the marine environment from the producing companies.

In another development, the Lagos State House of Assembly has appealed to President Muhammad Buhari to intervene on the protection of shorelines of Eti-Osa, Lagos Island, Ibeju Lekki, Badagry and others in the state.

The House made the appealed sequel to a motion raised by the prime mover, Hon. Noheem Adams, representing Eti-Osa Constituency 1, during plenary session in Lagos on Tuesday.

The newsmen report that ocean surge had displaced lots of lives in the coastal areas of the state, especially during the rainy season.

The lawmakers also urged the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to release the ecological fund meant for the state, and on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the relevant ministry to come up with modalities to address the shoreline issues, adding that a state of emergency should be declared on the communities.

Adams disclosed that Lagos was excluded from the ecological fund, while states such as Abia, Imo, Adamawa, Jigawa, Niger, the FCT and others benefited from it.

“These communities have been displaced due to ocean surge. Our communities are calling on the necessary bodies to save our souls. We need an emergency to be declared in those areas.

“Ecological fund was established and 1 per cent of it was set aside to take care of these ecological issues but Lagos State was excluded from the fund.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said that the House Committee on Waterfront should evaluate dredging activities in the state and think of how to be involved in championing this cause.

Agunbiade explained that there was poor disposal of solid waste in the state; hence, the public should be sensitised on its unavoidable effect.

“The committee on waterfront needs to do a lot by calling for the evaluation of dredging activities in the state.

“The waterfront committee should sit back and think of how to be involved in championing this cause.

“There should be a resolve on how to address improper disposal of solid waste in the state. We are also calling on members of the public to dispose their waste according to the law,” he said.

Commenting, Hon. Tobun Abiodun, representing Epe Constituency 1, said that investigations should be made into how the money previously allocated for the protection of shoreline in the state was utilized.

Abiodun said this was necessary so that the problem could be thoroughly addressed.

“We need to investigate the money previously allocated for shoreline protection across the states.

“We need to naturally investigate what is going on so that we can put the problem to rest,” he said.

Also, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, representing Shomolu Constituency 1, suggested the need for the communities to be catered for to prevent them from going into extinction.

Olowo noted that the federal government could not be blamed if no application had been made, and called on the governor to do the needful by applying for the fund as the state could not do it alone.

Reacting, Hon. Mojeed Fatai, representing Ibeju-Lekki 1, attributed the ocean surge issue to the mismanagement of drainages, adding that a task force should be set up to look into it.

Fatai noted that the local governments have the right to request for the fund in addendum to what the state can do.

The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, asked the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to forward the suggestions made by the House to the president, vice president and the governor so that appropriate actions could be taken.

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NIMASA: Jamoh Visits Channels TV, Stresses the Importance of ‘National Interest’



NIMASA: Jamoh Visits Channels TV, Stresses the Importance of 'National Interest'

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh has stressed the crucial importance of the Media to nation-building, and tasked media practitioners to put the nation’s interest foremost.

NIMASA: Jamoh Visits Channels TV, Stresses the Importance of 'National Interest'
R-L: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR presenting a souvenir to the Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh during a courtesy visit to the Channels TV headquarters in Lagos recently.

The NIMASA Director-General indicated this, during his working visit to the Chief Executive Officer of ChannelsTV Mr. John Momoh, highlighting the critical role of the media.

“The Media is crucial to Nation Building!”, Jamoh told his host, calling attention to why  Media owners must make conscious and deliberate efforts to imbibe national interest in information management, for the development of Nigeria with particular reference to the maritime sector.

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Nigeria- Niger Republic Rail Project Critical To Africa- Sambo



Nigeria- Niger Republic Rail Project Critical To Africa- Sambo

Nigeria and the Niger Republic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the rail project, with the Minister of Transportation, Muazu Jaji Sambo stressing that the project will boost trade and other socio-economic activities within the continent, particularly between both countries.

The Minister stated this in Abuja at the MoU signing, noting the specific importance of the Nigeria rail line. Sambo signed for Nigeria while the  Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Niger, Alma Oumarou signed for his country. 

The Minister noted that the rail line, which will start from Kano State in Nigeria and end at Maradi in Niger Republic,  will facilitate the realization of the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade  Agreement which Nigeria and Niger Republic are signatories.

“I am aware that people have blood relationships across borders so the project will expand the historical and cultural relationship between the people of Nigeria and those of the Niger Republic. The project is also very important in enhancing inter-nation and continental trade”, Mr. Sambo added.

On the implementation of the project, the Minister said a Technical Committee would be set up within seven days in accordance with Article 3 of the MoU, adding that nomination of members and inauguration of the Technical Committee would be concluded by the first week of February 2023.

According to him, after their inauguration, the Technical Committee will take charge of the facilitation and implementation of the project. 

Speaking earlier, the Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Niger, Alma Oumarou corroborated that the rail project will promote inter-nation as well as continental trade, strengthen cultural ties between the two countries and create jobs.  

In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, said work has been ongoing on the  Kano-Maradi rail line for the past two years, adding that the signing of the MoU would expedite the completion of the project. 

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Lekki Deep Seaport to boost non-oil revenue — NEPC; FG foils 66 attempts to hack FEC virtual meetings 



Lekki Deep Seaport to boost non-oil revenue — NEPC; FG foils 66 attempts to hack FEC virtual meetings 

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), says the recently commissioned Lekki Deep Sea Port is expected to boost Nigeria’s non-oil export.

The Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak said that the development came on the heels of tremendous performance recorded in the non-oil export sector in 2022.

A statement issued on Thursday by Ndubueze Okeke, Head, Corporate Communications NEPC, quoted Yakusak as saying that the seaport would further ease the perennial congestion at the Apapa Ports.

“This development comes on the heels of the tremendous performance recorded in the non-oil export sector in 2022 in which the sector recorded a significant result of 4.820 billion dollars in 2022 representing an increase of 39.91 percent over 2021.

“The Lekki Deep Sea Port will not only provide jobs, directly and indirectly along the value chain but will further ease the perennial congestion at the Apapa Ports and thereby enhance the export drive of the country.

“It will also guarantee seamless trade facilitation.

“Having been designated a Customs port, all is now set for commercial vessels to berth and clear cargo at the port which is reported to be the country’s first Deep Sea Port and first fully automated as well,’’ Yakusak said.

He explained that the Lekki deep sea port domiciled within the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), would further create an enabling environment for business and commercial activities to thrive.

According to Yakusak, this is particularly for the export of Nigerian products as it will play a strategic role in promoting international trade and sustainable economic growth for the country.

“The commissioning of the Lekki Deep Seaport is strategic and very key to the development and promotion of export trade.

“Indeed, it will ease the supply chain constraints and enhance logistics given the vital role of logistics in facilitating the transportation of goods to the international market.

“It is also a major source of foreign exchange earnings,” he said.

Yakusak said that about 214 different products ranging from manufactured, semi-processed, solid minerals to raw agricultural products were exported in 2022.

He said that 19 exit points were used with Apapa Port recording the highest tonnage of exports.

Yakusak commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the political will to execute the project in collaboration with other stakeholders.

He said that the project was expected to add about 361 billion dollars to the economy.

The project is a joint venture between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Lagos State Government.

Others are the Tolarams Group (owners of the Lagos Free Zone) and China Harbour Engineering Company. 

In another development, the Federal Government said it foiled  66 attempts by hackers from Europe to compromise the virtual meetings of the Federal Executive Councils (FEC).

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami gave the revelation in Abuja at the 19th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023).

The scorecard series was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture to showcase the achievements of Buhari’s administration.

Presenting the scorecards of his ministry, Pantami said since the unveiling of the National Policy on Virtual Engagements for Federal Public Institutions in October 2020, not less than, 108 virtual FEC meetings had been held.

He said from the 108 virtual FEC meetings held, 66 attacks to compromise the meetings were made from Europe but all failed.

The minister said all the cases were reported to the appropriate authorities for the record and actions.

He recalled that the National Policy on Virtual Engagements was launched to formalise government online meetings such as FEC and Council of State meetings.

The minister said that with the policy developed with the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, government’s virtual meetings could be held effectively and legally.

He said the implementation of the virtual meetings had saved the country over N47 billion which could have been used if they were held physically.

The minister also disclosed that in line with Buhari’s vision to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty, not less than 2.2 million jobs had been created in the digital sector in the past three years.

He said the feat was achieved in the sector by the implementation of the Executive Orders signed by the President to priotise indigenous content as well as indigenous professional in the execution of national projects.

Pantami said in the execution of jobs, planning and design of projects as well as appointments of key officials in the digital sector of the country priorities were given to indigenous professionals.

 He said his ministry also priotised the execution of programmes and projects that could generate direct and indirect jobs.

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