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Amaechi, Saraki task women on visibility in maritime industry



Maritime Bank will uplift African economy — Amaechi

…As Reps task FG on timely connections of dry ports by rail***

Until women take the courage, forcefully challenge men in the maritime industry, neither will they give the best of themselves, nor will they liberate the society and help in reducing the level at which women face economic challenges.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi stated this at the 2019 World Maritime Day Celebration on Thursday in Lagos, stressing that the entire nation would be better for it, when women achieve their true potentials.

Presiding over a celebration with the theme: “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”, Amaechi insisted that “life is all about courage”, and so, women should stop begging and understand that having appointment in any field is based on merit.

“Women need to confront the reality and take power by themselves and challenge men in the industry.

“They need to discuss issues and tell the society the challenges they are facing, create wealth for themselves and try as much as possible to lift women out of poverty,” he said, highlighting that women should be concerned with how to lift more Nigerians out of poverty.

In her own contribution, the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, said that gender equality was a principle that had not manifested in the maritime industry.

According to her, there is need to have women at all levels and to explore every avenue to make more of them feature in the industry.

She said that to ensure such happens, there should be a decisive incentive strategy and affirmative action that would help to ensure women inclusiveness in the industry.

“We need to find ways to change the narratives and ensure that these women who have the initiative, who are fearless, graceful, intelligent and have the nerve to take no for an answer have a say in the industry.

“We need to ensure that their voices are heard, as in raising women, we will lift Nigeria,” she said.

Mr Dikko Bala, representing the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) said the group was committed to supporting countries to achieve the UN gender sustainable development goals as regard gender equality.

He recommended among other things that to support women, all female cadets in maritime academy should as a matter of policy be sponsored, and female champions should have five girls they mentor.

Mrs Lynda Ikpeazu, Chairperson, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, said that nobody gives power to anyone but one needed to take it.

She urged women in the industry to take power themselves, while also calling for support to ensure that they were removed from disadvantaged positions.

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In the meantime, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to complete rail connection to proposed dry ports in the country to ensure their quick take off.

This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Ajibola Muraina (PDP-Oya) at the plenary on Thursday.
Moving the motion earlier, Muraina said that the establishment of inland dry ports otherwise known as Inland Container Depots (ICDs) and Containers Freight Stations (CFS) by the Nigerian Shippers Council was highly commendable.

The lawmaker said that action would lead to economic development of the nation by creating more jobs.
Muraina said that the dry ports which are equivalent of sea ports located in the hinterland as they receive containers by rail or road from the sea ports for examination and clearance by customs and other competent authorities.
He recalled that the seven approved locations for the ICD and Container Freight Stations (CFSs) were concessioned to private sector operators by the ICD Implementation Committee of the Ministry of Transportation.

“The locations are IsialaNgwa, Aba – East gate Inland Container Terminal Ltd.;Erunmu, Ibadan – Catamaran Logistics Ltd.;Heipang-Jos – Duncan Maritime Ltd.;Zawachi-Kano – Dala Inland Dry Port.;Zamfarawa- Funtua – Equatorial Marine Ltd.;Jauri-Maiduguri – Migfor Nigeria Ltd.;ICNL-Kaduna – Commissioned,” he said.

He said that the ICDs/CFSs were expected to bring shipping services to the door steps of shippers across the nation.
The lawmaker said that the idea is to decongest seaports and make them user friendly.
According to him, the dry ports are to provide impetus to revive and modernise the railways as primary mode for long distance haulage.

Muraina said that beside the Kaduna Inland Dry Port which was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2018, other dry ports are yet to be completed by the concessionaires.
He said the delay in the competition of the dry ports was due to poor funding and slow pace of work in most of the ports.

The legislator said that the completion of the ports would stop diversion of cargo to neighbouring countries which is depriving Nigeria of the much-needed revenue.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Ahmed Wase (APC-Plateau) mandated the Committees on Land Transport, Ports and Harbour to ensure the completion of the ports.
Wase charged the committees to ensure that the ports are well funded considering their economic importance to the nation.



Yaya Dillo: Implication of Assassination for Chad and its ruling elite!



Days after the killing of Chad opposition politician Yaya Dillo, in disputed circumstances, many analysts in the conflict-racked Central African nation have expressed concerns about how his allies, powerful relatives, and rivals will react.

The Chadian government has said that Dillo was killed in an exchange of gunfire with security forces on Feb. 28. It said members of his Socialist Party Without Borders had earlier attacked the internal security agency where several people were killed.

Following this, heavy gunfire was heard in Chad’s capital N’Djamena near the headquarters of Dillo’s Socialist Party Without Borders.

The violence comes amid tensions ahead of a presidential election set for May and June that could return the Central African state to constitutional rule three years after military authorities seized power.

*Yaya Dillo

Accounts of the incident given by the government and the party have differed.

A government statement said the agency was attacked by representatives of the opposition party, led by its leader Yaya Dillo, resulting in several deaths.

Detailing a separate incident, the government said a member of the party, Ahmed Torabi, had carried out an assassination attempt against the president of the Supreme Court, Samir Adam Annour. Torabi was arrested, it said.

The opposition party’s general secretary told reporters that the deaths near the security agency occurred when soldiers opened fire at a group of party members.

But the FACT opposition rebel group and the CNRD opposition party have called it an assassination and analysts say the circumstances are unclear.

The capital N’Djamena was quiet two days after the death, though residents said security forces were deployed in key locations and soldiers searched for weapons at checkpoints overnight. Access to the internet has been cut.

The May and June votes were meant to draw a line under three years of military rule by transitional President Mahamat Idriss Deby, who seized power after his long-ruling father was killed in clashes with rebels in April 2021.

Deby junior, who is standing in the vote, has since faced street protests against delays in the elections and has had to bring some members of the opposition into his government, under moves to ease tensions brokered by regional leaders.

The United Nations and regional leaders have called for calm and urged Chadians to focus on the vote.

The violence this week has further exposed the complex ethnic and family ties that make up Chadian elite politics.

Deby senior had concentrated military and political power around his Zaghawa ethnic group.

His son has struggled to maintain that unity, and divisions have emerged, with some family members openly opposing him.

Dillo, the opposition leader who was killed, is from the same clan – believed to be a cousin or nephew of Deby junior – and his death has triggered anger within the family.

Exacerbating these concerns, the transitional president’s uncle, Gen. Saleh Deby Itno, last week defected to Dillo’s party and was reportedly subsequently detained.

Roland Marchal, a Chad expert at the Centre for International Studies (CERI) at Sciences Po Paris, said the fact that Saleh joined Dillo’s party was a signal that some in the extended family were extremely unhappy.

“The killing of Dillo is a sign of weakness. Dillo is not very popular in Chad so why take such extreme measures against him?” Marchal said.

Security sources say Deby Junior has sought to stamp his authority on the security forces, including by creating new units loyal to him.

As Islamist militancy spread across much of West Africa during the last decade, Chad has established itself as a key partner for Western and regional militaries.

Former colonial power France still has 1,000 troops and warplanes based there, even as it has been forced to withdraw from Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso due to rising anti-French sentiment in the region.

The United States has had drones based in Chad. N’Djamena also hosts the headquarters of the regional counter-terrorism task force.

Positioned between Libya and Sudan, Chad’s remote borderlands are often used by smugglers and armed groups operating in regional conflicts.

Most recently, United Nations experts said that Chad has been used as a route to supply crucial weapons from the United Arab Emirates to the RSF, the militia that has been fighting the Sudanese army since April 2023.

However, the UAE has denied this. Chad hosts nearly 700,000 Sudanese refugees from this conflict.

With the elections in Chad just around the corner and the killing of Dillo coming at this time, analysts say the African continent may be on the verge of witnessing the unveiling of yet another theatre of unrest. 

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Rice Wahala: How Smugglers Nearly Killed Me, Customs Officer Tells Court



An Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Mr Amos Ekundayo told a Federal High Court in Ibadan how a gang of rice smugglers attempted to kill him after shooting him in the head.

Ekundayo was led in evidence by Mr Michael Osug, the prosecution in the case filed against two suspected rice smugglers; Waliu Ayodeji and Lateef Odugbemi before Justice E.K. Akpan on Friday.

Ayodeji and Odugbemi were apprehended on May 22 2023 in the Igbo Ora area of Oyo State.

They had pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, unlawful importation of foreign rice, and conspiracy.

“I was one of the customs officers on patrol on May 22, 2023, when we were informed that a gang of smugglers were operating on the Ologbojo-Tapa road which is under the Igbo-ora area.

“On getting there with the other members of the team, I attempted to address the members of the gang.

”However, they told me that the only person who can address them was Sunday Igboho.

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“Before I knew what was happening, they shot me in the head and my back.,” Ekunday said.

He showed the court the three different spots where he was allegedly shot.

The witness also stated that he was taken to the Lago State University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.

He added that he spent eight days in the hospital before being discharged.

“During our investigation, we found out that the two defendants and others, now at large had smuggled 144 bags of per boiled rice from Cotonou, Benin Republic,” the customs officer said.

In his testimony, Mr Ganiu Salami, an informant to the Nigeria Customs Service said that he knew the two defendants as smugglers and that he informed the customs operatives about the May 22 2023 event.

“After the customs operatives accosted the gang of smugglers, the second defendant, Odugbemi pointed his gun and shot at Ekunday.

He tendered the medical report issued by the hospital in respect of the shooting before the court as an exhibit.

However, counsel to the first and second defendants, Mr. A.A. Okelola and Mr Adewale Ishola prayed the court not to admit the medical report tendered by Salami on the ground that it was not a certified true copy.

In their separate arguments, Okelola and Ishola said that the medical report was a mere coloured photocopy document.

In a counter-argument, the prosecution counsel, Osug said that the document that was tendered was original.

Finally, the court admitted the document as an exhibit against the defendants.

The judge adjourned the matter until March 23 for continuation of trial. 

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UNIPORT: NIMASA Intensifies Capacity Development, Delivers Marine and Transport Technology Building



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has handed over, two ultra-modern complexes housing the Institute of Marine and Transport Technology to the Management of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to Jamoh, the building which is a donation from NIMASA to the University, was the initiative of the previous leadership of the Agency, but on assumption, as the Director General he saw the need to review and commence the project.

*The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR (3rd right) presenting the keys of the Ultra-Modern Complex housing the Institute of Marine and Transport Technology donated by NIMASA, to the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Clifford Ofurum, while others look on in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He said, “The initiative dates back to 2012/2013 when the then DG of the Agency decided to build a maritime training institute. The initiative is not peculiar to Uniport but is present in all the six geopolitical zones of the country. Any investment in education is worthwhile.

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR and others during the presentation of the keys the Ultra-Modern Complex housing the Institute of Marine and Transport Technology, donated by NIMASA to the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State.

” Research has shown that lack of education is relatively responsible for maritime crimes in the Niger Delta Region. We hope beneficiaries of this Maritime institute will be instrumental in making Nigeria a major maritime nation”, he said.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abraham Georgewill, who was represented by the VC Administration, Prof. Clifford Ofurum thanked NIMASA for selecting Uniport as the location for the Maritime Institute, assuring that the University will provide adequate faculty to ensure courses are accredited and recognized globally.

*The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR (3rd right), Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Clifford Ofurum (4th left) and others during the presentation of the keys the Ultra-Modern Complex housing the Institute of Marine and Transport Technology, donated by NIMASA to the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State.

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