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Weekend Ginger: Buhari Is Good…It’s The King’s Men We’ll Pray For!

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  •  From Metuh, Michael Jackson to job creation…

With nearly 209,000 solar workers employees before the end of 2015, according to a new report from the Solar Foundation, the US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, with most of the jobs in power panel installation.

The US does not enjoy 25 percent ‘sun’s radiation like Nigeria. The US already enjoys 24/7 power-supplies which Nigeria may, at this rate, not achieve, throughout the life span of this administration. The US is exploiting and exporting ‘shale’ gas and oil, which Nigeria is not yet dreaming of. Yet, it has over 200,000 people, employeed in our own area of strength; and Nigeria cannot even boast of having 500 persons fully engaged there!

ghjfbgga‘Big’ countries become big, not only because their leaders are focused, determined and committed; but also, because the ‘King’s men’ are not unduly ‘intoxicated’, distracted and daily  un-mindful of their individual actions, especially its capacity to hit up the system.

Nigeria may never, ever be more blessed again, than today. We have the best President today, a man who is not only selfless, focused, dedicated, determined and committed, but a totally detribalise soul, who weighs his every action and word, before uttering them!

Metuh in handcuff

Metuh in handcuff


But can we say exactly the same of some of the King’s men?!
When the President exercised restraint in appointing them several weeks after his election, Nigerians took to subtle ‘blackmail’ of the President. There was nothing the media, pressured by the public did not do. Some even analysed what Nigeria was losing by their delayed appointment.
A wise President, he knew by their appointment, some of would only engender avoidable distractions. He was RIGHT!

Some of them are no longer even reading the President’s body language, in their vain desire to demonstrate masochistic individualism!

Section 36, sub section 5 stipulates that a man shall be deemed INNOCENT until proved GUILTY by court. The President swore to uphold the CONSTITUTION. The men he appointed need no special course, workshop or Retreat, to know that “obe ti oko kii je, iyawo kii se” (the wife does not cook the kind of soup the husband dislikes).

What would President Mohammadu Buhari gain, by bringing Metuh, the opposition party, PDP megaphone to court in handcuffs?
What would Buhari lose if we brought the man to court, without handcuffs?
Yet, only few souls can adequately know the great harms we have done, while unnecessarily hitting the system up, over an irrelevant issue.

I know Mr. President has no hand in this gesture. I know those who are doing this has no special Presidential permission, to do it. Buhari does not hate Metuh. Buhari does not hate Dasuki. Buhari does not hate Akpobolokemi. Buhari is only interested in retrieving what the suspected looters have illegitimately taken out of the system.
But, can you see how the ‘AMUGBALEGBES’ have altered it?!

It was a mistake bringing Metuh to court in handcuffs the first time. It was a blunder bringing him to court in handcuffs,the second time! If they knew he was guilty already, why bring him to court? If they have arrested him, prosecuted him, and found him guilty, then, what was the point in bringing him to court?!

A doctor was arraigned for the death of King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Even the drunken idiots knew he was guilty of negligence. In tort, it can be a criminal offence. Yet, he was not brought to court in handcuffs, for as long as the trial lasted. Until the last day, when he was pronounced guilty, and from nowhere came out the gleaming handcuffs, as the policeman standing behind him, gently nudged him, and politely demanded for his hands, handcuffing him, respectfully!

My daughter fell in love watching Buhari’s chit-chat/ meet the Press in December. “Dad, this is a man who weighs every of his word, before saying it!” I couldn’t agree less!

In the name of President Buhari, I beg you again, please don’t bring that man to court again, in handcuffs.
You are not helping Buhari’s cause!

There is a man I love. When he was the Head of Nigeria Labour Congress, he put everything in him into it. Now that he is an APC chieftain, Comrade Adams Oshiomole is doing exactly the same thing. So, I can understand, if my dear Comrade sees nothing wrong in the handcuffs. He is a 100percent APC stalwart!

But, while I justify the Edo State Governor, there may be somebody I may need to beg to tread, softly, softly. It is the President’s image maker, my Brother Femi Adeshina, especially in view of his recent statement about former President Goodluck Jonathan, being brought to book as quoted by Prime news, and anchored by Linda Ikeji’s blog.

According to the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, anyone including former President Goodluck Jonathan that is found guilty of corruption will be made to face the law. He said this in an interview with Premium Times yesterday January 21st

“There is no accord. If the corruption fight needs to get there (making Mr. Jonathan face justice), it will get there. With this president, nobody will be protected. And I underscore it, if it needs to get anywhere, it will get there.”Adesin said, quoting Linda Ikeji’s blog.

I want to believe that ‘Booda’ Femi was quoted out of context. I read the piece six time, and in no place did he indicate he was told by President Buhari to use those words!

We expect an experienced, Executive errand boy to assist in dousing fire; not stoke it with Enugu coal!
More so, with unproven allegation, that the Guide of Editors, under his watch fraternize with same Jonathan; and secured, according to Nduka Obaigbena, a whopping N50m !

Buhari is good. It is the King’s men we should be afraid of. Many of them, are consciously celebrating themselves, rather than helping the president.

The EFCC committed same blunders. They visited the home of ex-Customs Comptroller General, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, met minors watching tv; ransacked his home in his absence from morning to dusk, and finding nothing with which they could incriminate him, declared he should be arrested and disgraced, once sighted anywhere in Nigeria.

If we know our President, with the endowment of age, grace and robust maturity, Buhari cannot be a party to this type of recklessness!
What kind of a Father would ban his own son from coming, without any hearings: fair or unfair!
Not even the father of the Biblical Prodigal Son!

Yet, the same Dikko being vilified, would next week be indirectly celebrated by the Nigeria Customs Service, as the nation celebrates the International Customs Day (ICD), with the theme: “Digital Customs, Progressive Engagement.’’

Dikko digitalized the Nigeria Customs Service. The Service bagged an award last year, in hallowed acknowledgement of Dikko’s yeoman’s efforts in that regard. The World Customs Organization acknowledged it. Even his critics agreed to this. And Ghana attested to this, as it came Nigeria to learn the nitty gritty, saying it was not ready to reinvest the wheel!

Our President is good. It is the King’s men we should pray for.

“Since 2014, solar installation in the US has created more jobs than oil and gas pipeline construction and crude petroleum and natural gas extraction combined”, the report stated further, highlighting that jobs in installation area alone increased, from 43,934 jobs in 2010 to 119,931 in 2015.

The job situation has worsened between 2014 and 2016 in Nigeria. The foreign exchange is painfully and pathetically worsening by the day. The naira used to be N200 to a dollar, it is now N300. Only God knows what it will be tomorrow.

Nigeria needs uninterrupted power supplies. Nigeria needs jobs. Jobs from light. God knew this. And that was why the Bible tells us that HIS first pronouncement was: LET THERE BE LIGHT!

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WAIVER CESSATION: Igbokwe urges NIMASA to evolve stronger collaboration with Ships owners

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…Stresses the need for timely disbursement of N44.6billion CVFF***

Highly revered Nigerian Maritime Lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Igbokwe has urged the Nigeria Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) to partner with ship owners and relevant association in the industry to evolving a more vibrant merchant shipping and cabotage trade regime.

Igbokwe gave the counsel during his paper presentation at the just concluded two-day stakeholders’ meeting on Cabotage waiver restrictions, organized by NIMASA.

“NIMASA and shipowners should develop merchant shipping including cabotage trade. A good start is to partner with the relevant associations in this field, such as the Nigeria Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA), Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Oil Trade Group & Maritime Trade Group of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

“A cursory look at their vision, mission and objectives, show that they are willing to improve the maritime sector, not just for their members but for stakeholders in the maritime economy and the country”.

Adding that it is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a through briefing and regular consultation with ships owners, in other to have insight on the challenges facing the ship owners.

“It is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a thorough briefing and regular consultations with shipowners, to receive insight on the challenges they face, and how the Agency can assist in solving them and encouraging them to invest and participate in the maritime sector, for its development. 

“NIMASA should see them as partners in progress because, if they do not invest in buying ships and registering them in Nigeria, there would be no Nigerian-owned ships in its Register and NIMASA would be unable to discharge its main objective.

The Maritime lawyer also urged NIMASA  to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF)that currently stands at about N44.6 billion.

“Lest it be forgotten, what is on the lips of almost every shipowner, is the need to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (the CVFF’), which was established by the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act, 2003. It was established to promote the development of indigenous ship acquisition capacity, by providing financial assistance to Nigerian citizens and shipping companies wholly owned by Nigerian operating in the domestic coastal shipping, to purchase and maintain vessels and build shipping capacity. 

“Research shows that this fund has grown to about N44.6billion; and that due to its non-disbursement, financial institutions have repossessed some vessels, resulting in a 43% reduction of the number of operational indigenous shipping companies in Nigeria, in the past few years. 

“Without beating around the bush, to promote indigenous maritime development, prompt action must be taken by NIMASA to commence the disbursement of this Fund to qualified shipowners pursuant to the extant Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (“CVFF”) Regulations.

Mike Igbokwe (SAN)

“Indeed, as part of its statutory functions, NIMASA is to enforce and administer the provisions of the Cabotage Act 2003 and develop and implement policies and programmes which will facilitate the growth of local capacity in ownership, manning and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructure. Disbursing the CVFF is one of the ways NIMASA can fulfill this mandate.

“To assist in this task, there must be collaboration between NIMASA, financial institutions, the Minister of Transportation, as contained in the CVFF Regulations that are yet to be implemented”, the legal guru highlighted further. 

He urged the agency to create the right environment for its stakeholders to build on and engender the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders.

“Lastly, which is the main reason why we are all here, cessation of ministerial waivers on some cabotage requirements, which I believe is worth applause in favour of NIMASA. 

“This is because it appears that the readiness to obtain/grant waivers had made some of the vessels and their owners engaged in cabotage trade, to become complacent and indifferent in quickly ensuring that they updated their capacities, so as not to require the waivers. 

“The cessation of waivers is a way of forcing the relevant stakeholders of the maritime sector, to find workable solutions within, for maritime development and fill the gaps in the local capacities in 100% Nigerian crewing, ship ownership, and ship building, that had necessitated the existence of the waivers since about 15 years ago, when the Cabotage Act came into being. 

“However, NIMASA must ensure that the right environment is provided for its stakeholders to build and possess the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders. Or better still, that they are solved within the next 5 years of its intention to stop granting waivers”, he further explained. 

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The Burial Ceremony of Engr. Greg Ogbeifun’s mother is live. Watch on the website: www.maritimefirstnewspaper.com and on Youtube: Maritimefirst Newspaper.

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Wind Farm Vessel Collision Leaves 15 Injured

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…As Valles Steamship Orders 112,000 dwt Tanker from South Korea***

A wind farm supply vessel and a cargo ship collided in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday leaving 15 injured.

The Cyprus-flagged 80-meter general cargo ship Raba collided with Denmark-flagged 31-meter wind farm supply vessel World Bora near Rügen Island, about three nautical miles off the coast of Hamburg. 

Many of those injured were service engineers on the wind farm vessel, and 10 were seriously hurt. 

They were headed to Iberdrola’s 350MW Wikinger wind farm. Nine of the people on board the World Bora were employees of Siemens Gamesa, two were employees of Iberdrola and four were crew.

The cause of the incident is not yet known, and no pollution has been reported.

After the collision, the two ships were able to proceed to Rügen under their own power, and the injured were then taken to hospital. 

Lifeboat crews from the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service tended to them prior to their transport to hospital via ambulance and helicopter.

“Iberdrola wishes to thank the rescue services for their diligence and professionalism,” the company said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Hong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.

Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.

The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.

The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.

Maritime Executive with additional report from World Maritime News

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