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CGC Adeniyi Declares Open 2024 Edition Of Exercise ‘Haske Biyu’ At AFCSC Jaji

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…Commits to Enhancing Synergy between Nigeria Customs and Staff College

In a momentous event held at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, graced the Opening Ceremony of Exercise Haske Biyu 2024 as a Special Guest of Honour. 

The opening ceremony, which took place on Monday, 11 March 2024, marked the commencement of the training exercise focusing on Internal Security and Low-Intensity Conflict operations in Nigeria.

Expressing his gratitude to the Commandant of the College for the invitation, the Comptroller-General emphasized the importance of joint collaboration among law enforcement agencies. 

He stated, “The importance of joint and multi-agency collaboration in internal security and low-intensity conflict operations amongst law enforcement agencies and the military cannot be over-emphasized.”

Highlighting the objectives of Exercise Haske Biyu, the Comptroller-General remarked, “The objective of Exercise ‘Haske Biyu’ is to broaden your individual and collective knowledge and understanding of military operations other than war with emphasis on internal security and counter-insurgency operations.” 

The CGC, who highlighted the launch of the ‘Securite Par Collaboracion’ project in 2016 as a response to the heightened insurgency in the Northwest region, underscored the significance of such exercises in fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing among stakeholders.

Drawing attention to the impact of current security trends on Customs operations, the Comptroller-General stated, “The impact of the current security trends has also been felt on Customs, especially as the gatekeepers of the Nation.”

He also expressed optimism that the three weeks of training will equip the participants to delve into conflict resolution and management mechanisms, adding, “I would like to emphasize that you all consider the use of soft power as an effective tool for termination of conflicts.”

Speaking further, the Comptroller-General outlined the broader significance of initiatives like Exercise ‘Haske Biyu’ in fostering collaborative engagements and strengthening national security. 

He stated, “Initiatives like these should benefit not just the participants but, like other joint engagements, should be seen as an opportunity to foster collaborative engagements in promoting inter-agency relationships to strengthen our National security.”

He also urged participants to maintain security consciousness and assured them of support in reporting any observed security issues, “I wish you all a successful and worthwhile stay in Jaji. It is, therefore, my singular honour and privilege to formally declare Exercise ‘Haske Biyu’ 2024 open.” he added.

Earlier, the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji Air Vice Marshal Hassan Idris Alhaji, applauded the level of synergy that exists between the Nigeria Customs Service and the military, which resulted in paving the way for the CGC to play the role of Special Guest of Honour at the opening of Exercise Haske Biyu 2024.

The commandant, in his speech, vowed to use the significant platform for knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and the development of strategic frameworks aimed at enhancing Nigeria’s internal security and counter-insurgency capabilities.

He raised concern over the current security situation in some parts of the country and expressed optimism that 

the new approach will address the common problems in Nigeria, “That is why we have this range of stakeholders participating in this exercise.” he said.

He added, “It is therefore expected that this exercise will enable the participants to build their capacity as well as understand their limitations and how best they can address those as best as possible. As representatives from the various stakeholders, you participants ought to take maximum advantage of the opportunity created by the exercise for self-improvement.”

He also urged them to pay attention to the exercise and provide practical and workable solutions to problems associated with internal security.

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Zoe Maritime Roundtable Targets Improved Passenger Safety, Using Chinese Experience

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…Edodo-Emore refocuses Stakeholders’ attention on Security and new technologies in inland waterways

Significant progress will be achieved in the area boat -passenger safety amongst other gains, as Nigeria gets an infrequent opportunity to learn from the Chinese experience in improving general service delivery in-country.

The Chinese Consul-General in Nigeria, Madam Yan Yuqing, one of the key speakers at a Zoe Maritime Summit is expected, in addition to dissecting the topic of improving services delivery, to also offer, useful ideas and lessons on safe inland waterways operations in Nigeria.

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The Summit promoter,  and CEO of Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd, Barr (Mrs) Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore told Maritime First that the discussion is designed to inland waterways operators the knowledge to better manage the sector, particularly, towards improving boat passenger safety.

 Consequently, a major highlight of the Summit is a presentation on the Chinese experience in the management of inland waterways.

The Barrister highlighted that with the theme: “Security and New Technologies in Inland Waterways Transportation”, the Zoe Resources Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting h places at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos should be a must-to-attend Summit. 

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Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore noted that prominent maritime personalities and revered industry players have confirmed readiness to grace the occasion.

Among these are the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy,. Adegboyega Oyetola is scheduled to unveil the Ministry’s focus and plans for Inland Waterways and Coastal Services, an intervention that has agitated the minds of inland waterway operators since his appointment last year.

Others are Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA); Mrs Oluseyi Oluyede, Managing Director, Niger Benue Transport Company Ltd (NBTC), and Rhoda Olofu, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Marine Police Command.

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Industry technocrats, heads of security agencies and regulatory authorities expected to feature in panel discussions on the theme include the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko; Director- General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola and the Managing Director/CEO, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Alhaji Munirudeen Bola Oyebamiji.

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Also billed to participate in the breakfast summit are port users, heads of maritime desks of banks, government agencies and insurance companies. Others are ship owners, boat owners, boat captains, log byistic companies, barge operators and any other entity whose operations are inland waterway-based.

Freight forwarders, importers and oil and gas companies will also grace the occasion.

Foreign entities from maritime nations will also feature and make interventions especially as concerns experiences in their respective nations to enable Nigerians benefit from global inland waterways visibility, network, growth and exchange of knowledge.

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FG Approves Cancelation Of 25% Penalty On Improperly Imported Vehicles

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The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy has approved the cancellation of the 25 per cent penalty previously imposed on improperly imported vehicles by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) under the directives of the Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy.

A 90-day window, effective from 4th March 2024 to 5th July 2024, for the regularisation of import duties on specific categories of vehicles, was approved by the minister with a 25% penalty.

According to a press statement issued by the National Public Relations Officer of NCS, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, to ease economic hardship and encourage compliance, the Honourable Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy has approved the suspension of the 25% penalty previously imposed in addition to import duty on improperly imported vehicles.

 “Stakeholders, including vehicle owners, importers, and agents, are therefore encouraged to seize this opportunity to regularise import duty payments within the designated 90-day time frame,” the release noted.

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Merganser: BV Certifies World’s First Solar Solution Prototype for SolarDuck’s Floating Offshore

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Bureau Veritas (BV), a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification (TIC), has awarded the Dutch-Norwegian renewable energy company SolarDuck the world’s first Prototype Certification for a floating offshore solar technology, as applied in SolarDuck’s 0.5 MW pilot “Merganser”.

This certification represents a significant step forward in the development of marine renewable energy technologies for offshore applications.

The Merganser project, developed by SolarDuck and supported by RWE, features an offshore floating solar pilot with a capacity of 520 kWp. Comprising six interconnected platforms, the solution is designed to withstand challenging offshore conditions, including high waves, strong winds, and corrosive environments. The design has been certified to withstand a maximum wave height of 11.6 meters (with a directional 10-year return period) at a water depth of 21.5 meters (MSL) at the North Sea Farmers test site. It will be deployed off the coast of The Hague, Netherlands, providing a real-world operational environment to evaluate its performance and resilience in the dynamic North Sea.

Bureau Veritas has been actively supporting SolarDuck in its pioneering efforts to develop floating solar solutions. The certification of the Merganser prototype follows the Approval in Principle (AiP) granted for its floating structure.

Throughout the certification process, Bureau Veritas meticulously evaluated the prototype against rules and standards, including guidance note NI631 on the Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies. These assessments covered various aspects such as the floating structure, mooring system, stability analysis, materials, and electrical safety systems. Moving forward, the technology will be further evaluated for a type certification.   

Don Hoogendoorn, CTO of SolarDuck, commented: “A key step in making the technology bankable is obtaining certification of the technology. As long-standing-partners, SolarDuck has cooperated closely with Bureau Veritas to verify the technology for the harsh North Sea conditions, marking a significant milestone in the development of our offshore floating solar technology”.

“The certification of SolarDuck’s prototype Merganser reflects the collaborative efforts between Bureau Veritas and industry innovators in advancing sustainable energy solutions. Our expertise in assessing structural integrity and conducting design evaluations played an important role in meeting technical standards, highlighting our commitment to fostering innovation while ensuring safety and reliability in offshore renewable energy projects”, says Martijn Nieuwenhuijs, Country Chief Executive, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Netherlands.

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