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CIoTA: Tumaka, Umoren, Others stress Training, Professionalism as Stakeholders mark International Women’s Maritime Day



CIoTA: Tumaka, Umoren, Others stress Training, Professionalism as Stakeholders mark International Women's Maritime Day

Nigerian Maritime Industry Adorable, Hajia Lami Tumaka on Wednesday stressed the importance of training and retraining to the evolution of core professional women, able to fully overcome today’s gender disparity while meeting daily unfolding industry challenges.

Tumaka, a former Director of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was speaking on the theme:  “Training, Visibility, Recognition And Supporting A Barrier-Free Work Environment”, as a lead discussant at an online event of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIoTA) Nigeria, organized to mark the International Day for Women in Maritime, as endorsed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in Lagos.

Hajia Lami Tumaka was particularly concerned that women were yet to adequately contribute their quota in several strata of the African continent, particularly Nigeria; and called attention to indubitable statistics, to corroborate her view.

The second speaker Dr. Mrs Bello Abu

“Out of the 409 members of the National Assembly, only 19 are women, which is about 4%, even though 75 percent of the Nigerian population is constituted of women and youths”, Tumaka, an enduring promoter of professionalism in women said, frowning on the fact that the National Assembly was not offering enough support, in this regard.

“The National Assembly threw out five Bills until they were prevailed upon to bring them back.

“We all know that the maritime industry is male-dominated, despite that, there are women in the industry that are performing well, but with this theme, what it means is that women should be trained and retrained, to make them well educated and give them the visibility that they deserve.

“The world needs to see that women are doing very well, and their efforts should be crowned with recognitions and awards”, she also said, expressing an ire, that this disparity has also been reflected in sports.

“In the sports world, you would find out that in terms of payments, there is a wide gap between the men and the women. For some reason, I don’t why, female police officers cannot have children for a certain length of time, but it is different for men, this is gender disparity.

“In the maritime industry, the narrative has to be changed by creating opportunities for the women because there are roles they can play in the sector” she stated, stressing that though the society may not be willing to grant women their due recognition, professionalism, constant training and un-spared Commitment, would secure women the desired visibility and recognition.

“Training is critical for women to take up higher responsibility in the maritime.

Nobody will give you a seat because you are a woman; you have to build your capacity and show that you can be there and play at the highest level.

That is what the theme for this year’s international day for women in maritime is about.

“While we know we are not yet where we should be, but we can get there, there are various women who have been outstanding and have distinguished themselves… the likes of Mrs Mfon Usoro, the first DG of NIMASA, first woman President of CILT, and Abuja MoU; Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, Princess Vicky Haastrup, Jean Chiazor- Anishere, Juliana Gunwa, Mrs Bola Muse, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, Lami Tumaka, and many more.

“We all tried to break the bias.

We worked hard and built our capacity,” Tumaka pointed out, soliciting for women’s greater inclusiveness on Government’s parastatal board, particularly within the Federal Ministry of Transportation.

Corroborating Tumaka’s view, the Abuja MoU Secretary-General, Captain Sunday Umoren, acknowledged the fact that women, when given the chance, frequently delivered exceptionally outstanding performances.

Going down the memory lane, Umoren recalled his days onboard and appreciated some of the women who actually distinguished themselves, while onboard with him.

“On my last few ships, there were five girls onboard the ship and they were good.

Training should be two-angled.

Men should accept the fact that women come into the space to support and not to take away our jobs.

Excellence will make you visible.

The spirit of excellence will break barriers.

Capt Sunday Umoren, Abuja MoU Secretary-General

It is about competence,” Capt Umoren highlighted, tasking women to commit more to training, and stressing, that professionalism would make it truly impossible either to be ignored or denied, what is due them, within the industry pedestal.

Highly Informed stakeholders and discussants at the virtual event included Dr. Ifeyinwa Nwakwesi, Professor Dayo, Mrs. Asagwara, Jessica, Chika, Professor Calistus Ibe, and Dr. Mercy Bello-Abu, Rivers State Coordinator of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), who emphasized that her presence was motivated by constant hunger, for knowledge.

“As a consultant, I know the importance of training for our women”, Dr. Abu stated, stressing that making a mark, actually begins by a deep inward knowledge of one’s worth.

“For the women in the industry, do acknowledge compliments, appreciate others and prepare the next generation. We must be selective in networking with people, choose and plan your relationship, use your talent and know what you are doing with it”, she stated further, stressing the need for MDAs in Nigeria, to pay special attention to the vision and mission of the international bodies like the United Nations, and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The meeting was Moderated by the National Publicity Secretary of CIoTA, who is also a staff of NIMASA, Mrs. Chizoba Anyika, and assisted by CIoTA’s Registrar, Rasheed Aiyela.

But it was Anyika who later stressed the immense opportunities within the maritime industry, and urged women to stop sitting on the fence.


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MWUN: Pay Aged Seafarers’ Entitlement, Adeyanju Urges Oyetola



MWUN congratulates women on International Women's Day

The President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN}, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju has urged the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola to look inward first and protect the rights of aged seafarers who have contributed immensely to the growth of this country.

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, who made the call in his chat with newsmen during the 2023 MARAN Annual Maritime Lecture organized by Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, also enjoined the Minister to see this counsel as a topmost agenda.

“It is only in Nigeria that people who contributed to the growth of the economy are not valued until after their death, people that have contributed to sea fearing in Nigeria today, some of them are languishing in poverty. 

“The Court judgment is very clear with an instruction that their pension and gratuity should be paid; but as I speak, the pension and gratuity are yet to be paid, despite meetings and letters being sent.

“Ministries of Transport and that of Labour set up Committees to look into it for verification exercise to be carried out on all sea fearers in Nigeria (including the deceased) so that they of their next of kins can be paid their benefits but when the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy came in and was trying to float NNSL, we reminded him that the retirees have not been paid their rights, 

“We are not asking him not to do anything he wishes to do, our stand is that all retirees must get their rights and if that is not done we might be forced to resort to industrial action” he declared.

Speaking on the issue of insecurity in the maritime industry, Comrade Adeyanju said: “The insecurity in the port is the order of the day and the government needs to be blamed as a result of not empowering the security agents that are supposed to manage the affairs of security in the ports.

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President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), an Ibadan Prince, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju

“You could imagine the Marine Police, hardly will you see them with boats for them to patrol. 

You go to Area B, and even within the port here in Apapa, there are no facilities for them to work. How do you expect the security to be managed? We should use this medium to tell the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), and all the relevant stakeholders to encourage the security agents within the port, for them to give optimal performance as it is expected of them” he concluded.

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Idiroko Customs Uncovers 975 Rounds of  Ammunition Concealed In 5 Bags Of Rice 



The Ogun 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service uncovered the antics deployed by unscrupulous criminals to smuggle in live ammunition through a bush path along Palace/Ayetoro road, Imeko, Afon local Government area of Ogun State.

The perpetrators are however, yet to apprehend.

 Five bags of foreign parboiled rice containing 975 rounds of red star live cartridges were intercepted at 0005hrs on Monday 27, November 2023.

Disclosing this on Wednesday, the Acting Customs Area Controller of the Command, Bello Shuaibu, said that  efforts are underway to track the perpetrators of the illicit importation.

*Bello Shuaibu,…yet to apprehend the perpetrators

He expressed delight on how operatives of the Command thwarted the evil plans of the enemies of the State by preventing smuggling of live ammunition into the country.

His words: “Our presence here today depicts our unwavering commitment to safeguarding and strengthening the security architecture of our beloved nation against insecurity as we will be showcasing our most recent anti smuggling exploits. We are delighted to report that we have thwarted the evil plans of the enemies of the State by preventing the smuggling of live ammunition into the country.”

He added that arms and ammunition smuggling is a high-intelligence operation, as perpetrators often attempt to evade the watchful eyes of law enforcement agents.

 He stated that the war against illegal firearms requires concerted and collaborative efforts from law-abiding citizens of this country to checkmate such a nefarious activity.

 “Smuggling of arms and ammunition is a menace that knows no borders and feeds on the vulnerability of our society,” he said.

He warned that the consequences of unchecked smuggling of arms and ammunition are severe, ranging from the empowerment of criminal organizations to escalating crises and compromising national security. 

He reiterated that for these reasons, his command will not relent nor compromise in waging war against the smuggling of unlawful arms and ammunition in building a safe and stable nation.

Shuaibu explained that the operatives of the command uncovered the secret of the unscrupulous elements when  operatives  conducted a sessional and intelligence-based operation to unravel the tactics deployed by unscrupulous elements to bring in live ammunition through the Imeko axis of the State.

“We have been on the trail of the ammunition for about a week. Fortunately, at 00:05 hours of the day, we received an intel that the five bags of foreign parboiled rice, containing live cartridges of Red Star ammunition, had been carefully hidden in a bush path along the Palace-Ayetoro road, Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

“Our operatives went to the spot and evacuated the five bags of rice without any encounter. The bags of rice were suspected due to the unusual threading and sewing of the sacks. This quickly aroused the suspicion of our operatives, leading to their opening for proper examination at the Border station.

“During the examination, about 975 rounds of Red Star live cartridges were found to have been ingeniously concealed in the bags. We have intensified efforts to track down the perpetrators of this nefarious act for them to be brought to justice. We recognize the potential danger of arms and ammunition trafficking, which is life-threatening. We shall not renege on our efforts in combating smuggling activities in their entirety,” the Acting Controller said. 

He appreciated the officers and men of the Command for their bravery and commended the patriotism of their informant.

 “We call on well-meaning Nigerians with useful intel to collaborate with us in enhancing the security of our dear nation. You are assured of maximum security cover. Let me use this medium to reiterate that we remain resolute in promoting national security,” he assured.

He also expressed gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi for his support and enhancement of the Command’s operations. Shuaibu equally extended his appreciation to sister agencies for the synergy and collaboration the command has continuously enjoyed.

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$54,330: Comptroller Nnadi Again Hands Over Snatched Funds To EFCC



…Dera Nnadi Credits feat to Officers’ patriotic selflessness, and CGC’s Impactful Spirit

The Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) Customs Area Controller, Dera Nnadi this week handed over to the Federal Government, $54,330 bribe money snatched from those wanting the Command to clear Tramadol, falsely declared as electrical appliances, valued at over N856m.

While handing over the Dollars to the Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) , Mr. Michael Wetkas, Comptroller Nnadi specifically emphasized the zero tolerance for corruption stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, MFR.

Twice as Strong: Comptroller Dera Nnadi after handing over snatched funds to the EFCC at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos

The Maritime First learnt that this was not the first time Comptroller Dera Nnadi was actually handing over snatched funds to the Federal coffers. He similarly performed same act, while he headed the Seme Border Customs Command.

Ironically, it was through the same EFCC chieftain, Mr. Michael Wetkas that he had returned the snatched Dollars to the Federal coffers.

*Crispy $54,330 going into Federal coffers through the EFCC

Fielding questions on how truly a Nigerian he is, returning such hard currency, only few weeks to Christmas, the Tin Can Island Port Controller praised the selfless and patriotic commitment of the officers and men of the Command, while noting the huge and impactful, motivational influence of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi.

Comptroller Nnadi said the illegal importation of the Tramadol was in clear violation of Section 233 of Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023 and commended the officers who stood their grounds to work ethically and lawfully in the interest of national security.

He also called for continuous compliance on the part of port users and reminded them that the NCS with the collaboration of sister agencies like EFCC will continue to frustrate criminal activities in the port.

Nnadi specially thanked his predecessor, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede, under whose watch, this particular seizure was achieved, describing him as a noteworthy example of what the Service is preaching. He highlighted that two suspects who were arrested in connection with the two containers, were currently being investigated by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control for possible prosecution.

In his reaction, the EFCC Lagos Zonal Boss, Mr. Michael Wekas while taking over the cash, described the feat as a victory for the country and to all the security agencies.

He delightfully celebrated the officers of the TCIP Command which achieved the feat. He also lauded the CGC, for the letter of commendation written, in appreciation of the six Customs officers who refused to bow to pressure and inducement, from the owners of the illicit drugs.

*The Command’s Special six

He promised continued collaboration between the EFCC, NCS and other sister agencies, stressing that, the era of working without collaboration is gone.

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