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COMTUA Seeks Gov. Makinde’s Intervention, Release of Impounded Container



COMTUA Faults OYRTMA's Request For Obstruction Charges; After Truck's Removal

… Alleges OSROTMA insists on Government’s fines being paid into Private firm’s bank***

The Committee of Transport Unions and Associations (COMTUA) has expressed its shock that an Oyo State Government agency is issuing penalties and fines, and directing that such fines be paid, to a private firm’s bank.

The body’s grouse is actually a major part of its protest to the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, against the Chairman of Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OSRTMA), whom it said, issued them a disturbing fine of N850,000 and insisted they should be paid to a private firm, Reliable Auto Services.

Describing what they alleged as an  ‘unruly behaviour’, the association wondered why a government agency would fine and direct that such money be paid into a private account, instead of the agency’s account or the State Government’s account.

In a letter written to the governor and signed by the COMTUA President, Comrade Adeyinka Aroyewun, the body with a strong maritime presence, also expressed its gratitude to the Executive Governor, for the timely removal of its member’s container which fell and blocked the road around Challenge in Ibadan, stressing that it was a further proof of Gov. Makinde’s administration’s promptness to resolve issues around safety of lives and properties.

COMTUA Seeks Gov. Makinde's Intervention, Release of Impounded Container

The association regretted every embarrassment the accident which resulted in the abandonment of the container on the side of the road might have caused the government and the good people of Oyo state.

The body claimed it actually responded promptly to the accident by visiting the scene to ensure the safety of lives and property, as well as relevant agencies of government, particularly, the Police and FRSC; and paying equipment operators, including crane, Hiab loader and towing van, to remove the truck and container from the road.

“We could not completely evacuate the container due to equipment scarcity within the state.

The DPO of Felele Police Station and the Unit Commander of the FRSC, Toll Gate Unit, Lagos-Ibadan Express Road, were professionals in their conduct by ensuring that lives and properties were properly protected.

“The container would not have stayed beyond the same day but for logistics challenges,” the association explained further.

 It, therefore, pleaded with Governor, to consider the release of the said truck and container; which is currently in the custody of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, adding that the association leadership has already suffered adequate humiliation.

According to COMTUA, the letter became necessary after approaching the agency which gave “a bill of Eight hundred and fifty Thousand Naira (N850,000), payable to a Zenith Bank Account Number 1016751601, whose beneficiary is RELIABLE AUTO SERVICES, instead of the Agency or State government account.”

The association expressed its concern; and indicated that in a whiff of disbelief, it immediately dispatched a delegation, led by the COMTUA President, to meet with the Chairman.

The letter reads: “Our purpose of the visit was to express our gratitude and solidarity to the government of Oyo State through the agency, plead for a waiver on the said fine and seek clarification on the account.

“We were (however) disturbed by the level of misrepresentation of your government, the chairman demonstrated.

 “Apart from being unprofessional, he did not hide his complex towards LASTMA, when he realised we came from Lagos.

“This was noted without stress when he kept referring to the agency in every of his statement, comparing structures and operation mode instead of addressing the issue.

“We were humiliated in the presence of his female friends in the office.

“We were threatened to be beaten by hoodlums and he eventually abandoned our delegation to play Table Tennis within the complex.

“We were abandoned for several hours before we left the premises without achieving any meaningful results.

“He was extremely boastful and willing to take laws into his hands simply because he claim to report directly to the governor.

“He advised us to go to court and emphasised his influence on the judiciary.

“We do pray that you look into our appeal and also consider calling the concerned officer to order in the interest of the image of your administration.

“Such character does not fit the respect and popularity your administration commands,” the association further posited.

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Healing Initiative: Customs CG Hosts Maiden Retired Management Team Reunion



…Pledges Welfare Boost***

The Comptroller-General Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR has flagged of a structured healing process, as he initiated a maiden retired Management Team members of the Nigeria Customs Service, stressing that they have so much to offer in terms of experience, and shared legacy of diligence and commitment. 

Addressing a momentous gathering at the Customs Corporate Headquarters in Abuja on Saturday, 25 November 2023, the Customs Comptroller General said he recognised and appreciates their importance, contributions, and dedication; and would ensure their relevance is honoured.

Adeniyi disclosed ongoing discussions with the Minister of Finance to champion a bill establishing a dedicated Pension Scheme, adding that the Service has received the best from them and intends to honour.

“Today marks a momentous occasion as we come together for the first-ever reunion of Customs’ seasoned leaders”, Comptroller General, Adewale Adeniyi stated, in a heartfelt address, adding:

“This strategic initiative reflects foresight in securing the financial future of leaders within the Nigeria Customs Service”.

He reassured the retirees of comprehensive measures to elevate their welfare with a plan to integrate them into the Nigeria Customs Service’s healthcare programs. 

Specifically, he also emphasized his genuine commitment to sustaining bonds beyond active service; emphasizing the wealth of knowledge within the room and the need to strengthen the roots connecting the past, present, and future of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Highlighting the retirees’ significant contributions, Adeniyi stressed crafting customized programs for seamless collaboration, ensuring the service continues to benefit from their expertise; and described the gathering as a definitive avenue for connecting with successful leaders who have played pivotal roles in shaping the organization.

Optimistic about the impact of the reunion, the CGC expressed confidence that their coming together would contribute to greater efficiency, enhanced regulatory compliance, and entrench stable economic development goals for the country. 

 “I am confident that with your continued support and guidance, we will overcome challenges and achieve greater heights”, he further said.

Those present at the occasion included the immediate past Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ahmed Ali (retired), Dr. Abubakar Musa, Bernard Nwadialo, and a former sole administrator, Major-General SOG Ango (retired).

Also in attendance were many retired Deputy Comptroller-Generals of Customs and Assistant Comptroller-Generals of Customs.

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33rd IMO General Assembly: Jamoh To Market Blue Economy



…While Oyetola announces vision to international audience***

The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA Dr Bashir Jamoh has indicated that he would meticulously market the Blue Economy, once he arrived in London, as part of Nigeria’s delegation to the 33rd session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) General Assembly.
He also said the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, who is leading Nigeria’s delegation will announce Nigeria’s Blue Economy direction to the global audience while participating at the IMO 2023 General Assembly.

*Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, (right) and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA during the 33rd session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) General Assembly in London.

The Maritime First First was told, that Over the next few days, the global maritime community will be better informed about the efforts of President Bola Tinubu’s Administration to harness Nigeria’s maritime potentials in line with Global Best Practices.

*R-L: Alternate Permanent Representative to the IMO, Abdul Dirisu; Director, Maritime Safety & Security, Babatunde Bombata; Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola; Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, and Deputy  Director, London office, William Bwala during the 33rd session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) General Assembly in London.

“NIMASA, as IMO’s focal Agency in Nigeria, remains resolute in administering Safety and Security in our maritime domain”, Jamoh explained.

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Maritime Expert Unveils Book For Pupils On Career Path



Olaitan Williams says book is to motivate pupils to explore the Blue Economy sector’s huge potential***

A book, “Some Career Opportunities in the Marine and Blue Economy Workplace” was on Monday unveiled by a maritime expert, Mrs Violet Olaitan Williams, in a deliberate move to motivate pupils to explore the huge job potential in the Marine and Blue Economy sector.

The book was unveiled during the Ocean Ambassadors Foundation’s (OAF) fifth Educators and Maritime Stakeholders Lecture and Award; and 4th nationwide virtual Maritime Quiz Competition in Lagos.

Williams said she initially had a book that had a compendium, a compilation of lecture series for the past six years, but discovered that an 18-year-old girl did not know the colour of water not to talk of careers therein.

“To this extent, what we are trying to do in essence is to make sure that an elementary school boy or girl will fashion out their career in the marine and blue economy in the early stages.

“So, I had to simplify it and try to get the ABC of it so that with the new ministry of marine and blue economy, it will be easier even at the top to understand because the ministry is new,” she said.

Williams, a former board member of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, noted that most people who got into the maritime industry, as we all heard them today, got in accidentally.

“But we want a sustainable industry so that it will not be an accidental entry, it will be a purposeful entry with sustainability.

“We only have the platform now, the framework, but the impetus to continue is sustainable and must start from the cradle, and that is what informed me,” she said.

On plans to inculcate this into the school framework, Williams noted that in 2022, she wrote to the Ministry of Education and fortunately got a reply from their agency that deals with curriculum and that was where we are now.

“But with the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, they should take it up because we were advocating for a blue economy industry and now that we have it, they should take it up.

“We have done our beat, they should now invite us to ask where we have stopped because we have stopped when it comes to curriculum,” she said.

Earlier, while reviewing the book, Mrs Carolyn Ufere, the Independent Maritime Practitioner and former General Manager, the Nigerian Ports Authority, described Williams a lone fighter trying to push the industry forward.

Ufere noted that Williams’s focus on educating the girl-child and getting the best out of them motivated her to write the book.

“The book contains several elements that will compel the younger ones into the field, the title is clear and the forward highlights the significance of the ocean as a source of work for mankind.

“The book presents the maritime sector as an arena where issues are addressed and she charges the young ones to sell the blue economy to the world, selling its gains,” she said.

Ufere noted that information was power, adding that the book contained tools that would be used to empower the young girl and likewise the boys.

“I recommend the book to every institution, organisation where great minds are nurtured as it will be a book that will turn around our nation,” she said.

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