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Day Of The Seafarers: NIMASA Says Seafarers Are Global-Trade Backbone  

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Day Of The Seafarers: NIMASA Says Seafarers Are Global Trade Backbone  

…Mobereola says today is for profound recognition and appreciation of those who truly move the world!

The Director General, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola has described seafarers as the backbone of global trade, stressing the need to ensure the well-being of their home- nation.

Mobereola stated this today (Tuesday, June 25, 2024) in Lagos, on the occasion of the 2024 celebration of Day Of The Seafarers, which was held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

“Today is not just a celebration; it’s a profound recognition and appreciation for the people who truly move the world”, the Director General, Dr. Mobereola stated, in a welcome address, to the movers and shakers of the Nigerian Maritime industry.

“We recognize the humongous challenges seafarers face, including war zones, pirates, and exposure to health risks. We also acknowledge that some basic rights, such as proper insurance and compensation, are not always guaranteed. 

Day Of The Seafarers: NIMASA Says Seafarers Are Global Trade Backbone  
Dr Dayo Mobereola

“This is (therefore ) a call to action for all stakeholders, government, ship-owners, and ourselves at NIMASA to address these issues and prioritize Seafarers’ welfare.

“We recognize the humongous challenges seafarers face, including war zones, pirates, and exposure to health risks”

“As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reminds us with the theme ‘NAVIGATING THE FUTURE: SAFETY FIRST,’ seafarers are the backbone of global trade. 

“They brave challenging conditions, ensuring over 80% of the world’s trade reaches its destination. Their dedication strengthens not only the international economy but more importantly, the well-being of their home nation, Nigeria”, Mobereola said, expressing his delight that, NIMASA’s human capacity-building initiatives have resulted in the training and retraining of Nigerian Seafarers to acquire the required skills in line with industry needs.

“We have prioritized the training programmes/ courses to enable the seafarers to acquire the relevant advanced certificates that will enhance their employment opportunities.

Also Read: Seafarers Are Unsung Heroes Of Global Economy – Mobereola

“In the area of employment of Seafarers, the Agency through the introduction of the New Cabotage Compliance Strategy on Manning has ensured that all foreign Seafarer Ratings and some category of officers on board Cabotage Vessels are Immediately replaced with qualified Nigerian Seafarers.

“The Third phase of the Nigerian Seafarers’ Development program aims to graduate 435 officers. Many trainees are currently undergoing mandatory sea-time training onboard ocean-going vessels”, the highly Informed DG stated, noting that the major challenge now lies in securing placements for the qualified seafarers

“Soon, certain positions such as Ratings and Officer of the Watch will be designated as “no longer available” for foreign Seafarers to occupy”

 Emphasising his unspared commitment to resolve this issue, Dr Mobereola assured that the Agency is already exploring avenues to create jobs for the nation’s seafarers, including collaborating with government agencies like the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

“Soon, certain positions such as Ratings and Officer of the Watch will be designated as “no longer available” for foreign Seafarers to occupy. However, some other positions may be considered based on merit for foreigners to occupy.

“Let me (therefore), inform this esteemed gathering, that the Agency is working tirelessly to strengthen its legal framework by domesticating all Maritime Labour-related ILO Conventions ratified by Nigeria. These conventions include the Maritime Labour Conventions (MLC) 2006 as amended, the Seafarers Identity Document (SID) Convention as amended, and the Dock Work Convention.

Day Of The Seafarers: NIMASA Says Seafarers Are Global Trade Backbone  
Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Chief Adegboyega Oyetola

“‘Nigeria has the potential to be a maritime powerhouse. To achieve this, we must focus on a three-pronged approach:

*Talent Acquisition: 

We need to bridge the gap in understanding of the maritime Industry, attracting young minds with fulfilling career paths.

*Talent Development: 

Equipping seafarers with continuous learning opportunities and a service-oriented mindset will unlock their full potential.

*Talent Deployment: 

We must promote female participation and ensure qualified Nigerians secure placements on vessels.

“We will launch youth-focused programs to educate and empower the next generation, preparing them to contribute to a sustainable maritime future. Investing in smart ship technologies will further promote a clean environment.

“Furthermore, I wish to reiterate the Agency’s resolve towards tackling the menace of piracy and sea robbery which has significantly reduced since the operationalization of our maritime assets under the Deep Blue Project.

“As we embark on this momentous occasion, I extend our deepest gratitude to the esteemed Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, our valued sister agencies, and all esteemed stakeholders. 

“We are particularly appreciative of the unwavering support of the Merchant Navy, Maritime Workers’ Union Nigeria, and indeed, all our partners who have come together to make this event a reality”, Dr Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA’s Chief Executive Officer further said.

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

…Pledged collaboration to ensure the transportation sector is professionally driven

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola (right), receiving a plaque from the President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr Segun Obayendo, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

The DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr. Segun Obayendo; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola; the Executive Director of Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; and the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship at the institute.

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has kicked out the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Muhammed Bello-Koko and replaced him with Dr Abubakar Dantsoho. He also approved the appointment of Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the NPA Board.

A statement by his spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the new Managing Director is a core professional and holds a PhD, in Maritime Technology.

“Dr Dantsoho holds a Doctorate in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Abubakar-Dantsoho

“Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing”, Ngelale stated, adding:

“Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician,” the statement further said.

Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye

Adeyeye is a former Minister of State for Works and a former Ekiti South Senatorial District senator.

“The President expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved industry outcomes,” Ajuri Ngelale indicated further.

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed concern over the lack of understanding among some freight forwarders regarding the role of the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Tin Can Port.

In a statement released by NAGAFF Headquarters, the association emphasized that the Enforcement Unit serves as gatekeeper and an intervention force, mandated to police the ports and border stations, acting on intelligence information from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Interpol, and informants.

NAGAFF clarified that the Customs Intelligence Unit operates effectively, bursting revenue crimes in customs ports, and encouraged freight forwarders to report any corruption or observations to the appropriate authorities.

Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The association advised freight forwarders to maintain professional standards, ensuring genuine declaration of imports and exports for customs purposes, as non-disclosure is an offence against customs laws, leading to seizure and prosecution.

NAGAFF assured high response rates from its High Command to protect genuine declarations and compliance, emphasizing that the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team will not tolerate any corrupt acts.

The statement was signed by Dr Clement Iwegbuna, NPS, NAGAFF Hqtrs, and forwarded to the Comptroller General of Customs, DCG Enforcement, and DCG T&T Hqtrs for their information and records.

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