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Executive Order, A Direct Indictment On Parastatal Heads- NAGAFF



  • As Igbo tell Arewa youths: You can’t incite us to fight war again

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has described the Executive Order recently signed by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as nothing short of a direct indictment for the heads of Government Departmental in the industry, noting that if the extant laws had been meticulously adhered to, there would be no need for the executive orders.

The body indicated this in a statement issued by its its National Publicity Secretary, Stanley Azanga, beaming its attention on the leadership of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Managing Director, the Comptroller General of Customs and the AIG, Maritime Services in reordering the conduct of business in the nation’s ports.

“The point herein canvassed is to state clearly that there is nothing new in the Executive Orders, for the reasons that there are extant laws and regulations guiding our ports operations as approved by the Government for which the Head of Ministries, departments and Agencies were expected to ensure compliance in accordance with the law, regulations and port orders.

“However in the opinion of NAGAFF, if the Executive Order shall become the tonic for agents of the Government to enforce regulations in our ports, may God help us.  In the instance wherein the leadership of NAFDAC, NDLEA,  Port Health and others may not have visited the ports formally with a view to seeing things themselves and to ascertain how effective their representatives are performing at the ports, is most regrettable.

Minister Of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

“The prevalence of fake, adulterated and fake products in our markets entering through our ports should have attracted the NAFDAC leadership to the ports with a view to conferring with critical stakeholders as to the best way to stem the tide.  The modern day administration is predicated on the principle of Public/Private Partnership (PPP) with a view to achieving Government objective in its mandate for a greater Nigeria” he indicated, emphasizing the regret that most Head of Government organization now sit in the comfort of their offices in Abuja and issue policies without seeking for any feedback, especially in terms of the performances of their officers.

“In the opinion of NAGAFF, this kind of attitude is a clear sabotage to the expected productivity under the mantra of “change” of the present  administration.  NAGAFF is of the opinion that Mr. President should be circumspect/diligent in appointing people into responsible positions if we must succeed in reordering our economy because of their strategic importance in the implementation and enforcement of commercial trade laws, regulations and port orders.

“We shall continue to be appreciative of the leadership of NPA, NCS, NIMASA and NSC in their efforts to see that business is made easy in our ports environment and operations”, Ezenga stated, noting that the focus of the Executive Order was largely to bare touting and extortions in the sea and airports; prevent unauthorized operations in secured places; ensure that anyone caught breaching the law is severely punished and ensure that all agencies currently present in Nigerian Ports shall within 60 days harmonise their operations into one single interface station, domiciled in one location in the port and implemented by a single joint task force at all times, without prejudice to necessary backend procedures. While the Apapa port shall resume 24-hour operations within 30 days of the issuance of this order.

“And so from the foregoing issues in relation to touting, trespass, soliciting and receiving bribes, coordinated operations, capture, track and record informations on all goods arriving and departing Nigeria, dedication of existing terminal for exports of agricultural produce and enhancement of 24-hours port operations in Apapa do not really require Executive Orders if the agents of Government are proactive to their duty.

“In the opinion of NAGAFF, in the spirit and letters of mantra of “change” this is the time for all parties to adhere to rule of law, hard work and compliant to rules of engagement.  It is expected that Government organizations should engage the stakeholders in a massive education and enlightenment of Government intentions and objectives of making our ports friendly, competitive and productive.  The Nigerian importers, exporters and freight forwarders should strive to be compliant to international trade regulations and guidelines to enable trade facilitation in our ports  succeed”, the NAGAFF Publicity Secretary concluded.

In the meantime, more reactions have continued to trail the three months quit notice given the Igbo in the north by Arewa youths.

More reactions came from Igbo in South-West, who warned that they cannot be incited to fight war again; Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, which demanded that the 2019 presidential ticket be ceded to Ndigbo for peace to reign and a pan-Oodua group, which made calls for Oodua Republic, amongst others.

In their reaction, Igbo who are resident in Oyo State said no amount of provocation by Northern youths would incite the people to fight any form of war again.

Speaking through Chief Aloy Obi, the Onyendu Ndigbo of Ibadanland, they said those agitating for war against Igbo should be prevailed upon to allow the people to reside in any part of the country as provided by section 42 of the 1999 constitution.

While backing Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for his tough stance against proponents of disintegration, they expressed displeasure at the alleged “seeming lackadaisical attitude of the police towards resolving the situation as the action of the Arewa groups contradicts the stand of the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, who said the police had sent detectives to arrest the youths that gave the ultimatum even when members of the group were still holding another meeting in Kaduna as at Wednesday”.

Chief Obi tasked the Northern youths to read history and find out the implication of their action, which, according to him, is tantamount to calling for war, saying, those that have witnessed war before will never pray for a situation of war.

He cautioned against such an unguarded statement and threat, which he said are capable of  igniting fire in the fragile peace in Nigeria, especially when the agitation for Biafra is very much tensed in the Eastern part of the country as well.

Additional report from Vanguard


Osoba, Momodu, Others Shower Encomium On Olamiti, Emphasise Importance Of Mentoring 



 A former Governor of Ogun, Olusegun Osoba, and several others on Thursday in Ibadan showered encomiums on retired journalist Folu Olamiti for his impact in the Nigerian media space.

Osoba, who was Chairman of the public presentation of Olamiti’s book, “A Peep into the Past”, spoke highly of him and commended his ability to balance his religious, and work life.

“I want to thank all of you that were here today to honour a great man.

“Folu Olamiti is different. How he manages to be a good Christian and a very active member of the Anglican Communion, I don’t understand.

“This is because, for we journalists, Sunday is the most difficult day for us because there are no activities on Sundays and you must produce paper for Monday. How he manages to do that is extraordinary.

“I have a high regard and respect for him,” Osoba said.

In his remarks, the publisher of Ovation magazine, Mr Dele Momodu, noted that it was important to mentor others as exhibited by the author in the media space.

He said: “God has given him the grace of staying relevant and I am here to congratulate him and to offer my encouragement that when you are good you must encourage others.

“The reason our country sometimes can be the way it is is because we don’t encourage good people and Uncle Folu is a very good man. I want to thank him for mentoring me like he mentored so many people.

“It is not always easy but he is able to do it effortlessly.”

Also, an Ibadan High Chief, Chief Lekan Alabi who is the Maye Olubadan of Ibadanland, extolled the virtues of the author.

Alabi said he met Olamiti in 1973, a time when the journalism of that time reflected the level of people’s intelligence and physical appearance.

In his goodwill message, Mr. Yinka Fasuyi, a Chief in Ijesaland, eulogised Olamiti for sharing his life’s work and opinion with the public.

He urged media practitioners to be up and doing in fulfilling the ethos of their profession.

In his review of the book, Mr. Femi Adesina, a former media aide of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, said the 303-page 12-chapter book contained the author’s memoirs, articles, and reports.

He said the book unravelled insights into the life of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and other dignitaries in Nigeria, as well as the lives of lowly people.

Adesina said the book contained essays by Olamiti on restructuring Nigeria, foreign issues, and Idanre land in Ondo State, as well as his days in the Nigerian Tribune newspapers and the ICPC.

“Are you proud of where you hail from? Do you contribute to its development? Let us all take a cue from Olamiti,” the former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said.

While responding to the remarks, Olamiti not only appreciated all who made the book’s launching a reality but also all those who have supported him at one point or the other in life.

Mr. Folu Olamiti retired from the Tribune Group of Newspapers, after working for 32 years.

He was at the ICPC for 10 years and has now been working with the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) for the past eight years on media-related activities.

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Did You Say Happy Birthday To Oga?



It was encomiums all the way, for the Editor-in-Chief/ CEO of Leadtimes Africa Magazine, Dr Samuel Oga, on the occasion of his birthday midweek, with his elderly son, Master Godwin Chinedu Oga. 

For him, and his contributions, industry stakeholders continued to give God the glory.

Yesterday, Dr. Oga in a chat with the Maritime First said he was humbled by the unrestrained show of love.

“Kindly accept my humble gratitude and appreciation for all your prayers and commitment made at the occasion of my birthday celebration yesterday with my son, Master Godwin Oga,” he said in a message. 

Dr. Samuel Oga

“You indeed made the day a memorable one for us as a family. 

“We pray that things of joy will never cease from you and your family. As you took time to celebrate with us, we wish to say once again that at every time of your celebration, men and women will rejoice with you also”, he also said, adding that the management and staff of Leadtimes Africa Magazine is indeed, proud of the stakeholders’ “showers of love”

 Now, did you too say Happy Birthday to Oga?

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Deep Blue Project should secure Maritime Anchorage Areas – Omatseye



 A former President of the African Shipowners Association of Nigeria (ASAN), Mr. Temisan Omatseye, says the Deep Blue Project should be the security structure for anchorage areas in the Nigerian maritime domain.

Omatseye said this at the maiden Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) annual lecture on Wednesday in Lagos.

Anchorage is an area off the coast that is suitable for a ship to anchor.

The lecture had the theme: ‘Maritime Security: Emerging Threats and Actionable Steps.’

He said this would reduce the cost of shipping goods into the country.

According to him, every foreign shipping company pays $50,000 per vessel for security patrol boats at the anchorage, thereby increasing the cost of goods imported into the country.

*Mr. Temisan Omatseye

He explained that the Deep Blue Project could do the service free or at a much-subsidised rate since the former operator Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd. (OMSL) was accused of extorting shipping companies.

“We should stop playing politics with the shipping industry. There was a lacuna because of insecurity, hence the coming in of the OMSL to create a car park on the waterways, the Secured Anchorage Area (SAA).

“A joint venture was signed with the Navy for security and the Nigerian Ports Authority for space, so if the government wants to stop the SAA, it should be replaced,” he said.

Omatseye also called for the establishment of a Response Zone Transit Corridor, to create a partial transit corridor in key high-risk areas.

This, he said, would enable the country to be aware of vessels that were within the Nigerian maritime environment.

He listed some of the benefits of a secured anchorage as increased trade to Nigerian ports, revenue generation and to compliment the Deep Blue project.

Also speaking, Mr Emmanuel Maiguwa, President, the Maritime Security Providers Association of Nigeria, stressed the need for a competent agency to man the anchorage.

Maiguwa also called for a proper framework that would help the country deal with maritime security threats.

The president, however, kicked against the Coast Guard which he described as a nomenclature.

Maiguwa added that he does not like the idea of the Coast Guard which he described as a nomenclature.

“If you look at it more specifically, we need to do a risk assessment because I have been involved in a lot of risk assessments.

“One needs to look at the parameters surrounding the routes and the water, the region of the area that has personal traffic. So, it doesn’t start and end with that portion being secured,” he said.

Maiguwa said that Nigeria needs to adopt the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code.

“I have always said that the ISPS provides only minimal requirements. It then means there are a lot of issues. In fact, the ISPS on its own does not apply to all facilities.

“The ISPS is not an instrument conceived by the framework to deal with maritime security threats. It is not an instrument holistically to deal with terrorism.

“The framework is concerned that shipping will be used to launch terrorism attacks on the homeland and therefore it concentrated on the areas where foreign ships visit,” he said.

He, however, asked what happened to an adjacent facility that does not receive foreign vessels. What happens to our vessels that are actually outside the convention?

“Those were the risks to the environment. And I have said it and I will always emphasise that it is very important that we have a competent agency to man the anchorage,” he said.

The Deep Blue Project known as the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, is being championed by the Nigerian Maritime Administrative and Security Agency.

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