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IMO 2022: Mu’azu Sambo unfolds Vision, Targets NTC Enactment, Unbundling Railway



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IMO 2022: Mu'azu Sambo unfolds Vision, Targets NTC Enactment, Unbundling Railway

… Identifies CVFF disbursement, Ships’ Zero Emissions as low-hanging fruits!***

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo on Thursday declared his commitment to transform Nigeria into an economy powered by a Maritime economy, stressing that Nigeria, with its heavy marine endowments, has no business solely pursuing Crude oil, as its only means of survival.

The Minister, flanked by the Minister of State, Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye and the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, made the observation, stressing his determination for unbundling the Nigerian Railway and ensure the enactment of the National Transport Commission, before May 2023.

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Highlighting the difficulty of building something on nothing, Mu’azu Sambo expressed his determination to unsparingly pursue, the enactment of the National Transport Commission (NTC), affirming the need to create a solid foundation first, for the industry, in order to ensure that things, creditably fall in place, for the nation’s transport industry.

Counting on the unflinching support of stakeholders, the Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly, the Minister said he understood the ‘grey areas’ that hampered the NTC enactment before now; and would, therefore, work assiduously, to tackle those challenges, because the country needs cherished transport policies in place, now.

Speaking further, he vowed to ensure the unbundling of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), saying Nigerians may never get the best out of its railways until it ends the present 3-in-1 regime; where NRC is the Regulator, the Operator and also the Owner.

He maintained that the NRC must fulfill the mandate of paying back debts, sourced via foreign loans; generating revenue for the Government; as well as, create massive employment opportunities for youths.

Taking a hard look at the maritime industry and its heavy endowments, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo gleefully declared Nigeria, as a highly blessed Maritime country, which should focus on driving its macro economy, via its waters’ wealth.

In the meantime, the Minister of Transportation, Engr. Muazu Jaji Sambo, while identifying some of the low-hanging fruits which his leadership at the Dipcherima House must accomplish, has stressed the need for a strong partnership with private sector operators, by attracting investments in modern platforms and assets, needed to meet the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) prescribed emission levels of the future.

Speaking during the IMO 2022 World Maritime Day celebration in Lagos on Thursday, Sambo also reiterated his desire to disburse the controversial Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF), to enable indigenous shipowners to acquire new vessels that comply with IMO’s rules on gas emissions.

The theme of the IMO 2022 celebration is; “New Technologies for Greener Shipping”.

The Minister, in line with the theme, therefore expressed the government’s commitment gradually cut down carbon emissions from ships, until it reaches net zero by 2050.

According to him, Nigeria is duty-bound to contribute to global efforts to ensure a safe environment in all sectors, including shipping.

He said the need for new technology to drive the maritime sector has not only become necessary but imperative following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which affected global trade.

Mu’azu tasked private sector operators who are the beneficiaries of government policies put in place to address carbon emissions to deploy adequate resources and technology to address emerging technologies in partnership with the government.

“IMO’s identification of partnerships and information sharing on best practices as well as unfettered access to resources as being critical to the transition of the maritime sector into a greener and more sustainable sector is not by coincidence.

This partnership must be cultivated globally and nationally.

“For us as a nation, the entire maritime community has a role to play in bringing about a greener and sustainable maritime industry in the areas of resource mobilization, maritime training, awareness, job creation and full implementation of maritime laws and regulations,” he said.

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Transportation, Mr Ademola Adegoroye, said to attain greener shipping, it was imperative that new technologies be embraced through aggressive technology transfer, research and development, innovations and partnership.



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NIMASA: Jamoh Bags National Productivity Merit Award 



 ….Dedicates award to stakeholders as   Ajani, and Offodile join Awardees List***

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, will on Monday be conferred, by the Federal Government with the 2021 National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM, Award. 

Also in the category of awards is the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Agency, Chudi Offodile; while the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani was nominated as a 2022 recipient of the award.

The official conferment ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 2023.

The DG expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, noting that it is a call to greater service to our Fatherland.

“I am spurred by this award, particularly as it is coming from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, which underscores the ministry’s role in ensuring reward for hard work and productivity in public service”

Chudi Offodile

Let me also use this opportunity to dedicate the award to the industry’s stakeholders; external and internal, as they have made our work easier as an administration. We will continue to strive to make the maritime sector a viable economic driver, especially with the Blue Economy mantra, which is critical to the sustainability of the maritime sector”, Jamoh said.

Commenting the on the selection of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the DG said it is a well-deserved honour, as she has remained a core professional and astute administrator in the coordination of activities in the Ministry and the Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry.

“I am not surprised by her selection, as she is an administrator par excellence and has remained resolute and professional in the discharge of her duties. Little wonder she is commonly referred to as the “Head Mistress” of the Ministry and the Maritime Sector”. I congratulate her on the well-deserving award.

The National Productivity Order of Merit Award was instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to recognize and honour productive individuals and organizations in Nigeria in the year of the award for achievements made in the preceding years.

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Group Backs Tinubu On Subsidy Removal, Calls For Restructuring



The Campaign for Democracy (CD), a pro-democracy, Civil Society and Human Rights Organisation, has backed President Bola Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.

The group made this known in a communique issued by its North Central Executive Committee at the end of its meeting on Friday in Minna, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

The communique was jointly signed by the Chairman, of North Central Zone, Dr Abdullahi Mohammed, and Secretary General, Mr Abdulwahid Adeniran.

They urged the president to restructure the nation’s security architecture to effectively tackle the challenge of insecurity as well as Nigeria as a country.

They said the expectation of Nigerians were high in tandem with the renewed hope principle and focused policy of the administration.

According to the communique, the removal of the fuel subsidy was long overdue and welcome the development for the good of Nigerians.

The group also urged the government to do the needful by putting necessary palliative policy measures and logistics to soften the hardship that might accompany the new paradigm shift among the citizens.

“That there is a need for a national task force comprising of the Army, Police, Customs, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence and non-state actors, civil society,  among other stakeholders, to check the arbitrary price increase of the product, stop the exploitation of the people by fuel marketers and their collaborators/dealers to tarnish the image of the new administration in the eyes of the public,” they said.

The group also called on stakeholders in the educational sector to come up with solutions to the challenges of 12.3 million out-of-school in Nigeria as a result of insecurity.

They also advocated that the president should give directions to child education through the resettlement of IDPs, and tackle banditry, poverty, food insecurity and socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The group recommended that federal government policy programme implementation be adopted at the sub-national state and local governments for the benefit of Nigerians.

According to them, this synergy is key to the collaborative building of the country.

Besides, CD called on Tinubu to restructure the nation’s security architecture for better performance to further curb crimes and criminalities.

They however commended the Armed Forces of Nigeria for taking the battle against insurgency, kidnapping, and banditry to the doorsteps of the criminals.

According to the group, the battle against insecurity is winnable by our gallant military men and officers in the theatre of the war.

They therefore called on all stakeholders to support Tinubu toward physical and economically restructuring of Nigeria for the common interest of all.

The group congratulated the new governor and deputy governor of Niger, advising them to partner with all relevant stakeholders for the peace and development of the state.

“We appeal to the incoming government to take the welfare of civil servants seriously by providing motivational incentives to improve the working conditions of workers and ensure commensurate take-home wages and salaries are paid as of when due,” the group urged.

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NSC: APMT Receives Registration Certificate as Regulated Service Provider



The AP Moller Terminals, led by its Vice President, Mr. Martijn Van Dongen on Friday, paid a courtesy visit, to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council headquarters in Lagos.

Dongen, leading a 4 -man delegation,  said the essence of the visit was to strengthen the collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, as port Economic Regulator. 

During the visit, the APMT actually received its certificate to operate as a regulated service provider. 

The Legal Adviser and Head of Corporate Affairs of APMT, Chinenye Deinde also urged NSC to pursue the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, stating that it has the potential to sanitize the maritime sector. 

In his response, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Rt. Honourable Emmanuel Jime, highlighted that the Shippers’ Council was already working on the review of its enabling Act, which he believes will strengthen the agency in its role as port economic regulator.

 According to him, the Federal Government is committed to making Nigeria an investment haven for foreign investors while encouraging local entrepreneurs to be creative in growing the economy.

  “The strategic location of this country on the African continent makes it a trigger for investments”, the NSC ES/CEO concluded.

Mr. Dongen was accompanied on the visit by Mr. Klaus Holm Laursen, Head of Joint Ventures, Africa and Europe, Mrs. Chinenye Deinde, Legal Adviser & Head, Corporate Affairs, APMT as well as Mr. Frederick Klinke, MD, APMT Nigeria.

L-R: Martijn van Dongen Vice President, Head of Global Lean Business System at APM Terminals, Maersk, Klaus Holm Laursen Head of Joint Ventures, Africa & Europe, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Frederik Klinke, Country Managing Director, APM Terminals, Nigeria and Chinenye Deinde, General Manager, Legal and Corporate Affairs, APM Terminals Apapa

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