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INTELS Donates new Health Centre to Delta Community



Leading port operator and oil and gas logistics service company, INTELS Nigeria Limited has built and handed over a modern, fully equipped Health Centre to the Aruakpor-Umah Community, in Uvwie Local Government Area, of Warri in Delta State.

The multimillion naira Health Centre, set up to provide high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive medical care, was donated to the community by INTELS in furtherance of the company’s corporate social responsibility.

The new facility, which consists of an operating theatre, consulting room, five wards including a labour ward, is the first of its kind in the community.

The General Manager of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Silvano Bellinato, who was represented at the handover ceremony by Philip Embledon, commended the community for cooperating with the company in the actualization of the Health Centre.

“It is a great honour and a pleasure building this Health Centre. I would like to thank you for the spirit of cooperation that made it possible. I hope we can continue this spirit of cooperation and partnership for a long time to come”, he stated.

The Manager, Government and Public Affairs of INTELS, Mr. Rexford Asaikpuka, said the company embarked on the project after carrying out a need analysis of the Aruakpor-Umah community.

L-R: Head of Ekpan Community, Chief V.E Otomiewo; High Chief U. K. Okowe representing His Royal Majesty, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Emmanuel Sideso; Vice Chairman, Uvwie Local Government Area, Chief Napoleon Newyear, and the representative of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Phillip Embledon, at the commissioning of an ultramodern Health Centre built by INTELS at the Aruakpor-Umah Community, Warri, Delta State recently.

“We decided that the best thing to give to this community is a Health Centre as the nearest Health Centre is far away from here. Amenities like this are important in the Niger Delta due to the nature of the environment. We need facilities like this to improve on our health”, Asaikpuka explained.

He highlighted that the company had adopted an Integrated Partnership Approach (IPA) to its CSR. The approach, he said, enabled it enlist the active participation of its host communities. He said the approach is predicated on three objective planks of empowering host communities through the provision of employment and welfare to the people; planning and executing integrated community development programmes with full community participation; and adopting best practices that guarantee community friendly relationship and peaceful co-existence.

The Vice Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Area, Chief Napoleon Newyear, who represented the Local Government Chairman, Honourable Ramsey Onoyake at the event, commended INTELS for embarking on the Health Centre project.

He said, “The construction of this Health Centre is a local government project but as INTELS has decided to assist us as part of their CSR. We are thankful.

“The management of INTELS has enjoyed a peaceful environment in this community; this is a pointer of your success in creating an enabling environment for the advancement of peace and understanding.

“I urge the community leaders and residents to do their very best in maintaining this facility and equipment. This would encourage other stakeholders and the government to do more.

“On behalf of the local government council, I pledge that we shall maintain this facility and the equipment therein to the best of our ability.”

Also speaking at the handover ceremony, the Head of Ekpan community, Chief V.E Otomiewo, urged youths in the area to jealously guard the new Health Centre and ensure that the equipment are not vandalized.

While commending the company for investing in the health care of people in the community, he said, “We must not allow INTELS to regret this gesture”.

The Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Emmanuel Sideso, who was represented at the event by Chief U. K. Okowe, also commended INTELS for the gesture.

INTELS Nigeria Limited, which has been in the forefront of empowering women, youths and communities in the Niger Delta, has won several awards and commendation, at both national and international levels, for its exemplary corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Recently, the company was honoured by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) – an agency of government under the Federal Ministry of Transportation – for its outstanding contribution to the development of its host communities.

NSC conferred the “Most Outstanding Terminal Operator in Corporate Social Responsibility” award on INTELS.

Also, the Paramount Ruler of Onne Clan in Rivers State, King John Dennis Osaronu, recently commended the company, describing it as “a company Nigerians must be proud of”.

He said INTELS has provided roads, drainages, streetlights, medical services and several other amenities to the community. He also commended INTELS for empowering women and youth in the community.

INTELS Nigeria Limited developed and operates its major base within the Oil and Gas Free Zone, Onne, Rivers State. The company is also a concessionaire to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); operating dedicated oil and gas terminals at the ports of Onne, Calabar and Warri.


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NAGAFF Tackles Customs, APMT Over Abandoned Bonded Terminal



Freight forwarders, under the aegis of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) 100% Compliance Team, have queried the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and AP Moller Terminal Apapa for depriving bonded terminals of requisite cargoes.

This was one of the conclusions from the inspection of bonded terminals around the Abuleosun area in Lagos by the National Coordinator, of the NAGAFF Compliance Team, Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko, yesterday.

During the tour, the Task Team engaged the leadership of GMT Terminal which has a spacious facility to handle about 5,000 containers, multiple Reach Stackers, and cranes, among other equipment lying fallow without any container received in over five months.

Speaking with journalists on the sidelines, Tanko said; “Despite the pressure at Apapa port and complaints about congestion, we have discovered that some terminals are abandoned like the GMT Terminal. There is no single container at the terminal because according to the managers of the bonded terminal, APMT refused to send containers to the bonded terminal.”

“Another concern is that the investor was encouraged to spend monies in setting up such a huge facility that can take over 5,000 containers yet there is no activity going on there. Since they were licensed by Customs, why are they being deprived of containers whereas in Apapa the problem is about congestion.”

Tanko, however, noted that his team would discuss with the Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command and equally engage the managers of APMT Apapa to find out if there are other covert issues preventing the use of bonded terminals like GMT.

Also speaking, the General Manager, of GMT Bonded and Offdock Terminals, Mr. Waseem Rasheed affirmed that the bonded terminal is truly under the Apapa Customs Command, which has the APMT as its major terminal operator.

“It’s about the import volumes in Nigeria, which are currently running low and impacting the bonded terminals that have invested a lot of money on the infrastructure. 

“Since the ports are not congested due to the reduction in import volumes, thus ports are not transferring containers to Bonded terminals.

“However, we anticipate an increase in volumes in the country in the near future and we are ready to join hands in serving the importers with our fully equipped terminal for timely transfers, clearance and delivery.

Meanwhile, he expressed genuine optimism that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) which encouraged investments in bonded terminal operations years ago will create a business environment that would see bonded terminal operations thrive.

At the SAPID, another bonded terminal, also at Abuleosun, Tanko lamented the unhealthy work environment characterized by intense heat as freight forwarders are kept under heat-absorbing roofing sheets, leading to extremely hot conditions.


“We are going to officially send a letter to SAPID on this issue of unpalatable work environment. During our engagement with the Deputy Controller at the facility, he claimed that even among the Customs offices only his office has a functional air conditioner. I want to believe that SAPID is ready for bonded terminal operations and if that is the case, they should have an environment conducive for business,” Tanko said.

According to him, the letter to SAPID on its unacceptable work environment will be sent to the terminal today and will specify a timeline to address the issue or face strike actions and protests from freight agents.

The task team also visited the Classic bonded terminal where the operators lamented that activities of Area Boys affiliated with the Local Government have limited the patronage of the facility as trucks exiting the bonded terminal are being forced to pay unreceipted levies.

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NAPTIP Sacks Deputy Director, 4 Officers For Alleged Misconduct



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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has dismissed five of its personnel, including a Deputy Director, allegedly, over misconduct.

This is contained in a statement issued by. the agency’s Press Officer, Mr. Vincent Adekoye, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Adekoye said the misconduct offence ranged from corruption; demanding and receiving bribes from suspects and relatives and leaking confidential information to suspects.

Others are alleged violation of oath of secrecy; stealing and alteration of official records and absent from duty without Official leave.

He said that these offences are all contrary to provisions of the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations.

He said that two other officers were demoted by two ranks for soliciting for bribe from a suspect of human trafficking, while one officer was demoted by one rank for negligence of duty.

He said that the disciplinary actions followed the approval of the Governing Board of the agency at its meeting on May 25.

Adekoye said that at the meeting, the board considered and ratified the decision of the agency’s Senior Staff Committee (SSC) which earlier sat on the disciplinary matters in accordance with the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations.

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ANLCA: Farinto Gets Oodua Descendants’ Endorsement for Presidential Election



…Wants FG to Recognise Role of Freight Forwarders***

The  Acting National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) who is also vying for the position of president in the forthcoming National Executive Committee (NECOM) election, Dr. Kayode Farinto Collins has stated that the Federal government of Nigeria must recognise the role freight forwarders played in revenue generation to grow Nigeria’s economy.

Speaking on Tuesday at an endorsement ceremony organised for him by the Oodua Descendants Freight Forwarders Global Association, Farinto lamented that freight forwarders and Customs brokers have never been honoured by the federal government for National Award despite their huge revenue contributions to the Federal government coffers.

He said if elected, he will work with the Federal government to make sure friendly maritime policies are formulated by the government that will help the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) at the ports. His words:

“Our profession must be recognised by the Federal government. We are the ones generating the revenue through our importers, while the Customs only midwife and collect the same for the government, but yet we are not recognised. We will make sure the government recognizes the role we play in the revenue chain through our activities in the ports”.

Farinto, enjoying the euphoria of widespread recognition in his campaign

The ANLCA Chieftain further said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation is too bogus and there is a need to balkanize it to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, where the enormous potential of the maritime Industry will be fully harnessed, especially the Blue Economy Resources that abound in the Sector.

He lamented that as it stands now Nigeria does not have any maritime policy for the next 10 years while advising President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to appoint professionals that will fashion out a working maritime policy for the country.

Advising his members at the event, he admonished them to practice the profession with integrity so as to leave a good name for the young freight forwarders coming into the profession.

In his remarks, the President of Oodua Descendants Freight Forwarders Global Association, Prince Segun Adefioye praised the sterling qualities of Dr Farinto’s leadership and promised that all his members would cast their votes for him. He said already he has secured 52 licences to vote for him at the election.

The gathering attracted who is who in the industry from the Yoruba race in ANLCA, among them Board of Trustees members, Zonal Coordinator Western Zone, Some Western Zone Chapter Chairmen, Chieftains of ANLCA, some other contestants, Women in ANLCA and some Igbo Maritime Association members who represented the Igbo Maritime Association at the event.

The event also witnessed a brief presentation of their manifestos by other Contestants who are vying for one position or another. The highlight of the event was the official presentation and endorsement of Dr Kayode Farinto Collins as the sole presidential candidate of a group in the ANLCA NECOM election coming up in July 2023.

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