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INTELS: Group commends Volpi’s apology and resolve for dispute resolution

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The Nigerian Importers Integrity Association (NIIA) has commended the Chairman of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gabriele Volpi, for intervening in the dispute between his company and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) over remittances into the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

While NPA had insisted that all funds collected on its pilotage agency agreement be remitted into the account, INTELS had argued that such directive was in violation of the terms of its contract. The stalemate led NPA to terminate the 10-year pilotage agreement contract with INTELS.

Hadiza Usman Bala, NPA MD

The cancellation of the contract had attracted various reactions from different segments of the Nigerian society, until, the INTELS Chairman, who had been out of the country for a while flew in last week and intervened in the face-off.

Volpi, who described INTELS as a committed development partner to Nigeria, said he would do everything possible to ensure amicable resolution of the crisis.

Volpi said, “We intend to comply with the directive of government and transfer all the revenue to the TSA because we are a law-abiding company.”

He also allayed fears that the company would pull out its investment in the Badagry deep seaport project.

“We are committed to cooperating with the government and NPA in the development of Nigeria’s maritime sector and this includes the Badagry deep seaport.

“The Badagry deep seaport is a massive undertaking which will cost billions of dollars and will be the biggest in Africa and would turn Nigeria into a regional hub for ships bringing goods to the continent.

“It will also help to move a lot of shipping activities at the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports and help to decongest Apapa, so we are serious about our investments in Nigeria,” he said.

Chairman of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gabriele Volpi

Reacting to the development, NIIA President, Godwin Onyekachi, commended Mr. Volpi for the peace move.

Onyekachi said Mr. Volpi’s intervention “is a mark of good leadership”.

“It will save a lot of jobs and restore investor confidence in Nigeria. Disputes are bound to arise in commercial transactions of this nature ad it is the responsibility of concerned parties to shift grounds so as to arrive at an amicable resolution,” he said.

Speaking separately, a development Economist, Dr. Austin Nweze and leading financial analyst, Dr. Ken Igboanugo said the lingering NPA-INTELS face-off was a bad signal to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

According to Nweze, “The government decision will send wrong signal to foreign investors who want to invest or those who would have wanted to do more than they have done because they know government can wake up one day to terminate the contract without recourse to the law and agreement of the contract.

“Government is gradually destroying the economy with every of its action. International community take note of all contractual action and the irony is that we travel abroad asking investors to come and invest but what will they invest for when simple agreement cannot be adhered to.”

On his part, Dr. Igboanugo, said NPA should take all necessary steps to resolve the dispute amicably in order to encourage investment in the country.

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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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