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INTELS: NPA diligently pursued Dialogue for 15 months- HADIZA



The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Monday indicated that not only has its contract with foreign logistics providing giant, the Intels been terminated, the Authority would soon embark on a transparent process of engaging new contractors to take over the provision of boats pilotage, monitoring and supervision services hitherto provided by Intels.

The NPA Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hadiza Bala Usman indicated this in Lagos, allaying fear of jobs loss by workers within the Onne Exclusive Economic Zone, in Rivers, as she noted that the categories of those to be affected can also be re-engaged by which ever company takes over from Intels Services Ltd.

The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, with the General Manager, Strategic Communications, Aliyu Goje during the media parley in Lagos, on Monday.

Speaking at a media parley which held at the Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Hadiza highlighted how she diligently pursued the Intels for 15 months, seeking for how the two parties could amicably agree on how the Constitutional demands of the Treasury Single Account  (TSA), which specified that Government monies be first paid into Government Accounts, before being administered could be met; and all her efforts were frustrated.

Her explanation posited that from futily inviting and intimating the foreign giant on the needful, she finally invited the official view and counsel of the Attorney General of the Federation  (AGF) which culminated in the termination of the contract; until finally, the Intels served the Authority a seven day ultimatum.

“We have responded to their letter because they gave us an ultimatum and we have reiterated that we stand by the advice of the AGF. We will follow a transparent process to ensure that the services being handled by Intels is handed over to another contractor,” she said.

Hadiza maintained that the only problem had been with the Intels’ refusal to comply with the Federal Government’s directive on TEA.

“This discussion with intels on the need to comply with the TSA started about 15 months ago, from June 2016 to date. Letters had been written, meetings held regarding for Intels to comply, but intels had continuously refused to comply.

The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, flanked by Athens Lagos Port Manger, Hajia Aisha Ali Ibrahim and the General Manager, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications, Aliyu Goje during the media parley in Lagos, on Monday.

“They refused to make payments to the NPA account. They maintained that payments for pilotage services must come to their coffers. While it is stated in the constitution that all revenues due to the Federal Government should go to the consolidated revenue account of the FG, Intels want to collect monies, deduct what they want and give government the balance. But that is not how it works. That structure cannot sustain government’s implementation of the TSA,” the NPA highlighted.

Speaking further, she recalled how she pleaded with the foreign giant, to agree to an arrangement where a new account, jointly verifiable, but from which Intels could not independently withdraw from could be created, with a guarantee for a weekly remittances of monies due to Intels would be paid, with a caveat that where a delay occurs, the Authority would pay for such delays with interest, but the company still refused to bulge.

Responding to a question, Hadiza stated that the Authority would not be interested in creating a holding bay, but would be actively interested in supporting a private initiative towards creating such.

“The NPA will not be constructing any holding bays or trailer garage. The NPA will only be granting licences for operators of holding bays to use a call-up system with the NPA.

“So, we are calling on private sector to develop holding bays and trailer garages, and obtain their license from us to enable the trucks that are parked on the road to have access of the location”, while stressing that the decision to scrap the tonal structure arrangement was to remove bureaucracy and quicken decision making processes.


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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