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MARITIME LABOUR: Jamoh Prioritises Seafarers Training, Launches Agency’s Dockworkers Registration e-Platform



MARITIME LABOUR: Jamoh Prioritises Seafarers Training, Launches Agency's Dockworkers Registration e-Platform

President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), an Ibadan Prince, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju

… As MWUN says development would boost dockworkers’ welfare***

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) today launched the electronic registration platform for maritime labour and the issuance of Biometric Identity Cards to Dockworkers.

The Agency’s Director General, Dr Bashir Jamoh described the e-platform as a major step towards attaining full automation of all its processes adding that it was conceived out of the need to establish an independent, robust, integrated information, verification and communication platform that would serve as a system database generation on maritime labour in Nigeria.

The DG who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Engr. Victor Ochei, stated that the development of automation processes would benefit the industry both in terms of time-saving thereby improving on service delivery, as well as building the capacity of the maritime labour workforce.

“I am particularly delighted about the prospect of eliminating the time-consuming process of seafarers and employers registration which is what the E-Platform would provide”, Jamoh highlighted, and adding:

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“It is further expected that the e-Platform would promote a seamless registration process that will culminate with the issuance of biometric identity cards to seafarers and dockworkers”.

Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Engr. Victor Ochei (middle) presenting a Biometric Identity Card to the President General, Maritime Workers’ Union (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju (right) while the Head, Maritime Labour Services NIMASA, Aliyu Lawan looks on during the Official Flag-Off Ceremony of Maritime Labour e-Registration Platform and Issuance of Biometric Identity Cards to Dockworkers in Lagos

The NIMASA Boss reiterated the Agency’s commitment to building up the capacity of Nigerian seafarers and dockworkers, in order to improve on the standing of the country’s maritime sector, among the committee of maritime nations.

He noted further: “I wish to reiterate the Agency’s commitment towards actualising its mandate as provided in the enabling Act. Our resolve to make life meaningful to the entire maritime labour remains firm and we intend to achieve this through sustainable efforts in capacity building and improved welfare.

“The Agency is also prioritizing the training of Nigerian seafarers to meet industry needs with an emphasis on specialized and advanced training”.

Speaking on the occasion, the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), an Ibadan Prince, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, expressed his delight with the automation of maritime labour registration processes by NIMASA, stating that the Agency had proven that it was indeed committed to improving standards in the Nigerian maritime sector, especially in terms of labour practices and capacity development.

Also in attendance at the event were representatives of major maritime stakeholders including; the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Shippers Council, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, and Commissioner of Police (Apapa Port), among others.



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LOCAL GOVT AUTONOMY: Dosunmu Hails Supreme Court Judgement, Lauds Tinubu For Bold Initiative



LOCAL GOVT AUTONOMY: Dosunmu Hails Supreme Court Judgement, Lauds Tinubu For Bold Initiative

…Says judgement is long overdue 

Former Director General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr Ade Dorsum has hailed the Supreme Court on local government autonomy and lauded President Bola Tinubu’s sincere commitment to the initiative.

Dr. Dosumu stated this in a statement he made available to the Maritime First, emphasizing that the Supreme Court declaration is a long overdue landmark judgment.

“The decision of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the matter of Autonomy of the Local Governments brought before it by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation is a landmark judgement that is long overdue, but timely. 

“The importance of this decision at this time in our history cannot be over-emphasised as it will no doubt guarantee the delivery of dividends of democracy to the grassroots as represented by the 774 Local Governments. 

“We now have a well-structured federal system that guarantees the independence of each tier of government like it is obtainable in other federal jurisdictions all over the world. 

Former DG, NIMASA, Dr Ade Dorsum

“State governors are advised to take it in good faith and see this as a sacrifice they need to make for the advancement of our democracy. To the Local Government chairmen, it should be seen as a call for accountability and more dedication to duty, because to whom much is given, much is expected. 

“My advice to Nigerians who live in the 774 local governments is to get involved and demand for accountability from their local government chairmen. 

“There must be robust civic engagement by the residents of the local govt on how funds allocated are utilized and monitor how projects are implemented. 

“I congratulate and commend C- in C of the Armed forces, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for this Bold and audacious initiative leading to this historic judgement that has opened new vistas of opportunities for Nigerians as we consolidate our democratic journey. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, the Administrator cum politician further stated.

Dr Ade Dosunmu, a Member of the Order of Nigeria (MON) writes from Lagos.

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Customs Auctions 25,162 Litres Of Seized Petrol To Public In Sokoto



Customs Auctions 25,162 Litres Of Seized Petrol To Public In Sokoto

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Sokoto/Zamfara Command has auctioned 25,162 litres of seized petrol to the public in Sokoto State.

Mr Kamal Muhammed, the Area Controller, announced this while addressing newsmen in Sokoto on Wednesday.

According to Muhammed, the auction is in line with extant laws and the approval of the Comptroller General of Customs, Mr Bashir Adeniyi.

“A few weeks ago, under the directive of the Comptroller General, we auctioned 11,270 litres of PMS intercepted by operatives of Operation Whirlwind.

Customs Auctions 25,162 Litres Of Seized Petrol To Public In Sokoto
Mr Kamal Muhammed, the Sokoto/Zamfara Command Area Controller Nigeria Customs Service addressing journalists in Sokoto on Wednesday

“However, due to the intensified clampdown on smugglers of petroleum products, the service seized 55,164 litres of PMS within the period under review.

“This is with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of about N39 million,” Muhammed said.

The area controller explained that the price difference of petrol between Nigeria and other West African countries made the smuggling of the product a profitable venture for the smugglers.

“Even with the subsidy removal, Nigeria remains among the countries with the cheapest PMS.

“PMS is sold at an average of N701.99 per litre in Nigeria, while in Cameroon it is sold at N2,061.55, in Mali at N2,128.20, and the Republic of Benin at N1,672.05,” he stated.

Cross section of seized Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by Nigeria Customs Service in Sokoto State

Muhammed added that the smuggling of PMS has continued to create artificial scarcity in some parts of the country.

“This has also added burden on the country’s scarce foreign exchange used to import the product,” he added.

He said that the auction to the general public was at a token of N180 per litre.

Muhammed assured that the service would continue to protect Nigeria’s economic interests with dedication, justice, and integrity.

Delivering the Comptroller General’s message to smugglers, he stated, “The NCS will run you out of your illegitimate business.” 

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CGC Visits Family of Late Deputy Comptroller Etop Essien



… Says no one is qualified to question the will of God!

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, has expressed deep sorrow while paying a condolence visit to the family of the late Deputy Comptroller, Etop Essien, who tragically passed away on 25 June 2024, while making a presentation before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee.

During his visit, on 10 July 2024 in Abuja, the CGC in a deeply heartfelt moment, offered prayers for the repose of the deceased, describing it as a loss that has resonated profoundly, within the Nigeria Customs Service and beyond.

“We pray that God will strengthen the family during this difficult time and give you the wisdom to understand that only He gives and takes, and we cannot question His will.”

The CGC further emphasised the remarkable dedication of the late Deputy Comptroller Essien, noting his sincere commitment to duties.

 “He was highly committed to his duties and knew exactly what he was doing. We pray that God will comfort you and stay with you through this time of grief,” the NCS Arrowhead stated.

The CGC further noted that the loss of Deputy Comptroller Etop Essien is a reminder of the fragility of life and the profound impact of dedicated public servants.

“His memory will undoubtedly continue to inspire his colleagues and those who knew him. 

“As the Nigeria Customs Service mourns his passing, the thoughts and prayers of the entire service are with his family, hoping they find strength and solace amid their grief”, the CGC also said.

In a gesture of support and assurance, the CGC informed the family that the letter concerning the burial arrangements had been received and that the service would expedite the processing of all benefits due to the late officer. 

“This commitment underscores the Nigeria Customs Service’s dedication to honouring the service and memory of Deputy Comptroller Essien.” the Customs Boss noted.

Responding, Mrs. Essien, the widow of the late Deputy Comptroller, expressed her profound gratitude to the CGC for his visit and kind words. 

She shared how her husband had always held the CGC and the Nigeria Customs Service in high esteem, even until his final moments. 

“He respected and admired the service greatly,” she said, promising to update the service on the burial arrangements while ensuring that her husband receives the honour he deserves.

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