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Maritime stakeholders task seafarers on capacity building



Maritime stakeholders task seafarers on capacity building

Maritime stakeholders have said that capacity building is key to a prosperous future for seafarers in the country.

They made the assertion on Thursday at a webinar organised by the Female Seafarers Association of Nigeria (FESAN) to commemorate the Day of the Seafarers.

The newsmen report that the webinar theme was: “Fair future for seafarers”.

Mr Emmanuel Maiguwa, President, Alumni of Maritime Academy of Nigerian Oron, noted that gender was not an issue in the industry but competence and so the need for women to build their capacity.

Maiguwa said the wrong approach had been taken in the quest to increase the number of female seafarers, noting that the approach was not helping them.

“There is no doubt that there are limitations, these challenges are there but we should consider the likes of Dr Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala and others, all of them did not get to their positions because they are women.

“They faced their challenges and got to where they are and that is by building capacity in their fields and that is what a ship owner is looking for in a seafarer,” he said.

Maiguwa appreciated FESAN for setting up the platform for seafarers, adding that it would serve as an avenue for them to lodge complaints of sexual harassment.

Also speaking, Mr Temisan Omatseye, former Director- General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, noted that the level of discrimination against female seafarers was unfortunate.

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“Women are extremely cautious and can do what they are asked to do with integrity and so wherever a seafarer finds herself, she should build capacity in that field to excel,”Omatseye said.

Mrs Hope Orivri, who represented the Women in Maritime Journalism noted that inclusivity and sustainability would ensure that female seafarers had a fair future.

“FESAN is doing a good work by ensuring that seafarers have a place to be, and they will give them the voice to speak and so engaging with them will ensure a fair future for them,’ Orivri said

The President of FESAN, Ms Koni Duniya, said that protecting the right of females working at sea from any form of discrimination, was the aims and objectives of the association.

According to her, the problems faced are huge but with little steps, they will get there, and this event is a huge step toward resolving the issues that are in existence.

“We do not have the capacity to employ our female members but as an association, we will bring everybody together, create a platform to serve as an advocacy group for female working at sea.

“To ensure that people are held accountable, bridge the gap between the industry and the individual led to the emergence of FESAN,” she said.

In her keynote address, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of State for Transportation, noted that government had put in place policies that would ensure a fair future for seafarers in the country.

Safari said that President Mohammadu Buhari launched the Deep Blue project to ensure that the maritime domain was safe and secured and this would also ensure safety of seafarers.

She noted that the availability of information technology had made seafaring very technical, leading to adopting of only trained seafarers irrespective of gender, urging women to get the needed capacity.

“Seafarers are the backbone that keep international trade to go on. Port operations and delivery of goods are only interrupted by force majeure and so the need to appreciate them.

“More specific opportunities should be created, so that the next generation female seafarers will have an opportunity,” she said.




Smugglers Altering Vehicles’ Chassis Numbers–Customs



Smugglers Altering Vehicles’ Chassis Numbers–Customs

Mr Chedi Wada, the outgoing Comptroller of the Federal Operations Units (FOU) Zone “B”, Kaduna says smugglers are now altering vehicles’ chassis numbers in the bid to perpetuate their nefarious activities.

Wada spoke to newsmen on Wednesday in Kaduna after handing over the leadership of the unit to his successor, Mr  Ahmadu Shuaibu.

He, therefore, underscored the importance of public awareness and compliance with government policies.

Wada reflected on the myriad of achievements and challenges encountered during his tenure.

He commended the resilience of his team in tackling the hurdles posed by nationwide border closures.

According to him, with unwavering support from the Comptroller-General  (CGC), Mr Bashir Adewale, saying that they have successfully curbed smuggling activities within the zone.

He said,  “FOU Zone ‘B’ Kaduna is now well-equipped and effectively managed, marking significant strides during my six-month stewardship.”

Wada acknowledged the pivotal role of the media in showcasing the unit’s efforts while urging the officers to prioritize knowledge acquisition and diligent execution of duties.

He said, “Total commitment and dedication have been the cornerstone of my successes.”

Wada also urged  his colleagues to follow suit,  disclosing that with his redeployment to the NCS Headquarters in Abuja, he will work under the Enforcement, Investigation, and Inspectorate Unit

He also assured of his continued dedication to service, WARING smugglers that his successor is an enforcement expert who is prepared to take charge.

Wada expressed confidence in the incoming comptroller’s abilities to build upon the foundation laid, signalling tough times ahead for the smugglers.

Wada’s redeployment marked the end of his duty of combating smuggling and fostering organizational commitment within FOU Zone “B” Kaduna.

It was reported that until his redeployment, Shuaibu was the Comptroller, Ogun I Area Command, Idi-Iroko. 

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Q1 2024: Tincan Customs Generates N303.9bn, 139% Higher Than Q1 2023



Q1 2024: Tincan Customs generates N303.9bn, 139% higher than Q1 2023

Comptroller Dera Nnadi, the Customs Area Commander (CAC), Tincan Island Ports (TCIP), says that the command generated a revenue of N303.9 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2024.

Nnadi said in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos that the Q1 revenue generated in 2024 was 139 per cent greater when compared with revenue of the same period in 2023.

In the statement signed by NN Okwara, the Public Relations Officer of TCIP, the customs area commander said that the difference in revenue between Q1 2024 and Q1 2023 was N177 billion.

“The command recorded a total collection of N303.9 billion revenue in the first quarter of 2024, as against N126.8 billion recorded in the same period of 2023.

“The breakdown shows that the command collected a total of N88.4 billion in January 2024 which is 107.9 per cent upscale from the same period of 2023 which was N42.5 billion,” he said.

The customs CAC said further that the command also generated N100.3 billion in February 2024, which is 141. 8 per cent higher than the revenue collected in the same period in 2023 which was N41.5 billion.

He explained that in March 2024, the command collected the sum of N115.1 billion in revenue as against N42.8 billion collected in the same period of 2023.

Nnadi appreciated officers for embracing service delivery for the stakeholders and for teamwork which resulted in an increase in revenue collection.

He said: “The improvement and success is due to the efforts put in place by all units in the Area Command, adding that their efforts are highly appreciated.

“I wish to remind the officers that all stakeholders should be held in high esteem and treated with respect but with due diligence to identify compliant and non-compliant traders.”

He noted that the Enforcement and Anti-Smuggling Unit had not relented in its effort to combat smuggling and all forms of criminality.

The customs boss stressed that under his supervision, the Customs, being the lead agency at the Ports, had through its enforcement unit coordinated several 100% physical examinations in collaboration with critical stakeholders.

He said that these were to ensure that the command was free of any form of non-compliance in line with the international trade cycle.

Nnadi said that, in the period under review, a total of 57 packets of heroin weighing 56.390kg with a street value of ₦902.24 million were seized.

He added that 3612 packets of Colorado Indica weighing 956.772kg with a street value of ₦4.06 billion were also seized.

“All the seized illicit drugs have been handed over to the relevant sister agencies as directed by the service.

“In the past few months, the command has hosted different sections of the stakeholders’ forum – shipping companies, terminal operators, freight forwarders, security agencies, etc.

Nnadi said that the meetings, physically and virtually, have been on modalities to automate communication channels to minimise revenue loss and boost rules of engagement.

“The Command has not relented on its efforts to ensure that its aim is achieved in its efforts to create a level playing field for importers and stakeholders by decongesting the Ports.

“The Command encouraged stakeholders’ approach for the establishment of new terminals and activities have long commenced at the terminals, respectively,” he said.

The customs boss said that in terms of volume (mT) and value (FOB), export trade recorded exponential growth within the same period under review.

“Comparatively, tonnage of goods exported via TCIP increased from 145,906.33 mT in 2023 to 251,679.89 mT in 2024 and represents an increase of 95.3%.

“Also, there is an over 300% increase in the FOB value of the exports from N80.993 billion to N287.79 billion of Q1 2023 and 2024 respectively.

“Exports from the Command include essentially agricultural and other allied products, namely Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Beans, Cashew Nuts, etc,” Nnadi noted.

He commended the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi, for his management team and continuous efforts towards strengthening the capacity of the service.

He added that the customs comptroller-general had also introduced innovative methods to perform its statutory responsibilities in line with international best practices. 

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Customs: Shuaibu Succeeds Wada at FOU Zone ‘B’ Kaduna 



Customs: Shuaibu Succeeds Wada at FOU Zone ‘B’ Kaduna 

In a graceful transition ceremony, Mr Chedi Wada, the Comptroller of the Federal Operations Units (FOU) Zone “B” of the Nigeria Customs Service, has officially handed over to Mr Ahmadu Shuaibu.

The event, held in Kaduna on  Wednesday at the unit’s office, marked a pivotal moment in its history as it embraced a new leadership.

During the handover, Wada commended the giant strides made during his tenure, emphasizing the unit’s strengthened operations and enhanced collaboration with sister agencies.

He lauded the unwavering dedication of the unit’s staffers and expressed gratitude to the media for their objective coverage, saying that it was vital in projecting the unit’s image.

In his response,  Shuaibu acknowledged Wada’s exemplary leadership and pledged to build upon the foundation laid, emphasizing the need for teamwork and a commitment to national security.

He affirmed his belief in the collective progress of Nigeria and vowed to uphold the service’s mandate with diligence.

The ceremony garnered support from various stakeholders, with Mr Sani Killa, Chief of Staff to Gov. Uba Sani of Kaduna State praising Wada’s integrity and urging him to continue his impactful work wherever he goes.

The various stakeholders who spoke re-echoed sentiments of appreciation for Wada’s dedication and wished him success in his new national assignment.

The Kaduna Zonal Manager of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bashir Rabe-Mani, urged Wada to sustain his patriotic service and conveyed well-wishes for his new assignment.

He said, ”As the baton passes from one capable leader to another, the FOU Zone “B” stands poised to maintain its unwavering commitment to safeguarding national interests and fostering collaboration for a brighter future.”

Wada has been redeployed to the NCS Headquarters, Abuja, as the Comptroller, Enforcement.

Shuabu, until his redeployment to the FOU Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, was the Comptroller, Ogun Area Command II, Idi-Iroko

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