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MWUN Set to Flush Out Unregistered Personnel at Nigerian Ports

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

Mrs. Funmilayo Olotu Port Manager, Apapa

Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) starting from Monday, 12th September 2022 begin to flush out unregistered personnel working as tally clerks and on-board security men from the ports in Nigeria.

The MWUN President General, a Prince of Ibadan, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju highlighted this on Tuesday at the official flag-off ceremony of the e-registration platform and biometric identification for dockworkers, noting that the move had become necessary, following the spate of insecurity in the country.

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Adeyanju condemned the practice of using unregistered security operatives as gangway security men which he said negates the Act establishing the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

According to him, aside from the fact that it could lead to making the port susceptible to attacks, it also made the shipping companies to under-declare tonnage of cargo shipped in and out of the country.

He, therefore, informed the management of NIMASA and that of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) that as from Monday, 12th September, the union would flush out all the illegal security operatives who are not registered but engaged to be working in the ports.

He had earlier lauded the initiative of NIMASA for coming up with the biometric identification of 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

“It has to do with what is happening in the port where the onboard security men and tally clerks were phased out of the port some years ago.

“What shipping companies now do is to bring in unregistered security men to work as on-board security men.

“Then where do you keep the registered tally clerks and onboard security men in line with NIMASA Act?

“Shipping companies have been benefitting from this but NPA doesn’t know the implication of phasing out onboard security men and tally clerks.

“Who is doing the job of the onboard security men and tally clerks now, who is taking the records, and how do you know the tonnage each of the vessels brought?

“How do you know whether they are loading empty to be stuffed or stuffed to be empty containers? Nobody is taking a record of that.

 

“Tally clerks and onboard security men are integral parts of dockworkers, it is by law.

“We need to identify the registered ones from the unregistered ones that is why the union is as, from Monday, all the unregistered talky clerks and onboard security men employed by shipping companies will be phased out,” he stated.

Speaking at the event, the Apapa Port Manager, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu said that what NIMASA had done this time around was to take port operations to the global level that Nigeria needs to play in.

With this flag off of E-Platform for us at Nigerian Ports Authority, we are taking it that biometric data that is being provided for seafarers and stevedores is going to give room for professionalism, orderliness provides an avenue for record-keeping and gives room for tracking of face and voice so as not to put Nigeria into disrepute.

She added that the E-Platform will give improved security and quicker turnaround for vessels into our ports.

She stated that “to support this noble initiative, there must be provision for capacity building.

She appealed for adequate preparation for capacity development for every stevedore.

 

The President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju said that NIMASA has proven that its committed to improving professionalism and standard with the flag off of the Maritime Labour E-Platform, especially in terms of labour practices and capacity development.

The Country Managing Director, APMT, Mr. Clout Lauson was happy that NIMASA found APMT worthy to be selected for a flagship, turning out which shows that there are some positive or good things APMT is doing.

He maintained that maritime industry dockworkers are going through lots of reform, and appreciated NIMASA for bringing professionalism, and standards and ensuring its embrace of digitalization.

The APMT Boss said that the port was a controlled space and anyone who comes to do business must be properly registered and identified through a process of identification.

He stated that “in APMT, we invest a lot in training and retraining of our employees.

We have the records and statistics.

I am also proud to say that we are the first terminal to pioneer the training of a female crane operator.

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

It would be recalled that the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA,  Dr. Bashir Jamoh, ably represented by the Executive Director, Labour and Cabotage,  Engr. Victor Ochei launched the Dockworkers Registration E-Platform on Tuesday, saying the gesture was conceived in furtherance of the Agency’s mandate to regulate the registration of Dorkworkers Seafarers, Stevedoring company, Seafarer employer, Jetty and Terminal operators.

“The Maritime Labour E-platform is in furtherance of the Agency’s mandate the registration and regulation of every  Dockworkers, Seafarer, Stevedoring company, Seafarer employer, Jetty, Terminal operators and Offshore Platforms or Terminals.

“The E-platform was conceived out of the need to establish an independent, robust, integrated information, verification and communication platform that will serve as system database generation on Maritime Labour. It will also serve as a source of statistical data and analytics for National Planning, Policy Making, Training Capacity Building and Research.

He said “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.

It is further expected that the E-Platform will promote a seamless registration process that will culminate into the issuance of biometric identity cards to seafarers and Dockworkers.

“The Maritime Labour Employers on the other hand can conveniently complete their registration process from the comfort of their offices without necessarily visiting the Agency’s Office”, observed the NIMASA Boss.

Specifically, Jamoh emphasized that the Agency’s ongoing collaboration with various Government Agencies was aimed at creating jobs for seafarers; and the E-platform would provide the required data for seafarers’ training, certification and placement onboard vessels.

 

 

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NPA: Dantsoho Pledges To Reposition For Increased Productivity, Efficiency, And Revenue Generation

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… Assures timely payment of emoluments, compensations, training and capacity development

Groomed through the ranks and thus, better informed, the new Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Dr Abubakar Dantsoho has pledged to reposition the Authority for increased productivity, greater operational efficiency and increased revenue generation.

Dantsoho pledged during the handover ceremony which took place at the conference room Headquarters, Marina Lagos. He has since resumed duty at the Headquarters in Marina.

 “As we match towards this great journey, I wish to state that our main goal is to reposition the Nigerian Ports Authority for increased productivity and greater efficiency for increased revenue generation”, Dr Dantsoho said, expressing his deep appreciation to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the opportunity given to him to be the 29th Managing Director of NPA.

The Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s Seaports affirmed his commitment to ensuring that the Nigerian Ports compete favourably with neighbouring ports, especially in areas of Port operations.

 This he stated would be achieved through the robust exhibition of the overall commitment and collaboration to achieving success.

Speaking like an administrator who truly feels the pains of staff neglect, Dantsoho stressed that he is committed to improving the welfare of the workforce through the timely payment of emoluments, compensations, training and capacity development especially for employees who show added value in their areas of deployment.

The NPA Boss promised to continue with the digital transformation of the Authority and the Port Community system which are key to blocking leakages and corruption while promising to explore ways of further improving Port infrastructural renewal. 

‘’In particular, we shall drive port rehabilitation and modernisation. We shall pay attention to logistics that surround the arrival of cargo to the port corridor, loading of ships and other things that surround berthing of cargos,’’ he said, assuring that he would further tap into the benefits of the Deep Seaport corridor as well as promote the ideals of Transparency for Ease of Doing Business. 

In the area of collaboration with sister agencies, Dr. Abubakar stated that he would maintain an open door for communication and collaboration with sister agencies and all relevant stakeholders.

He equally congratulated the former Managing Director, Mohammed Bello Koko and his team, for their invaluable contributions to the industry. 

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Bilateral Boost: CGC Adeniyi Reactivates CMAA With US Customs & Border Protection

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Bilateral Boost: CGC Adeniyi Reactivates CMAA With US Customs & Border Protection

…To effectively enhance national security, Better Service Delivery through Global Partnerships

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, On Thursday, July 18, 2024, took a significant step in strengthening global partnerships by participating in a bilateral meeting with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Washington, D.C. 

Determined to revive the over-a-decade-old Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) and subsequently enhance national security service delivery through global collaborations and data-driven decision-making, the Comptroller General of Customs CGC, Adewale Adeniyi last week participated in a bilateral meeting with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Washington, D.C. 

The gains of the meeting which was held Thursday, July 18, 2024, aside from offering a significant step in strengthening global partnerships, will also help Nigeria address the challenges of cross-border crimes, particularly drug trafficking, arms smuggling, and money laundering, each of which dovetails on boosting national security. 

“Reviving the CMAA will bolster the Nigeria Customs Service’s capacity to protect the nation’s borders and enhance service delivery, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous future for all Nigerians”, the CGC, Adeniyi emphasized, highlighting the successful interception of illegal items, which includes drugs and weapons, at major ports and airports in Nigeria. 

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He then stressed the need for increased capacity building to tackle Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement and opiate issues. 

“Our efforts at the ports and airports have yielded significant results, but there is still much to be done in capacity building and enforcement,” the highly informed Customs Arrowhead said.

Adeniyi underscored the importance of a  Center for Advanced Cargo and Passenger Data Analysis to mitigate risks; and the need for such a centre to enhance cargo and passenger security, while pointing out the success of prosecuting wildlife criminals.  

Additionally, he advocated for an advanced Command and Control Centre (3C) to address security concerns.

 “A dedicated targeting data fusion centre will significantly improve our ability to manage risks and enhance security measures,” Adeniyi explained, adding: 

 

“By customising our approaches and collaborating globally, we can address the complexities of air cargo security more effectively,” he remarked.

The meeting diligently covered the challenges of commercial air cargo security and potential partnerships with U.S. government agencies.

Adeniyi highlighted the importance of future operations, including CBP’s global targeting advisory directors and their capabilities in information sharing on cargo and passenger sides.

In his reaction, James Collins, Assistant Commissioner of the Office of International Affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, emphasised data integration, partnerships, and targeted efforts to address transnational criminal groups exploiting seams and boundaries. 

“Integration of data and international cooperation is crucial in countering transnational threats”, James Collins stated and highlighted the importance of collaboration and information sharing in border security and intelligence gathering. 

He stressed the need for investing in capacity building, train-the-trainer programs, and targeted training to address gaps in border security.

 Collins stressed the need for secure channels for sharing intelligence and building partnerships with international organisations to sustain efforts in combating illicit trade and traffic. 

“Continuous training and secure intelligence sharing are vital to our success in maintaining border security,” Collins also noted.

Key action items identified include establishing specific channels for continued intelligence sharing between Nigeria Customs and CBP, exploring operational partnerships between Nigeria Customs units and networks like CBP to coordinate cross-border responses, leveraging INTERPOL programs and collaborating with other West and Central African countries on transnational crimes.

The meeting concluded with a presentation on Artificial Intelligence by Sunil Madhugri from the Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, highlighting the future of technology in enhancing customs operations and security.

 “Artificial intelligence will play a pivotal role in our strategy to modernise and secure our borders,” Madhugri said.

In a related event, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi visited the Nigerian Embassy in the USA, where he was received by Mr. Rabiu Lawal, Charge d’Affaires a.i, and his team.

 The CGC appreciated them for their warm reception and their tireless efforts for all the Nigerians in the diaspora.

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