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NIMASA: Senate threatens Dakuku with sanction, over non-appearance

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NIMASA: Senate threatens Dakuku with sanction, over non-appearance

The Senate on Tuesday, threatened to sanction Dakuku Peterside, Director-General Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over his failure to appear before its Committee on Local Contents.

Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Teslim Folarin said this during an investigative hearing of the National Joint Committee on Local Content, Petroleum Downstream and Legislative Compliance at the assembly’s complex.

The committee is investigating a breach of Nigerian laws by foreign vessel owners in the coastal region of the country.

Folarin lamented the decision of Peterside to shun the invitation despite several reminders.

He described the action of the NIMASA DG as unfortunate after he disallowed the leader of the NIMASA team not to introduce himself before he was asked to explain his mission and on what capacity he was appearing before the panel.

Folarin said, “It is very unfortunate that men in the position of authority would flagrantly shun the invitation of the Senate.

“I spoke with Peterside about this event. He was supposed to come three weeks ago but he didn’t come.

“We rescheduled this event because of him. I called him and asked him to pick a date and he picked today, only for him to write the Clerk three days ago that the Senate Committee was coming to see him.

“This is an investigative hearing which supersedes any other engagement. We won’t sit here and be wasting our time. We will give him one more chance, just one chance. If he fails to honour the next invitation, we know what to do.”

Also, Chairman Committee on Nigerian Content in the House of Representatives Hon. Legor Idagbo while corroborating the position of Folarin, berated the behaviour of the NIMASA boss.

“I think we should be ashamed of ourselves as Nigerians. A situation where invitations are sent out and all we get are excuses. I’m aware that Sen. Folarin had a conversation with the DG of NIMASA and he picked this date.

“The DG went through his calendar and picked this date only for him to send representatives to us.

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“What the DG of NIMASA should have done is to explain to the House Committee that he already had an invitation to an investigative hearing from this joint committee.

“He could even honour our invitation and still meet up with his appointment with the House committee.

” We cannot continue like this as a country. We sit down at the comfort of our offices and live largely. We copy what happens in other countries yet we failed to do what they do there. We fail to respect constituted authority.

“What engagement is more important than this type of investigative hearing. This type of attitude is unacceptable,” Idagbo said.

 

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Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi

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Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi

A focal point of Ganduje’s administration suffered a hiccup on Friday, as Ganduje’s successor, and present Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, presented the letter of appointment to Sunusi Lamido Sunusi, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

The development is sequel to the signing into law of the amended Kano State Emirate Council Law by the governor on Thursday.

“Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The amended law abolished the five Emirate Councils and sacked the emirs appointed by former governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2019, paving the way for the re-enthronement of Sunusi.

While presenting the letter, Yusuf said, “Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The ceremony was graced by members of the Kano Emirate Council, district heads and title holders.

It also marked a new chapter in the history of the Kano Emirate with the re-enthronement of Sunusi, who was deposed in 2020 by the Ganduje administration. 

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NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria’s Blue Economy

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 The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) has stated that the lofty potential of the Nigerian blue economy will not be realised without the active participation of women in the sector, especially at the managerial level.

The NCS President, Mr Aminu Umar said this at a summit organised by the chamber on Thursday in Lagos.

The event had the theme: “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety.”

Umar was represented at the conference by a Governing Board member of NCS and Principal Partner, Jean Chiazor and Partners, Mrs. Jean Chiazor Anishere (SAN).

“The maritime sector is a cornerstone of global trade and economic growth. 

“There are numerous benefits accruable from the maritime industry but these benefits can’t be realised without active women participation, especially in leadership roles,” the NCS president said.

The NCS president expressed delight and gratitude to the special guests and speakers, including the President of WISTA International, Mrs. Elpiniki Petraki, the Managing Director of NLNG Ship Management Ltd., Mr Abdul-Kadir Ahmed, the Executive Secretary, WISTA International, Mrs Jemilat Mahamah, among others.

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Also, the President of WISTA International, Petraki, stressed that beyond taking pride in the accomplishment of having the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) dedicate a day for women in maritime, the event should be a platform to strategise for increased women participation across all facets of the maritime sector. 

Petraki noted that the challenges confronting women in the industry were similar across frontiers and national boundaries, stating that gender balance remained a setback globally.

“Only 29 per cent of the entire maritime workforce globally are women, but the states drop to 24 per cent for women engaged in maritime administration. 

“Sadly, in seafaring, the ratio is less than 2 per cent for women and this profession has over 1.8 million people,” the WISTA International president said. 

She, however, encouraged Nigerian women in maritime and other industry stakeholders to participate in the ongoing IMO/ WISTA maritime survey, to get the up-to-date representation of women in the sector.

According to her, the survey which runs till December 2024, will be strategic in promoting diversity and women’s inclusion in the maritime sector.

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Meanwhile, during one of the panel sessions, a Maritime Psychotherapist, who also experienced the ordeals of seafaring, Mrs. Pam Kem, harped on the need to increase awareness of psychological safety in the maritime industry.

Kem said female seafarers were exposed to varying psychological challenges, having experienced storms, turbulence, violence, fire outbreaks and other vices, leaving adverse effects on their behaviours.

 “Physiological safety has been a concept known in most sectors for a long time, but I’m happy to see it come into play in the maritime space.

” However, if we have strong and inclusive leadership teams at the top level like captains and chief engineers, the awareness trickles down to other workers in the rank and file,” Kem said.

 The Director General of NCS, Mrs Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike, stated that the programme was the 3rd edition by NCS, organised as part of activities to commemorate the 2024 International Day for Women in Maritime.

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NHIA: Customs, Songhai Health Trust Collaborate, for Officers’ Effective Healthcare Delivery

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…Flags-off Sensitisation Programme at the Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja

The Nigeria Customs Service on Monday, 20 May 2024 flagged off a sensitisation programme with Songhai Health Trust to sensitise officers on the benefits of accessing the National Health Insurance Scheme. 

In a flag-off Sensitisation Programme with the National Health Insurance Authority and Songhai Health Trust Ltd at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja, the Comptroller-General of Customs, represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in Charge of Human Resource Development, Greg Itotoh, highlighted that the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is a means of offering officers high-quality healthcare.

The CGC, while speaking, outlined that the sensitisation is to enlighten officers on how best to derive maximum benefits from the services provided by the Songhai Health Trust. 

“This is a way of providing quality health care services to officers that are affordable and stress-free.  It is an insurance program that NCS makes mandatory contributions.

“This is the reason why we want every officer to key into it and make best use of the incentives provided by the government because whether we make use of it or not, Nigeria Customs Service pays, and that is why we don’t want to be wasting that money” he stated. 

He further stated that the team of medical units of the NCS would go around different zones, commands and other customs formations to sensitise officers on the scheme’s benefits. 

Meanwhile, the Comptroller of Customs (Pharmacy), Abdulkadir Mohammed, who is also the Desk Officer NHIA, said it is a program introduced by the government for the health care of citizens, and it is designed to pull resources for appropriate health care delivery. 

Furthermore, Deputy Manager Operations of the Songhai  Health Trust, Dr Rotimi Anlemi, while speaking, outlined how the scheme operates, educating officers on the benefits of the scheme.

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