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NIMASA’s Lami Tumaka globally rated Top 100 PR Professionals



  •  As Oshiomhole announces N25,000 minimum wage, on Workers Day 

The Head of Public Relations,  Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Lami Tumaka has been named amongst the first 100 global Public Relations Practitioners in the world.

The Evan, a global professional body for mentees indicated this in its April 2016 publication, complimenting Lami Tumaka’s passion, consistency and dogged professionalism in the practice of Public Relations.

While Hajia Tumaka,  a happy grandmother, whose strength lies in continuous development, reading, traveling and meeting new people  has won several awards in the course of her professional career,  the one from Evan Carmichael. com is uniquely symbolic, because it is a confirmation of what the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) has consistently reiterated.

Unarguably, the only two professional Public Relations gurus in the whole of the Nigerian Maritime industry today may be indicated as Hajia Lami Tumaka in Lagos; and national image maker of the Nigeria Customs Service, Deputy Comptroller, Wale Adeniyi in Abuja., is a popular website founded by Evan Carmichael, a Toronto-based entrepreneur and an international speaker dedicated to helping others succeed by monitoring their progress and influence in their professional and entrepreneurial careers.

Hajia Tumaka’s core Public Relations experience spans over two decades having been Public Relations Manager as far back as 1991 with the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Limited Kaduna for several years before joining the services of the then National Maritime Authority (NMA) in 1998.

As Head of Public Relations in NIMASA, Hajia Tumaka is responsible for managing the image of this foremost maritime Agency that is responsible for the regulation of shipping activities in Nigeria and the promotion of indigenous shipping capacity in international and coastal trade.

A Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Hajia Tumaka holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Masters Degree in Business Administration both from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. She also earned a Certificate in Basic Film Production from TV College Jos and a Diploma in Public Relations from the prestigious Holborn College, London.

A woman with an undying penchant for professional Public Relations practice, Hajia Tumaka has a humane disposition and a track record of achievements in all her endeavours holding the trio of Honesty, Commitment and Hardwork as her guiding principles.

Hajia Tumaka has won several awards in the course of her professional career including the Maritime Media Woman of the Year on several occasions amongst several honours and the Best Maritime Industry Public Relations Officer.

In the meantime, Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has announced a new minimum wage for workers in the state civil service from N18,000 to N25,000.

The governor, who promised that the increment will be immediate, however, brushed aside, calls by organised labour regarding the depletion of public servant population in the state raised by the state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, and his Trade union counterpart, Comrade Marshall Ohue.

The increment was the highpoint of the May Day celebration in Edo State held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

The governor, who did not reveal the details of the new pay package for all categories of workers, however, stated that every worker in the state civil service including directors would benefit from the salary arrangement.

The governor, in his address, took time to speak on the salary arrears owed local government workers, saying he has mandated heads of local governments administration to use every money available to offset the arrears.

He said workers of Egor Local Government Area, who are being owed 14-month salaries, will receive their money in the next two weeks as the state government has virtually completed the bailout processes for the council.

Edo State chairman of the NLC, Comrade, Emmanuel Ademokun, earlier in a remark, appealed to the state government to commence employment into the public sector, arising from the dearth of workers across ministries and parastatals in the state public sector

Additional report from Tribune


WAIVER CESSATION: Igbokwe urges NIMASA to evolve stronger collaboration with Ships owners



…Stresses the need for timely disbursement of N44.6billion CVFF***

Highly revered Nigerian Maritime Lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Igbokwe has urged the Nigeria Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) to partner with ship owners and relevant association in the industry to evolving a more vibrant merchant shipping and cabotage trade regime.

Igbokwe gave the counsel during his paper presentation at the just concluded two-day stakeholders’ meeting on Cabotage waiver restrictions, organized by NIMASA.

“NIMASA and shipowners should develop merchant shipping including cabotage trade. A good start is to partner with the relevant associations in this field, such as the Nigeria Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA), Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Oil Trade Group & Maritime Trade Group of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

“A cursory look at their vision, mission and objectives, show that they are willing to improve the maritime sector, not just for their members but for stakeholders in the maritime economy and the country”.

Adding that it is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a through briefing and regular consultation with ships owners, in other to have insight on the challenges facing the ship owners.

“It is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a thorough briefing and regular consultations with shipowners, to receive insight on the challenges they face, and how the Agency can assist in solving them and encouraging them to invest and participate in the maritime sector, for its development. 

“NIMASA should see them as partners in progress because, if they do not invest in buying ships and registering them in Nigeria, there would be no Nigerian-owned ships in its Register and NIMASA would be unable to discharge its main objective.

The Maritime lawyer also urged NIMASA  to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF)that currently stands at about N44.6 billion.

“Lest it be forgotten, what is on the lips of almost every shipowner, is the need to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (the CVFF’), which was established by the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act, 2003. It was established to promote the development of indigenous ship acquisition capacity, by providing financial assistance to Nigerian citizens and shipping companies wholly owned by Nigerian operating in the domestic coastal shipping, to purchase and maintain vessels and build shipping capacity. 

“Research shows that this fund has grown to about N44.6billion; and that due to its non-disbursement, financial institutions have repossessed some vessels, resulting in a 43% reduction of the number of operational indigenous shipping companies in Nigeria, in the past few years. 

“Without beating around the bush, to promote indigenous maritime development, prompt action must be taken by NIMASA to commence the disbursement of this Fund to qualified shipowners pursuant to the extant Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (“CVFF”) Regulations.

Mike Igbokwe (SAN)

“Indeed, as part of its statutory functions, NIMASA is to enforce and administer the provisions of the Cabotage Act 2003 and develop and implement policies and programmes which will facilitate the growth of local capacity in ownership, manning and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructure. Disbursing the CVFF is one of the ways NIMASA can fulfill this mandate.

“To assist in this task, there must be collaboration between NIMASA, financial institutions, the Minister of Transportation, as contained in the CVFF Regulations that are yet to be implemented”, the legal guru highlighted further. 

He urged the agency to create the right environment for its stakeholders to build on and engender the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders.

“Lastly, which is the main reason why we are all here, cessation of ministerial waivers on some cabotage requirements, which I believe is worth applause in favour of NIMASA. 

“This is because it appears that the readiness to obtain/grant waivers had made some of the vessels and their owners engaged in cabotage trade, to become complacent and indifferent in quickly ensuring that they updated their capacities, so as not to require the waivers. 

“The cessation of waivers is a way of forcing the relevant stakeholders of the maritime sector, to find workable solutions within, for maritime development and fill the gaps in the local capacities in 100% Nigerian crewing, ship ownership, and ship building, that had necessitated the existence of the waivers since about 15 years ago, when the Cabotage Act came into being. 

“However, NIMASA must ensure that the right environment is provided for its stakeholders to build and possess the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders. Or better still, that they are solved within the next 5 years of its intention to stop granting waivers”, he further explained. 

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Breaking News: The Funeral Rites of Matriarch C. Ogbeifun is Live



The Burial Ceremony of Engr. Greg Ogbeifun’s mother is live. Watch on the website: and on Youtube: Maritimefirst Newspaper.

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Wind Farm Vessel Collision Leaves 15 Injured



…As Valles Steamship Orders 112,000 dwt Tanker from South Korea***

A wind farm supply vessel and a cargo ship collided in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday leaving 15 injured.

The Cyprus-flagged 80-meter general cargo ship Raba collided with Denmark-flagged 31-meter wind farm supply vessel World Bora near Rügen Island, about three nautical miles off the coast of Hamburg. 

Many of those injured were service engineers on the wind farm vessel, and 10 were seriously hurt. 

They were headed to Iberdrola’s 350MW Wikinger wind farm. Nine of the people on board the World Bora were employees of Siemens Gamesa, two were employees of Iberdrola and four were crew.

The cause of the incident is not yet known, and no pollution has been reported.

After the collision, the two ships were able to proceed to Rügen under their own power, and the injured were then taken to hospital. 

Lifeboat crews from the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service tended to them prior to their transport to hospital via ambulance and helicopter.

“Iberdrola wishes to thank the rescue services for their diligence and professionalism,” the company said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Hong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.

Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.

The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.

The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.

Maritime Executive with additional report from World Maritime News

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