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NIMS: Kitack Lim Stresses Need for Measures to Boost Revenue, Fossil fuels technology

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NIMS: Kitack Lim Stresses Need for Measures to Boost Revenue, Fossil fuels technology

…As Sambo, Orakwusi, others highlight Commitment to Blue Economy, Information Sharing*** 

 The Secretary-General, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim on Monday stressed the need for the adoption of market-based measures to boost funds generation and investment in fossil fuels technology development.

Lim stated this at the 2022 Nigerian International Maritime Summit (NIMS), held in Lagos, noting that the gesture would assist productivity, and economy, in addition to helping to reduce carbon footprint in the environment.

“Decarbonisation is one of the challenges of our time owing to the fact that climate change has started having its impact on developing nations.

“Decarbonisation and automation are critical to shaping the future, and IMO has set the target of cutting down emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 and 70 percent by 2050 across international shipping,” the IMO Scribe said.

He however assured also, that IMO would partner with the Nigerian government to achieve Port Community system, for the West and Central African region.

Lim highlighted the IMO’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s maritime industry to achieve cleaner oceans and greener shipping system.

He commended the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy, for effectively collaborating with the local, regional and international partners, to achieve success in the war against piracy.

Speaking, while declaring the NIMS officially open, the Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Sambo, noted that finance is a critical driver, for unlocking the potential of the Blue Economy in Africa, and particularly, Nigeria.

According to Sambo, sustainable financing models are importiant to build critical maritime assets, such as shipyards and ports, across the country.

From left: Secretary General, IMO, Mr Kitack Lim; Minister of Transportation, Mu’azuJaji Sambo; Chairperson, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Ms Lynda Ikpeazu; CEO Sea Transport Group, Aminu Umar; and Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

He noted the need to reshape the way the shipping industry operates in the face of current and future challenges, ranging from changing climate and decarbonisation by 2050 cannot be overemphasised.

“Nigeria’s commitment to the sustainability of the Blue Economy is demonstrated by the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“To this end, an Expanded Committee on Sustainable Blue Economy in Nigeria (ECSBEN) under the leadership of no less a person than the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is driving the implementation process and perfecting the agenda for a national strategy.

“This agenda is focused on providing an assessment of the current realities, opportunities and challenges for economic diversification and the growth of a sustainable blue economy.

“It includes the identification and review of relevant policies and institutional/capacity-building mechanisms,” he said.

The minister said there was a need to identify regional and cross-border partnerships for the implementation of the blue economy plan.

“This summit is an important step in the continuing shift in strategic thinking about the blue economy.

“It will undoubtedly serve as a benchmark for stakeholders in Nigeria and beyond to further develop innovative strategies to sustainably harness the vast potential of the blue economy.

“It is my hope that the deliberations at this event will lead to viable solutions for overcoming this challenge,” he said.

Alhaji Aminu Umar, the Chief Executive Officer, Sea Transport Group, pointed out the cardinal points that industry stakeholders needed to push, to help reduce carbon emissions.

“There is a need to optimise voyage plan, the vessel speed should be reduced and fuel consumption so as to reduce carbon footprint.

“Efficiency of the port will help the reduction of waiting time and this is because waiting to berth creates so much carbon burning,” he said.

Also, Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, the Chairman, Morbod Group, noted that in tackling the challenge hampering meeting the objectives, there was the need to reduce old vessels plying the waters.

Orakwusi called for information sharing among stakeholders, noting that whatever happens in a country, directly or indirectly affects the other stakeholders.

Dignitaries present at the event included the original initiators of NIMs, Barr. Emeka Akabogu, Barr. Mfon Usoro and Nigeria’s foremost shipping mogul, Engr. Greg Utomwen Ogbeifun.

Other dignitaries included the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani; the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Emmanuel Jime; Mr. George Moghalu, Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority, among others.

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Traffic Flow: COMTUA, PSTT reconcile for Enhanced Efficiency

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Traffic Flow: COMTUA, PSTT reconcile for Enhanced Efficiency

The Council of Maritime Transport Unions and Associations (COMTUA) has reconciled its differences with the Presidential Special Task Team (PSTT), in a bid to ensure enhanced traffic flow.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has also stressed the need for bi-annual inspection of all boats operating in Lagos waters, in addition to, water guards being present in all jetties to ensure ferry Operators do not overload their boats.

 Announcing the reconciliation at its Annual Congress in Lagos, the COMTUA President, Prince Adeyinka Aroyewun said that COMTUA  purposely left  PSTT because the task force was derailing from its core functions while its performance was being exaggerated.

Aroyewun stated that these allegations made COMTUA pull out of PSTT.

The COMTUA President declared that the associations and the PSTT have now reconciled for effective collaboration in ensuring zero traffic at the port corridor.

 “We left the committee initially because the committee seems to be derailing. But over time, with our criticism and lots of efforts of the Nigerian Shippers Council, I think we are now on track. COMTUA sees the reason to collaborate with them especially when it comes to the area of traffic in the ports access roads. I want to believe that if we collaborate we will achieve more results than what we are seeing”,  Aroyewun stated.

He had earlier in his opening speech noted that the union’s engagements with the government and other stakeholders had led to the disbandment and suspension of several task forces and creation of functional and supportive bodies to assist their businesses. He promised to deliver on the union’s promise to bring everyone on board and attend to the needs of members.

 The National Coordinator of PSTT, Mr. Moses Fadipe, who represented the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) at the event, pointed out that the Committee has decided to welcome COMTUA back, for better relationship and engagement in achieving the goals and objectives of the team.

He emphasised that the Rules of Engagement of the team remain unchanged.

Fadipe, however, urged the union to strictly abide by the Rules of Engagement to avoid future disagreements.

“The COMTUA President said some time ago they left the Task Team because they felt they are not doing enough but now they said they are back.

“A father cannot have 20 children and wish that one will be out of the Palace. We have welcomed them back fully as the National Coordinator. I would convey the message to the Presidential Task Team. But be that as it may, our Rules of Engagement remain the same. It has never changed”,  Fadipe stressed.

 The Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu stressed the importance of technology in the development of the haulage, logistics and transportation sector at large.

Represented by the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, the governor hinted that a bi-annual inspection of all boats is being carried out, and water guards are in all jetties to ensure people are not overloading their boats. He added that there is the introduction of fuel docks in Lagos, Eastern and Western axis to reduce the risk on the water.

The Special Adviser to the Governor, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa represented by Engr. Ojo Owuro commended the efforts and contributions of COMTUA to the development of transportation in Lagos.

 He announced that the Ministry has issued an approval recognising COMTUA as a single body.

He enjoined members of the Union to shun disunity but work together as a team.

COMTUA later presented awards to  Vice President of the Federation, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu,  Managing Director of NPA, Muhammed Bello-Koko and Executive Secretary of NSC, Hon. Emmanuel Jime.

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

 The Oyo State wing of the Southwest Security Network (Amotekun Corps) has recovered AK-47 rifles, military camouflage and other items hidden in a forest in the state by suspected kidnappers.

Commandant of the corps in Oyo State, retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, told newsmen in Ibadan on Monday that the corps recovered four AK-47 rifles, four magazines and 50 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

Also recovered were wraps of Indian hemp, raincoats, two Nigerian Army caps, and a beret.

He said the items were recovered while operatives of the corps were combing forests following rising cases of kidnap on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Last weekend, efforts of our men were rewarded when the arms and ammunition were found in one of the forests following a tip-off that some gunmen sighted in the area.

“The security network’s agents are still present in the forest to possibly apprehend the criminal elements,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to Gov. Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the governor had directed security personnel in the state to take proactive steps to stop abductions in the state.

Owoseni said collaboration with local hunters and vigilantes assisted greatly in recent successes recorded by the Amotekun corps in the state.

He assured that the state government would provide the equipment needed for the smooth operation of the corps to enhance their performance.

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

 The Osun Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 10 suspects over the attacks across some motor parks in the state on the premise of the forceful takeover of the parks.

SP Yemisi Opalola, the Command’s Spokesperson, in a statement, said five guns, nine live and four expended cartridges and five cutlasses were recovered from the suspects.

“This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state in the early hours of today (Monday).

The Commissioner of Police, the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and other stakeholders had met with the NURTW executive, members and other stake holders to avert the crisis and forceful take-over of the parks in the state.

“All consented to maintain peace, but it was a surprise to learn about the attacks by NURTW members in several parts of the state with attendant destruction of offices and injury to some persons and police personnel.

“The CP, Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.

“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of 10 suspects and recovery of one Barretta pistol, two Pump Action guns, two Barrel guns, nine live and four expended cartridges, five cutlasses and charms,” she said

She said the CP was, however, assuring the public that the command was fully on top of the situation as mobile, conventional, tactical and patrol teams had been deployed to curtail the crises.

The CP also advised members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without fear of insecurity or attacks.

He warned that anyone found culpable in the unwarranted violence and attacks would face the full wrath of the law.

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