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NPA, Army Eye Collaboration To Boost Information Sharing



  • As Hadiza, Isichei agree to synergize, move industry forward

The Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA),  Hadiza Bala Usman has observed the need to harness the nation’s vast human resources  and potentials in information sharing as a strategic aspect of the nation’s manpower development goals, if the country must lead the continent, in the shortest possible time.

Hadiza stated this, when she led the Authority’s top Management in receiving a visiting team of the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information led by its Commandant, Brigadier General JA Agim at the Corporate Headquarters, Marina, Lagos.

Stressing the need for a capacity building in line with International best practices, Hadiza who insisted that this was the model adopted by the developed world, therefore reiterated the need for all Heads of Government agencies to harness available potentials and resources at their disposal through structured information dissemination.

Pointing out that she still looks forward to a time when nation building in the country’s vocabulary would be anchored to Nigeria taking steps that shows it prioritizes capacity building, training and information sharing as key for driving a nation’s full potentials.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (2nd right); Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information, NASPRI, Brigadier JA Agim (2nd left); Executive Director, Marine and Operations, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Huttins Davies; Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, NPA, Prof. Idris Abubakar (left). When the Commandant paid a courtesy visit to the executive management of NPA at the corporate headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

Hadiza said she was fully aware of the NPA’s long standing relationship with the Nigerian Army and other Government Agencies and would sincerely work to sustain it, stressing that information sharing must start with trust, without which the hope of sustained cordial relationship may become a mirage.

She solicited for understanding concerning the present security challenges in the country, calling on all stakeholders to remain vigilant at all times.

Earlier in his address, Brigadier General JA Agim eulogized the synergy between his School and the NPA which dated to 2010, reinvigorated by the training of officials of the NPA and other Organizations in Corporate Nigeria in 2015, expressing a delight that this synergy, which he noted had been most beneficial to both parties, would be sustained.

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle); President, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Andy Isiche (left) and the Director General of NCS, Mrs. Oby Obi, when the NCS team paid a courtesy visit to the management of NPA at the corporate headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

He noted that the school most recently, was able to train Maritime Reporters on improved reportage and video recording including photography amongst others, and which according to him has impacted positively in bridging the gap between government agencies and the general public in the area of effective communication.

In the meantime, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman on Wednesday assured industry stakeholders of the Authority’s full cooperation, particularly the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, in the onerous ask of moving the maritime industry to the next level.

She indicated this while hosting the members of the Chamber, led by its newly elected President, Andy Isichei at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (5th left); President, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Andy Isiche (4th left) and top officials of both organizations at the NPA corporate headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

“We are re-strategizing on the Authority’s core functions, with the intention of enhancing development in the Maritime Industry”, the Managing Director observed, highlighting that this was why the issue of cooperation and collaboration with every relevant Stakeholder in the Ports Industry has become compelling.

Earlier, the President of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, Mr. Andy Isichei had congratulated Ms Bala-Usman on her appointment, pledging the Chamber’s total support to smoothen her desires to move the industry forward.

Isichei commended the Hadiza for the innovative ideas she had implemented since assumption of duty and for the palliative measures made so far on the dilapidated Port Access Roads.

He also commended her on the Authority’s continuous enforcement of the minimum standard requirement for trucks operating within the Ports Industry, even as they also canvassed for the empowering and sponsorship of Nigerian Seafarers on access to sea training programme where they would acquire requisite experience for the future.

Present at the event were the NPA Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies and the General Manager, Health Safety and Environment, when on the Chamber’s entourage were the Director General, Mrs. Oby Obi; Emi Otaji, Chris Asoluka, Mina Oforikuma, Ify Akerele and Chris Anyaegbuna.

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Customs, Army in Strategic Collaboration Against Smuggling



…Adeniyi, working to further tighten the noose against illicit traders!

The Comptroller General of Customs CGC, Adewale Adeniyi strengthened his strong-foundation laying mission last week, with a pivotal meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, affirming the Service’s sincere commitment to national security.

The Comptroller General in a meeting held Thursday, 30 November 2023, at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja, specifically lauded the collaborative efforts between the Nigeria Customs Service and the armed forces, stressing the critical role such partnerships play in national security.

Hawk-eye industry watchers say it is the CGC’s running effort to further tighten the noose against illicit traders.

“We stand stronger when we work together”, the CGC, Adewale Adeniyi stressed, acknowledging the global challenges, and reiterating the commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service towards collaboration, innovation, and consultations.

Expressing his strong belief in collaboration, innovation, and consultations, the CGC posits that unity strengthens the nation, and reflects deeply, on past collaborations with the Defense Headquarters, particularly the support the Service has received in the sphere of Capacity building, Joint operations, and Training exercises.

Additionally, the CGC expressed gratitude for the support provided by the armed forces in various operations, particularly in civil-military cooperation initiatives.

He was unambiguous of the Customs Service’s dedication to exploring innovative solutions to challenges, leveraging technology, and working closely with other government agencies.

He consequently proposed an intensified joint exercise between the Customs Service and the military; even as he suggested unannounced frequent operations, to demonstrate a show of force, capable of deterring criminals.

The CGC, Adeniyi emphasized the importance of shared experiences in training, facilitating a better understanding of operational contexts.

He underscored the significance of information sharing and the need for collaborative efforts to address porous borders and challenges posed by non-state actors.

CGC Adeniyi assured the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, of the Customs Service’s continued support, stressing the prioritization of clearing military consignments and participation in training programs.

He equally proposed ongoing cooperation, dialogue, and joint exercises to ensure a collective and effective response to evolving security threats.

In his address, General Musa expressed gratitude for the critical role played by the Nigeria Customs Service in the nation’s security landscape. 

He highlighted the indispensable nature of the Customs Service, stating that without their contribution, the country’s defense efforts would be severely compromised.

He commended CGC Adeniyi for his leadership and dedication since assuming office, acknowledging the challenges faced by the country, particularly in the global economic downturn.

He stressed the importance of interagency cooperation in tackling non-state actors and securing the nation.

Addressing the collaboration between the military and the Customs Service, General Musa recognized the significant support received, particularly in civil-military cooperation initiatives.

Furthermore, General Musa affirmed the need for enhanced collaboration, training, and information sharing between the Armed forces and Customs.

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Vendetta or Hanky Panky: Maritime Stakeholders Shocked By Severity of NIMASA’s N500M Penalty



…In addition to Suspension of Certifiers’ authority 

Concerned Maritime Stakeholders have expressed shock over the severity of a N500 million penalty slammed on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency following its submission of an alleged defective 2018 tax returns.

The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria FRCN last Thursday slammed a N500m penalty on NIMASA, after it suspended the agency’s audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.

As if it wasn’t done yet, the body, stressing its commitment to a stricter enforcement of standards, highlighted that the decision was taken in accordance with the FRC Act 2011 (as amended) and the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria-Guidelines/Regulations for Inspection and Monitoring of Reporting Entities.

Undone, the council also suspended the FRC registration numbers of the certifiers of NIMASA’s 2018 audited financial statement, Dr. Bashir Jamoh (FRC/2017/CIANG/00000016699) and Chudi Offodile (unregistered), thereby making them incapable of certifying any financial statements in Nigeria.

“Did they cook the book”, an industry watcher, Bolutife Egbewole asked, stressing that that any penalty that runs into half a billion was suggestive of hanky panky.

“It’s like somebody is saying, ‘Let them protest and then we can drag them into the open’. But, whatever may be its reason, everyone knows this punishment is severe!”, he stated further.

Speaking in the same vein, another industry operator asked: Where is NIMASA going to find that kind of money? The agency has only two kinds of money: Government dedicated funds and the Cabotage Vessel Financing Funds (CVFF). 
“So, where do you expect the Director General to dip hands into?”, he asked, tasking the Director General to visit the FRCN and insist on dialogue.
He also wanted to know if the agency had,  in the past, infuriated the body in any way, to which the general masses might have reason to suspect vendetta.

But a freight forwarder who aired his view in Apapa advised the Director General not to pay.
“If he doesn’t pay, and he doesn’t act on the letter, what will happen? This is job matter. It is a civil issue. A bii naa criminal matter be this? Anyone can make mistakes and figures can become unintentionally lost… Would that call for this kind of penalty? Except it can be proven that somebody was deliberately playing hanky panky and needed to be deterred “, he concluded.

The body had tersely declared its position thus: 

 “The 2018 Audited Financial Statements of NIMASA are hereby withdrawn, and NIMASA is directed to restate its 2018 audited financial statements. NIMASA is required to publish, within seven working days from the date of this notice, in at least two national newspapers (full page), that their 2018 financial statements and returns have been withdrawn for non-compliance with Financial Reporting Standards.

“The FRC will immediately post this information on its website and inform other regulatory agencies that the defective financial statements and returns have been withdrawn for restatement.

“NIMASA is directed to begin the process of restating the 2018 audited financial statement in accordance with the FRC Act. This restatement will form the basis for the preparation and submission of audited financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

“NIMASA is required to file the restated financial statements for 2018, together with the management letters issued by their external auditors, with the Council within 60 days.”

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SIFAX: Ajayi Crowther University Honours Taiwo Afolabi With a Doctorate Degree



The Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State has honoured the SIFAX Group Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, with an honorary doctorate in Business Administration.

The colorful event which was a cardinal part of the institution’s activities to mark its 15th  convocation ceremony was therefore attended by the Group Chairman and his wife; as well as the top SIFAX Group management team.

*Yinka Afolabi, Executive Director, SIFAX Marine; Tobi Afolabi, Executive Director, Operations, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited; Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group and his wife Afolashade Afolabi; Mariam Qudus, Executive Director, Compliance, SIFAX Group and her husband Qudus during the conferment of the honorary doctorate degree in Business Administration on Dr. Taiwo Afolabi by the university at its 15th convocation ceremony held on Thursday.

*Cross section of guests and SIFAX Group top management team during the conferment of the honorary doctorate in Business Administration on Dr. Taiwo Afolabi by the university at its 15th convocation ceremony 

*L-R: SIFAX Image maker, Muyiwa Akande, and Head, Off-Docks, Oliver Omajuwa at the ceremony.

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