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NPA: Bello-Koko set to revitalise Eastern Ports with 30% Tariff Relief



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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is finalising plans to raise tariff relief by as much as 30 percent for service providers, as part of a multi-pronged approach to attract more vessel and cargo traffic to the Eastern ports.

NPA’s Managing Director, Mohammed Bello Koko, broke the good news while addressing a stakeholders’ forum during an assessment tour of facilities in Port Harcourt and Onne Ports, in the company of his Management Team and other senior officers.

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He highlighted that the move is being considered, having observed that a similar concession of a 10 percent rebate granted by the Authority to terminal operators some years back failed to yield the desired result, as shipping traffic to these ports witnessed no significant growth.

According to him, the Authority is already considering the proposal for a 30 percent tariff rebate being sought by the terminal operators at these Ports.

He however warned that such a request would not be automatic but conditional.

The tariff relief that we will provide will be based on the commensurate impact it will have on cargo and vessel traffic, he stressed.

“Some years ago, we have provided tariff discounts, a kind of rebate, but that didn’t bring the expected impact on traffic into the port.

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We are reviewing the request from the terminal operators for a 30 percent discount but we need to make it clear that we won’t just give a rebate without some conditions.

“Discussions have started, it might be lower or higher than 30 percent, we also will adopt a timeline.

For instance, we might say this relief is for a year and let’s see the impact.

We wouldn’t want to give a tariff discount to a terminal operator, who, for instance, brings in four vessels in a month and even with the rebate, he still brings in the same four or even fewer vessels.

That is not what we want.

“We want to see increased activities at the ports and we want to encourage more cargo coming to the Eastern ports. Some of the terminals are now involved in the processing of exports, which is very key and important for us as an Authority, it is also necessary for Nigeria to export more agro-products and locally produced goods, these are part of the things that will guide the amount of tariff relief we give to our terminal operators.

“Most of the ports in the East, their problem is the draught of the channel and that is what we are looking at.

It is not just to reconstruct the quays, we also need to dredge deeper so that bigger vessels can come in and the economy of scale will set in and then you will be able to attract more cargo volumes.

We are beginning to see increased activities in Onne and we are determined to replicate this in other ports along the Eastern corridor”, Mohammed Bello-Koko said.

Speaking further on his observations during the tour, the NPA Boss commended Messrs.

Ports and Terminals Limited (PTOL) and BUA Terminal Limited, operating at the Port Harcourt port, for their commitment towards rehabilitating the superstructure at their terminals.

“One of the operators, PTOL, has a development plan which involves bringing down some of the sheds, removing stacking areas, thereby creating more space to handle more cargo.

We came to look at that and to discuss it further with them.

They have some collapsed berths and we are discussing how to rehabilitate that so that we have more vessels to berth at this port”.

He however expressed concern with BUA Terminal Limited on its slow pace of work, having been granted approval by the NPA to commence work on the collapsed quays within its terminal.

“We also looked at the BUA part of the berth and I think we have berths 5-8 that have collapsed.

Some of these berths were built in the 1920s and they have really decayed and we have to decommission some of the berths.

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The agreement is for BUA to reconstruct some of these berths.

We have given them approval for the final design which the company has submitted and we expect construction should resume very soon”.

“We are urging the terminal operator to increase the pace at which they are carrying on these repairs.

We expected that the reconstruction should have started a few months ago, but it hasn’t.

We understand the need to plan properly and now that planning is over and we expect they should resume reconstruction on these berths soon.

“We also came to look at the dockyard.

The dockyard is an integral and important part of the port ecosystem where vessels are docked for repairs, but you can see it is dilapidated.

We are considering either finding private investors to invest in the dockyard or the NPA to take up that responsibility to rehabilitate the finger jetty and get the berth to work.


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NIMASA: Jamoh Bags National Productivity Merit Award 



 ….Dedicates award to stakeholders as   Ajani, and Offodile join Awardees List***

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, will on Monday be conferred, by the Federal Government with the 2021 National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM, Award. 

Also in the category of awards is the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Agency, Chudi Offodile; while the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani was nominated as a 2022 recipient of the award.

The official conferment ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 2023.

The DG expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, noting that it is a call to greater service to our Fatherland.

“I am spurred by this award, particularly as it is coming from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, which underscores the ministry’s role in ensuring reward for hard work and productivity in public service”

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Let me also use this opportunity to dedicate the award to the industry’s stakeholders; external and internal, as they have made our work easier as an administration. We will continue to strive to make the maritime sector a viable economic driver, especially with the Blue Economy mantra, which is critical to the sustainability of the maritime sector”, Jamoh said.

Commenting the on the selection of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the DG said it is a well-deserved honour, as she has remained a core professional and astute administrator in the coordination of activities in the Ministry and the Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry.

“I am not surprised by her selection, as she is an administrator par excellence and has remained resolute and professional in the discharge of her duties. Little wonder she is commonly referred to as the “Head Mistress” of the Ministry and the Maritime Sector”. I congratulate her on the well-deserving award.

The National Productivity Order of Merit Award was instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to recognize and honour productive individuals and organizations in Nigeria in the year of the award for achievements made in the preceding years.

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Group Backs Tinubu On Subsidy Removal, Calls For Restructuring



The Campaign for Democracy (CD), a pro-democracy, Civil Society and Human Rights Organisation, has backed President Bola Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.

The group made this known in a communique issued by its North Central Executive Committee at the end of its meeting on Friday in Minna, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

The communique was jointly signed by the Chairman, of North Central Zone, Dr Abdullahi Mohammed, and Secretary General, Mr Abdulwahid Adeniran.

They urged the president to restructure the nation’s security architecture to effectively tackle the challenge of insecurity as well as Nigeria as a country.

They said the expectation of Nigerians were high in tandem with the renewed hope principle and focused policy of the administration.

According to the communique, the removal of the fuel subsidy was long overdue and welcome the development for the good of Nigerians.

The group also urged the government to do the needful by putting necessary palliative policy measures and logistics to soften the hardship that might accompany the new paradigm shift among the citizens.

“That there is a need for a national task force comprising of the Army, Police, Customs, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence and non-state actors, civil society,  among other stakeholders, to check the arbitrary price increase of the product, stop the exploitation of the people by fuel marketers and their collaborators/dealers to tarnish the image of the new administration in the eyes of the public,” they said.

The group also called on stakeholders in the educational sector to come up with solutions to the challenges of 12.3 million out-of-school in Nigeria as a result of insecurity.

They also advocated that the president should give directions to child education through the resettlement of IDPs, and tackle banditry, poverty, food insecurity and socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.

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The group recommended that federal government policy programme implementation be adopted at the sub-national state and local governments for the benefit of Nigerians.

According to them, this synergy is key to the collaborative building of the country.

Besides, CD called on Tinubu to restructure the nation’s security architecture for better performance to further curb crimes and criminalities.

They however commended the Armed Forces of Nigeria for taking the battle against insurgency, kidnapping, and banditry to the doorsteps of the criminals.

According to the group, the battle against insecurity is winnable by our gallant military men and officers in the theatre of the war.

They therefore called on all stakeholders to support Tinubu toward physical and economically restructuring of Nigeria for the common interest of all.

The group congratulated the new governor and deputy governor of Niger, advising them to partner with all relevant stakeholders for the peace and development of the state.

“We appeal to the incoming government to take the welfare of civil servants seriously by providing motivational incentives to improve the working conditions of workers and ensure commensurate take-home wages and salaries are paid as of when due,” the group urged.

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NSC: APMT Receives Registration Certificate as Regulated Service Provider



The AP Moller Terminals, led by its Vice President, Mr. Martijn Van Dongen on Friday, paid a courtesy visit, to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council headquarters in Lagos.

Dongen, leading a 4 -man delegation,  said the essence of the visit was to strengthen the collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, as port Economic Regulator. 

During the visit, the APMT actually received its certificate to operate as a regulated service provider. 

The Legal Adviser and Head of Corporate Affairs of APMT, Chinenye Deinde also urged NSC to pursue the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, stating that it has the potential to sanitize the maritime sector. 

In his response, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Rt. Honourable Emmanuel Jime, highlighted that the Shippers’ Council was already working on the review of its enabling Act, which he believes will strengthen the agency in its role as port economic regulator.

 According to him, the Federal Government is committed to making Nigeria an investment haven for foreign investors while encouraging local entrepreneurs to be creative in growing the economy.

  “The strategic location of this country on the African continent makes it a trigger for investments”, the NSC ES/CEO concluded.

Mr. Dongen was accompanied on the visit by Mr. Klaus Holm Laursen, Head of Joint Ventures, Africa and Europe, Mrs. Chinenye Deinde, Legal Adviser & Head, Corporate Affairs, APMT as well as Mr. Frederick Klinke, MD, APMT Nigeria.

L-R: Martijn van Dongen Vice President, Head of Global Lean Business System at APM Terminals, Maersk, Klaus Holm Laursen Head of Joint Ventures, Africa & Europe, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Frederik Klinke, Country Managing Director, APM Terminals, Nigeria and Chinenye Deinde, General Manager, Legal and Corporate Affairs, APM Terminals Apapa

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