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NSC Boss calls for Synergy with Airfreight Stakeholders



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From left: President Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum, Mr. Toyin Onifade, and Mr. Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council

… Says Ship operators adopting green shipping***

In his quest to promote a common goal for seamless trade that will create enabling environment for businesses, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel Jime has sought for synergy with Airfreight stakeholders.

Jime stated this when the President, of Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum, Mr. Toyin Onifade led his members on a courtesy visit to the NSC’s headquarters in Lagos on Wednesday.

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Jime stated that NSC was statutorily established to protect the interest of shippers, adding that the Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum is essential to this fundamental responsibility.

“I have had a thorough briefing about the activities of the Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum.

I understand that the Forum has, expectedly, played a key role in airfreight matters.

As Port Economic Regulator, NSC wants business to be done seamlessly in both the seaports and airports in the country”, he further said.

He emphasized the need to ensure proper packaging of exports for various international markets while assuring the team of Council’s support for their operations.

The ASF President appreciated the Council for receiving his team and unveiled plans to launch a manual that would provide guidelines for stakeholders in airfreight businesses in the country.

Onifade maintained that the maritime sector can conveniently generate more than five hundred thousand employment opportunities.

He drew attention to the fact that airfreight works out cheaper than the conveyance of goods by roads.

He said enlightenment campaigns by relevant government agencies are needed for shippers to be attuned to the benefits of airfreight.

It may be recalled that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council and Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum have jointly organized a series of workshops and interactions for stakeholders on topical issues on exports and airfreight business in the country.

In the same vein, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on Wednesday said ship operators were adopting green shipping aimed at reducing greenhouse gase emissions.

The Executive Secretary of NSC, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, made this known at the 2022 Lagos International Maritime Week (LIMW) in Lagos.

The week had the theme, ‘New Technologies for Greener Shipping in Africa,’ organized by Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd.

The newsmen report that green shipping entails improving the environment of the sea by ensuring the least amount of carbon emissions and other gases caused by the burning of fuel by ships.

Jime added that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) was focused on the delivery of a green environment for the maritime industry, which was also aimed at reducing the content of sulphur in fuel in the maritime industry globally from 3.5 per cent to 0.5 per cent by 2025.

According to Jime, the Shippers Council as the port regulator will ensure that the benefit of a greener environment is achieved.

“There is a need for the enterprise to understand how it will work.

“Data shows that once a country has achieved 0.5 per cent sulphur reduction, there will be an increase in the cost of freight by 50 per cent.

“So, this is the side effect and what ordinarily we should be celebrating as an achievement,” he said.

The Shippers Council boss said in August 2019, NSC hosted a regional seminar in Abuja on shipping cost, and that the purpose of the seminar was to identify what was responsible for the high cost of shipping.

Also, the Secretary-General, Abuja Memorandum of Association (MoU) on Port State Control for West and Central African Region, Capt. Sunday Umoren said IMO had already set the minimum requirements for green shipping.

Umoren said the race was still on for the winning technology to drive greener ships through private investors and governments, through grants and research institutes.

He explained that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) had supported some universities and that they were expected to be involved in maritime-related research and development.

“There should be some sort of distinction between the maritime university and other universities. Ship owners too should not just pursue ship acquisitions, but can also sponsor research in this line.

“Shipbuilders are also not exempted from this responsibility, because there is a correlation between shipbuilding and vessels’ performance as these form major components of guarantees in shipbuilding contracts,” he said.

Umoren suggested that government and the responsible Ministries, Directorates and Agencies (MDAs) should be the umpire in directing the ship owners and shipbuilders accordingly.

“It is sad to say that third-world countries are still struggling with ship acquisition even with the traditional vessels using fossil oil. One wonders how we will cope with the move to greener vessels,” Umoren said.

Also, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the Lagos State governor, said the state appreciated the efforts and progress being made to align the maritime industry with the greener industries that ensured a sustainable future for shipping.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by Mrs. Patience Ogunnubi, member, of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, said the world was gravitating toward innovation and new technologies that supported a green transition of the maritime sector.

She, therefore, said Nigeria and, indeed, Africa could not afford to be left behind.

“This is more important when juxtaposed with the centrality of the maritime sector to the Nigerian economy.

“With the array of industry experts listed for this conference, I am confident that it conference will provide the framework for the required transition to a greener revolution for the maritime sector.

She appealed for more opportunities for women in the maritime space, as things get better when women were involved.


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MWUN Felicitates with Sanwo-Olu, Says Victory Demonstrates People’s Love for Selfless Service



MWUN Felicitates with Sanwo-Olu, Says Victory Demonstrates People's Love for Selfless Service

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has congratulated His Excellency, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on his re-election as the Executive Governor of Lagos State.

 President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju felicitated with the governor, noting that Sanwo-Olu’s victory is well deserved, following his focused selfless service.

According to the President General, the victory is a clear testimony of the love showered on the governor as the Chief Executive of the state by the people of Lagos State.

Prince Adeyanju promised the commitment of the union to making the seaports safer under a better working environment for all the practitioners.

In his words: “The Lagos State election which was keenly contested for, left Governor Sanwo-Olu winning the election on a very wide margin; this which gave him an edge over other contestants was a clear testimony of love showered on him as the Chief Executive of the state by the people.

“We in the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria wish to felicitate with the amiable Lagos State Governor on his well-deserved victory during the poll in the state. The President-General of the Union, Comrade Adeyanju has promised the Governor of the Union’s commitment towards making the nation’s seaports safer under a better working environment for all the practitioners.

“On behalf of my executives, I wish to express our profound readiness to work and synergies with the Governor in all areas of the Maritime Industry towards achieving the best of economic values for the state and the nation at large. On this note, we say congratulation, Governor Sanwo-Olu!”

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Re-Election: Adeleke congratulates Makinde as Folarin felicitates, lauds Oyo voters



Re-Election: Adeleke congratulates Makinde as Folarin felicitates, lauds Oyo voters

 Gov. of Ademola Adeleke of Osun has congratulated his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, on his re-election in the March 18 governorship poll.

He gave the congratulatory message in a statement on Monday in Osogbo.

He described the outcome of the election as a strong vote of confidence in the performance of Makinde in the last four years.

He added that “I congratulate my brother, Governor Seyi Makinde on his re-election at the polls.

“Residents of Oyo State have reaffirmed their faith and confidence in his performance.

“They have confirmed the rapid development of Oyo State under the able leadership of my brother, Seyi Makinde.

“On behalf of the people and government of Osun State, I extend warm felicitation to Gov. Makinde.

“I look forward to years of partnership and collaboration between our two states on inter-state infrastructure development, among others.”

Adeleke also described Oyo and Osun states as siamese twins, calling for closer partnership in economic and social affairs.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday declared Makinde the winner of the 2023 governorship election in Oyo State.

Makinde had 563,756 votes to defeat his closest rival, Teslim Folarin of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 256,685 votes.

In a related development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Sen. Teslim Folarin, has congratulated Gov. Seyi Makinde on his victory in the March 18 governorship election in the state.

Folarin’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement personally signed by him and made available to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan.

 Makinde, of People Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling 568,756 votes to defeat his closest rival, Folarin who scored 256,685.

Folarin, while congratulating Makinde, expressed appreciation to the electorate in the state for their support to APC candidates in the just-concluded general elections.

He also expressed gratitude to God for preserving the lives of the people throughout the electioneering process and to his friends and political allies for their overwhelming support.

He commended members of the 2023 Oyo State APC Presidential and Governorship Campaign Council for their issue-based campaigns, loyalty, dedication and commitment to the struggle.

“My gratitude also goes to the coalition parties, candidates of other political parties, volunteers, the press and individuals that contributed to the ‘Itesiwaju Ipinle Oyo 2023’ project,” he said.

The APC governorship candidate, however, appealed to party members and support groups to remain calm, as the results of the election were being studied.

“It is God that gives and takes power. May Oyo State and our people continue to prosper,” he said.

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Nigerian Maritime Women form new Association; Canvasses Equity, Digital Innovations



Nigerian Maritime Women form new Association; Canvasses Equity, Digital Innovations

Four maritime women associations which jointly organized a summit where they canvassed for gender parity in the maritime sector and encouraged more women’s contributions to technological advancement in the digital space have agreed to form a single association to advance their cause.

The four associations are: Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, African Women in Maritime (WIMA) Nigerian chapter, Women in Maritime of West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA), Nigerian chapter and Female Seafarers Association of Nigeria (FESAN).

The summit, which was part of activities to mark the 2023 International Women’s Day (IWD), was anchored on the IWD 2023 theme; ‘Digital Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality’.

Speaking at the event, the WISTA-Nigeria President, Mrs. Eunice Ezeoke noted that as separate groups their impact have been fragmented while they have also been unable to get requisite support from the federal government in attending crucial regional and international conferences.

Her words: “One of the high points for the collaboration was the inability to get financial support especially in attending international conferences. It is at global meetings that we can network with other women and major global operators. When one intends to contest for regional or international positions, one would need to know women in maritime in other countries to get their buy-in. The federal government hasn’t been giving us the support to attend international conferences.”

“We explained this to the Permanent Secretary of the Transport Ministry, Dr. (Mrs.) Magdalene Ajani at a recent meeting and it was at that point she informed us that there has been no budgetary provision for women at the Ministry for some years. She encouraged us to start sourcing funds. We, however, have examples of other African countries where the women were backed fully for these activities.”

Stressing that government support mustn’t always be financial support, Ezeoke stated that there could be a sort of moral support by recognizing women groups among stakeholders such that shipping companies, terminal operators, NLNG, and oil firms are inclined to take up the financial support to enable women achieve the advocacy dreams.

In her own submission, the President of WIMOWCA Nigeria, Mrs Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore opined that the removal of women budgetary provisions from the Transport Ministry underscored the Importance of getting more women into key leadership positions where such decisions are taken.

Edodo-Emore, who is also Chairman, Zoe Maritime Resources Limited, expressed delight at the utilizing of technology to address the challenges of artisanal fishers who get better fees for their products and are better equipped to preserve them on account of several innovations.

“With this partnership, women are better placed to access funding for women’s education and training. We are all excited and we believe that we are set to begin reaping the benefits of this partnership. As regards fishing, it’s important that we bring technology into the fishing industry.

“The process of catching the fishes, preservation, storage, among other processes have evolved with technology. We need to sensitize and equip the industry, especially artisanal fishers,” she said.

Speaking, Mrs Rollens Macfoy, President of WIMA Nigeria, said that success has no gender even as she encouraged women to seek to be the best at what they do such that it becomes difficult to be marginalized.

“When you strive to bring out your value and worth by your doggedness, innovation, skills and humility; at this point, if you’re being marginalized there is something to shout and fight about. Nevertheless, a lot of organizations have an unwritten law or position that prevented women from rising to Directors or head of the agency. At such organizations, we have observed that gradually women have been emerging as Directors, heads of units and sometimes head of the agency. It is a gradual process and it will keep getting better,” Macfoy said.

She was optimistic that with the Women in Maritime Network operating, by the end of the year, women will make strides like the force of gravity as more women will also be given a voice and attention.

A cadet under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), Ms Peace Moulders, said that innovation and technology would play a critical role in addressing the world challenges from climate change to healthcare and others.

Moulders, however, stressed that it is not enough to simply wait for the technology to emerge, advising women to actively embrace and promote them to drive positive change.

“A call for action for individuals and organisations is to foster a culture of innovation by encouraging risk-taking, investing in research and development, promoting ethical considerations and advocating for policy changes. Government and organisation should remove barriers to innovation because by embracing them there would be a better future for the girls, and communities,” she said.

Other participants at the event are the Director General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Mrs. Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike; Head of Nigerian Ship Registry at NIMASA, Mrs. Nneka Obianyor; Treasurer, WISTA Nigeria and Deputy Director, Revenue at NIMASA, Dr. (Mrs) Odunayo Ani; among others.

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