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NSC boss decries infrastructure gap in Nigeria’s maritime domain

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NSC boss decries infrastructure gap in Nigeria’s maritime domain

L-R: The Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko (left) addressing Pilots during the facility appreciation tour of the Control Tower, Lagos Ports Complex, Apapa, Lagos.

The Executive Secretary /Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Mr Emmanuel Jime, has decried a general infrastructure gap in the country’s maritime domain.

Jime said this when Presidents of Shippers’ Association in Jos, Benue, Niger and Kogi States visited him in Abuja on Friday.

”There is generally an infrastructure gap in our maritime domain. We talk about inter-modal means of transportation whether it is through our waterways, whether it is railways, whether it is a road network.

”The reality on the ground is that we are not anywhere near the level that we should be in order to deliver on our infrastructure. That is a reality that we have to deal with.

”Can the shippers’ council as an agency do much about infrastructure gap or deficit? I am not sure. What we can do is advocacy and that advocacy is in partnership.

”So, when we say these are the challenges that our shippers are having and it is brought to us, it is our responsibility to escalate it.

”So, I can give you my word that wherever we have found that there is infrastructure deficit and gap, to the best of my ability, we will escalate that information and make sure government is aware that there is a gap that needs to be addressed,” he said.

R-L: The Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar, General Manager, Marine & Operations, Capt. Jerome Angyunwe and the Assistant General Manager, Harbours, Capt. Sylvester Owobu during the tour.

On River Port, Jime said it was not within the purview of the council to facilitate but that of NIWA, but NSC will discuss with the appropriate quarters to get solutions.

On re-establishment of NSC offices in Benue and Minna, he assured the shippers that plans were already underway to ensure its really establishments.

He reiterated the responsibility of the council which he said was the protection of shippers.

He said the NSC had been working and would continue to work to ensure moderation in the cost of shipping business in the country to ensure growth and competitiveness.

 

The Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko (7th left) the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar (8th left) and other officers of NPA during the tour of the Control Tower, LPC, Apapa, Lagos.

”We are interfacing with the international community, so we have a responsibility of making sure that Nigerian shippers are able to stand up against the exploitative tendencies of international shipping companies
”That is a responsibility that I don’t take likely.

We are putting in place measures that will enforce compliance and make sure everybody is playing by the rules.

”The North Central office, we must opt our game, we are doing quite a lot but we have to do even more, so sensitisation, organisation of seminars, conferences, that is the duty of the North Central office, “he said.

On Truck Transit Parks, the executive secretary said it was essential, adding that the council was promoting it to make it safe, thus, reducing the rate accident on the roads.

He further said the NSC was building border information centres that will be equipped to provide necessary information for shippers among other things.

On Kano-Maradi railway, Jime said: ”we are trying to make Nigeria be the maritime hub of West Africa, we cannot be a maritime hub simply by moving goods from the ports into the inter-lands of Nigeria

”We have to dominate and control trade within our sub-region. How are we going to carry goods from our seaport to Niger if we do not have the railway line leading into Niger?

”And from Niger, you can move to Mali and other parts of the world, that is why that rail is important.

Earlier, the President, Benue Shippers Association, Mr Potter Yakubu, prayed the NSC boss to reinstate the council’s Benue Area Office and establish an inland container depot in Makurdi.

”It is indeed sad to note that the closure of the Benue Area Office of your Council dealt a debilitating and frustrating blow to our concerted efforts export drive.

”To this end, we are here to passionately appeal that you use your good offices to do the needful for us.

”Similarly, Benue State Government is working in tandem with is for the establishment of the Makurdi River Port. Your partnering with us for the realisation of this lofty project will be highly appreciated.

”We wish to emphasise the comparative advantage Benue State has over several other states in terms of connectivity; roads, rail line, airport and the second largest river in the country, whose name the state bears.

”Therefore, restoring developing and harnessing all the above-mentioned potentials will definitely add value to our concerted shipping drive, “Yakubu said.

Mr Mike Nwanaoshiri, President of Jos Shippers council reiterated the achievements of the association, saying the association was collaborating with other bodies to help members.

L-R: The Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko inspects the vandalized Eto infrastructure location at the Tin Can Island Port.

On challenges, Nwanaoshiri said that the association had a parcel of land which it has not been able to fence and get its title due to insufficient funds.

He said the association needed a warehouse for the storage of goods and lacked capital, inputs and the requisite knowledge of documentation procedures among others.

He prayed the NSC to assist in anyway way possible towards finding solutions to the various challenges especially by organising sensitisation workshops and providing access to funds for members.

NSC boss decries infrastructure gap in Nigeria’s maritime domain

On his part, the President of Niger Shippers Association, Jamilu Goma, also Prayed for the reopening of the NSC office in Minna, Niger State.

Goma appealed to the council to facilitate means for the operation of Baro Port and the establishment of an inland container depot in the state among others.

Similarly, the Kogi Shippers Association President, Raman Suleiman, reiterated the various ways in which the association was assisting its members.

Suleiman however prayed the council to assist in the area of funding to enable it to organise necessary training for its members.

 

 

 

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NIMASA: Jamoh Visits Channels TV, Stresses the Importance of ‘National Interest’

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The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh has stressed the crucial importance of the Media to nation-building, and tasked media practitioners to put the nation’s interest foremost.


NIMASA: Jamoh Visits Channels TV, Stresses the Importance of 'National Interest'
R-L: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR presenting a souvenir to the Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh during a courtesy visit to the Channels TV headquarters in Lagos recently.

The NIMASA Director-General indicated this, during his working visit to the Chief Executive Officer of ChannelsTV Mr. John Momoh, highlighting the critical role of the media.

“The Media is crucial to Nation Building!”, Jamoh told his host, calling attention to why  Media owners must make conscious and deliberate efforts to imbibe national interest in information management, for the development of Nigeria with particular reference to the maritime sector.

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Nigeria- Niger Republic Rail Project Critical To Africa- Sambo

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Nigeria- Niger Republic Rail Project Critical To Africa- Sambo

Nigeria and the Niger Republic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the rail project, with the Minister of Transportation, Muazu Jaji Sambo stressing that the project will boost trade and other socio-economic activities within the continent, particularly between both countries.

The Minister stated this in Abuja at the MoU signing, noting the specific importance of the Nigeria rail line. Sambo signed for Nigeria while the  Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Niger, Alma Oumarou signed for his country. 

The Minister noted that the rail line, which will start from Kano State in Nigeria and end at Maradi in Niger Republic,  will facilitate the realization of the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade  Agreement which Nigeria and Niger Republic are signatories.

“I am aware that people have blood relationships across borders so the project will expand the historical and cultural relationship between the people of Nigeria and those of the Niger Republic. The project is also very important in enhancing inter-nation and continental trade”, Mr. Sambo added.

On the implementation of the project, the Minister said a Technical Committee would be set up within seven days in accordance with Article 3 of the MoU, adding that nomination of members and inauguration of the Technical Committee would be concluded by the first week of February 2023.

According to him, after their inauguration, the Technical Committee will take charge of the facilitation and implementation of the project. 

Speaking earlier, the Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Niger, Alma Oumarou corroborated that the rail project will promote inter-nation as well as continental trade, strengthen cultural ties between the two countries and create jobs.  

In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, said work has been ongoing on the  Kano-Maradi rail line for the past two years, adding that the signing of the MoU would expedite the completion of the project. 

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Lekki Deep Seaport to boost non-oil revenue — NEPC; FG foils 66 attempts to hack FEC virtual meetings 

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Lekki Deep Seaport to boost non-oil revenue — NEPC; FG foils 66 attempts to hack FEC virtual meetings 

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), says the recently commissioned Lekki Deep Sea Port is expected to boost Nigeria’s non-oil export.

The Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak said that the development came on the heels of tremendous performance recorded in the non-oil export sector in 2022.

A statement issued on Thursday by Ndubueze Okeke, Head, Corporate Communications NEPC, quoted Yakusak as saying that the seaport would further ease the perennial congestion at the Apapa Ports.

“This development comes on the heels of the tremendous performance recorded in the non-oil export sector in 2022 in which the sector recorded a significant result of 4.820 billion dollars in 2022 representing an increase of 39.91 percent over 2021.

“The Lekki Deep Sea Port will not only provide jobs, directly and indirectly along the value chain but will further ease the perennial congestion at the Apapa Ports and thereby enhance the export drive of the country.

“It will also guarantee seamless trade facilitation.

“Having been designated a Customs port, all is now set for commercial vessels to berth and clear cargo at the port which is reported to be the country’s first Deep Sea Port and first fully automated as well,’’ Yakusak said.

He explained that the Lekki deep sea port domiciled within the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), would further create an enabling environment for business and commercial activities to thrive.

According to Yakusak, this is particularly for the export of Nigerian products as it will play a strategic role in promoting international trade and sustainable economic growth for the country.

“The commissioning of the Lekki Deep Seaport is strategic and very key to the development and promotion of export trade.

“Indeed, it will ease the supply chain constraints and enhance logistics given the vital role of logistics in facilitating the transportation of goods to the international market.

“It is also a major source of foreign exchange earnings,” he said.

Yakusak said that about 214 different products ranging from manufactured, semi-processed, solid minerals to raw agricultural products were exported in 2022.

He said that 19 exit points were used with Apapa Port recording the highest tonnage of exports.

Yakusak commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the political will to execute the project in collaboration with other stakeholders.

He said that the project was expected to add about 361 billion dollars to the economy.

The project is a joint venture between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Lagos State Government.

Others are the Tolarams Group (owners of the Lagos Free Zone) and China Harbour Engineering Company. 

In another development, the Federal Government said it foiled  66 attempts by hackers from Europe to compromise the virtual meetings of the Federal Executive Councils (FEC).

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami gave the revelation in Abuja at the 19th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023).

The scorecard series was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture to showcase the achievements of Buhari’s administration.

Presenting the scorecards of his ministry, Pantami said since the unveiling of the National Policy on Virtual Engagements for Federal Public Institutions in October 2020, not less than, 108 virtual FEC meetings had been held.

He said from the 108 virtual FEC meetings held, 66 attacks to compromise the meetings were made from Europe but all failed.

The minister said all the cases were reported to the appropriate authorities for the record and actions.

He recalled that the National Policy on Virtual Engagements was launched to formalise government online meetings such as FEC and Council of State meetings.

The minister said that with the policy developed with the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, government’s virtual meetings could be held effectively and legally.

He said the implementation of the virtual meetings had saved the country over N47 billion which could have been used if they were held physically.

The minister also disclosed that in line with Buhari’s vision to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty, not less than 2.2 million jobs had been created in the digital sector in the past three years.

He said the feat was achieved in the sector by the implementation of the Executive Orders signed by the President to priotise indigenous content as well as indigenous professional in the execution of national projects.

Pantami said in the execution of jobs, planning and design of projects as well as appointments of key officials in the digital sector of the country priorities were given to indigenous professionals.

 He said his ministry also priotised the execution of programmes and projects that could generate direct and indirect jobs.

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