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Ogbeifun, Iheanacho laud Jamoh’s appointment, stressing need for commitment



Ogbeifun, Iheanacho lauds Jamoh's appointment, stressing need for commitment

…As Jamoh Promises to ensure enhanced Progress in Sector***

Nigeria’s foremost Shipping mogul, Engr. Greg Utomwen Ogbeifun has lauded the appointment of Dr. Bashir Jamoh as the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), describing the new DG as a round peg in a round hole.

“We’re happy that your appointment is surely a case of a round peg in a round hole”, Ogbeifun said, noting that Dr. Jamoh has the experience and expertise to steer the affairs of the Agency successfully.

“As an experienced bureaucrat and industry expert with a grounded knowledge of the maritime sector through practical experience and field knowledge, we believe that your appointment is not only a personal honour but an opportunity for you to apply these attributes in leading NIMASA to the next level”, Ogbeifun indicated further.

He, however, also stressed the need for the new executive management team to also remain focused and broad-minded.

Speaking in the same manner, during a courtesy visit to the new DG at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos, an oil and gas, and shipping guru, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, commended the President for yielding to the demands of the industry by appointing a technocrat to lead the nation’s foremost maritime regulatory agency.

Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh

“Stakeholders are happy because Dr. Jamoh is somebody who has been in the industry for ages and together with the pedigree of his team we are sure NIMASA would do well to move the industry forward; and we have to appreciate President Muhammad Buhari for giving us this strong team,” Iheanacho stated.

He urged the new management to focus on the Agency’s core functions, particularly in the area of safety and seaworthiness of vessels, while taking seriously the issues of maritime labour and promotion of indigenous shipping to help grow the nation’s maritime industry.

In his response to the stakeholders, Jamoh said he was committed to ensuring that the Nigerian maritime sector gained its rightful place in the comity of successful maritime nations.

He also assured of the unwavering zeal of the new executive management to ensure that the Agency focused on innovative and stakeholder-driven policies.

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“We know without the support of stakeholders there is little or nothing we can do. So we urge you to cooperate with us because we are willing and ready to return the Nigeria maritime sector to the place it belongs among the leading maritime communities in the world,” Jamoh assured.

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho


Jamoh was appointed alongside Rt. Hon Victor Onyekachi Ochei, as Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services; Shehu Ahmed, Executive Director, Operations; and Chudi Offodile, Executive Director, Finance and Administration. NIMASA also got a new board, with Chief Honourable Asita the Agency’s Board Chairman.

Jamoh assumed duty on Tuesday as the 6th DG of the maritime regulatory Agency since the merger of National Maritime Authority with Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council to form NIMASA.

He took over from Dr. Dakuku Peterside whose four-year term ended March 10, 2020, following his appointment on March 10, 2016.


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BORDER: FG, Benin Republic Meet in Segbana, To Fast-track Kebbi’s Tsamiya Border Reopening



BORDER: FG, Benin Republic Meet in Segbana, To Fast-track Kebbi's Tsamiya Border Reopening

… CGC Adeniyi eyes strengthening ties with Benin Customs, to enhance trade facilitation 

A high-level delegation from the Federal Government of Nigeria has engaged its counterparts from the Benin Republic in an inter-ministerial meeting, to discuss the reopening of the Segbana-Tsamiya border post in Kebbi State. 

The meeting which was held on May 21, 2024, aimed at fast-tracking the operationalisation of the border post, in a bid to enhance regional integration and boost economic activities,

Among the Nigerian delegation are the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Executive Governor of Kebbi State, Dr. Nasir Idris,  Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi, Director of Home Finance at the Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Ali Mohammed, and Dr. Dakorinama Alabo George, Director General Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA), among other dignitaries.  

The discussions delved into comprehensive issues surrounding the border post’s opening, focusing on logistics, security measures, and the economic impact. Feasibility studies were presented, outlining expected benefits such as increased trade and potential challenges that might arise. 

The deliberation also included setting timelines and identifying necessary infrastructure to ensure a smooth operation.

During the visit, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, affirmed that engagement between the two countries will foster their efforts to enhance the economy. According to him, the aim was to improve the free flow of trade and commercial activities between the two countries, primarily through Northern Borders.

He said, “To ensure closer working and economic relations between Nigeria and the Benin Republic. Over the last six months, within this collaboration framework, we have been working with our colleagues from the Beninese Customs Administration to ensure that we bring the economy together through easy border crossing with goods.” 

On her part, the Director General of the Benin Customs Administration, Adidjatou Hassan, appreciated the move to reopen the border, which, according to her, will strengthen the trade activities between citizens of the two countries.

She said, “This development is expected to increase economic cooperation and strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations. We are committed to sustaining our seamless collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service while enhancing security at our borders and trade activities.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, said the decision to form the forum was based on Presidents Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s and Patrice Talon’s directives to strengthen social and economic interaction as well as expanding trade and commercial ties between the citizens of the two nations.

The Kebbi State Governor, Nasir Idris, who was part of the delegation, thanked the two countries’ presidents for making moves to reinvigorate the free trade and transportation of goods to various destinations within the two countries.

Governor Nasir, however, emphasised that “the state has maintained good neighbourliness with the Republic of Benin on economic activities and social interaction as both beneficial of the border.” 

Further deliberations involved addressing disputes and agreeing on the operational framework. Reinvigoration of a joint commission between Nigeria and Benin took centre stage in the discussion. 

Also, a significant step towards resolving issues and ensuring the necessary infrastructure forms part of the discussion. 

The meeting concluded with a summary of key points discussed and a formal statement of commitment from both sides. Also, an agreement was reached on scheduling a follow-up meeting in June 2024 to monitor progress and address any outstanding issues. 

The delegation agreed to hold a bi-national committee meeting with a defined commitment for subcommittees to submit their reports within two weeks to streamline seamless efforts towards border reopening.

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CUSTOMS Former CG Mustapha Lauds CGC Adeniyi On Overwhelming Transformation In Service



CUSTOMS Former CG Mustapha Lauds CGC Adeniyi On Overwhelming Transformation In Service

… Adeniyi says he considers Mustapha’s visit a huge honour

A revered former Comptroller General of Customs, Ahmed Mustapha gave Kudos on Tuesday, over the overwhelming transformation that has taken place in the Nigeria Customs Service since he left the Service.


 Ahmed Mustapha who served from 1999 to 2004 specifically commended the CGC, Adewale Adeniyi, as he expressed his gratitude and admiration for the extensive innovations, particularly, on IT advancements the service had undergone.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, received the former Comptroller-General of Customs, Ahmed Mustapha, on Tuesday, 20 May 2024 at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Headquarters in Abuja.

“I am deeply impressed by the transformations that have taken place within the Nigeria Customs Service since I left office in 2004. The advancements in technology, infrastructure, and overall efficiency are commendable and reflect the dedication of the current leadership and staff,” Mustapha remarked, during his visit,

 I am grateful that he found the time to visit and see firsthand the developments at the NCS headquarters.”

CGC Adewale Adeniyi while warmly welcoming the retired CGC, sincerely appreciated Mustapha’,, stressing that he considers the visit a great honour.  The CGC was once, a Service national spokesman and image maker, under the former CGC, Mustapha’, during which time, the former CG loved Adeniyi like his own eyes!

“It is an honour to receive former CGC Ahmed Mustapha today. His contributions laid a solid foundation for the progress we are building upon. I am grateful that he found the time to visit and see firsthand the developments at the NCS headquarters.”

Adeniyi also requested the management team to join in the pleasure of hosting Mustapha, highlighting the importance of recognising the efforts of past leaders in shaping the future of the service. 

“We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us,” Adeniyi noted, adding: “Their legacy and hard work have paved the way for the innovations and improvements we are implementing today.”

The visit was marked by a tour of the headquarters, where Mustapha was shown the latest technological advancements of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) centre, which have enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of the NCS. 

The meeting concluded with both leaders emphasising the importance of continuity and the sharing of knowledge across different eras of leadership.

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NNPP: Founder, Board of Trustees Take Over, To End Leadership Crisis



NNPP: Founder, Board of Trustees Take Over, To End Leadership Crisis

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has taken a significant step towards resolving its prolonged leadership dispute, as the party’s founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, and members of the Board of Trustees have assumed control of the party’s affairs. 

This move decisively aims to address the internal strife and multiple court cases that have plagued the party since the general elections.

In a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmoud, dated April 3, 2024, Dr Aniebonam announced their decision to take over the party’s affairs, citing the need to preserve the NNPP’s integrity and maintain party cohesion amidst multiple court cases and internal strife. 

The leadership crisis, which escalated after the expulsion of the presidential candidate, Alh. Musa Kwankwaso, and the dissolution of the Abba Kawu-led executive, have left potential members uncertain about which faction to align with.

 However, Article 12.3.4 (a) of the NNPP’s 2022 constitution empowers the founder and the board to step in during such crises. “Our party has a rich history and a commitment to serving the Nigerian people,” Dr. Aniebonam emphasized. 

“We cannot allow internal divisions to weaken our resolve. By assuming responsibility, we aim to keep the NNPP intact and ready for the challenges ahead.” 

With this move, Dr Aniebonam and the Board of Trustees are taking a crucial step towards restoring stability and unity within the NNPP, ensuring that the party remains a strong and viable force in Nigerian politics.

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