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ORAKWUSI: Shippers’ Council Commiserates With  Family, Calls Her Consummate Businesswoman

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The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Barr. Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, and describing her as an astute and consummate businesswoman.

In a condolence letter presented by Mallam Samaila Abdullahi the Chairman of the Council’s Governing Board, the Board and Management expressed genuine shock, over her demise, describing the late Orakwusi as a “dear friend and sister”.  

“We woke up to the very sad and devastating news of the death of our dear friend and sister, Mrs. Margaret Onyema Orakwusi.

While no one can question God Almighty, the suddenness of her passing was most shocking not only to us, her comrades on the Governing Board of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, but indeed to the generality of stakeholders in the maritime industry in Nigeria.

L-R: The Convener, Nigeria International Maritime Summit Dr. Emeka Akabogu, the Representative of the Acting MD NPA, Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Hon. Onari Brown, Former GM, Special Duties, Carol Ufere, the now late Chairman, Ship Owners Forum, Margret Onyema-Orakwusi, General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications, NPA, Olaseni Alakija during the Nigeria International Maritime Summit in Lagos.

“Orakwusi was a consummate businesswoman, a great patriot, and easily one of the most successful, knowledgeable and important voices in the maritime sector of our country”‘, the letter said.

The NSC Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Emmanuel Jime described the late Barr. Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi as a rare gem, adding that she contributed greatly to the development of the nation’s maritime sector.

Jime who was represented by the Director, Human Resources Management Department of the Council, Mrs. Adaku Okam stated this during the condolence visit to the Orakwusi family in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The Council’s Deputy Director, Public Relations Unit, Rakiya Dhikru-Yagboyaju specially noted that, the ES/CEO also tasked the children of the deceased, to preserve her legacy, particularly in the maritime sector.

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MWUN Floors Intel’s, As Court Orders Foreign Giant to Pay 599 Workers’ Gratuity

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MWUN Floors Intel's, As Court Orders Foreign Giant to Pay 599 Workers' Gratuity

In a significant triumph for the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), a court has ruled in favour of the union, ordering INTELS to pay extra gratuity to 599 workers who were affected by a redundancy exercise. 

The ruling comes after a prolonged legal battle, which began when INTELS initially paid redundancy extra gratuity to its 34 permanent staff but refused to negotiate with the union to pay the same amount to the contract staff.

According to a statement released by the union’s Head of Media, Comrade John Kennedy Ikemefuna, on Monday, May 20, 2024, the court ruled that INTELS and AMS must negotiate with the union and pay the extra gratuity to all 599 affected workers, just as they did with their permanent staff. 

The court also declared that the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) was wrong to unilaterally determine the amount workers should be paid without negotiation, which led to the trade dispute.

This victory marks a significant milestone for the Maritime Workers Union, which has been fighting tirelessly for the rights of its members.

 The union has consistently demanded that INTELS negotiate with them to pay the extra gratuity to all affected workers, and the court’s ruling has vindicated their stance.

With this ruling, the union has secured a major win for the 599 workers who were initially denied their rightful entitlement. 

The union’s determination and perseverance have paid off, and they will continue to fight for the rights and welfare of their members.

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AKTORAS: Bonny Gas Transport Limited Charts Sustainable Course with Launch Of Eco-Friendly Vessel

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AKTORAS: Bonny Gas Transport Limited Charts Sustainable Course with Launch Of Eco-Friendly Vessel

… Nigeria berths state-of-the-art ship, equipped with cutting-edge technology that reduces emissions and increases efficiency

Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGT), a subsidiary of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has taken a significant step towards a sustainable future with the charter of a new eco-friendly vessel, AKTORAS. This state-of-the-art ship is equipped with cutting-edge technology that reduces emissions and increases efficiency, aligning with BGT’s commitment to decarbonization.

The vessel was officially launched at a ceremony at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea, where Mrs Olu Verheijen, Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Energy, christened the vessel as the Sponsor Lady and Godmother.

The event was graced by dignitaries, including Ambassador Ferdinard Nwonye, the Nigerian Head of Mission in South Korea; Dr. Philip Mshelbila, BGT’s Executive Vice President and NLNG’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer; and Mr. Andy Odeh, NLNG’s General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development.

Dr. Philip Mshelbila hailed the charter of AKTORAS as a transformative stride towards decarbonization and a sustainable future. “The charter of this newbuild modern tonnage to BGT, on a Bareboat Charter basis, represents a strategic move towards diversifying our shipping portfolio.

This vessel signifies a new era of greater efficiency and sustainability for BGT’s fleet. The enhanced fleet capacity will support NLNG as it continues to harness Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources, reposition itself in the Energy Transition era, and prepare for the future, which includes the expansion of its production capacity in furtherance of the commitment to meet the growing demand for clean and sustainable energy solutions on a global scale.”

Mrs Olu Verheijen emphasized the vessel’s significance, stating, “This ceremony symbolizes the unwavering commitment of Bonny Gas Transport Limited and its parent company, Nigeria LNG Limited, to adapt and thrive in the ever-evolving global energy landscape. Their dedication to future-proofing their business resonates deeply with me, recognizing it as a crucial strategy to maintain relevance and competitiveness in the dynamic LNG market.”

The AKTORAS vessel is a 174,000 m3 capacity class LNG carrier, with a length of 299.6 meters, breadth (moulded) of 46.40 meters, and deadweight of 81,194 tons. It is equipped with MEGA propulsion systems that reduce emissions and increase efficiency, making it an eco-friendly addition to BGT’s fleet.

The vessel will be managed by NLNG Shipping and Marine Services Limited (NSML) and will play a crucial role in supporting NLNG’s expansion plans and commitment to meeting the growing demand for clean and sustainable energy solutions globally.

This development marks a significant milestone in BGT’s and NLNG’s relentless march towards a sustainable and low-carbon emission future, demonstrating their dedication to future-proofing their business and maintaining relevance and competitiveness in the dynamic LNG market. As the energy landscape continues to evolve, BGT and NLNG are poised to lead the charge towards a more sustainable future.

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Police Begin 24-hour Bike Patrol On Third Mainland Bridge 

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Police Begin 24-hour Bike Patrol On Third Mainland Bridge 
…As Troops neutralise 7 insurgents, recover weapons, motorcycles in Kaduna

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Police Command in Lagos State have begun a 24-hour bike patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

RRS made this known in a post it shared on its official X handle @rrsLagos767 on Monday.

It stated that the Commander of RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, had directed the squad’s motorcycle riders to begin a 24-hour patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge.

“RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi has directed the squad’s Bike Riders to commence a 24-hour patrol of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos as a way of protecting the infrastructure on the bridge.

“Also to prevent the incidence of harassment of road users by miscreants.

“This is in line with the directives of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade to the squad for the protection of lives, property and public infrastructure on the newly renovated bridge,” it stated.

RRS said that Egbeyemi appealed to motorists and road users to cooperate with the riders so that they could serve them better.

In another development, showing observable security improvement, the 1 Division Nigerian Army, said its troops have neutralised seven insurgents and recovered weapons and motorcycles in Kaduna.

This is contained in a statement issued by Lt-Col. On Monday in Kaduna, Musa Yahaya, the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations 1 Division Nigerian Army.

Yahaya said, “Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed at a blocking position at Udawa carried out a fighting patrol along Udawa – Kurebe road on May 19.

According to him, during the aggressive patrol, troops made contact with insurgents and terrorist elements. They engaged them with a heavy volume of fire leading to the annihilation of five terrorists and violent extremists.

 He disclosed that items recovered during the encounter included,  one pump action gun, six cartridges, one empty AK 47 rifle magazine, one MP3 radio, one phone battery, two Baofeng radios,  two Baofeng radio chargers, four memory cards, two sim cards and four charms.

Some of the weapons recovered by troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army from the terrorists in Kaduna.

He said, “Relatedly, the division deployed at Sabo Birni in Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State intercepted suspected movement of terrorist elements at Baka general area on 19 May 2024.

 Yahaya said the troops swiftly mobilised to the area and engaged the terrorists.

“In the firefight that ensued, the terrorists who could not withstand the superior firepower of the troops cowardly fled to nearby hills in disarray with several degrees of gunshot wounds.

 “The troops exploited the general area and recovered one AK 47 rifle and two motorcycles while blood stains were seen all over the scene of the incident.

He also disclosed that troops of the Division while lying in wait at Kwaga village in Birnin Gwari local government of Kaduna state, made contact with terrorist elements and neutralised two of the criminals.

 “Items recovered included two AK 47 rifles, two magazines and two motorcycles, “Yahaya said.

The spokesperson said Maj-Gen. Mayirenso  Saraso, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division NA and  Commander of Operation, Whirl Punch, commended the troops for their aggressive posture.

He charged them to sustain the tempo and make life unbearable for terrorists, insurgents, violent extremists and their cohorts.

He equally appealed to all law-abiding citizens to report to the NA or nearest security agencies, persons seen with gunshot wounds seeking medical attention.

 Yahaya also appealed to the good people of Kaduna and Niger States to avail the Army and other security agencies with timely and actionable intelligence for prompt action. 

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