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Public Opinion: ANLCA’s Great Chronicler, Joe Sanni Affirms Peace



…Pleadges to remain steadfast on the Association’s Mission and Vission***

Rather than the combative, subjective interventions I have deliberately made since April 2018 until 7th of September 2023, I will be engaging my thoughts, focus, and interventions on the welfare and operational challenges of members of ANLCA, vis-à-vis the processes in the Ports and Border Stations, with a view to advancing workable, feasible, sustainable solutions to them.

This is in order to rapidly align the Customs cargo clearance processes with international standards and best practices.

I would be taking advantage of my studying Transport and Logistics at Masters level at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo wherefrom I did research into the effects of server breakdown on cargo clearance in Tin Can Island Port.

I will be doing something akin to that when I eventually get admitted into LASU/SOTAL for my PhD program.

*(L-R) Dr Eugene Ifeanyi Nweke (Secy-CCC), Prince Olusegun Oduntan (Natl. Vice President-ANLCA), Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha (Chairman, BOT of ANLCA), Emenike Kingsley Nwokeoji (National President of ANLCA), Alhaji Aare Hakeem Olanrewaju (Chairman, CCC) DCG Austen Warikoru (Rtd) (Member, CCC) ….. at the venue of the NECOM of ANLCA elections on 7th September 2023

*Group photograph of Customs Management, Members of Customs Consultative Committee, National Executive Committee (NECOM 2023-2027) members and the Chairman, BOT of ANLCA, after their introductory meeting at Customs Headquarters, Abuja on the 20th of September 2023

In the meantime, I shall soon be enumerating the challenges that have defied solutions, so it seems, principally due to human interfaces/errors, and finding lasting solutions, via the deployment of ICT-Tools and infrastructure.

I personally cannot see why cargoes cannot be cleared within 2 to 3 hours or even less, if due diligences’ structures have been established and religiously followed, such that infractions are instantly punished/sanctioned and made known publicly, to serve as a deterrent/lesson to others.

The fact that we are Nigerians, doesn’t shield us away from doing the right things the way it should be done.

Barring the security situation outside the Port areas on cargoes exiting the Ports, I do not see any reason why operations within and immediately outside the Ports/Border stations areas should not be 24/7 every day, every week, every month and all year round.

*NECOM and some other members visit former National President – Prince Olayiwola Shittu at his office on 7th Avenue, Festac Town on the 8th of September 2023

I do not see why some of us Nigerians in the maritime industry opportunity to visit other Ports around the world, and cannot re-enact what we marvel at abroad, here in Nigeria.

In fact, with our human and material resources, Nigeria can do a lot better than some of the countries we visit.

Just why that cannot happen here in Nigeria is not far-fetched. Either it is the greed of the highest order or incorporated mischief.

Just as I read elsewhere recently that OBJ – former Nigerian President, during his tenure has queried why refineries cannot work in Nigeria, and he decided to make them work, only for him to find out that an oil giant will lose their influence and unrestrained benefits, if they accept to make the refineries work.

That has been the bane of our Nigeria of today, where there are solutions everywhere, but there aren’t men and women of character, and courage to damn the cabals and selfish dispositions, to do what is right and beneficial to the greater majority of Nigerians.

So, our problems/challenges in the Ports/Nigeria are surmountable with the kind of capacities abound in this well-blessed country, Nigeria.

Let us think it through and get our systems and country working again, as I experienced it in the late fifties and early sixties, when power, systems and transport infrastructures were in place and all-year-round functional.

We can get it right again. I will start by interrogating the challenges in the Ports system, with particular focus on Customs Cargo clearance processes, as it negates trade facilitation in Nigeria because there are loads of seminar reports that have been churned out without them making the desired impact.

The Custom Consultative Forum (CCC) members in a photo-pose with the CGC – Adewale Bashir Adeniyi (m). L-R: Dr Eugene Nweke, Chief Mrs Chinwe Ezenwa, Alhaji Aare Hakeem Olanrewaju and Retired DCG Austin Warikoru, after introducing NECOM members to the CGC on Wednesday, 20th of September 2023, as part of their report to the CGC on the outcome of the ANLCA-NECOM elections

I shall focus on them and channel them to the appropriate quarters, follow them up and inform the public about efforts to right the wrongs in the Maritime industry.

*Joe Sanni


Joe Sanni writes from Lagos

Public Opinions are the expressed views of the writers. it has no direct or indirect bearing to the position of the Maritime First.

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MWUN Congratulates PTML Management On Acquisition Of MV Great Lagos



*MV Great Lagos

…Describes ship as a marvel of modern engineering

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) under the leadership of its President-General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has congratulated the Managing Director of Grimaldi Shipping Company, Mr. Ascanio Ruso, and his management for acquiring “MV GREAT LAGOS”, noting that it is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The ship is described as a marvel of modern engineering with functions of environmental consciousness built to meet the challenges of modern-day technology in the maritime industry.

“This suffices to say that Ascanio Ruso is one of the best maritime administrators in Nigeria, who treats workers in his employ with humane and dignity for labour,” Adeyanju, a Prince of Ibaan further stated.

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“I wish to categorically state here again that Mr. Ascanio is a wonderful Managing Director with a human face and one of the foremost employers of labour in the industry. Your blood flows with genuine intentions of fair treatment to workers’ welfare in the maritime space.

*MV Great Lagos

“We in the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria Congratulate you on this laudable milestone achievement. Once again, we say congratulations to Mr. Ascanio Ruso and your management team,” Prince Adeyanju said.

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Makinde Presents N434.2bn 2024 Budget Proposal For Oyo State



PDP’s Agboworin wins House of Representatives re-run election in Oyo

 Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday presented a budget of N434.2 billion for 2024 to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

According to Makinde, the budget is made up of N222.3 billion for capital expenditure, and N211.8 billion for recurrent expenditure.

Presenting the budget tagged: “Budget of Economic Recovery”, the governor said the capital expenditure is 2.4 percent higher than the recurrent expenditure.

He added that the 2024 budget was estimating an increased Internally Generated Revenue of N72 billion with an average of N6 billion monthly.

Education gets the highest share of the budget with N90.6 billion or 20.8 percent of the budget, followed by Infrastructure which gets N74.3 billion or 17.1 percent of the appropriation bill.

The health sector takes the third position with N40.9 billion, which is 9.4 percent and Agriculture has N15.8 billion, which is 3.6 percent of the total budget proposal.

PDP’s Agboworin wins House of Representatives re-run election in Oyo

*Governor Seyi Makinde

He promised that the 2024 budget would cover projects, policies, and actions “which when implemented will cushion the effect t of the hardship the people are facing as a result of fuel subsidy removal.”

Makinde further said that his administration would continue to use technology to block loopholes, saying his government has no plan to increase taxes.

He urged the House of Assembly to see to the speedy passage of the budget proposal for the state’s economic growth and benefit of the people of Oyo State.

Responding after the presentation, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr ‘Debo Ogundoyin (PDP Ibarapa East) assured the governor of speedy consideration of the Appropriation Bill.

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Reps Committee Issues Warrant Of Arrest On CBN Governor, Others



..Following their alleged refusal to appear, four times when invited

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition has issued a warrant of arrest on the Central Bank Governor, Mr Olayemi Cardoso, the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs Oluwatoyin Madein, and 17 others for refusing to appear before it to answer questions on their operations.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Fred Agbedi (PDP-Bayelsa) at the committee’s hearing on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Agbedi said that the arrest warrant had become inevitable following the attitude of the invitees.

He said that the parliament worked with time and the CEOs had been invited four times but failed to respond.

He said that the CEOs should be brought to appear before the committee by the Inspector General of Police through a warrant of arrest after due diligence by the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas.

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In his ruling, the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Micheal Irom (APC-Cross River)  said that the I-G should ensure the CEOs were brought before the committee on Dec. 14.

Earlier, the petitioner, Mr Fidelis Uzowanem, said that the petition was anchored on the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) report of 2021.

He said that the report was a summary of the transactions in the oil and gas industry for 2021 which NEITI could to be challenged.

“We took up the challenge to examine the report and discovered that what NEITI put together is a report is only a consolidation of fraud that has been going on in the oil and gas industry.

“It dates back to 2016 because was have been following and we put up a petition to this committee to examine what has happened.

“The 2024 budget of 27.5 trillion that has been proposed can be confidently be funded from the recoverable amount that we identified in the NEITI report.

“It is basically a concealment of illegal transactions that took place in NNPCL, they have been in the sink with some oil companies where some companies that did not produce crude were paid cash call, an amount paid for crude oil production,” he said.
He added: “We also found that the cash core payment was used as a channel for laundering funds by NNPCL and we found out that NEITI was able to conceal it in its report.

“In 2021 NEITI reported that Total Exploration and Production Nigeria-Ltd was paid 168 million dollars but examination of submission by the company shows that it received 292 million dollars.

“In other words, 124 million dollars were laundered by NNPCL through Total because monies that have been officially paid to Total could not have been concealed if it were not meant for fraudulent purposes.

“Also for Chevron, the dollar payment NEITI puts forward in its report was 76 million dollars but document emanating from Chevron showed that they received as much as 267 million dollars.”

“In other words, 191 million was laundered under the cover of Chevron and NEITI concealed that; also, Nigeria Agip Company received 188 million dollars but none of it was reported by NEITI”.

Some of those to be arrested were the Chief Executive Officer of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), that of Ethiop Eastern Exploration and Production Company Ltd, as well as the CEO of Western Africa Exploration and Production.

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