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REGIONAL COLLABORATION: Oyetola Charges Member States on Ratification of Conventions

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…Jamoh assures on Nigeria’s commitment to Effective Implementation as Cote d’Ivoire Hosts Abuja MOU

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has charged member states on the need to achieve full ratification and domestication of all relevant instruments.

Oyetola who also doubles as the Vice Chairman of the Abuja MOU spoke at the 13th Port State Control Committee Meeting of the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region (Abuja MoU), hosted by the Government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh, noted that the maritime administration in Nigeria is committed to the effective implementation of regulatory instruments in Nigeria.

*Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola CON (left); Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh (2nd left); Secretary General Abuja MoU, Capt. Sunday Umoren (right) and a stakeholder during the 13th Port State Control Committee meeting of the Abuja MoU in Abidjan.

The Minister who emphasized the need for regulators and stakeholders in the member states to ensure their maritime domains remain safe, secure, and environmentally friendly reiterated the need to achieve full ratification and domestication of all relevant instruments; compliance with the requirement for Member States to inspect at least 15 percent of vessels calling at their ports.  

*L-R: Capt. Aka Espoire from Côte d’Ivoire; Chantal Ngote from Democratic Republic of Congo; Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR; President Women in Maritime of West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA), Asana Dauda Owu; Secretary General Abuja MoU, Capt. Sunday Umoren and Secretary WIMOWCA Nneka Obianyor during the 13th Port State Control Committee meeting of the Abuja MoU in Abidjan.

Other areas identified were; the imperative of recruitment and subsequent training of the Port State Control officers to avoid overburdening the few PSCOs in the field; and the need for us to collaborate and ensure that no substandard vessel is allowed to trade within the region.”

Speaking at the session, the NIMASA DG, noted that the Agency as Nigeria’s maritime administration has ensured the ratification of not less than six International maritime conventions for proper governance of the country’s maritime space. These ratified conventions spell out the proper modes of governance for various areas such as standards of training, certification and Watchkeeping for the fishing sector, pollution management, and carriage of passenger luggage by sea.

*R-L: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR; Director Maritime Safety and Security, Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, Babatunde Bombata and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, Dr. Magdalene Ajani during the 13th Port State Control Committee meeting of the Abuja MoU in Abidjan.

Nigeria has ratified the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and
Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009; International Convention on Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW –F) 1995; and Protocol Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties (Intervention Protocol)1973.

Others are; the Protocol on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC) 1996; Protocol to the 1974 Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea 2002; and Protocol of 2005 to the 1988 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Act against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf (SUA PROT 2005)

On his part, the Secretary-General Abuja MoU, Captain Sunday Umoren assured of continuous engagement sessions to ensure regional collaboration to attain globally acceptable Port State Control in the West and Central Africa Region.

*Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh during the 13th Port State Control Committee meeting of the Abuja MoU in Abidjan.

The performance of member states on PSC Inspections, and financial status amongst others formed part of the deliberations.

Women in Maritime West attended the event (WIMOWCA) in their Observer status capacity.

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

…Pledged collaboration to ensure the transportation sector is professionally driven

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola (right), receiving a plaque from the President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr Segun Obayendo, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

The DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr. Segun Obayendo; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola; the Executive Director of Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; and the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship at the institute.

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has kicked out the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Muhammed Bello-Koko and replaced him with Dr Abubakar Dantsoho. He also approved the appointment of Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the NPA Board.

A statement by his spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the new Managing Director is a core professional and holds a PhD, in Maritime Technology.

“Dr Dantsoho holds a Doctorate in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Abubakar-Dantsoho

“Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing”, Ngelale stated, adding:

“Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician,” the statement further said.

Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye

Adeyeye is a former Minister of State for Works and a former Ekiti South Senatorial District senator.

“The President expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved industry outcomes,” Ajuri Ngelale indicated further.

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed concern over the lack of understanding among some freight forwarders regarding the role of the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Tin Can Port.

In a statement released by NAGAFF Headquarters, the association emphasized that the Enforcement Unit serves as gatekeeper and an intervention force, mandated to police the ports and border stations, acting on intelligence information from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Interpol, and informants.

NAGAFF clarified that the Customs Intelligence Unit operates effectively, bursting revenue crimes in customs ports, and encouraged freight forwarders to report any corruption or observations to the appropriate authorities.

Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The association advised freight forwarders to maintain professional standards, ensuring genuine declaration of imports and exports for customs purposes, as non-disclosure is an offence against customs laws, leading to seizure and prosecution.

NAGAFF assured high response rates from its High Command to protect genuine declarations and compliance, emphasizing that the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team will not tolerate any corrupt acts.

The statement was signed by Dr Clement Iwegbuna, NPS, NAGAFF Hqtrs, and forwarded to the Comptroller General of Customs, DCG Enforcement, and DCG T&T Hqtrs for their information and records.

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