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Senate mandates committee to investigate issues on foreign vessels

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The Senate on Wednesday at the plenary mandated its Committee on Local Content to investigate reasons for dominance of foreign vessels above locally owned and registered vessels in domestic carriage of petroleum products within coastal inland waterways of Nigeria.

The resolution of Senate is sequel to a motion on urgent need to investigate breach of Nigerian laws by foreign vessels in coastal shipping of petroleum products in downstream sector of the Nigerian maritime industry.

The motion was sponsored by Sen.Mustapha Ramoni (APC Ogun) and co-sponsored by 10 other senators.

Presenting the motion, Ramoni said Nigerian Content Act 2010 was enacted to promote value addition to the national economy by stimulating growth and industrial development in the oil and gas sector.

He said the influx of foreign vessels into Nigeria downstream sector was alarming against the coastal and inland shipping Cabotage Act of 2003.

He said the act clearly states that vessels engaged in domestic coastal trade to be wholly owned, manned and registered Nigerian vessels and can engage in domestic coastal carriage of petroleum products within the coastal inland waterways.

He said that more than 15 years, indigenous tonnage capacity and coastal shipping capabilities have grown remarkably with Nigerian operators owning multiple tanker vessels in their fleet.

He said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was the largest employer of downstream shipping services in Africa on account of its Direct Sale and Direct Purchase (DSDP) of petroleum products and vessels service contracts.

He said in spite of the numerous opportunities generated via the activities of DSDP, indigenous capacity and capabilities have not been enhanced.

According to him, the value of DSDP for 2019/2020 contract period is at the range of nine billion dollars out of which foreign ship-owners amounted to 100 per cent freight to overseas.

Contributing to the motion, Sen. Ibikunle Amosu who seconded the motion urged his colleagues to support the motion.

He said the adoption of the motion would stop capital freight, create jobs, increase technology and ultimately improve local content.

Following the debate, the Senate in unanimous voice vote, also mandated the committee to also carry out investigation on level of patronage of Nigerian shipping companies.

It also mandated the committee to investigate foreign ships owners and freight associated with downstream activities that was repatriated overseas by NNPC to the detriment of local patronage.

Also read:  Senate passes 2020 Appropriation Bill, raises budget to N10.594trn

Earlier at plenary, the Senate refereed to its Committee on Finance, request of President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation and appointment of Chairman and Members of Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) for further legislative inputs and report back in one week.

In a related development, it also referred request of President Buhari seeking the confirmation of newly appointed Chairman for the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr Edward Adamu to Committee on Banking and Insurance for further legislative inputs and report back in one week.

It also considered four bills for second reading at plenary.

The four bills are Bill for an Act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to designate a definite and certain day for convening the first session and inauguration of Elected Members of National and State Assemblies by Sen. Suswan Gabriel (PDP Benue).

Others are bill for an Act to repeal the Federal Road Maintenance Agency Act 2002 to Establish the Federal Road Authority to provide for ownership, regulation, management and development of federal roads networks by Sen. Bassey Henry (PDP Cross River).

The Senate also at plenary considered first reading of six bills.

Among the bills presented for first reading are Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 Alteration Bill, 2019 sponsored by Sen.Gyang Istifanus (APC Plateau) and Federal University of Technology Oko Establishment Bill, 2019 by Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP Anambra), among others.

 

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MWUN: Bello-Koko Is An Extra Ordinary Administrator Of Note Says Adeyanju

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MWUN: Bello-Koko Is An Extra Ordinary Administrator Of Note Says Adeyanju

… As he congratulates NPA Boss Bello-Koko, and SIFAX Boss, Dr. Afolabi 

The President-General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade (Dr.) Adewale Adeyanju has described the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Bello Koko as an extraordinary administrator of note, who is truly deeply rooted, in port administration.

A Prince of Ibadan, Adewale Adeyanju made the observation, while congratulating Alhaji Bello Koko, who was recently honoured with double plaques, one for recognizing him as the “Public Servant of the Year 2023”; and as head of the “Outstanding Government Agency of the year 2023” respectively.

Dr. Adewale said that the Managing Director of NPA is not a mean administrator, having been so bestowed upon with these laudable awards by the Management of Champion Newspapers Limited.

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN)

“Alhaji Koko is deeply rooted in the Maritime sector, an extraordinary administrator of note; hence, his Germaine expertise has brought so many reforms of development to the Maritime sector”, the Ibadan Prince stated.

Comrade Adeyanju, who is also the Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in concert with his executives believe that Koko still has a lot to offer in the industry, and his double awards are no flukes but a charge for more development in the Maritime sector.

In a similar vein, Prince Adeyanju also congratulated  Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi (M.O.N) for his appointment as the first Chancellor of Gerar University of Medical Sciences, Ogun State recently.

Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi (M.O.N)

Adeyanju and his entire Executives of the Maritime Workers Union salute the CEO/Founder of the SIFAX Group over his pragmatic conduct on work excellence, commitment to nation-building and a wonderful employer of labour in the Maritime Sector, whose better management of workers cannot be overemphasized.

Comrade Adeyanju says that Afolabi’s appointment as the pioneer Chancellor of the Gerar University of Medical Sciences is a result of his love for academic excellence, research and development for the growth of quality education in the country. It’s therefore not surprising that the Maritime Industry Guru was so appointed.

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria fervently pray that both the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA ), Bello Koko and the CEO of SIFAX,  Dr. Afolabi find favour and mercy in the eyes of the Almighty God to accomplish much more in their various designations as so honoured.

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Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers’ misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

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Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers' misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

…Says officers’ behaviour undermines CGC’s key policy thrusts of fostering collaboration with sister security agencies 

Customs Officers shown in a viral video in a physical confrontation with Vehicles Inspection Officers VIO are now in hot soup, as the Abuja High Command, has dissociated the Service from their unwholesome behaviour and began a comprehensive investigation on the development.

The National Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada who confirmed this on Tuesday, also stressed that the incident contradicts the values and operational standards of the NCS, aside from undermining key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies and other stakeholders.

“Furthermore, the NCS unequivocally dissociate itself from the actions of these officers…”

“The NCS acknowledges that the event occurred on Friday, 24 May 2024, at AYA Roundabout, Abuja VIO Office. The officers involved in this regrettable incident are NCS personnel attached to the Customs Mechanical Unit in Karu Barracks, Abuja”, Maiwada stated, expressing deep concern.

“The Service wishes to express its deepest concern and empathy for those affected by this regrettable incident. 

Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers' misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

“Furthermore, the NCS unequivocally dissociate itself from the actions of these officers. Their condemned behaviour, which appears to be self-motivated, is under thorough investigation, and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken to forestall future occurrences.

“Such behaviour undermines one of the key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies…”

“It is essential to state that this incident contradicts the values and operational standards of the NCS. 

“Such behaviour undermines one of the key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure the safety and security of Nigerians and their properties. 

“The NCS, under the leadership of CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his Management Team, strongly condemns such conduct and does not tolerate any actions that jeopardise the commitment to professionalism and inter-agency cooperation”, the national spokesman said, stressing that the Customs Service remains steadfast in its mission to generate revenue, facilitate trade, and suppress smuggling to support a more robust and secure economy for all Nigerians, and would not tolerate any contradictory or unwholesome behaviour.

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Seme Customs Generates N2.6bn Revenue; Facilitates Export Of 143,468Mt Cargo

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… Comptroller Bomodi says command recorded 474 interceptions of various contraband items

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has achieved a significant milestone in revenue generation and export facilitation at the Seme/Krake border from January to May 2024. 

According to the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Timi Bomodi, the command generated revenue of N2,634,190,645, surpassing the same period in 2023 by 272%.

The Command also facilitated the export of 143,468 metric tons of produce, with a Free Board (FOB) value of N35,199,971,097, equivalent to $38,461,397.39.

 Additionally, the command recorded 474 interceptions of various contraband items, including premium motor spirit, rice, used vehicles, codeine, cannabis sativa, wild animals, and general merchandise.

The seized items had a combined Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N840,003,646, and 18 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures.

 The command has also set up a complaint desk to address issues concerning the molestation of females on this corridor, and has warned that stringent action will be taken against any officer found guilty of such acts.

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