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Shipowners stranded at jetties as oil majors insist on AICS classification – NIS president



Open registry will ensure country’s seafarers certificate sell worldwide – NIS President

…Onoharigho blames joblessness on monopoly and discrimination by the International Oil Companies***

The President of the Nigerian Institute of Shipping (NIS), Capt. Tony Onoharigho, has expressed worry at the joblessness of many Nigerian class societies recognised by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

In a statement in Lagos on Wednesday, Onoharigho blamed the situation on monopoly and discrimination by the International Oil Companies (IOCs).

He said that the companies did not want vessels not classed by International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to operate in their oil fields.

He added that the oil companies had begun to refusing certificates issued by the non-IACS members, regretting that the situation made many Nigerian shipowners to leave their ships at various jetties.

According to him, there are clear indications of an increase in the number of vessels stranded at various jetties across Nigeria due to the refusal of IOCs to accept vessel classification certificates issued by non-members of IACS.

Shipowners stranded at jetties as oil majors insist on AICS classification – NIS president

Capt. Tony Onoharigho


“It is gathered that this discrimination by oil companies has been the major bane of the Nigerian Cabotage Law and the Local Content Law,” he said.

He noted that classification societies were non-governmental organisations that established and maintained technical standards for the construction and operation of ships and offshore structures.

He said that in view of the high cost of getting a vessel classed by IACS members, there were other highly competent and trustworthy class providers recognised by various countries so that shipowners could carry out operations.

Onoharigho said that the cost of putting vessels in a class by an IACS member was three times higher than using a non-IACS member.

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The NIS president noted that there had been attempts by some Nigerian experts to form classification societies approved by NIMASA.

“NIMASA has acknowledged the non-IACS members to certify vessels in Nigeria and they accept certificates issued by them, but the oil companies refuse to accept.

“If the Nigerian Government has accepted the non-IACS members to carry out survey and certification of vessels, why should the oil company majors reject a vessel classified by non-IACS members.

“The IACS members are foreign class society companies, while the non-IACS members are mainly Nigerians.

“We need to compel the oil companies to allow vessels classified by non-IACS members to work in their oil fields,” he said.

According to Onoharigho, unless NIMASA intervenes, most foreign oil companies may not accept non-IACS classed vessels.

He said that with the oil companies 60/40 sharing formula with the Federal Government on crude oil, they had a lot of control over what happened in their oil fields.

“They compel shipowners to make use of their own classification societies which is very expensive.

“This has caused a lot of ships in Nigeria not to have class to operate, it has kept many people out of work, and many vessels are tied down at different jetties because the oil companies don’t accept non-IACS certification.

“NIMASA should compel the oil companies to accept vessels certified by non-IACS classification approved by the government.

“They have no right to deprive any vessel from working in Nigeria because it is a national approval; these vessels are not deep sea going vessels,” Onaharigho added.



Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi



Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi

A focal point of Ganduje’s administration suffered a hiccup on Friday, as Ganduje’s successor, and present Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, presented the letter of appointment to Sunusi Lamido Sunusi, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

The development is sequel to the signing into law of the amended Kano State Emirate Council Law by the governor on Thursday.

“Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The amended law abolished the five Emirate Councils and sacked the emirs appointed by former governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2019, paving the way for the re-enthronement of Sunusi.

While presenting the letter, Yusuf said, “Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The ceremony was graced by members of the Kano Emirate Council, district heads and title holders.

It also marked a new chapter in the history of the Kano Emirate with the re-enthronement of Sunusi, who was deposed in 2020 by the Ganduje administration. 

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NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria’s Blue Economy



NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria's Blue Economy

 The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) has stated that the lofty potential of the Nigerian blue economy will not be realised without the active participation of women in the sector, especially at the managerial level.

The NCS President, Mr Aminu Umar said this at a summit organised by the chamber on Thursday in Lagos.

The event had the theme: “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety.”

Umar was represented at the conference by a Governing Board member of NCS and Principal Partner, Jean Chiazor and Partners, Mrs. Jean Chiazor Anishere (SAN).

“The maritime sector is a cornerstone of global trade and economic growth. 

“There are numerous benefits accruable from the maritime industry but these benefits can’t be realised without active women participation, especially in leadership roles,” the NCS president said.

The NCS president expressed delight and gratitude to the special guests and speakers, including the President of WISTA International, Mrs. Elpiniki Petraki, the Managing Director of NLNG Ship Management Ltd., Mr Abdul-Kadir Ahmed, the Executive Secretary, WISTA International, Mrs Jemilat Mahamah, among others.


Also, the President of WISTA International, Petraki, stressed that beyond taking pride in the accomplishment of having the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) dedicate a day for women in maritime, the event should be a platform to strategise for increased women participation across all facets of the maritime sector. 

Petraki noted that the challenges confronting women in the industry were similar across frontiers and national boundaries, stating that gender balance remained a setback globally.

“Only 29 per cent of the entire maritime workforce globally are women, but the states drop to 24 per cent for women engaged in maritime administration. 

“Sadly, in seafaring, the ratio is less than 2 per cent for women and this profession has over 1.8 million people,” the WISTA International president said. 

She, however, encouraged Nigerian women in maritime and other industry stakeholders to participate in the ongoing IMO/ WISTA maritime survey, to get the up-to-date representation of women in the sector.

According to her, the survey which runs till December 2024, will be strategic in promoting diversity and women’s inclusion in the maritime sector.

Jean Chiazor Anishere

Meanwhile, during one of the panel sessions, a Maritime Psychotherapist, who also experienced the ordeals of seafaring, Mrs. Pam Kem, harped on the need to increase awareness of psychological safety in the maritime industry.

Kem said female seafarers were exposed to varying psychological challenges, having experienced storms, turbulence, violence, fire outbreaks and other vices, leaving adverse effects on their behaviours.

 “Physiological safety has been a concept known in most sectors for a long time, but I’m happy to see it come into play in the maritime space.

” However, if we have strong and inclusive leadership teams at the top level like captains and chief engineers, the awareness trickles down to other workers in the rank and file,” Kem said.

 The Director General of NCS, Mrs Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike, stated that the programme was the 3rd edition by NCS, organised as part of activities to commemorate the 2024 International Day for Women in Maritime.

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NHIA: Customs, Songhai Health Trust Collaborate, for Officers’ Effective Healthcare Delivery



NHIA: Customs, Songhai Health Trust Collaborate, for Officers' Effective Healthcare Delivery

…Flags-off Sensitisation Programme at the Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja

The Nigeria Customs Service on Monday, 20 May 2024 flagged off a sensitisation programme with Songhai Health Trust to sensitise officers on the benefits of accessing the National Health Insurance Scheme. 

In a flag-off Sensitisation Programme with the National Health Insurance Authority and Songhai Health Trust Ltd at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja, the Comptroller-General of Customs, represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in Charge of Human Resource Development, Greg Itotoh, highlighted that the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is a means of offering officers high-quality healthcare.

The CGC, while speaking, outlined that the sensitisation is to enlighten officers on how best to derive maximum benefits from the services provided by the Songhai Health Trust. 

“This is a way of providing quality health care services to officers that are affordable and stress-free.  It is an insurance program that NCS makes mandatory contributions.

“This is the reason why we want every officer to key into it and make best use of the incentives provided by the government because whether we make use of it or not, Nigeria Customs Service pays, and that is why we don’t want to be wasting that money” he stated. 

He further stated that the team of medical units of the NCS would go around different zones, commands and other customs formations to sensitise officers on the scheme’s benefits. 

Meanwhile, the Comptroller of Customs (Pharmacy), Abdulkadir Mohammed, who is also the Desk Officer NHIA, said it is a program introduced by the government for the health care of citizens, and it is designed to pull resources for appropriate health care delivery. 

Furthermore, Deputy Manager Operations of the Songhai  Health Trust, Dr Rotimi Anlemi, while speaking, outlined how the scheme operates, educating officers on the benefits of the scheme.

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