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SIFAX Boss, Taiwo Afolabi Bags Zik Prize Award For Entrepreneurial Leadership

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…Organisers say Dr. Afolabi is distinguished by his business acumen, tenacity, and grit!

SIFAX Group’s Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi on Sunday in Lagos, won the Zik Prize Award, for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Dr. Afolabi was specifically chosen over several others, as a result of his business acumen, tenacity, and grit which has translated into a successful strategy for the Group’s businesses and by extension the Nigerian economy.

According to Prof. Pat Utomi, Head of the Selection Committee for the Zik Prize Award, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi has redefined business enterprise in Nigeria.

*L-R: Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO); Olori Mariam Lawal, wife of Oniru of Iru Land; Sir Marc Wabara, Advisory Board Member, Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC) and representative of PPRAC Chairman; Wunmi Eniola-Jegede, Executive Director, Business Development and Strategic Planning, SIFAX Group and Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock, receiving the Zik Prize Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership on behalf of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group at the Zik Prize Awards event held at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, on Sunday.

He said: “Afolabi is the Chairman of SIFAX Group, a leading business behemoth with diversified interests in maritime, aviation, oil & gas, haulage and logistics, tourism, hospitality and financial services.

*L-R: Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group; Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc; Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, former Minister for Information and Culture; Wunmi Eniola-Jegede, Executive Director, Business Development and Strategic Planning, SIFAX Group and Abayomi Obadare, Deputy Director, Internal Control, SIFAX Group receiving the Zik Prize Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership on behalf of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group at the Zik Prize Awards event held at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, on Sunday.

“His massive investments in Nigeria’s terminal operations, especially its off-dock solutions, have positively affected the industry and catalyse economic growth.

*The Zik Prize Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership Plaque given to Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group.

*L-R: Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock Nigeria Limited; Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Lead Pastor, Trinity House Church, Lagos; Abayomi Obadare, Deputy Director, Internal Control, SIFAX Group and Wunmi Eniola-Jegede, Executive Director, Business Development and Strategic Planning, SIFAX Group at the Zik Prize Award Ceremony held at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island yesterday where Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group bagged the Zik Prize Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

“The SIFAX Group boss has shown consistency in developing innovative business models and nurturing same to global acclaim which has made him a leader in various entrepreneurial endeavours”, Prof. Pat Utomi further said, stressing that the Lagos Marriott is an example of one of the novel business solutions that have been brought to life by Dr. Taiwo Afolabi.

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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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