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TAAM: Akabogu, Omatseye, Other Experts Advocate Policies For Sustainable Shipping

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TAAM: Akabogu, Omatseye, Other Experts Advocate Policies For Sustainable Shipping

…SIFAX Chairman says maritime industry must be strategic and decisive about sustainability; while exploiting business opportunities

 Experts in Nigeria’s Maritime Sector have advocated sustainable policies to entrench quality long-term health and productivity of its blue economy, even as the country grapples with challenges and harnesses its potential.

The experts spoke at the 6th edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime (TAAM) Conference which was held at the University of Lagos on Wednesday.

The Conference had the theme: “A Blueprint for Sustainable Shipping: The Significance of the Nigerian Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy”.

According to Dr Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group, the maritime industry needs to be strategic and decisive about sustainability as well as exploiting the range of business opportunities that the blue economy presents.

L-R: Adekunle Owobamirin, Assistant General Manager, SIFAX Shipping; Catherine Abuah, Group Head Marketing, SIFAX Group; Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group; Ololade Tifase, Head, SIFAX Shipping and Oluwakayode Alonge, Group Head, Human Resources, SIFAX Group at the 6th edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference held at the JF Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos on Monday, 1st July, 2024.

Afolabi said that there was a need for Nigerians to take seriously the issue of policies and stringent regulations that would support environmental protection, economic efficiency, and social responsibility.

”There are diverse opportunities in the industry beyond the traditional shipping and port operations.

“The newly-created Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy has to expand its scope to provide policies and regulations that will guide investors’ foray into areas like coastal tourism and renewable energies.

“This, however, must be done in a sustainable manner that will protect the ocean ecosystem and provide benefits for the coming generations,” he said.

Similarly, renowned Maritime Lawyer and keynote speaker, Dr Emeka Akabogu, represented by Mr Victor Onyegbado, harped on the importance of achieving sustainable shipping as a nation.

Akabogu said this was through ethical conduct, improved port operations and adequate legislation within the industry.

According to him, it is imperative to achieve this system to build a maritime industry that is functional, providing resources that transcend generations.

L-R: Barr. Temisan Omatseye, Former Director General, NIMASA; Mrs Vivian Azubike, Director General, Nigeria Chamber of Shipping; Mrs Foluke Akinmoladun, Managing Solicitor, Trizon Law Chambers; John Benson, President, Maritime Forum; Mrs Oluseyi Oluyede, Managing Director, Niger Benue Transport Company Ltd; Victor Onyegbado, Akabogu and Associates and Bodunrin Adewole, President, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria during the panel session at the 6th edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference held at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium on Monday, 1st July.

”Sustainable shipping is the backbone of a resilient and thriving global economy. We all know that shipping carries the bulk of world trade and it encompasses practices that ensure the long-term health of our oceans while meeting the economic and logistical demands of global trade.

“The significance of the Nigerian Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy is not only timely but also crucial as we navigate the evolving dynamics of the global, regional, and sub-regional maritime industry.

“This ministry is pivotal for innovative policy development and sustainable practices that will drive Nigeria’s maritime sector forward,” Akabogu said.

Examining the state of the nation’s maritime ecosystem, Akabogu reiterated the need to draw up innovative approaches and diversified economic activities to drive growth and sustainability.

Also, the former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr Temisan Omatseye, emphasised the digitisation of the industry as well as the development of a national maritime strategy.

Cross section of participants at the 6th edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference held at the University of Lagos main auditorium on Monday.

He noted that developing key performance indicators would have a positive impact on human capital development and service delivery.

”We need to move away from where the sector is dependent on human beings and begin to be a bit more AI-compliant in our processes.

“The industry is also due for a national maritime policy that will provide the roadmap for its development.

“Right now, Nigeria does not have an approved national maritime policy, which says clearly what our policies are, and also powers what we call a national maritime strategy,” Omatseye said.

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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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