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Theresa May Emerges Second Female British Prime Minister



  • 26 Years After First Female Pm, Margaret Thatcher

British Home Secretary, Theresa May, is making history as the second woman to emerge the Prime Minister of Britain, after David Cameron offered to resign as a result Britain’s decision to pull out of European Union.

May is coming 26 years after Margaret Thatcher, who, in 1979, became the first woman British Prime Minister, until her exit in 1990, after she had ruled Britain for 11 years.

Cameron decided to relinquish power after the unpopular historic European Union referendum that eclipsed the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, a decision, which though was against his wish, but only allowed for the referendum to fulfil his campaign promise.

Now, Cameron’s decision to wilfully vacate office has set England on another path of history, paving the way for Britain to elect her second woman Prime Minister.

David Cameron is expected to vacate his position as Prime Minister on Wednesday after 52 per cent voted to leave EU in June.

The race to replace Cameron from 10, Downing Street, has witnessed several twists, owing to reluctance of touted candidates to take over the oblivious challenges that face the in-coming PM a United Kingdom with European Union.

For the first time in the history of England, two women; Home Secretary Theresa May and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, emerged as the leading successors, but the race took a new dimension early on Monday, after Leadsom pulled out of the race, leaving May as the heir apparent to the exalted seat.

May was appointed leader of the Conservative Party, which by extension anoints her as the waiting Prime Minister of England 37 years after Margaret Thatcher emerged as the first PM of England.

Before her appointment, Theresa May was Home Secretary since 2010 and Member of Parliament for Maidenhead since 1997.

May’s wealth of experience in politics puts her in a vantage position to help steady the political ship of England rocked by the outcome of the referendum.

Born in Eastbourne, Sussex, May studied geography at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. From 1977 to 1983, May worked at the Bank of England and from 1985 to 1997 at the Association for Payment Clearing Services, also serving as a councillor for the London Borough of Merton’s Durnsford Ward. After unsuccessful attempts to get elected to the House of Commons in 1992 and 1994, she was elected MP for Maidenhead in the 1997 general election. She went on to be appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party and be sworn of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council in 2002.

She served in a number of roles in the Shadow Cabinets of William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Howard, and David Cameron, including Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, before being appointed Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities in 2010, giving up the latter role in 2012. May is the longest-serving Home Secretary for 60 years and has pursued reform of the police, taken a harder line on drug policy and introduced restrictions on immigration, according to Wikipedia.

May’s candidacy for the Conservative Party leadership election started in June and won the first ballot by about 50 per cent of the vote on July 5. On 7 July, May won the votes of 199 MPs, facing the vote of Conservative Party members in a contest with Andrea Leadsom.

While giving her acceptance speech as the Conservative Party leader, May expressed her humility and honour of being chosen to lead the ruling party.

May, on her Twitter page revealed that as Prime Minister, the choice of the people would always come first, reiterating that she will ensure that her country leaves EU as they have indicated in their votes.

She also stated, with hash tag #TM4PM, her intention to ensure the wide margin between the rich and the rest of the country is closed up. She said: “There is a gaping chasm between wealthy London and the rest of the country.

“It doesn’t matter to me whether you’re Amazon, Google or Starbucks; you have a responsibility to pay your taxes. As Prime Minister, I will crack down on individual and corporate tax avoidance and tax evasion.

“This is a different kind of Conservatism but it is consistent with our principles. We don’t just believe in markets, but in communities. We must leave the European Union – and forge a new role for ourselves in the world,” she tweeted.

The Conservative Party leader supported the Remain campaign during the referendum, but has vowed to go on with Brexit. “Brexit means Brexit.”The campaign was fought, the vote was held, turnout was high, and the public gave their verdict,” May said in her statement on Monday.

May’s strength in the face of challenges would serve as an edge in uniting England, who has recorded recent violence in racism among the UK countries and the larger society.

In June 2014, May was forced to apologise when passport applications mounted without government approval, BBC said. It was reported that 493,000 passport applications that piled up and 10 per cent of them were not being processed within a three-week limit.

While responding to how she was handling her health condition after she admitted to Dailymail that she has Type 1 Diabetes after it was noticed that she had lost weight.

May said “The diabetes doesn’t affect how I do the job or what I do. It’s just part of life… so it’s a case of head down and getting on with it.”

With May joining other world women leader like German’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and with United States election coming up later in the year (November), women taking the centre stage in world politics might be the new world order.



WAIVER CESSATION: Igbokwe urges NIMASA to evolve stronger collaboration with Ships owners



…Stresses the need for timely disbursement of N44.6billion CVFF***

Highly revered Nigerian Maritime Lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Igbokwe has urged the Nigeria Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) to partner with ship owners and relevant association in the industry to evolving a more vibrant merchant shipping and cabotage trade regime.

Igbokwe gave the counsel during his paper presentation at the just concluded two-day stakeholders’ meeting on Cabotage waiver restrictions, organized by NIMASA.

“NIMASA and shipowners should develop merchant shipping including cabotage trade. A good start is to partner with the relevant associations in this field, such as the Nigeria Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA), Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Oil Trade Group & Maritime Trade Group of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

“A cursory look at their vision, mission and objectives, show that they are willing to improve the maritime sector, not just for their members but for stakeholders in the maritime economy and the country”.

Adding that it is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a through briefing and regular consultation with ships owners, in other to have insight on the challenges facing the ship owners.

“It is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a thorough briefing and regular consultations with shipowners, to receive insight on the challenges they face, and how the Agency can assist in solving them and encouraging them to invest and participate in the maritime sector, for its development. 

“NIMASA should see them as partners in progress because, if they do not invest in buying ships and registering them in Nigeria, there would be no Nigerian-owned ships in its Register and NIMASA would be unable to discharge its main objective.

The Maritime lawyer also urged NIMASA  to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF)that currently stands at about N44.6 billion.

“Lest it be forgotten, what is on the lips of almost every shipowner, is the need to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (the CVFF’), which was established by the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act, 2003. It was established to promote the development of indigenous ship acquisition capacity, by providing financial assistance to Nigerian citizens and shipping companies wholly owned by Nigerian operating in the domestic coastal shipping, to purchase and maintain vessels and build shipping capacity. 

“Research shows that this fund has grown to about N44.6billion; and that due to its non-disbursement, financial institutions have repossessed some vessels, resulting in a 43% reduction of the number of operational indigenous shipping companies in Nigeria, in the past few years. 

“Without beating around the bush, to promote indigenous maritime development, prompt action must be taken by NIMASA to commence the disbursement of this Fund to qualified shipowners pursuant to the extant Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (“CVFF”) Regulations.

Mike Igbokwe (SAN)

“Indeed, as part of its statutory functions, NIMASA is to enforce and administer the provisions of the Cabotage Act 2003 and develop and implement policies and programmes which will facilitate the growth of local capacity in ownership, manning and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructure. Disbursing the CVFF is one of the ways NIMASA can fulfill this mandate.

“To assist in this task, there must be collaboration between NIMASA, financial institutions, the Minister of Transportation, as contained in the CVFF Regulations that are yet to be implemented”, the legal guru highlighted further. 

He urged the agency to create the right environment for its stakeholders to build on and engender the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders.

“Lastly, which is the main reason why we are all here, cessation of ministerial waivers on some cabotage requirements, which I believe is worth applause in favour of NIMASA. 

“This is because it appears that the readiness to obtain/grant waivers had made some of the vessels and their owners engaged in cabotage trade, to become complacent and indifferent in quickly ensuring that they updated their capacities, so as not to require the waivers. 

“The cessation of waivers is a way of forcing the relevant stakeholders of the maritime sector, to find workable solutions within, for maritime development and fill the gaps in the local capacities in 100% Nigerian crewing, ship ownership, and ship building, that had necessitated the existence of the waivers since about 15 years ago, when the Cabotage Act came into being. 

“However, NIMASA must ensure that the right environment is provided for its stakeholders to build and possess the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders. Or better still, that they are solved within the next 5 years of its intention to stop granting waivers”, he further explained. 

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Breaking News: The Funeral Rites of Matriarch C. Ogbeifun is Live



The Burial Ceremony of Engr. Greg Ogbeifun’s mother is live. Watch on the website: and on Youtube: Maritimefirst Newspaper.

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Wind Farm Vessel Collision Leaves 15 Injured



…As Valles Steamship Orders 112,000 dwt Tanker from South Korea***

A wind farm supply vessel and a cargo ship collided in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday leaving 15 injured.

The Cyprus-flagged 80-meter general cargo ship Raba collided with Denmark-flagged 31-meter wind farm supply vessel World Bora near Rügen Island, about three nautical miles off the coast of Hamburg. 

Many of those injured were service engineers on the wind farm vessel, and 10 were seriously hurt. 

They were headed to Iberdrola’s 350MW Wikinger wind farm. Nine of the people on board the World Bora were employees of Siemens Gamesa, two were employees of Iberdrola and four were crew.

The cause of the incident is not yet known, and no pollution has been reported.

After the collision, the two ships were able to proceed to Rügen under their own power, and the injured were then taken to hospital. 

Lifeboat crews from the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service tended to them prior to their transport to hospital via ambulance and helicopter.

“Iberdrola wishes to thank the rescue services for their diligence and professionalism,” the company said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Hong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.

Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.

The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.

The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.

Maritime Executive with additional report from World Maritime News

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