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He knew his time to die had come, but he also knew that one of his greatest dreams; providing portable water for the Fulalawa community within his Musawa Constituency, was not yet achieved. So death waited.



A first Republic law maker, late Alhaji Abdullahi Inde (Magajin Musawa) had gone out last year, and he was again confronted with the chronic pains of his people, occasioned by poor access to portable water. There and then, he told himself, if that was going to be his last assignment on earth, let it be!

No one knows how much he sank into the project. He had no access to federal allocation, yet he went about the task in a professional sort of way. First he secured the attention of those who would identify the best place to locate water, then, the best way to ensure that when the water begins to flow, the dream of a regular supply would endure. And then, the engineers went to work!

The Maritime First learnt that a week before his death, he called his site supervisor, to urged for urgency in the completion of his task. And when those around him, especially first his son asked for reasons for the urgency, he told the son, his time on earth was up, and he wanted the project completed, before he goes home.

Authoritative sources confirmed that he also confided in a few close persons, especially his grand daughter, Aisha. But he did not tell Dikko, Aisha’s father, who was inextricably tied to national assignments, in Abuja.

On Friday night, around 8.00 pm, those he instructed to stay tied to Fulalawa project and not come back until water flowed, returned with the good news and told him; “water had begun to flow in Fulalawa, and the community’s joy knew no bound”.

Inde, according to eye witnesses took the news calmly, thanked his God and prayed for the people.  He was happy that they had carried out his law, to the letter.  He also again prayed for the members of his family. Then, he gladly went for his supper, ate to his satisfaction and went to bed. He did not wake up!

He lived his life for his people; it was the hallmark of most first republic and first generation people. They lived, pursuing utilitarian principles: doing the best good, for the greater number of people!

There was no money in their days, so they lived austere life, prudently managing the little they had, in the honour and integrity of ensuring a good name.

Their Government didn’t have money either, but no one could deny them of powerful vision. It was then that they built the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University); it was then they built the University of Lagos, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Ahmadu Bello University and the legendary Cocoa House, etc. Several years later, nothing created by the second or third generations operators could challenge these legacies, either in terms of reputation, public image or increasing contributions to the growth of civilization!

It was then they divided Nigeria into regions, based on affinity, cooperation and collaboration; largely, with an aim of ensuring peace, synergy and progress.

It was then they developed public schools and gave scholarships and sent people to well funded public schools, in genuine desire to see their people and neighbours’ wards also grow up to become somebody great and useful, for the happiness of the entire community.

In those days, they did not deliberately wreck public schools, so that the private universities they built could suddenly enjoy some unmerited advantages!

Key players in the first republic, it would also be noted, campaigned, based on issues, not plot dailies, on how to take advantage of either the poor people or the opposition. They did not eat their bread alongside, hundreds of others’ meat; and the roads they built lasted, some 10 years and beyond; unlike the recklessness we stupidly hail today!

The Maritime First learnt that when Inde died, at the age of 93, on Friday 9th January 2015, the Dikkos did not cry.  To them, it was time for a celebration of life. But we learnt the Fulalawa people cried. “Baba ya tabarta mu samu ruwa kamin ya rasu” (Baba ensured we had water before he left”, “Baba promised us water, and Baba delivered even also on water!’);  anyone could understand the basis for the genuineness of their tears.

“I find it difficult to cry because if I did, I believe, I would be betraying my God” , Dikko confirmed to the Maritime First crew, while noting that his own mom had similarly shown remarkable strength. God had protected the patriarch for them, in good health, longer than their prayers!

“Mama believes like me, that on issue of death, that everybody would one day die; it’s all a matter of how and when it would come!”, he stated further, adding that the late politician’s blood pressure actually was stably calm and unchanged, upto 15 minutes, before he passed on to glory!

Apart from water, the next thing Inde loved and worked for, was the good health of the people.

Now ask yourself: how many Second or Third Republic politicians still live for others’ happiness? And how many of them, do not have special private doctors in India, Germany or France and to what result?

Yea! God only waters the hand that watereth others!


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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