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Weekend Ginger: Kachikwu, In The Throes Of Plato’s ‘Grande Lie’



  • As Circumstances forces a recall of Adam Oshimhole’s NLC days!

When the great Greek philosopher, Plato spoke about the ‘grande lie’, a tool that can be employed by leaders, from time to time, to pacify a restive society, he probably wasn’t thinking of either Nigeria, or the fuel crisis!

Fuel, in spite of Minister of Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu’s assurances remained scarce, and freely sold Friday, at N180 per litre in Isolo- Ikotun axis in Lagos. It was the same price we bought it at Warewa , a town between Berger and Arepo, on the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, in Ogun State, on Friday.
Ibadan sold per litre of fuel, only N190,  both Friday and Saturday.

Governor Adams Oshiomole

Governor Adams Oshiomole

One thing was certain: Kachikwu failed to fulfill his pledge; fuel was scarce, and it sold far higher than the official price!

A hard working man,  with stupendous credentials as a  technocrat, Kachikwu had, allegedly first told Nigerians the fuel crisis would linger till May,  he was called names and shouted down.

Learning perhaps, through a baptism of fire,  he was ‘schooled’ to say what the people wanted to hear; so he calm their nerves down, by reportedly saying the crisis would be vanquished by Thursday April 7th. On Tuesday,  he changed his story,  claiming he didn’t say Thursday. He also refrained from giving any new date.

Now,  three days after the indicated deadline expired,  fuel is freely, selling at close to N200 per litre!
While the authorities wage a new war against those who buy in kegs!

Perhaps, the problem was not with Kachikwu who knows all along that he wasn’t a ‘magician’.  The problem, probably is with the poor citizenry.  They wanted him to tell them it would end within 10 days.  The man told them it would end,  within only nine days!

Nigerians do not want a honest politician. Now,  Kachikwu may not be willing to talk again! At least,  until finally, when the fuel scourge is tamed!

Nigerians may also have succeeded in creating a ‘deaf and dumb’ Minister!  And if he must talk again,  he would probably, first learn the rope, and imbibe the enviable skills of a Master, Baba, Lai Mohammed!

Yet, we must thank the stars for the fuel scarcity: for the past two weeks, no body is talking about the nation’s bad roads!

The roads are in fact, getting worse,  yet every body is talking of fuel scarcity!

The Almighty Dollar, having made a mince meat of the Naira,  has mercifully stabilized at N321 per Dollar, yet no one is talking about the Dollar!

The public jingles on “If you suspect something, say something!” has slackened, yet nobody is talking about Boko Haram. Every one is talking of fuel crisis!

Sports has collapsed, yet every one is talking about fuel crisis!

Education is going into comatose… every one is talking of fuel crisis!

Even when it is alleged that the NEPA bill has somehow been tinkered with, despite the hollered warnings of the National Assembly to those scheming to sash it up, by 45 percent, nobody cares… everybody is still talking of fuel crisis!

The moral of this lesson: Government can do anything it wishes, if it could successfully refocus the people’s attention on fuel. Or something strategic as fuel!

The only thing presently missing is a dynamic Soul like Adam Oshiomhole!  The Edo State people must loan to the masses, their dynamic Governor. Every one can recall his “good work” while he led the Nigeria Labour Congress.
The man presently heading the NLC seems, not only sleeping, but Snoring!
Goes to prove that sometimes, a tree can, a Forest make!

Pray,  Edo State can at least, loan us their Governor… to wear two caps: and help the citizens redirect their bundles of ebbing, wasting energy!!!

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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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