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Weekend ginger: The Anti-piracy Law may be Dead on Arrival



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The celebration is unending at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency  (NIMASA), because the President, Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Anti Piracy Bill into Law!

To the NIMASA Boss, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Presidential assent to the Anti-Piracy law will tactically conquer and destroy piracy, alongside all other crimes on Nigerian waterways; in addition to boosting job creation in the maritime industry!

Late Captain Solomon Omoteso

But even far more than that, the anti-piracy law, according to Dakuku, will also open up more opportunities in the maritime sector!

Also read:   President Buhari accents Anti-Piracy, CIOTA Bills, 7 others, declines assent to 17 bills

Dakuku’s enthusiasm, is genuinely infectious! Yet, highly informed stakeholders know that the current enthusiasm is both misplaced and unwarranted. Law don’t win wars, only the people do!

And that actually implies a people with strategies! A people, genuinely focused at strategies which understand the actual cause of the problems; and encapsulates it on realistic tools anchored to verifiable infrastructure or superstructure!

With every sense of humility and modesty, the Agency may have the ‘people’, but it presently lacks both the strategy and the infrastructure!

Mention Piracy in Nigeria, and two ideas quickly rush into the average Nigerian mind: piracy affecting on land affecting books, films etc; and then, the piracy on waters, affecting armed hoodlums or pirates targeting boats, ships, crew etc!

A few Nigerians would easily recall the harrowing devastation the highly revered foremost Nigerian comedian, Moses Adejumo, aka Baba Sala went through after one of his films, Money Power, particularly how it was recklessly pirated, and the man suddenly became pauperized! Did ‘Mosebolatan’ save him??

We painfully, yet in utter myopic thoughtlessness worked on a Copyright law, Cap 28 of 2004.

Promulgated in 1988 as the Copyright Decree (No. 47) of that year,  the Copyright Act repealed the Copyright Decree (No 61) of 1970. With the revision of all existing federal legislation; the Decree was re-designated the Copyright Act and contained in Cap. 68, Laws of  the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.

The Act was amended by the Copyright (Amendment) Decree (No. 98) of 1992 and further amended by the Copyright (Amendment) Decree (No. 42) of 1999.

It became part of the codification of Nigerian Law done in 2004 and is presently referenced as  Cap 28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.




Nigeria as a country, has never been short or lacking in the availability of the right laws. Our problem has been the lack of foresight, the lack of required infrastructure and the shortage of the round pegs in round holes, especially, in consistent or continuous basis!

The Anti-piracy law failed on land! If in doubt, visit the Alaba Market in Lagos on Monday. From motivational books, Bibles to every popular film, local or international!

The late Captain Solomon Omoteso (Bless his Soul) captured the reality vividly: You can’t have peace on the water, until you ensure peace, on land!

Capt Omoteso therefore advised that to enjoy peace on the nation’s waters, first understand why those leaving the land, to violently disrupt the tranquillity in the waters go there!


Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA DG


Laws don’t win wars! Only the People do!

The Anti-piracy Act will be dead on arrival or at best work haphazardly! Until Nigerians, particularly those who meticulously and painstakingly fought to ensure it was enacted, also embark on the new mission of entrenching the required infrastructure and the superstructure!

The Boys are hungry, disturbed, disparaged and daily growing desperate. The poor, hopeless cannot sleep, because they are hungry! The rich, overfed and diligent will not sleep too, because the hungry are awake!

In the meantime, we salute the courage and determination of Bashir Jamoh, the Executive Director at NIMASA, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Igbokwe and a good host of stakeholders, too numerous to mention who tirelessly midwife the Act, ceaselessly pursuing it from conceptual stage to maturity!

Meanwhile, we must also thank the Nigerian Ports Authority management for its success in ending the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) avoidable strike, during which the nation lost over N100 billion!

The strike came because poor labourers engaged to perform stevedoring jobs for International Oil Companies, after satisfactorily doing job, were not paid!

Some died, some forfeited their marriages, several of them had their children sent home from schools. The IOCs, being too powerful could only be assuaged. And both the NIMASA and NPA only watched with relish!

“Management regrets all inconveniences the strike might have caused Port users and other stakeholders”, was the best that the NPA General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Adams Jatto could say; promising to ensure that issues that led to the strike would be resolved soonest in the national interest, so as to further enhance the Authority’s mandate to deliver efficient services for customers’ satisfaction”,

At no point did anyone accept the responsibility or blame for putting poor labourers, officially engaged to perform legitimate duties, and who ended up going through harrowing experiences, even after performing to expectation.

Similarly, no one has affirmed how much Nigeria as a country lost over an avoidable storm in a tea cup! We have all forgotten that undeterred Impunity will always, like history, repeat itself!

Keep praying for Nigeria, the greatest country in Africa.

Pray also for the leadership!

May the President live forever!






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MWUN Felicitates with Sanwo-Olu, Says Victory Demonstrates People’s Love for Selfless Service



MWUN Felicitates with Sanwo-Olu, Says Victory Demonstrates People's Love for Selfless Service

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has congratulated His Excellency, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on his re-election as the Executive Governor of Lagos State.

 President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju felicitated with the governor, noting that Sanwo-Olu’s victory is well deserved, following his focused selfless service.

According to the President General, the victory is a clear testimony of the love showered on the governor as the Chief Executive of the state by the people of Lagos State.

Prince Adeyanju promised the commitment of the union to making the seaports safer under a better working environment for all the practitioners.

In his words: “The Lagos State election which was keenly contested for, left Governor Sanwo-Olu winning the election on a very wide margin; this which gave him an edge over other contestants was a clear testimony of love showered on him as the Chief Executive of the state by the people.

“We in the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria wish to felicitate with the amiable Lagos State Governor on his well-deserved victory during the poll in the state. The President-General of the Union, Comrade Adeyanju has promised the Governor of the Union’s commitment towards making the nation’s seaports safer under a better working environment for all the practitioners.

“On behalf of my executives, I wish to express our profound readiness to work and synergies with the Governor in all areas of the Maritime Industry towards achieving the best of economic values for the state and the nation at large. On this note, we say congratulation, Governor Sanwo-Olu!”

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Re-Election: Adeleke congratulates Makinde as Folarin felicitates, lauds Oyo voters



Re-Election: Adeleke congratulates Makinde as Folarin felicitates, lauds Oyo voters

 Gov. of Ademola Adeleke of Osun has congratulated his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, on his re-election in the March 18 governorship poll.

He gave the congratulatory message in a statement on Monday in Osogbo.

He described the outcome of the election as a strong vote of confidence in the performance of Makinde in the last four years.

He added that “I congratulate my brother, Governor Seyi Makinde on his re-election at the polls.

“Residents of Oyo State have reaffirmed their faith and confidence in his performance.

“They have confirmed the rapid development of Oyo State under the able leadership of my brother, Seyi Makinde.

“On behalf of the people and government of Osun State, I extend warm felicitation to Gov. Makinde.

“I look forward to years of partnership and collaboration between our two states on inter-state infrastructure development, among others.”

Adeleke also described Oyo and Osun states as siamese twins, calling for closer partnership in economic and social affairs.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday declared Makinde the winner of the 2023 governorship election in Oyo State.

Makinde had 563,756 votes to defeat his closest rival, Teslim Folarin of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 256,685 votes.

In a related development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Sen. Teslim Folarin, has congratulated Gov. Seyi Makinde on his victory in the March 18 governorship election in the state.

Folarin’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement personally signed by him and made available to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan.

 Makinde, of People Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling 568,756 votes to defeat his closest rival, Folarin who scored 256,685.

Folarin, while congratulating Makinde, expressed appreciation to the electorate in the state for their support to APC candidates in the just-concluded general elections.

He also expressed gratitude to God for preserving the lives of the people throughout the electioneering process and to his friends and political allies for their overwhelming support.

He commended members of the 2023 Oyo State APC Presidential and Governorship Campaign Council for their issue-based campaigns, loyalty, dedication and commitment to the struggle.

“My gratitude also goes to the coalition parties, candidates of other political parties, volunteers, the press and individuals that contributed to the ‘Itesiwaju Ipinle Oyo 2023’ project,” he said.

The APC governorship candidate, however, appealed to party members and support groups to remain calm, as the results of the election were being studied.

“It is God that gives and takes power. May Oyo State and our people continue to prosper,” he said.

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Nigerian Maritime Women form new Association; Canvasses Equity, Digital Innovations



Nigerian Maritime Women form new Association; Canvasses Equity, Digital Innovations

Four maritime women associations which jointly organized a summit where they canvassed for gender parity in the maritime sector and encouraged more women’s contributions to technological advancement in the digital space have agreed to form a single association to advance their cause.

The four associations are: Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, African Women in Maritime (WIMA) Nigerian chapter, Women in Maritime of West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA), Nigerian chapter and Female Seafarers Association of Nigeria (FESAN).

The summit, which was part of activities to mark the 2023 International Women’s Day (IWD), was anchored on the IWD 2023 theme; ‘Digital Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality’.

Speaking at the event, the WISTA-Nigeria President, Mrs. Eunice Ezeoke noted that as separate groups their impact have been fragmented while they have also been unable to get requisite support from the federal government in attending crucial regional and international conferences.

Her words: “One of the high points for the collaboration was the inability to get financial support especially in attending international conferences. It is at global meetings that we can network with other women and major global operators. When one intends to contest for regional or international positions, one would need to know women in maritime in other countries to get their buy-in. The federal government hasn’t been giving us the support to attend international conferences.”

“We explained this to the Permanent Secretary of the Transport Ministry, Dr. (Mrs.) Magdalene Ajani at a recent meeting and it was at that point she informed us that there has been no budgetary provision for women at the Ministry for some years. She encouraged us to start sourcing funds. We, however, have examples of other African countries where the women were backed fully for these activities.”

Stressing that government support mustn’t always be financial support, Ezeoke stated that there could be a sort of moral support by recognizing women groups among stakeholders such that shipping companies, terminal operators, NLNG, and oil firms are inclined to take up the financial support to enable women achieve the advocacy dreams.

In her own submission, the President of WIMOWCA Nigeria, Mrs Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore opined that the removal of women budgetary provisions from the Transport Ministry underscored the Importance of getting more women into key leadership positions where such decisions are taken.

Edodo-Emore, who is also Chairman, Zoe Maritime Resources Limited, expressed delight at the utilizing of technology to address the challenges of artisanal fishers who get better fees for their products and are better equipped to preserve them on account of several innovations.

“With this partnership, women are better placed to access funding for women’s education and training. We are all excited and we believe that we are set to begin reaping the benefits of this partnership. As regards fishing, it’s important that we bring technology into the fishing industry.

“The process of catching the fishes, preservation, storage, among other processes have evolved with technology. We need to sensitize and equip the industry, especially artisanal fishers,” she said.

Speaking, Mrs Rollens Macfoy, President of WIMA Nigeria, said that success has no gender even as she encouraged women to seek to be the best at what they do such that it becomes difficult to be marginalized.

“When you strive to bring out your value and worth by your doggedness, innovation, skills and humility; at this point, if you’re being marginalized there is something to shout and fight about. Nevertheless, a lot of organizations have an unwritten law or position that prevented women from rising to Directors or head of the agency. At such organizations, we have observed that gradually women have been emerging as Directors, heads of units and sometimes head of the agency. It is a gradual process and it will keep getting better,” Macfoy said.

She was optimistic that with the Women in Maritime Network operating, by the end of the year, women will make strides like the force of gravity as more women will also be given a voice and attention.

A cadet under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), Ms Peace Moulders, said that innovation and technology would play a critical role in addressing the world challenges from climate change to healthcare and others.

Moulders, however, stressed that it is not enough to simply wait for the technology to emerge, advising women to actively embrace and promote them to drive positive change.

“A call for action for individuals and organisations is to foster a culture of innovation by encouraging risk-taking, investing in research and development, promoting ethical considerations and advocating for policy changes. Government and organisation should remove barriers to innovation because by embracing them there would be a better future for the girls, and communities,” she said.

Other participants at the event are the Director General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Mrs. Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike; Head of Nigerian Ship Registry at NIMASA, Mrs. Nneka Obianyor; Treasurer, WISTA Nigeria and Deputy Director, Revenue at NIMASA, Dr. (Mrs) Odunayo Ani; among others.

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