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Work Harder, Give Nigerian Women Voice, Hadiza Tells NAWOJ

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  • As WIMAFRICA solicits for Hadiza’s support

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman on Wednesday counselled the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) to work harder and empower Nigerian women to become bolder in asserting their rights, publicly.

Usman mave the observation while receiving some NAWOJ members and the executives of Women International Maritime Africa (WIMAFRICA) at the NPA’s headquarters in Lagos.

Pointing out that the ‘voice’ of the Nigerian woman is yet to be properly and adequately heard, Hadiza also advised women on the need to project themselves as intellectuals, if the war for gender equality would be sustained, particularly on issues of public offices.

“I have worked very hard in ensuring that whatever I can do or is within my capacity to assist women, I will do.

“With young girls, they need to be hardworking, dedicated, and to be committed.

“No matter what you do in life across all genders, it is important to be hardworking, honest, humble and I communicate with women to support ourselves,’’ Usman stated, insisting that women must not quit their profession, because of domestic duties, but must continue working harder to enable them to occupy more executive positions with the male gender.

The NPA Boss also charged women to continue to support the young ladies in their places of work, to enable them remain within the employment range, stressing the importance of women to be independent, particularly in the North where a lot of people, are unable to understand that employment is key because it gives a sense of actualisation.

Earlier, the President of NAWOJ, Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, said the association was established to support every woman in public offices and to attract more women.

Omowole said that female journalists had been watching Usman’s dedication and commitment to duty over time, adding that she was a good representative of women.

“You have been a worthy ambassador of women and we have seen your innovation since you came in.

“We are glad to associate with you; since you came on board, NPA has been getting good news reports.

“We will continue to project everything you are doing to the public in order to appreciate your commitment in delivering your duties,“ Omowole stated, urging Hadiza to participate in all programmes of NAWOJ to motivate more women to support her in achieving gender equality.

Omowole also highlighted that NAWOJ was working towards ensuring that Nigeria elects more female deputy governors and a female vice president; adding that Usman is one of their shortlisted candidates, the group intends to project for the high position.

Mrs Jean Chiazor-Anishere

In the meantime, the President, Women International Maritime Africa (WIMAFRICA), Mrs Jean Chiazor-Anishere has urged the NPA boss to support the WWIMAfrica to achieve the desire for gender equality in the maritime sector.

Barrister Chiazor-Anishere described WIMAFRICA as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), established on the need to develop a common institution of co-operation and a continental platform for all African women in the maritime sector.

“WIMAFRICA was set up to increase the indispensable participation of women in the progress of Africa and the need for gender equality”, the WIMAfrica President indicated, noting the need to also recognise and encourage the ongoing efforts being made by women and their participation in African maritime sector.

“We have women of more than 30 years experience in the maritime industry such as maritime lawyers and maritime administrators.

“We will not like to seek for sponsorship at all times and that is why we are requesting that your organisation should consider some of our members as consultants.

“We also want your organization to consider our members for foreign trips to enable them to have exposure like their counterparts from other African countries.

“We intend to buy fishing equipment to some fisher women in Makoko area in Lagos, Delta, Port-Harcourt, Lokoja and other areas where women engage in fishing as a profession,“ Chiazor-Anishere posited, urging the NPA Managing Director, being a member of the Advisory Board of WIMAFRICA, to support the association to achieve its mandate of empowering women in the riverine areas.

She stressed that the Blue Economy may not survive without aqua culture, adding that the association would assist women who were into fisheries in riverine communities to benefit from the Blue Economy initiative.

Chiazor-Anishere also said that the association had realised that some of the women in riverine areas did not have preservatives like oven and refrigerators, to enable them to store fish for export; adding that the Blue Economy would serve as a major avenue for the growth of the nation’s economy.

In her remark, Usman said that she would be available to partner with the association, being a member of the Advisory Board of the association, saying NPA would looked forward to future collaboration and enhanced synergy with WIMAFRICA.

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MWUN: Bello-Koko Is An Extra Ordinary Administrator Of Note Says Adeyanju

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MWUN: Bello-Koko Is An Extra Ordinary Administrator Of Note Says Adeyanju

… As he congratulates NPA Boss Bello-Koko, and SIFAX Boss, Dr. Afolabi 

The President-General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade (Dr.) Adewale Adeyanju has described the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Bello Koko as an extraordinary administrator of note, who is truly deeply rooted, in port administration.

A Prince of Ibadan, Adewale Adeyanju made the observation, while congratulating Alhaji Bello Koko, who was recently honoured with double plaques, one for recognizing him as the “Public Servant of the Year 2023”; and as head of the “Outstanding Government Agency of the year 2023” respectively.

Dr. Adewale said that the Managing Director of NPA is not a mean administrator, having been so bestowed upon with these laudable awards by the Management of Champion Newspapers Limited.

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN)

“Alhaji Koko is deeply rooted in the Maritime sector, an extraordinary administrator of note; hence, his Germaine expertise has brought so many reforms of development to the Maritime sector”, the Ibadan Prince stated.

Comrade Adeyanju, who is also the Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in concert with his executives believe that Koko still has a lot to offer in the industry, and his double awards are no flukes but a charge for more development in the Maritime sector.

In a similar vein, Prince Adeyanju also congratulated  Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi (M.O.N) for his appointment as the first Chancellor of Gerar University of Medical Sciences, Ogun State recently.

Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi (M.O.N)

Adeyanju and his entire Executives of the Maritime Workers Union salute the CEO/Founder of the SIFAX Group over his pragmatic conduct on work excellence, commitment to nation-building and a wonderful employer of labour in the Maritime Sector, whose better management of workers cannot be overemphasized.

Comrade Adeyanju says that Afolabi’s appointment as the pioneer Chancellor of the Gerar University of Medical Sciences is a result of his love for academic excellence, research and development for the growth of quality education in the country. It’s therefore not surprising that the Maritime Industry Guru was so appointed.

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria fervently pray that both the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA ), Bello Koko and the CEO of SIFAX,  Dr. Afolabi find favour and mercy in the eyes of the Almighty God to accomplish much more in their various designations as so honoured.

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Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers’ misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

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Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers' misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

…Says officers’ behaviour undermines CGC’s key policy thrusts of fostering collaboration with sister security agencies 

Customs Officers shown in a viral video in a physical confrontation with Vehicles Inspection Officers VIO are now in hot soup, as the Abuja High Command, has dissociated the Service from their unwholesome behaviour and began a comprehensive investigation on the development.

The National Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada who confirmed this on Tuesday, also stressed that the incident contradicts the values and operational standards of the NCS, aside from undermining key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies and other stakeholders.

“Furthermore, the NCS unequivocally dissociate itself from the actions of these officers…”

“The NCS acknowledges that the event occurred on Friday, 24 May 2024, at AYA Roundabout, Abuja VIO Office. The officers involved in this regrettable incident are NCS personnel attached to the Customs Mechanical Unit in Karu Barracks, Abuja”, Maiwada stated, expressing deep concern.

“The Service wishes to express its deepest concern and empathy for those affected by this regrettable incident. 

Customs, VIO Confrontation: CGC Condemns officers' misbehaviour, Opens Comprehensive investigation

“Furthermore, the NCS unequivocally dissociate itself from the actions of these officers. Their condemned behaviour, which appears to be self-motivated, is under thorough investigation, and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken to forestall future occurrences.

“Such behaviour undermines one of the key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies…”

“It is essential to state that this incident contradicts the values and operational standards of the NCS. 

“Such behaviour undermines one of the key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure the safety and security of Nigerians and their properties. 

“The NCS, under the leadership of CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his Management Team, strongly condemns such conduct and does not tolerate any actions that jeopardise the commitment to professionalism and inter-agency cooperation”, the national spokesman said, stressing that the Customs Service remains steadfast in its mission to generate revenue, facilitate trade, and suppress smuggling to support a more robust and secure economy for all Nigerians, and would not tolerate any contradictory or unwholesome behaviour.

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Seme Customs Generates N2.6bn Revenue; Facilitates Export Of 143,468Mt Cargo

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… Comptroller Bomodi says command recorded 474 interceptions of various contraband items

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has achieved a significant milestone in revenue generation and export facilitation at the Seme/Krake border from January to May 2024. 

According to the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Timi Bomodi, the command generated revenue of N2,634,190,645, surpassing the same period in 2023 by 272%.

The Command also facilitated the export of 143,468 metric tons of produce, with a Free Board (FOB) value of N35,199,971,097, equivalent to $38,461,397.39.

 Additionally, the command recorded 474 interceptions of various contraband items, including premium motor spirit, rice, used vehicles, codeine, cannabis sativa, wild animals, and general merchandise.

The seized items had a combined Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N840,003,646, and 18 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures.

 The command has also set up a complaint desk to address issues concerning the molestation of females on this corridor, and has warned that stringent action will be taken against any officer found guilty of such acts.

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