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‘You are not management”, Amaechi cautions newly inaugurated NPA Board

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…Emphasizes Trade facilitation as Wheat, butane gas ships await anchorage at Delta Ports***

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday, charged the newly inaugurated board members of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to improve on trade facilitation and seaport management in the country, even as he cautioned them not to work against management.

Amaechi gave the charge at the inauguration of members of the board, Chaired by Mr Akin Ricketts yesterday in Abuja.

The minister said: “I just want to perform the official function of inaugurating the NPA board and to say that President Muhammadu Buhari after due consideration decided to appoint you into the board of the NPA.

“It is important you work with the management, it is important you realise that you are not management, you are a board and should work together with the management.

Members of the board include Mohammed Koko, Onari Brown, Sen. Binta Garba, Sen. John Udoidighe, Abdulwahab Adesina, Ghazali Moh’d, Mustapha Dutse and Prof. Idris Abubakar.

“For those who are not here I hope the board chairman will ensure this inauguration covers them and also ensure that we are able to move forward on trade facilitation and seaport management.

“Let me on behalf of the President congratulate all of you for the appointment and wish you well.

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According to Amaechi, the country is in an unusual time when it can’t afford to shut its seaport but continues its activities to ensure trade takes place and people are able to feed.

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On behalf of the management of the ministry, he congratulated members of the NPA board while wishing them well in their future endeavors.

Responding on behalf of members of the board, Ricketts pledged their commitment towards the improvement of the operations of the Nigerian ports.

He said: “On behalf of my colleagues on the board, I will like to assure Mr President, through you, the minister that we will do our utmost to ensure that his confidence in us is not misplaced and will not be abused.

“As a serious government on a national rescue mission, we assure you that we will immediately commence discharging our responsibility without hindrance.

“As an organisation that has been in existence since 1955, we are sure that NPA will have its share of challenges and issues that need to be resolved or needs immediate attention.

“We will do that in conjunction with the management and all relevant stakeholders.’’

The chairman said the board would ensure it gave every and any matter that came to its attention the consideration it deserved by dealing with it fairly and objectively without favours or ill will.

He assured that the board would not consider itself an alternate management or be in competition with it but would collaborate to ensure the mission, vision and strategic objective of NPA were achieved.

“We will create an atmosphere where employees will be given the opportunity to air their views and express dissent on any policy or action they feel strongly about and we will ensure measures are in place so that this process is not unduly abused.

“ We will ensure that feedback mechanisms are in compliance from our major stakeholders and port owners so that we improve on service delivery, efficiency and capacity,’’ Ricketts said.

According to him, the major issues confronting our ports today are capacity utilisation and evacuation corridors.

He said while the ports in the East were being grossly underutilised due to many factors, the efficiency of the ports in Lagos was hampered by inadequate evacuation corridors.

He said the resultant effect was congested road which ultimately hindered prompt service delivery.

According to Rickets, the board intends to confront this challenge head on in conjunction with other stakeholders and management.

He added that this would be done with a view to ameliorating the sufferings of port users and ease business in the ports as envisaged by the Federal Government.

He, on behalf of other board members, thanked the President for considering them worthy of the appointment and gave the assurance that they would be willing partners in the task of nation-building.

In the meantime, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Thursday says three ships laden with Wheat, Butane gas and others are awaiting anchorage at the Delta Ports.

The NPA disclosed this in its daily publication, ‘shipping position’ on Thursday, in Warri.

According to the publication, the vessels were: Remi: MV African Jacaranda and MT LPG Laperouse and they are awaiting anchorage at the Escravos and Koko anchorage.

“Two of the vessels are to discharge Wheat and Butane gas at Escravos and Koko anchorage respectively, while the other is at the Escravos for maintenance,” the publication stated.

The NPA highlighted that six ships laden with fuel and others were waiting at the Fair bouy to discharge products.

The publication also stated that nine vessels laden with fuel, bitumen, steel billet and other products were being expected at the Delta ports between May 22 and May 30.

“NPA made three declarations on MT Matrix S Ilu, MT St Ilhaam and S L Aremu all laden with PMS on Thursday,” the authority stated.

 

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Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi

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A focal point of Ganduje’s administration suffered a hiccup on Friday, as Ganduje’s successor, and present Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, presented the letter of appointment to Sunusi Lamido Sunusi, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

The development is sequel to the signing into law of the amended Kano State Emirate Council Law by the governor on Thursday.

“Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The amended law abolished the five Emirate Councils and sacked the emirs appointed by former governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2019, paving the way for the re-enthronement of Sunusi.

While presenting the letter, Yusuf said, “Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The ceremony was graced by members of the Kano Emirate Council, district heads and title holders.

It also marked a new chapter in the history of the Kano Emirate with the re-enthronement of Sunusi, who was deposed in 2020 by the Ganduje administration. 

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NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria’s Blue Economy

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NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria's Blue Economy

 The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) has stated that the lofty potential of the Nigerian blue economy will not be realised without the active participation of women in the sector, especially at the managerial level.

The NCS President, Mr Aminu Umar said this at a summit organised by the chamber on Thursday in Lagos.

The event had the theme: “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety.”

Umar was represented at the conference by a Governing Board member of NCS and Principal Partner, Jean Chiazor and Partners, Mrs. Jean Chiazor Anishere (SAN).

“The maritime sector is a cornerstone of global trade and economic growth. 

“There are numerous benefits accruable from the maritime industry but these benefits can’t be realised without active women participation, especially in leadership roles,” the NCS president said.

The NCS president expressed delight and gratitude to the special guests and speakers, including the President of WISTA International, Mrs. Elpiniki Petraki, the Managing Director of NLNG Ship Management Ltd., Mr Abdul-Kadir Ahmed, the Executive Secretary, WISTA International, Mrs Jemilat Mahamah, among others.

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Also, the President of WISTA International, Petraki, stressed that beyond taking pride in the accomplishment of having the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) dedicate a day for women in maritime, the event should be a platform to strategise for increased women participation across all facets of the maritime sector. 

Petraki noted that the challenges confronting women in the industry were similar across frontiers and national boundaries, stating that gender balance remained a setback globally.

“Only 29 per cent of the entire maritime workforce globally are women, but the states drop to 24 per cent for women engaged in maritime administration. 

“Sadly, in seafaring, the ratio is less than 2 per cent for women and this profession has over 1.8 million people,” the WISTA International president said. 

She, however, encouraged Nigerian women in maritime and other industry stakeholders to participate in the ongoing IMO/ WISTA maritime survey, to get the up-to-date representation of women in the sector.

According to her, the survey which runs till December 2024, will be strategic in promoting diversity and women’s inclusion in the maritime sector.

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Meanwhile, during one of the panel sessions, a Maritime Psychotherapist, who also experienced the ordeals of seafaring, Mrs. Pam Kem, harped on the need to increase awareness of psychological safety in the maritime industry.

Kem said female seafarers were exposed to varying psychological challenges, having experienced storms, turbulence, violence, fire outbreaks and other vices, leaving adverse effects on their behaviours.

 “Physiological safety has been a concept known in most sectors for a long time, but I’m happy to see it come into play in the maritime space.

” However, if we have strong and inclusive leadership teams at the top level like captains and chief engineers, the awareness trickles down to other workers in the rank and file,” Kem said.

 The Director General of NCS, Mrs Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike, stated that the programme was the 3rd edition by NCS, organised as part of activities to commemorate the 2024 International Day for Women in Maritime.

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NHIA: Customs, Songhai Health Trust Collaborate, for Officers’ Effective Healthcare Delivery

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…Flags-off Sensitisation Programme at the Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja

The Nigeria Customs Service on Monday, 20 May 2024 flagged off a sensitisation programme with Songhai Health Trust to sensitise officers on the benefits of accessing the National Health Insurance Scheme. 

In a flag-off Sensitisation Programme with the National Health Insurance Authority and Songhai Health Trust Ltd at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja, the Comptroller-General of Customs, represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in Charge of Human Resource Development, Greg Itotoh, highlighted that the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is a means of offering officers high-quality healthcare.

The CGC, while speaking, outlined that the sensitisation is to enlighten officers on how best to derive maximum benefits from the services provided by the Songhai Health Trust. 

“This is a way of providing quality health care services to officers that are affordable and stress-free.  It is an insurance program that NCS makes mandatory contributions.

“This is the reason why we want every officer to key into it and make best use of the incentives provided by the government because whether we make use of it or not, Nigeria Customs Service pays, and that is why we don’t want to be wasting that money” he stated. 

He further stated that the team of medical units of the NCS would go around different zones, commands and other customs formations to sensitise officers on the scheme’s benefits. 

Meanwhile, the Comptroller of Customs (Pharmacy), Abdulkadir Mohammed, who is also the Desk Officer NHIA, said it is a program introduced by the government for the health care of citizens, and it is designed to pull resources for appropriate health care delivery. 

Furthermore, Deputy Manager Operations of the Songhai  Health Trust, Dr Rotimi Anlemi, while speaking, outlined how the scheme operates, educating officers on the benefits of the scheme.

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