Thursday, 23 October 2014

Western Marine Customs bursts smugglers’ game, impounds 2211 bags of rice, poultry products valued over N20 m

CAC Johnson Gabriel getting details of the seizures from his team
The seized bags of rice being loaded into a truck

The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday disclosed that it had impounded 2211 bags of rice, cooking oil and poultry products valued at N20.4 million.

The Acting Controller of the Command, Johnson Gabriel, at a briefing in Lagos, said the seizures were made in two separate operations by his team.

55 vessels expected at Lagos ports

Fifty-five vessels are expected to sail into various port terminals in Lagos from Oct. 23 to Nov. 15, the Nigerian Ports Authority ((NPA) said on Thursday.

This is contained in its daily publication, the ‘Shipping Position’.

A breakdown of the expected vessels shows that 18 of the vessels are to arrive at the ports with containers while 17 will sail in with food items.

“The food items include rice in bags, buckwheat, bulk malt, bulk sugar, soya bean and frozen fish.”

It said 11 of the vessels would arrive with petrol, kerosene and aviation fuel while general cargo would arrive in six vessels and the remaining three vessels would bear vehicles.

Meanwhile, the NPA also made known that 14 vessels had arrived with petroleum products at the ports.

It said nine of the vessels waiting to berth were carrying petrol while the remaining five had diesel, kerosene and bulk gas.

Seven other vessels waiting to berth at the ports sailed in with frozen fish, rice bulk sugar, buckwheat and containers.
The vessels will sail into various terminals at the Lagos ports.

Automation, fair pricing system, timely dispute resolution vital keys for new port order—Nigerian Shippers‘ Council

Mr Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers‘ Council(NSC)  says the idea of a new port order will only succeed with automation, fair price system, timely and amicable dispute settlements and easy access to  the ports.

Represented by  one of the directors , Mrs A. Adeagbo, Bello made the remark  in his keynote address at a one-day stakeholders seminar held on Wednesday by the Shippers‘ Association of Lagos State in collaboration with the NSC.
He noted that such system would eliminate corruption and reduce the problem of demurrage and human traffic at the ports to the barest minimum.

West African Students Union honours Sifax boss, Afolabi

The Clerk of the West African Students Union Parliament (WASUP), Hameed Coulibally,presenting the Kwane Nkrumah exemplanary leadership honour to the representative of the Group Executive Vice Chairman (GEVC) of Sifax group, Dr Phil Ofulue while the Special Assistant to the GEVC, Ezeikeil Ajewole, and the Director General of Djiboti Consulate, Folake Rojas admire.

The West African Students Union Parliament has honoured the group Executive Vice Chairman of Sifax Group, Barr. Taiwo Afolabi, with the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah exemplary leadership award. 

The award was on Monday bestowed on Afolabi by the leaders of the students parliament headed by the leader of the group, Daniel Nwachukwu.

UK mounts maritime response to Ebola crisis

The response of the international community to the Ebola crisis in West Africa continues to ratchet up, with London dispatching a maritime-based medical task force (MTF) to Sierra Leone.
Civilian and military medical personnel with stores and equipment are currently on passage to the former British colony on board the ‘Argus’.

REVEALED! Why Nigeria may not have new ports soon ... As Lekki Port promoters shift take-off again

Nigeria is not anywhere near to getting new seaports anytime soon, developments have shown.

Working with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the host states and private investors, the Federal Government, through the public private partnership (PPP) initiative, is working at establishing additional seaports in various locations to ease the pressure on the existing ports.

Tax recovery: FIRS storms 6 coys owing over N2.3bn in Lagos

 For the second time in October, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has tackled companies defaulting in tax payment and remittance to the Federal Government.
It would be recalled that the FIRS had on Oct. 3 clamped down on some oil companies in Lagos for failing to pay their taxes.
In this fresh exercise which took place on Tuesday in Lagos, six tax-defaulting companies owing over N2 billion were visited.