Security agents commended over peaceful elections

PDP members celebrating in Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA, Ajegunle, Lagos

Security agents including operatives of the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Army and the National Security and Civil Defense Corps, were on Monday commended for their role in ensuring peaceful elections as Nigerians vote.

PDP wins House of Reps election in Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA

PDP members celebrating their victory in Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA, Ajegunle, Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on Monday declared  Mrs Rita Orji, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) House of Representatives election, as the winner representing  Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, Ajegunle, Lagos.

Customs to take delivery of 2 Sea Going Vessels

CAC, Western Marine Command, Yusuf Umar, speaking to Newsmen
The Western Marine Command, Nigeria Customs Service, says its operations will get a boost as it takes delivery of two sea-going vessels on Sunday.

NPA to collaborate with engineering body on professionalism, says MD

L-R: Chairman Nig. Society of Engineering (NSE) Lagos Branch, Engr. OludayoOluyemi, NPA Exec. Dir. Engr. David Omonibeke and Gen. Manager Maintenance, Engr. Peter Obinomen when the NSE team recentlyvisited NPA Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

 The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)Malam Habib Abdullahi, on Friday said that the Authority would collaborate with the Nigerian Society of Engineers and other Institutions to ensure maintenance of professionalism.

APM Terminals dedicate Safety Award to employees, partners

The Managing Director of the APM Terminals, Andrew Dawes, has dedicated the Safety Award won by the company to its employees and partners. 

The terminal was named the ‘Most Environmentally-Conscious Port Operator at the Lagos Port Complex’ by the Nigerian Port Authority’s Environment Department of the Health, Safety and Environment Division.

NPA to allow food vendors back into Lagos Port

The Ports Manager, Lagos Port Complex (LPC) Mr Nasir Mohammed said food vendors would be allowed back into the port after a dislodgement exercise to rid the premises of unwanted businesses. 

Apapa port to hold regular meetings with government agencies

                                     LPC Manager, Nasir Mohammed and Controller Immigration Service in charge of Lagos Seaports/Marine Command, Mrs TFA Olayemi 
The management of Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa is to institute a regular top level meeting among heads of government departments operating in the port to build synergy and cooperation required for the overall security and progress of the port.

NIWA maintains increased level of patrol to ensure safety, security--Manager

NIWA Jetty at Marina, Lagos

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), says it has maintained an increased level of patrols on the waterways and on land, to ensure strict compliance with safety and security measures.

Jonathan meets NIMASA NSDP graduates, hails programme in maritime capacity building

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in a handshake with Rodemade Oluwasegun Ayomide a graduate and beneficiary of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) an initiative of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) during an interactive session with Young Professionals in Lagos on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

The Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) received accolades from the President and Commander in Chief, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) on Sunday in Lagos at a reception hosted in their honour by the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum.

Nigeria Maritime Expo to provide competitive edge for businesses, says Planning Committee

 The Planning Committee of the 2015 Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX) says the trade exhibition will serve as veritable platform to provide a  competitive edge to various businesses in the industry.

Floating dock launched in Kuching by Shin Yang

Malaysian shipyard Shin Yang has completed a floating dock with ClassNK notification.
Based in the Port of Kuching, the dock was designed by United Ship Design and built by Piasau Slipways.

World Igbo Congress reaffirms support for Jonathan’s re-election

By Dr Acho Orabuchi

We, members of the World Igbo Congress (WIC) call on Igbos everywhere and well-meaning Nigerians to massively support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, a true democrat who strongly believes in due process and rule of law.

Haastrup: How we turned the ports around in eight years

Princess  Vicky Haastrup, STOAN Chairman

The Federal Government Port Concession programme began in 2005/2006 with agreements entered into by and between the Bureau Of Public Enterprises (BPE) as confirming party for the Lessor and mid-wife of the entire scheme, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as the Lessor and Terminal Operators  as the Lessee.

Lekki Deep Seaport will transform Nigeria’s economy, says MD, NPA

Caption L-R: MD Lekki Deep Seaport, Mr Haresh Ascoani, showing the MD NPA, Habib Abdullahi, the prototype of the Lekki industrial city, while the General Manager, capital projects NPA, Engr. Mohammed and PA Admin to the MD NPA, Mr Yakassai, watch during the visit   

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mallam Habib Abdullahi, says the Lekki Deep Seaport project is an example of the Public Private Partnership [PPP] success story that will transform Nigeria’s economy into global recognition.

World’s largest civilian hospital ship under construction

An advanced hospital vessel is under construction for the Mercy Ships charity.

Large DIASPORA Jonathan support group begins massive call to family members in Nigeria to vote for Jonathan

 The largest Nigeria Diaspora support group for President Goodluck Jonathan in America has embarked on a 10-day massive telephone call to reach millions of Nigerians back home to cast their votes for the reelection of Goodluck Jonathan back in office for a second term. 

Study to conserve genetic resources of tilapia

With world fish stocks dwindling, tilapia farming is a global success story, with production tripling in the past two decades.

Shipping Charges: Legal Fire Works Shift to Appeal Court as Judge dismisses Application for Stay of Execution

The Ikoyi Federal High Court Thursday dismissed the application for stay of execution filed by the Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) on the judgment by the court that the association had no right to increase port charges.

Peter Obi seeks freight forwarders’ support for Jonathan’s re-election

Sir Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State and Special Adviser to the President on Finance, on Thursday held a stakeholders meeting with freight forwarders, to seek their support for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forth-coming presidential election.

NPA advocates tripartite conference on maritime safety, security

Managing Director, NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi has advocated for  a national conference on the delineation of functions among the agencies of government responsible for maritime safety and security.

Customs Promotes 2,065 Senior Officers

CGC, Dikko Abdullahi

The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the promotion of 2,065 senior officers who took part in the 2014 promotion interview exercise.

Nigeria Defence Adviser to UN commends U.S military counterparts

  The Nigeria Defence Adviser to the UN. Maj.-Gen. Lincoln Ogunewe, has commended his U.S military counterparts for standing by him in the time grief.

AIG Maritime tasks NPA to guide against smuggling of dangerous weapons through ports

Managing Director, NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi  and the AIG Maritime, Mrs Kalafite Adeyemi during  her tour of the Western Ports and the NPA Headquarters , Lagos, today  
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Maritime, Mrs Kalafite Adeyemi, on Monday urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to remain vigilant in order to guide against smuggling of dangerous weapons into the country through the ports.

Deep-sea fishing legislation met with mixed feelings

A proposal from the Fisheries Council for certain deep-sea stocks will see drastic 
cuts for many fisheries, said Europe’s Association of National Organisations of Fishery
 Enterprises (Europêche).

Jonathan promises to proritise completion of Olokola, Badagry deep seaport project

President Goodluck Jonathan, while visiting the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, on Thursday, pledged to prioritise the completion of the multi-million dollar Olokola deep seaport project in Ogun to attract rapid economic growth and job creation.

Operators not complying with port concession agreement likely to face sanctions

 The Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar, on Thursday directed the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to furnish his office with reports of concessionaires who had yet to comply with the concession agreement.

Shippers urge govt to encourage exportation of Made-In-Nigeria products

The Oyo State Shippers’ Association (0YSSA) has urged the Federal Government to encourage exportation of Made-In-Nigeria products.

Apapa Customs Command generates N21.5bn in February

 The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Area Command, on Thursday said that it generated N21.5 billion in February, up from N20.7 billion recorded in January.

NAGAFF advises freight forwarders against falsifying import documents

Founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr Boniface Aniebonam, has advised freight agents against falsifying import documents.

NIWA to partner more private ferry operators in Lagos

National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has promised to make the inland water transportation busy and safer for Lagos residents.

Association seeks FG intervention in operations at Lilypond dry port

 The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Lilypond Chapter, Lagos, says only the Federal Government intervention can increase the movement of containers and business activities at the port.

Terminal operators' revenue eroded by 58%, says association

Members of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) said their income had been significantly eroded as a result of the sliding value of the naira and low import volume.

NISA suggests conversion of CVFF to maritime bank

  L-R;Assistant General Secretary of NISA, Saint Peters Ashinwo; Publicity Secretary, Engr. Emmanuel Ilori; General Secretary, Tunji Brown, who represented the Acting President, Aminu Umar; and the Welfare Officer, Gbolahan Adu during the NISA news briefing in Lagos.

says Labinjo no longer represents association
The Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA) on Monday said that there were moves to convert the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) into a Maritime bank.

Customs service sanctions 20 officers for illegal acts

CGC, Dikko Abdullahi
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday said that it had sanctioned 20 senior officers in the past two months for various illegal acts allegedly committed during official duties.

Association bemoans concentration of tank farms in Apapa

Chief Remi Ogungbemi, the Chairman of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO)has bemoaned the concentration of tank farms in Apapa.

NPA records 86.6m metric tonnes in cargo throughput

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has recorded a cargo throughput of 86,603,903 metric tonnes of cargo in 2014, showing an increase of 12.64%.6 per cent over the 2013 figure of 76,886,997 metric tonnes.

NPA orders squatters to vacate Lagos ports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), on Friday issued a final quit notice to squatters lodging and operating illegally within Lagos ports.

Customs suspends 3 for extortion at Abuja Airport

CGC, Abdullahi Dikko
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has suspended three Assistant Superintendents of Customs for extorting 13,000 dollars from a passenger at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Arbitration of maritime disputes is cost-effective, says association

Dr Omogbai Omo-Eboh, President, MAAN

The Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN) says arbitration of maritime disputes is cost-effective for ensuring speedy resolution of disputes.

The President of the association, Dr Omogbai Omo-Eboh, who spoke in an interview in Lagos, said: ``arbitration does not come cheap as people may think.’’

How Lagos judges are now resolving disputes more quickly

By Dr Bob Arnot

Both local and foreign businesses in Lagos potentially face multiple legal challenges. Dr Bob Arnot, national programme manager of the J4Aprogramme in Nigeria, explains the difficulties, as well as J4A’s interventions connected to commercial and other types of dispute resolution.

NPA to support handling of transit cargo for Niger Republic

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdullahi, has assured the Nigerian/Nigerien Joint Commission on Transit Cargo of the authority’s support and cooperation in order to enhance the commission’s efforts at encouraging Nigerien business community to patronise the Nigerian Ports.

Agbakoba urges FG to appoint minister of maritime

  L-R; Dr Wilfred Mamah  Partner, Development Law Group; Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN,  and  Mrs. Bisi Akodu, Partner Corporate/Commercial & Public Sector Group of OAL at the news conference in Lagos.
Dr Olisa Agbakoba, a maritime lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to appoint a minister of maritime.

NCS Marine Command trains 80 officers on anti-smuggling operations

Yusuf  Umar, CAC, Western Marine Command

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Western Marine Command on Monday commenced the second batch training of 45 officers to combat smuggling activities, in addition to 35 officers earlier trained.

2015 Elections: Agbakoba’s discourse proposes new agenda for Nigeria’s democracy

Dr Olisa Agbakoba, Lead Partner, OAL

Olisa Agbakoba has suggested that Bola Ige’s questions: ‘Do we want to remain as one country? And under what condition,’ should set the agenda for the 2015 campaign issue if the pursuit of a ‘National Order’ would become achievable.

Don tasks students, parents, government on roles for academic excellence

Dr Mike Adebamowo, a former Head of Architecture Department, University of Lagos (UNILAG), says that achieving academic excellence is the joint responsibility of students, parents and the government.

2015 Nigeria Maritime Expo will produce blueprint for maritime sector development--Official

Dr Omogbai Omo-Eboh, Head of Intellectual  Group, NIMAREX Planning Committee 

The Planning Committee of the 2015 Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX), says the event would come up with a blueprint for the development of the maritime sector.

INEC should be unbundled, says Agbakoba

Maritime and Human Rights lawyer, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lead partner, Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL) has called for the unbundling of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Association wants more government agencies at borders to curtail smuggling

Alhaji Olayiwola Shittu, National President, Association of Customs Licensed Agents(ANLCA), says more government agencies should be transferred to the border areas to curtail smuggling.

Maritime Review: Expert advocates Cabotage Act reform

Mrs Bisi Akodu

Activities in the maritime industry closed last week Friday with a call for Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act reform for the benefit of indigenous ship owners.