FG reviews Second Niger Bridge, Deep Seaports projects

The Director General of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, Mr Aminu Dikko, has asked the Ministry of Works to carry out a review of the cost of the second Niger Bridge.

Buhari appoints retired Army Colonel as new Customs Comptroller-General

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) as the new Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) effectively from Aug. 27, 2015.

NIMASA introduces new seafarer’s certification documents

DG NIMASA, Haruna Baba Jauro
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has introduced a new seafarer’s medical certification.

Association urges Nigerians to exploit opportunities in shipping sector

Ag. NISA President, Aminu Umar
Mr Aminu Umar, the acting president of the Nigerian Indigenous Shipowners Association(NISA) on Wednesday urged stakeholders to utilise the available opportunities in the shipping sector.

Kaduna dry port to create jobs, boost revenue, says operator

MD/CEO ICNL, Mr Ismail Yusuf

The operators of Kaduna dry port on Wednesday said that on resumption of activities the business would create massive employment in the state as well as boost government’s revenue.

Operator says Ikorodu terminal not congested

The General Manager, Operations of Sapid Agencies, Francis Itsede has said the Ikorodu Terminal, known for the storage of overtime containers and other goods, is not congested.

Nigerian ports record 7.2% increase in cargo throughput in first quarter

The Nigerian Ports recorded a cargo throughput, including crude oil shipment, of 49,304,407 million metric tonnes, showing an increase of 7.20 per cent over 45,994,755 metric tonnes achieved within the same period of 2014, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) has said.

Customs boss frowns at revenue leakages at ports, disbands all task forces

The Acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Dr John Atte, has frowned at revenue leakages at the nation’s ports and gave Area Controllers marching orders to increase weekly average revenue from the current N13 billion to N35 billion.

The directive was part of decisions taken during a strategy session of Customs Management and Customs Area Controllers in Abuja.

NIMASA assures Niger Republic of smooth cargo transit

L-R: Mr Oumarou Issoufou, Director General, Niger Republic Shippers’ Council, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro, Ag. Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr Solomon Ishaya a Director at the Federal Ministry of Transport, and Barrister Calistus Nwabueze Obi, Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, when the Nigerian/Nigerien Joint Commission on Transit Cargo paid a courtesy visit to the Agency in Lagos recently.

Mr Haruna Baba Jauro, the Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated the agency's commitment to ensure facilitation of a hitch-free transit cargo to the Republic of Niger through Nigeria’s sea ports.

Expert explains delay in take-off of maritime bank

 A maritime expert, Chief Kunle Folarin, has attributed the delay in the take-off of the proposed maritime bank to the long gestation period of investments and paucity of funds.

AMATO threatens withdrawal of truck operations over deplorable port access roads

The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) has threatened to withdraw its trucks from the port operations if the deplorable roads around the ports were not fixed by Aug. 26.

NPA MD receives handover note, seeks stakeholders’ support

MD NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi

 Malam Habib Abdullahi, the reinstated Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has called for the support of stakeholders including staff for a remarkable turnaround of the maritime sector.

Nigeria can handle 25m tones of transit cargo yearly, says expert

 A Maritime expert, Chief Kunle Folarin, says Nigeria can grow its maritime revenue by handling 25 million tonnes of transit cargo for land-locked countries yearly.

NIMASA, Nigerian Navy partnership beneficial to maritime sector development, says DG

 The Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) Mr Haruna Baba Jauro, has described the partnership between the Agency and the Nigerian Navy as beneficial to the growth and development of the maritime sector and the nation at large.

PAN appreciates Customs for clamp-down on poultry smuggling

CAC Western Marine Command, Umar Yususf

The Leadership of the Poultry Association of Nigeria(PAN) has appreciated the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS)Western Marine Command, for its efforts at fighting smuggling of frozen poultry products.

Lawyer says diversion of Nigerian-bound Oil and Gas cargo illegal, economic sabotage

A legal practitioner, Mr John Ikezugo has said that the diversion of Nigerian bound vessels carrying oil and gas cargo to any other country or designated port terminals for discharge is illegal and an economic sabotage.

NIMASA reiterates commitment to search and rescue

  The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Thursday restated its commitment to Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in the nation’s maritime domain.

Buhari sacks Bayero’s, reinstates Abdullahi as MD, NPA

President Muhammadu Buhari has terminated the appointment of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero. 

World Igbo Congress to discuss marginalization by President Muhammadu Buhari administration --- Announces 21st Annual Convention date

 Detroit, Michigan,  Aug. 12, 2015  --  Ndi-Igbo, under the auspices of World Igbo Congress (WIC) says its 21st Annual Convention will center on the marginalisation of its people by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as well as to map out how to internationalize its cause so that the global community will understand the plight of Ndi-Igbo in Nigeria.

Coy makes N300bn investment in Badagry Dockyard Project

The Badagry Ship Repair and Maritime Engineering Company (BSMEC) on Wednesday said it had invested 1.5 billion dollars (about N300 billion) on the Dockyard project in Badagry, Lagos State.

US Officials visit NAC on Automotive Industry Development plan

 Right to left: Mr Luqman Mamudu (Director, Policy & Planning), Mr Alan R. Tousignant (US Counselor for Economic Affairs), Engr. Aminu Jalal (DG NAC), and Mr Joel A. Kopp(Economic Officer) in NAC DG’s office.
Officials from the Economic Affairs Department of the US Embassy in Nigeria on Thursday visited the Headquarters of the National Automotive Council (NAC) in Abuja, a statement by NAC said.

Expert says lack of policy thrust challenge to maritime industry development

MD Ocean Serve, Mrs Chinwe Ezenwa
Mrs Chinwe Ezenwa, the Managing Director of Ocean Serve and Logistics, on Saturday said the maritime industry challenge could be blamed on the lack of good policy to drive the industry.

Ex-Lawmaker suggests a review of Nigeria’s maritime policies


Dr West Idahosa, a former Chairman, House Ad-hoc Committee on Maritime Security, on Friday called for a review of Nigeria’s maritime policies for the benefit of indigenous operators.

Licensed Customs Agent bemoans deplorable port access road

 A licensed customs agent, Mr. Jude Maduka, on Friday said the deplorable port access roads and other challenges around the Tin-Can Island Port had taken a toll on the business.

Customs Command generates N167 bn, seizes 159 containers

CAC Apapa, Eporwei Edike

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Area Command, on Wednesday said it generated N167 billion revenue between January and July.

Council calls for effective port system

NPCC Chairman, Chief Kunle Folarin,

Chief Kunle Folarin, Chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC), has urged stakeholders in the maritime industry to work toward an effective port system.

APM Terminals Apapa gets Deputy Managing Director

 APM Terminals Apapa has announced the appointment of Olufemi Ransom-Kuti as its Deputy Managing Director.

Customs destroys 3,221 cartons of poultry products worth N19.3 m

CAC Western Marine Command, Umar Yusuf and CAC Apapa Area Command, Eporwei Edike, with other officers of the Western Marine Command, as they prepare to open a temporary office and accommodation building at the Western Marine Command, Apapa.

The Officers preparing to destroy the seized poultry products at the Western Marine Command 

The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday destroyed seized frozen poultry products with duty paid value of N19.3 million.

Practitioner advocates multimodal transport system to improve port services

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, the Chairman, International Maritime Conference and Exhibition Ltd, has called for the establishment of multimodal transport system to improve port services.

FG frowns at arbitrary charges, undue delay at ports

The Federal Ministry of Transport has said arbitrary charges and undue delay had become key problems militating against the port concession exercise.

Nigerian elected as President of African Federation of Freight Forwarders

Chief Lexzy Nwangwu

A former National Secretary, National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) Nigeria, and Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Association of Registered Freight Forwarder (ARFF) Nigeria, Chief Lexzy Nwangwu, has been elected President of the African Federation of Freight Forwarders (AFFF), an offshoot of African Union’s African Maritime Transport Charter established to facilitate the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM -Strategy).

Former NIMASA DG elected President of African Shipowners Association


Temisan Omatseye,  a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has emerged as the new President of the African Shipowners’ Association (ASA), a new association.

NIWA to appoint beach masters in enforcing boats' operational time

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) says plans are underway to ensure that boat operators comply with stipulated operational hours nationwide.