Customs nab suspected banned poultry products smuggler in Lagos

CAC Western Marine Command, Comptroller Yusuf Umar briefing newsmen on the seizures
The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested a suspected smuggler with 206 cartons of banned poultry products worth N1.2 million.

Customs retires 34 officers

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday announced the retirement of 34 of its officers.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr Wale Adeniyi, said the retirement was part of the re-organisation in the service.

28 ships expected at Lagos ports with foods, petroleum products

 Twenty-eight ships laden with various cargoes are expected at the Lagos ports from Oct. 29 to Nov. 14, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) said on Thursday in Lagos.

Customs agent seeks clarification on agency responsible for regulating diapers

 A freight forwarder, Mrs Ada Akpunonu, on Tuesday called for clarification on the government agency that should rightfully regulate diapers to forestall double payment of importation levy.

Practitioner says good policy will advance job creation in maritime insurance

A maritime insurance practitioner, Mr Gbolahan Adu, says the marine insurance sector could create a wide array of job for Nigerians, if backed by a proper policy.

Intels panics over importers’ boycott of facilities

Managing Director of Intels Nigeria Ltd., Mr Simone Volpi
The management of Intels Nigeria Logistics Limited is in a quandary over the persisting massive boycott of its facilities by Nigerian importers and their agents, who are protesting alleged highhandedness and excessive charges by the logistics services provider.

Container ends movement right inside Apapa port on Monday (Photos)

Dismembered truck lying apart from laden container inside Apapa port on Monday

NIMASA says rescue efforts still on for possible survivors from vessel collision

The three crew members rescued after  vessel collision incident

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) on Monday said it was still on the rescue operation for possible survivors from the vessels collision incident.

Maritime Workers Union suspends strike at sea ports

President General of MWUN, Mr Tony Nted
The Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) on Saturday said that the ongoing strike at the nation’s ports had been suspended, following agreements reached with the leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria in Lagos.

NIMASA rescues 3, searches for 8 others after vessel collision incident

Search and Rescue personnel of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have rescued three crew members and recovered one body from a vessel collision incident.

Ports remain shut over unpaid dockworkers’ salary arrears--MWUN

President General of  MWUN, Mr Tony Nted
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria on Friday said the ports would remain shut until the Nigerian Ports Authority paid the nine months’ salary arrears of dockworkers.

VON Automobile MD wants FG to secure Nigeria’s automobile industry for investors

Mr Tokunbo Aromolaran, MD VON Automobile
The Managing Director, VON Automobiles Nigeria ( Formerly Volkswagen) Mr Tokunbo Aromolaran, has urged the Federal Government to initiate a policy that will secure the nation's automobile industry for investors.

Ex-Navy School Boys set of '96 meet

Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ralph Osondu, displaying the branded T-Shirt of the  Ex-Navy Boys' 96 Set Association, when the executive committee of the Association paid him a courtesy visit. 
With him are the:  President, Toba Olamilokun (3rd R), Vice President, Emeka Ekwunife (2nd R) Treasurer, Olakunle Taiwo (1st R), Provost, Caxton-Martins Owolabi (1st L) General Secretary, Adebola Sobowale (2nd L) and Social Secretary, Ayodeji Oseni (3rd L).

Customs bars journalists from CG’s Kano visit

Journalistic reportage suffered set back in Kano Wednesday, when members of the Fourth Estate of the realm were barred by Customs from covering the visit of its Comptroller General of the service, Colonel Hameed Ali.

Pirates kidnap Europeans off Nigeria

Gunmen attacked and boarded a refrigerated cargo ship underway off the Niger Delta and kidnapped four crew members on October 19, maritime intelligence company Dryad Maritime reports.

Haulage industry stakeholders to converge on Lagos on Nov.3-4

Credit: Google Images
Stakeholders are to converge on Lagos on Nov. 3 for the 2015 Haulage Magazine Conference and Exhibition (HAULMACE) to address some issues in the country’s haulage and logistics industry.

FG revives 14 assembly plants

Engr. Aminu Jalal, DG of NADDC
Mr Aminu Jalal, the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), on Tuesday said 14 assembly plants, which existed before the automotive policy, had been revived.

Master mariner decries dearth of qualified manpower for Nigeria’s maritime sector

Capt. Dennis Osah, former President of NAMM
A former President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM), Capt. Dennis Osah, has expressed concern over the shortage of indigenous manpower to run Nigeria’s maritime sector in spite of maritime training schools.

Hajia Tumaka bags Award for Outstanding Industry Image Maker

The Head of Public Relations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Lami Tumaka has emerged the winner of the Most Outstanding Maritime Industry Image Maker in the 6th National Evergreen Maritime Merit Award.

Intels accused of enforcing payment for services in foreign currency

…We are exempted from forex policy, says image maker

Integrated Logistics Limited, (INTELS) has been accused of collecting charges in Dollars, a practice that may have negated the federal government policy of foreign exchange restriction deliberately introduced to pump up the value of Naira.

FG suspends licence issuance for new vehicle assembly plants

Engr. Aminu Jajal, DG NADDC
The Federal Government has suspended issuance of licence to new vehicle assembly plants.

FOU will continue to intercept suspected containers on highways, says Customs CG

The Federal Operations Unit(FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service will continue with its mandate to intercept any suspected container on the highways, to check any perceived fraudulent practice.

Nigeria loses N6 bn monthly to low activity at Lilypond Inland Port, says freight forwarder

A freight forwarder, Chuks Ijemanze, has said the Nigerian government loses about N6 billion monthly, due to low activity and the redundant state of the Lilypond Off-dock Terminal, an inland port in Lagos.

NPA, NCS to collaborate for revenue generation enhancement at ports

Managing Director NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi presenting a plaque and copy of recent edition of the official journal of the NPA to the CGS, Col. Hameed Ali(Rtd) at the courtesy call

 The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS) have established agreement to collaborate on how to enhance revenue generation strategies for the Federal Government at the seaports.

Cargo Tracking Note will check fraudulent practices at ports, Shippers’ Council tells Customs

Mr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council

The tradition of trade malpractices in Nigerian ports through which the government loses so much revenue would soon be over with the planned introduction of advanced cargo information system, otherwise known as Cargo Tracking Note (CTN), the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, has said.

Senate Summons Customs CG for lifting ban on importation of rice through land borders

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col Hameed Ali has been summoned by the Senate ad hoc Committee on Rice Waivers to come and explain his reasons for lifting the ban placed on importation of rice through the land borders.

41 ships expected at Lagos ports

Forty-one ships laden with foods, general cargoes and petroleum products are expected to arrive at the Lagos ports from Oct. 16 to Nov. 2.

NPA wants Canadian firms to invest in Nigeria’s seaports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) will welcome more Canadian firms to take advantage of the numerous investment opportunities presented by the successful reform of the Nigerian port system.

17 ships arrive Lagos ports with petroleum products, general cargoes

Seventeen ships laden with petroleum products, general cargoes and other goods have arrived at Lagos ports, waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Thursday in Lagos.

Western Marine Command of Customs requests for more outstations

CGC, Col. Hameed Ali(Rtd.) on inspection of  the Guard of Honour  at the Western Marine Command during his working visit to the command on Tuesday
The CGC, Col. Hameed Ali and CAC Western Marine Command, Yusuf Umar

 The Western Marine Command (WMC) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday demanded for more outstations in Iyana Sashi and Ikorodu (Lagos State); Lokoja (Kogi) and Odo, Shaki in Oyo State.

Chief of Naval Staff wants increased funding for Navy to enhance maritime safety

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, has called for increased funding for the Nigerian Navy to enable it acquire more ships to enhance maritime safety.

48 ships expected at Lagos ports with foods, petroleum products

 Forty-eight ships laden with various cargoes are expected to arrive at the Lagos ports from Oct. 14 to Nov.1.

NIMASA DG denies defending Tompolo’s maritime security contract

Ag. DG of NIMASA, Haruna Baba Jauro

The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr Haruna Baba Jauro has denied defending the maritime security given to the Global West Vessel Specialists Limited (GWVSL), a company believed to be owned by Mr Government Ekpomupolo, aka Tompolo.

NFF did not declare kits consignment until now--Customs

CAC Apapa Area 1, Comptroller Eporwei Edike
The controversy over the alleged seizure of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) kits consignment by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) was on Tuesday resolved by both organisations.

Customs C-G says days of corruption gone

Col. Hameed Ali(Rtd.) the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Monday said corrupt practices would no longer be tolerated, be it by officers or clearing agents.

Stakeholders set new agenda for Customs Reform

Shipping industry stakeholders, including importers and freight forwarders, during the week, while cautioning against mass retirement in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), unfolded a new agenda that will guide the new Comptroller-General, Col Hammed Ali (rtd), in his reform mandate.

Oron Maritime Academy seeks more funding from NIMASA

The management of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom, has appealed to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to improve the funding of the academy.

Demystifying the myth: Shinning a clear path for entry of girls into the legal profession

Dr Balkisu Saidu
Faculty of Law, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
The zeitgeist[1] of our time is accommodative of a world where women contribute as much, if not more than, their male counterparts, in all spheres of endeavour including in the legal profession. Prior to 1935, when Stella Jane Thomas was enrolled at the Bar, the legal profession in Nigeria was the exclusivity of the males. Today, women are found in all areas of the legal profession: advocacy, adjudication, academia, etc.

Getting More Girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

(Active Citizens’ Facilitator 2014-2015. British Council, Nigeria)

The Science, Technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are today attracting increased attention because of the role of the STEM field in our world today. The technological advancement that has seen our world turned in to a global village, where we can communicate, travel, interact at various levels within short time lapses, cannot be sustained without training and advancement in the STEM fields.

Customs did not seize NFF’s consignment, says Controller

The Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it did not seize any consignment belonging to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Chief of Army Staff commends NIMASA for combating piracy

Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) receiving a plaque from Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro, Acting Director General, NIMASA, while Lt. Col. Iliyasu, PR Officer to the COAS looks on during a courtesy visit to the Head Quarters of the Nigerian Army in Abuja by the NIMASA boss recently.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has commended the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for combating piracy and other criminal activities on Nigerian waters.

NPA MD advocates ports infrastructure improvement to facilitate export

NPA MD, Malam Habib Abdullahi

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi has advocated for the provision of adequate port infrastructure by the Federal Government and the private sector to facilitate export activities through the nation’s seaports.

Abdusalami suggests effective export trade terms by African countries

Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar(Middle) and other dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the International Sea Trade and Investment Convention in Lagos

A former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Monday urged African countries to develop strong and effective trade terms and contractual agreement on export matters.

Ex-NPA MD urges Govt. to assist truck owners with loan

Former NPA MD, Chief Adebayo Sarumi,

Chief Adebayo Sarumi, a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has urged the Federal Government to establish a revolving loan for truck owners to renew their fleet. 

Family of deceased dockworker‘ll be compensated, says terminal official

President, Dockworkers Branch, MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju inspecting the scene of accident at the terminal
The Management of Five Star Logistics Terminal in Lagos on Monday said it would pay all entitlements of the dockworker, Mr Pius Ifah, who died on Sept. 30, to his family.

Apapa Area 1 Customs revenue falls to N23.3 bn

The Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said it collected N23.3 billion as revenue in September, a figure below the N30.1 billion collected in August.

Expert wants FG to appoint professionals to run maritime industry

A maritime practitioner, Ms Chinweoke Okpalaji, has urged the Federal Government to appoint professionals to manage the affairs of the maritime parastatals as the week which began on Sept. 28 ended.

Nigeria at 55: Full text of President Buhari’s speech

President Muhammadu Buhari

“October 1st is a day for joy and celebrations for us Nigerians, whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in because it is the day, 55 years ago; we liberated ourselves from the shackles of colonialism and began our long march to nationhood and to greatness.