Lawyer wants meeting between CRFFN and freight forwarders facilitated by skilled mediators

Lagos Lawyer and Mediation Advocate, Mr Valentino Buoro has urged the Federal Government to engage the services of skilled mediators to facilitate the ministerial order for a meeting between the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and the  Associations of Freight Forwarders registered and recognized by the Council.

Customs boss, Ali, in supremacy war with Finance Minister, Adeosun

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali(rtd.) is currently locked in a battle of supremacy with the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.

Customs agents not transparent in duty declaration—Compt. Egbudin

Compt. Willy Egbudin, CAC Apapa Area Command

“We still have discrepancies in declaration. Most agents are still not transparent in their declarations. If they make honest declaration, it will make clearance of their cargo fast, save them from incurring demurrage and help customs to facilitate 48 hour cargo clearance policy of the government.”

Truck drivers to enjoy better work environment, says AMATO

AMATO Chairman, Chief Remi Ogungbemi

Truck drivers and their assistants who operate under the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) will henceforth enjoy the comfort of a convenient resting place during their break hours, rather than remain in their trucks all day.

The position of issues addressed on mid-stream discharge, illegal berthing of vessels

The interactive session between port concessionaires, private jetty operators and the Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amechi on Feb. 22, 2016 addressed a number of key issues, and the one concerning the mid-stream discharge and illegal berthing of vessels attracted greater interest and attention.

Transportation Minister orders Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders to register with CRFFN or lose operating licences

All licensed customs brokers and freight forwarders have been directed to register with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) or risk a revocation of their operating licences.

My vision for Nigeria’s Maritime Industry--Amaechi

Transportation Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

While industry analysts propose that government could generate as much as N7 trillion in revenue from the maritime sector if the potentials were adequately utilised, the Transportation Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, believes in setting sail for actions that would translate into economic gains for the nation.

Nigerian Ports Authority assures ICRC of continuous cooperation

L-R Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Habib Abdullahi and Director General, ICRC Malam Aminu Diko at the NPA HQ Lagos

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)Malam Habib Abdullahi, has assured the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) of the Authority’s continuous support and cooperation in the discharge of its duties.

Truck drivers welcome minimum standard enforcement, kick against N10,000 administrative levy

The Association of Maritime Truck Owners(AMATO) has said that it welcomed the enforcement of the minimum standards for trucks operating in the ports, in order to rid the operations of rickety trucks compromising safety.

Cargo availability will guarantee financing for shipping development in Africa-- ASA

Transportation Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi(Seated fourth from left) with ASA President, Temisan Omatseye and members at the 2016 African Shipowners Conference held in Lagos

President of the African Shipowners Association(ASA) Mr Temisan Omatseye on Wednesday said the availability of cargoes would enable Africans engage in trade and guarantee the financing needed to develop the shipping sub-sector in the African Continent.

FG to establish National Carrier, says Amaechi

Transportation Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

The Federal Government has expressed readiness to establish a national shipping line as part of efforts to develop the shipping sub-sector of the maritime industry.

We have doubled efforts for revenue generation, national security, trade facilitation—ACG Edike

ACG Eporwei Edike, Zonal Coordinator, Zone 'A'

 Eporwei Edike, an Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs(ACG) stands astride the demanding work schedule of Customs Zone ‘A’ with his feet on ground for excellence and patriotism, achievable goals in his head and a conviction that the Nigeria Customs  Service will make Nigerians proud in its response to the call to duty to better the nation’s economy.

Transportation Minister, Amaechi seeks performance audit of Nigeria’s seaports

Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Managing Director, NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi

The Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday said he was considering an audit of the Nigeria’s seaports to determine their performance level.

FG sets annual revenue target of N500 bn for maritime sector

 The Federal Government has instructed heads of maritime agencies in the country to meet up with a new revenue target of N500 billion for 2016 or be shown the way out.

House Committee visits NIMASA

L-R: Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Honourable Mohammed Umaru Bago receiving a plaque from the Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro during the oversight visit of the committee to the Agency recently

Filipino seafarers to earn double pay sailing to Gulf of Guinea, other ‘high-risk’ areas

 The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has included the Gulf of Guinea- territorial waters (12 nautical miles) on its list of high-risk destinations, where Filipino seafarers aboard international sea vessels can collect hazard pay.

ICDs to check ports congestion, reduce unemployment, says Transportation Minister

Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi
 The Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has said that the Inland Container Depots (ICDs) located in the six geo-graphical parts of the country will address the issue of perennial congestion in the seaports that has lasted over the years.

Zuma, Amaechi, Adeosun, Onyema to attend African Maritime Conference in Lagos

Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Her Excellency, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyema will be attending the second edition of the African Maritime Conference holding on Wednesday, February 24-Friday 26, 2016 at Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria.

Nigeria Customs Service issues guidelines for disposal of overtime cargo

CGC, Hameed Ali

The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) has released new guidelines on the process of the disposal of overtime goods, including seizures, with expectations to check irregularities that marked earlier auction of overtime cargoes.

Nigerian Navy rescues 10 Indian Crew from hijacked tankers, as two remain captive

(WMN) Ten Indian crew members were rescued with the assistance of the Nigerian Navy after their vessel was hijacked by pirates on February 13 off Ivory Coast.

Executive Director of Orlean Invest appointed Honourable Consul of Croatia in Nigeria

Mr Damir Miskovic presenting his letter to Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffery Onyema

The Executive Director of Orlean Invest, a major concessionaire in ports in Nigeria through one of its holding companies, Intels Nigeria Limited, Mr Damir Miskovic has been appointed the Honourable Consul of Croatia in Nigeria.

Nigerian Art Community honours Artist, Uche Okeke, in Service of Songs

Late Uche Okeke
A tribute service of songs in honour of Nigerian Art Master, Uche Okeke, who passed away on Jan. 5, 2016, will be held today, Saturday, Feb. 20 at Catholic Church of Divine Mercy in Lekki, Lagos, for the art community in Lagos.

IMO and EC cooperation confirmed

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim was in Brussels on Feb.9 to meet European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.

New video shows training on ballast water sampling and analysis

IMO has launched a video showing practical training on ballast water sampling and analysis .

NPA to welcome Japanese Technology in critical areas of infrastructure

L-R; Mr Obumneme Onuenyenwa ,General Manager, Monitoring and Compliance; Engr, Rufai Mohammed, General Manager, Capital Projects, representing the  Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Habib Abdullahi,   and Mr Yasuhiro Yamauchi ,Section Manager, Urban and Transportation Planning Group of Yachiyo Engeering Company Limited receiving a plague at the visit to NPA HQ in Marina   

 The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Malam Habib Abdullahi has said the organisation would welcome the infusion of Japanese advanced technology in critical areas of infrastructural development in form of Public Private Partnership.

Customs intercepts Arms, Ammunition at Tin-Can Island Port


A 40-foot container with 980 rounds of 9mm live ammunition and a pistol has been impounded by the Tin Can Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

NPA Staff Rule at 4th Ships & Ports Table Tennis Tournament

The 2016 edition of the Ships & Ports Table Tennis Tournament held in Lagos with fanfare as 32 players vied for honours at the four-year old competition, which was created to promote camaraderie, friendship and social interaction among maritime industry operators.

NAGAFF, Police collaborate to war against corruption at Ports

 The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police are to collaborate in the fight against corruption at the nation’s ports.

Intels sails on in success mode … Records top scores in ABS QE audit

Intels Nigeria Limited relentlessly stays on top of its game operations, rendering sterling services and earning top scores in the examinations affirming these, going by feelers from the leading logistics services provider.

Verification of tonnage figures for BWM Convention completed – further ratifications needed

The process to verify global tonnage figures in order to assess entry into force criteria for the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention has now been completed.

Nigeria Customs to designate Ikorodu Terminal for exports ……Service Plans To Recruit 1,200 Seafarers In 2016

To boost Nigeria’s non-oil export earnings, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) plans to designate the Ikorodu Cargo Terminal as a dedicated export gateway.

Freight forwarders blame Concessionaire for low-level economic activity at Lilypond Terminal

 Freight forwarding associations operating at the Lilypond Terminal have accused the Concessionaire of lack of determination to make the facility economically vibrant.

Mr Femi Olabanji, Chairman ANLCA, Lilypond Chapter

At the visit of the Assistant Comptroller General, Zone ‘A’ Eporwei Edike to the Lilypond Customs Command, representatives of the various associations pleaded for government’s intervention to save their business operations from total collapse.

Zika virus recommendations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Maritime journalists urged to support efforts to lower shipping costs in Africa

(L-R)  : Mr Micheal Luguje – Secretary General, PMAWCA; Mr Hassan Bello – Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Shippers Council; Dr.Affail Monney – President Ghana Journalists Association; Mr Magnus Addico – former Secretary General of MOWCA; Dr.Moane Baomah – Honourable Minister of Communications; Mr Selby Twumasi-Ankra – Chief Director, Ministry of Transport; Mr Wale Adeniyi, National Public Relations Office of the Nigeria Customs Service; Mr. NiiNikoi Amasa of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority; and Mr Ignatius Nweke of Nigerian Shippers Council.
African maritime journalists have been enjoined to embrace activism and support efforts to bring down high shipping cost, clearance time, corruption and other challenges plaguing the maritime industry in Africa.

Nigeria to develop new Insurance Law from review of existing laws

Dr. Omogbai Omo-Eboh
A new Insurance Law is expected to evolve from a proposed review of the existing laws, which would form the basis for a draft bill to be forwarded to the National Assembly for enactment.

Engineering Society advocates safety through quality shipping handling equipment

Engr. Kuzi Onyibe, Technical Adviser, Phoenix Register of Shipping

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Apapa Branch,  in a public lecture titled ‘‘Maritime Equipment Handling: A Survey and Examination of Shipping Handling Equipment’ expressed its continued readiness to ensure safety through the use of proper and quality ‘shipping handling equipment’ in maritime operations. 

Anti-Smuggling War: Customs Operatives intercept 4,500kg of marijuana worth N150 m

ACG Zone 'A', Eporwei Edike and CAC Western Marine Command, Compt. Umar Yusuf briefing Newsmen on the seizure of marijuana around Badagry Creeks in Lagos State
ACG Eporwei Edike and CAC Umar Yusuf, when the ACG visited the Command  earlier in the year

Operatives of the Western Marine Command, Nigerian Customs Service, recorded a remarkable achievement on Feb. 9, when they intercepted 48 large bundles of marijuana weighing 4, 500 kilogrammes with a street value of N150 million.

1,500 trucks so far approved for port operations by Ports Authority

The Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) in its determination to enforce implementation of minimum standard of trucks operating at the ports, has reached out to the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) to help sensitize their members and solicit their cooperation in achieving desired outcome.

Cargo Airports will minimise loss of revenue from agricultural produce, says Gov. Ahmed

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed(Right) and Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barr. Bello Hassan

R-L: The Executive Governor, Kwara State, His Excellency Abdulfatai Ahmed; Alh. Yahaya Commissioner for Works and Transport, Kwara State; Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Mr Hassan Bello,  and Mrs Dabney Shall-Holma, Director, Commercial Shipping Services,  Nigerian Shippers' Council at the One-day Summit in Ilorin recently

Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has said that provision of standard cargo airports will drastically reduce loss of revenue from Nigerian agricultural produce.

States urged to ratify compensation regime for hazardous and noxious cargoes

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), together with the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), is urging its Member States to ratify and implement a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship.

Overtime containers of electricity equipment leave Ikorodu Terminal

ACG, Zone 'A' Eporwei Edike at the Apapa Area Command recently

 The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said that overtime containers of electricity equipment belonging to the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) were being moved out of the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal.

Shippers' Council advocates revamping Nigeria's economy through agriculture

L-R: Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barr. Hassan Bello; Kwara State Gov., Abdulfatah Ahmed and Director, Commercial Shipping Services, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Mrs Dabney Shall-Holma

Mrs Dabney Shall-Holma, a director with the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) has urged the Federal Government to use agriculture to revamp Nigeria's economy.

NIMASA to clean up marine litters

Ag. DG of NIMASA,  Mr Haruna Baba Jauro
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to ensuring a safe marine environment by tackling the menace of marine litters in the nation’s territorial waters.

10 ships arrive at Lagos ports with petrol

Ten ships laden with petrol have arrive at the Lagos ports and waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) said on Tuesday in Lagos.

NAGAFF expresses fears of increased charges at Nigeria’s ports

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed fears of increased service charges at the nation’s ports if the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) insists on Dollar payments from the port concessionaires.

IMO to support African Maritime Journalists Association

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Media Office has welcomed the establishment of the African Maritime Journalists Association (AMJA), with a pledged to collaborate with the new Association to advance the fortune of the maritime industry in Africa.

Customs to boost anti-smuggling operations with ‘Customs Pride’, ‘Group of Nine’

CAC, Western Marine Command, Umar Yusuf and the ACG Zone 'A' Eporwei Edike, on his visit to the command recently

The Nigeria Customs Service is gearing to inaugurate its two newly-acquired vessels; 'Customs pride' and the 'Group of Nine'.

Group accuses NPA of causing revenue leakages in maritime sector … Seeks FG’s intervention over situation

An organisation dedicated to promoting transparency in the maritime sector, Nigerians Against Theft in the Maritime Sector (NATIMS), has called on the Federal Government to beam its searchlight on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), alleging that the agency’s activities have caused revenue leakages in the maritime sector.

Love old Lagos!



However the time past, Lagosians know how to liven up memory of this lovely city, such as this.
Sing, wriggle, love Lagos, live happy!

NPA investigates allegation of extortion of truck drivers by security operatives

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has set up a committee to investigation allegation of extortion of truck drivers by security operatives at the port entrances in Lagos.

Ex-MARAN President, Onilemo, elected African Maritime Journalists President

 A former President of Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) Mr Sesan Onilemo, has emerged the President of the African Maritime Journalists Association (AMJA).

Apapa Customs generates N23 bn in January

CAC Apapa Command, Willy Egbudin
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Command, has recorded N23.4bn for the month of January, N3bn more than the figure for the same period in 2015.

Olisa Agbakoba Arbitration and Mediation Centre calls for National Arbitration Policy

 Mrs Priscilla Ogwemoh, a Director at the Olisa Agbakoba Arbitration and Mediation Centre, and Mr Victor Nwakasi, an Assistant Director, have made a case for the need to have a workable National Arbitration Policy.

NIWA, LASWA to improve regulatory system, ensure safe waterways

L-R;  Area Manager, NIWA; MD LASWA and Commissioner of Waterfront leaving Ijede Jetty

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has said that it would collaborate with the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) to improve the regulatory framework for water transportation in the state.

Lawmakers in Lagos for oversight functions

L-R: Ag. DG of NIMASA Mr Haruna Baba Jauro presenting a souvenir to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Sen. Ahmed Rufai Sani,  Sen. Kabiru Gaya and Sen. Isiaka Adeleke ,during the oversight visit of the committee to the Agency 

Members of the National Assembly drawn from the Senate and House of Representatives on Monday visited Lagos for oversight functions.

Senate Committee on Marine Transport commends NPA on revenue generation

L-R;MD, NPA Malam Habib Abdullahi and Chairman, Sen. Committee, Marine Transport, Sen. Ahmed Yerima  at the NPA Head Office, Marina, Lagos

The Chairman,Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Sen. Ahmed Yerima has commended the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for improved revenue generation.

ICNL donates 30 digital blood pressure monitors to host community in Kaduna

The Inland Containers Nigeria Ltd. (ICNL) has donated 30 digital blood pressure monitors to Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State, as part of its corporate social responsibility.

ANLCA presents customs brokerage indigenisation bill to National Assembly

 The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has presented a draft bill for indigenisation of the customs brokerage in the country to the National Assembly.

Intels: Sustained investment, rising profile

The about 190 companies presently operating in the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone, Rivers State, South-South Nigeria,  with total investments valued at over 6.0 billion United States Dollars (USD), place leading logistics services provider, Intels Nigeria Limited in the pantheon of top industry players.

Customs Western Marine Command destroys 350 cartons of smuggled frozen poultry products

…We made 41 seizures with DPV of N72. 7 m in 2015, says CAC

ACG Zone 'A', Eporwei Edike (Right)with the CAC Western MArine Command, Umar Yususf

Smuggled frozen poultry products totaling 350 cartons valued at over N2 million, were destroyed on Friday by the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service in Lagos.

OIL, GAS CARGOES SUIT: Federal High Court, Lagos, adjourns hearing for May 12 … As President, AGF are not represented by counsel

The suit LADOL Vs. INTELS and five others came up Jan. 21 at the Fedreal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun-Ishola but was adjourned to May 12, 2016, for hearing.