Women, Make-overs And Much Ado About Age And Looks!

A Piece  of Art by Rom Isichie
Women treasure good looks and would make efforts to remain youthful! But good and youthful looks don’t come easy. It demands a lot of physical ‘panel beating’ and hard discipline in eating habits and lifestyle. Again, this has ‘loads of factors’ that determine the success of the goal to be achieved.

Shell engages N/Delta women on peace building

A cross-section of the women at the event

By Nathaniel Obruthe with Agency report

The Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture has urged women in the Niger Delta to assist in promoting peace in their communities.

Maritime Silk Road initiative will boost China-Africa economic partnership, says Dakuku

…Charges Africans to protect economic interest

The Director General of t(he Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, speaking at the 29th annual session of club of ports of the Crans Montana forum currently ongoing in Brussels, Belgium

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr Dakuku Peterside, has said the Maritime Silk Road initiative promoted by China to develop international shipping connectivity across South East Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Indian Ocean will create a new opening for Africa to advance its economic partnership for the benefit of the continent.

Nigeria Customs impounds 870 cartons of Tramadol, other goods worth N379.29m

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’, Owerri says it seized Tramadol and other goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N379.29 million between March and June.

Photo News: Rotary Club of Ikoyi holds Arts Exhibition

L-R: President, Rotary Club of Ikoyi, Rotarian Isichei Osamgbi explaining an art of keen interest to the Chairman of the Occasion, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Chairman, Senate Committee on Works while the PDG Kamoru Omotosho watches.

Customs FOU ‘A’ hands over container of substandard LPG Cylinders to SON

Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ Ikeja  has released a 40-feet container of suspected substandard Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for further necessary action.

Olu of Warri solicits stakeholders' support for NPA Management

Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies (5th from right), His Royal Majesty, Olu of Warri,  Ogiame Ikenwoli (middle), and other NPA top Management  at the Palace of Olu of Warri during a courtesy call.

The Olu of Warri, HIS Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikewoli 11 has called on all stakeholders in the Delta Ports to give maximum and unflinching support to the Management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) under Hadiza Bala Usman so that the transformation they brought to the region could be fruitful and sustained.

Photo News: World Bank Consultants Visit NPA

Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman(middle), with the Authority’s top management as well as World Bank’s Consultants MTBS.

Immigration suspends controversial $90 biometric visa policy

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has suspended the collection of $90 biometric Visa-On- Arrival policy it introduced about two weeks ago at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Agents still on strike at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport

Clearing agents operating at the Murtala Muhammed Intl. Airport are yet to resume activities since they started the protest against a new policy by the Nigeria Customs Lagos Airport Command, planned for takeoff from July 13.

Nigeria Customs to deploy drones in fresh approach to tackling smuggling

…Launches 30 Patrol Vans

Plans have been concluded for the deployment of drones in tackling smuggling activities through illegal paths on land borders, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has disclosed.

Maritime Sector is catalyst to economic recovery, says Gov Okowa

…As Dakuku calls Nigerian Seafarers amongst World Best
Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside in a handshake with the Deputy Governor, Delta State, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro during the 2018 Day of the Seafarers with the theme: “seafarers wellbeing” held in Warri, Delta State
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that the efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigerian economy depends largely on the maritime sector as over 90 per cent of the world trade are transported through the sea.

Ease of Doing Business: Shippers Council knocks erring service providers

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC)  at the weekend said it would no longer be ‘business as usual’ for   shipping service providers who have been imposing  excessive charges in various forms that are against the executive order on ease of doing business at the ports.

NPA seeks review of automotive policy as vehicle imports revenue dips

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is seeking the review of the Federal Government’s automotive policy, considering about 20 per cent shortfall in revenue from vehicle importation.

Hyundai Heavy to close Shipyard amid lack of Offshore Orders

Credit: Getty Images

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has decided to temporarily shut down its offshore shipyard due to a lack of orders, Yonhap said citing the company.

Customs Command seeks stakeholders’ cooperation on NICIS 11 for enhanced trade

CAC MMA Command, Jayne Shoboiki,

The Nigeria Customs Service, Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA) Command has urged Stakeholders to embrace the new Customs clearing process; Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System 11 (NICIS 11) that was launched in the Command by the Technical Team Unit Abuja on the 28th of May 2018.

34 Nigerians deported from the US over immigration, other offences

A total of 34 Nigerians have been deported from the United States over alleged immigration, and related offences.

Buhari unhappy about National Assembly alteration of 2018 budget

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure over the lawmakers' alteration of the 2018 spending plan he sent to them for approval.
He said he may remedy the situation through a supplementary and/or amendment budget.

NPA Photo News

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle) the General Manager, China Development Bank, Zhang Yifan (right), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lekki Deep Sea Port, Nann Nahata (left) during a courtesy visit to the Managing Director at the Authority’s Corporate Headquarters, Marina, Lagos

Nigeria tightens security at Border Posts, Airports over ISIS threat

The threat by the Islamic State (ISIS) to attack Nigeria has forced the federal government to tighten security at the nation’s border ports and airports throughout the country.

Western corridor rail line to complete in 36 months, says Amaechi

Hon. Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
Nigeria’s rail line, which will cover the Western corridor and traverse nine States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja spanning a total of 1,402 km will be completed in 36 months as soon as the loan agreement is reached between Nigeria and china.

Grounded Tanker splits in two off Taiwan

One of two tankers that ran aground off Kaohsiung, Taiwan last week, split in two in    the morning hours of June 18.

Communiqué of Maritime Stakeholders on “The Gains And Challenges of The Ease Of Doing Business In Nigeria Maritime Sector” event

.L-R Director General , Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Mr. Muda Yusuf ,DCP Mr Adeyemi Gbola, and Miss Adaora  Nwonu From Nigerian Shippers Council  , during the 2nd Annual Lecture  and awards theme ‘the Gains and Challenges of the Presidential order on ease of doing business in the Nigerian Maritime Sector one year after’ in Lagos 

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday May 18, 2017 signed an executive order on transparency and improving the business environment in Nigeria. The executive order (EO1) contained far-reaching measures with direct benefits for Nigerian businesses as a proof of the Federal Government’s commitment and determination to ease the business environment. 

8 Crew evacuated from sinking Turkish Freighter off Croatia

Eight crew members of Turkish cargo ship Haksa have been evacuated after the freighter started sinking while underway in the Adriatic Sea, around 16 nautical miles off Croatia’s Jabuka Island, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia said on Sunday.

Folorunso Alakija’s Foundation celebrates 10 years of providing succour for widows and orphans

Mrs Folorunso Alakija, Founder RoSF

The Rose of Sharon Foundation, which first opened its doors to widows and orphanages exactly a decade ago on the 23rd of May, 2008 is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Apple signs content production deal with Oprah

Apple and Oprah Winfrey have joined forces in a multiyear content deal, the company has announced.

It is the latest high-profile producing partnership for the technology behemoth, which is currently developing TV series with writers and actors including Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Wiig and M. Night Shyamalan as it ramps up its plans to create and distribute original content.

CBN to give incentives to Nigerian importers using Chinese currency

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has authorized the use of Renminbi (RMB) instead of dollar by Nigerians to import some specific goods from China to achieve maximum benefit in the recent $2.5 billion currency swap pact signed by both countries.

Africa Blue Economy debuts, attracts experts, officials of governments

The African continent needs to work together on a country and regional level to put in place and, more crucially, implement a sustainable maritime governance system that will benefit the whole continent, concluded delegates at the first Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) (www.ABEF2018.com).

NIMASA advocates better living conditions for dock labour

... As STOAN, MWUN, others commend Agency

R-L: Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Gambo Ahmed, Chairman Ports Consultative Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin and the Director, Maritime Labour Services, NIMASA Mr. Ibrahim Jibril, during the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) Meeting in Lagos.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to the welfare of dock workers in the maritime industry as the Agency organised a meeting of the employers and labour unions in the maritime sector under the aegis of the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) in Lagos.

Customs FOU ‘A’ battles smugglers in creeks, recovers N1.4 bn in seized goods, underpayments

Comptl. Muhammed Uba briefing newsmen on the seizures

 The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos, has recovered over N1.4 billion (One billion, four hundred and five million, seventy-nine thousand, eight-six naira only) from its latest anti-smuggling operations.

U.S. Navy recovered 12 bodies, 41 survivors from migrant boat off Libya

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 (Reuters) - An American naval vessel went to the aid of a rubber boat that was sinking off the coast of Libya, rescuing 41 people and collecting 12 bodies, a humanitarian group said on Tuesday after its ship was contacted by radio to help out.

NPA Photo News

L-R:  Assistant General Manager (civil) Engineer Sylvester Nwankwo, the President of LAMORA, Princess Mulikat Fehintola Sanni and the Representative of the Managing Director Engineer Adams Jatto

Members of the Lagos Inland Water Marine, Oil and Gas Transporters Association (LAMOTRA) paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman at the Corporate Headquarters of the Authority on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

MD NPA encourages private sector investment in maritime industry

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman commissioning the newly-built MV Osanyamo, owned by STARZ Investment Company Limited.

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has implored the private sector to take advantage of the enabling environment created by the Muhammadu Buhari administration and invest in the nation’s Maritime sector.

Ghana, other African Countries to import Dangote’s Refined Fuel

Ghana and other African countries have indicated interest in buying refined fuel from Dangote Oil Refinery, when the project is completed.
This was disclosed during this year’s Ghanaian International Petroleum Conference held in Accra, Ghana.

Interview: New rules to impact ship repair market from 2019

The new environmental regulations, such as Ballast Water Management Convention and the 2020 Sulphur Cap, which set to make great changes in the shipping industry, are expected to impact the ship repair market as well.

Posidonia 2018: Shipowners stand alone in cutting CO2 emissions

The new environmental regulations have been at the center of attention at this year’s edition of Posidonia trade show in Athens, Greece, which took place from 4-8 of June.

Industry stakeholders to review gains, challenges with Ease of Doing Business policy in Nigeria

Maritime Industry stakeholders will  on June 13 converge in Lagos to discuss the gains and challenges of the Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business at the ports, as the order clocks one year.

JTF has compromised, we seek review of its operations in Niger Delta Region, says Council

Mr Pereotubo Oweilaemi(3rd from right) the factional leader of the Ijaw Youth Council, who led the news briefing

By Nathaniel Obrute
 The Niger Delta Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council (NDENYLC) has appealed to the Federal Government to review the current Joint Task Force (JTF) operations in the region.

MV OSANYAMO christened in grand style

R - L: The Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki ready to cut the tape, as the President of Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Engr. Greg Utomwen Ogbeifun and the NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman watch with rapt attention, on Friday...at Onne in Rivers State.
 A community of decision makers, economy drivers, maritime, petroleum and energy sector operators led by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, on Friday officially christened the MV OSANYAMO in Port Harcourt, Rivers.

Customs Service to maintain 100% physical examination of cargo at Airport

Comptl. Jayne Shoboiki in handshake with officers of the MMA Command

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Murtala Muhammed Airport Command has directed its operatives to ensure 100 per cent physical examination of cargo going through the Airport.

Additional N100 bn needed to complete East West road, says Ameachi

Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Completion of the Warri-Port Harcourt-Eket section of the East West Road would require an additional N100 billion.

Gulf of Guinea: Nigeria’s security service provider gets sixth Damen Patrol Vessel

Nigeria’s Homeland Integrated Offshore Services has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for another Damen 3307 patrol vessel.

NAGAFF to AIG Maritime “Police Officers disrupting ease of doing business at ports”

The AIG Maritime Police Command, Alkali Usman in a group photograph with executives of NAGAFF 
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) on Thursday urged the Assistant Inspector General of Police(AIG) Maritime Command, Alhaji Alkali Baba Usman, to as a matter of urgency, checkmate illegal activities of some police officers who are on duty at the ports.

Nigeria Customs generates N100bn revenue in May

The Nigeria Customs Service has recorded a revenue generation of N100bn in the month of May.

Policy makers, maritime and allied industry stakeholders to welcome MV OSANYAMO on Friday


Policy makers as well as maritime and allied industry stakeholders will converge on the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday to welcome MV OSANYAMO owned by Starzs Investment Company Ltd.

SIFAX Group commences ferry service on Ebute Ojo–Mile 2-Apapa route

SIFAX Group, a multinational corporation with diverse interests in Maritime, Aviation, Haulage & Logistics, Oil & Gas and Hospitality, has commenced ferry service operations from its newly-concessioned terminal, Ebute Ojo Jetty, in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Nigeria’s merchandise trade records 19.74 % increase in 1Q

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun

Nigeria’s merchandise trade has increased by 19.74 per cent in the first quarter of the year when compared with the figure for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Dakuku Commends ILO for amendments to Laws on Seafarers' welfare

The Minister of Labour Dr. Chris Ngige flanked on the Left by the DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr. Gambo Ahmed and other stakeholders at the  ongoing 107th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva Switzerland.

…As ILO pushes laws to safeguard sea crime victims
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside has commended member states of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Shipowners and representatives of seafarers for taking cognisance of welfare of Seafarers in the amendments to the MLC 2006 Convention.

Ports shift operations as partly assembled auto exports drive growth

Dive Brief:
  • U.S. ports enjoy growth, thanks to an increase in partly assembled vehicles, known in the trade as "knockdowns," The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Partly assembled cars pay much smaller tariffs than completed models, while enabling manufacturers to gain entry in developing markets.
  • The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum could trigger reactions from European automakers.

Commercial vehicles face Roadchecks to ensure hours-of-service compliance

Dive Brief:
  • Hours-of-service compliance is the focus of this year's Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck, an annual event which involves inspections across North America on commercial vehicles and drivers. The event runs Tuesday through Thursday this week.