Orao Foundation keeps memories of departed talented son alive

The gathering of family members, friends and well-wishers of the Onyemas and the Orakwusis in Lagos on Sunday for the establishment of a Foundation, marked the beginning of a journey to fulfilling a legacy in honour of a beloved son, Oradilim Orakwusi(Orao), a passionate young leader who loved arts in its various forms.

Nigerian Navy returns arrested vessel in Calabar

The Nigerian naval ship, NNS Victory, on Monday, returned a vessel, MT AYSU, arrested on Jan. 31 to Pebeto Enerji Limited.

Interview: How govt can create cargo marshalling area in Apapa-- Capt. Iheanacho

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd.

Government may have to consider creating a cargo marshalling area in Apapa, as a dynamic approach to addressing the perennial traffic gridlock that locks down business-hours. Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman of Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd., as well as of Genesis Shipping Worldwide, suggested this recently in an interview on the sidelines of a transport summit organised by the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration, Nigeria.  

Ilori advocates using CVFF for establishment of Maritime Development Bank

Engr. Emmanuel Ilori

Marine Engineer,  Mr. Emmanuel Ilori, has urged the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, to commit the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) to establishing a maritime development bank, rather than disburse the funds to individuals.

20 Artists shortlisted for Henrike Grohs Art Award

The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former Head of Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs.

Navy arrests 24 suspects, seizes 1,831 bags of smuggled rice

The Nigeria Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Ibaka in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom has arrested 24 suspects and seized 1,831 bags of smuggled rice.

LADOL retains ISO 45001:2018, 14001:2015 certifications

LADOL’s Executive Director Business Development (middle) flanked by Management staff and RINA representatives after the successful ISO 45001:2018 (OH&S), 14001:2015 (EMS) audit

Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (LADOL) has retained its International Organization for Standardization Certificates in ISO  45001:2018 and 14001:2015 certification, being the first company in West and North Africa to do so.

Disengaged dockworkers to get severance packages soon

President General of the MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Friday said that tally clerks and on-board ship gangway security men who were disengaged from service in year 2015, would soon get their severance packages.

Amaechi displeased with slow pace of work in completing 10 railway stations

Rail track laying work at the Agege Area of Lagos  

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has described as embarrassing the delay by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation’s (CCECC) in completing the 10 railway stations along Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail line.

LAWMA to enhance PSP operations

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, MD/CEO. LAWMA (2nd left); Chairman, LAHA Committee on the Environment, Hon. Desmond Elliot (r); and three PSP operators: Mrs. Titilola Bolaji (Dopec Nig. Entre.) (L); Mrs. Olanrewaju Lawal (Temmy Ventures)(m); and Mr. Adeshina Samuel (Gbogunboro Comm. Agencies)(2nd right), after receiving consolatory cheques for their burnt compactors while on active duty, at the LAWMA/PSP’s end of the year interactive session, zonal office, at Ogudu, on Wednesday, 18th December, 2019.

The Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has reiterated the agency's commitment to improving the waste management services rendered by private sector participants (PSP) through robust government assistance to sustain their businesses.

Nigeria takes delivery of special mission vessel for maritime security

 ·      As NIMASA graduates new Intelligence Officers under Deep Blue Project

A cross section of graduating students and officials at the graduating ceremony of the C4i operator course.

In another major step towards the full realisation of an integrated surveillance and security architecture to broadly tackle insecurity in Nigeria’s waterways, up to the Gulf of Guinea, the country has taken delivery of the first special mission vessel under the Deep Blue Project.

Global maritime industry has untapped potential for growth, wealth-creation- Jadesimi, LADOL Chairman

LADOL Chairman, Mr. Ladi Jadesimi

Chairman of LADOL, Mr. Ladi Jadesimi, has described the global maritime industry as holding vast untapped potential for growth and wealth creation.

Senate approves of OMSL secure anchorage operation

...Demands proper funding for Nigerian Navy to acquire more security vessels

The Senate on Wednesday gave its support to the operation of a Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) by marine logistics and security company, Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMSL).

Bandits kill two customs officers, injure one on duty

From Left: ASC II Omale, and ASC I Ohiremen

Two officers of the  Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) have lost their lives to an attack by armed men along Lokoja-Okene road, while a third officer was left to battle for his life with gunshot wounds.

Apapa Gridlock: We need infrastructural development, intermodalism- Shippers’ Council Boss

          …As stakeholders demand automated system

With growing trade volumes stretching facilities in and around the ports, there is need for commensurate development of infrastructure, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, has stated.

Active women involvement key to growth of maritime industry – NIMASA DG

 ·        WISTA Encouraging Women Investment in Fishing – Ogbeifun

Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, says active women participation is fundamental to the growth of the maritime industry.

Kidnapped crew member of Greek tanker dies, remaining three freed

Three of the four kidnapped crew members of the oil tanker Elka Aristotle have been released, however, the fourth crew member, a Filipino national has died, European Products Carriers Ltd., managers of the Greek-flagged vessel, informed.

Photos: SIFAX acquires multi-million dollars cargo handling equipment

L-R: John Jenkins, Managing Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited; Adekunle Abdulrasaq Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group; Hajia Aisha Ali Ibrahim, Assistant General Manager, Operations, Nigerian Ports Authority representing Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority and Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) during the commissioning of new equipment recently acquired by Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, the flagship company of SIFAX Group which was held at terminal, Tin Can Island, Apapa, Lagos.

Ports & Cargo acquires over twenty million dollars equipment to boost operations

The Shore Cranes on display

In order to position itself as a first-choice terminal for importers, exporters and shippers in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, the flagship company of SIFAX Group, has acquired some new equipment worth over twenty million dollars.

Pirates kidnap 20 seafarers from tanker off Togo

Twenty crew members have been kidnapped from a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker off Lome, Togo, Dryad Global said.

FG approves import duty exemption certificate

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has given approval for the procurement of an electronic gateway platform for the processing of import duty exemption certificates as well as vehicle identification and registration numbers, under the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning.

Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund for disbursement January 2020--- Amaechi

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday confirmed the Federal Government’s approval to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) to indigenous ship owners.



Crew kidnapped from vessel off Cotonou regain freedom

File photo

The nine crew members that were kidnapped from the bulk carrier MV Bonita off Cotonou, Benin, early November have been released, after 35 days in captivity,  Norwegian shipowner J.J. Ugland informed.

Photo Scene: WISTA Nigeria celebrates 25 years

Faces and activities at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association(WISTA) Nigeria, which held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

L-R: Madam Funmi Folorunso, Mrs Mary Hamman and Hajia Lami Tumaka
cut the anniversary cake

Jadesimi to chair Shippers’ Council Appreciation Night event

The Executive Chairman, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), Chief Oladipupo Jadesimi, is expected to chair the 2019 appreciation night event being organised by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.

NPA Photo News: WISTA Nigeria marks 25th Anniversary

     L-R: The Representative of the Managing Director and General Manager MD’s Office, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Dr. Chinwe Abama, the President, Women International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, Mary Madu Hamman, GM Corporate & Strategic Communications, NPA, Jatto Adeiza Adams, DG Chamber of Shipping, Barr. Obiageli Obi and the Financial Secretary, WISTA, Anna Akpan during the 2019 WISTA Annual Business Luncheon and 25th Anniversary in Lagos.

WISTA Nigeria celebrates 25years, seeks more female participation in maritime

L-R: Mrs Funke Agbor SAN; Mrs Mfon Usoro; President WISTA Nigeria, Mrs Mary Hamman, and First President of WISTA Nigeria, Madam Funmi Folorunsho

On its annual business luncheon and twenty fifth anniversary celebration, the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria still want more awareness to encourage young women to take up study and careers in the maritime industry.

NPA Photo News

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (2nd from right), the Zonal Head, EFCC, Lagos, Mohammed Rabo (3rd from left), the President, Women Arise for change and Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin (right), the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies (left) and other Stakeholders during the 2019 World Anti-Corruption Day Walk in Lagos.

SIFAX Photo News

L-R: Kyari Bukar, Lead Judge, The Next Titan; Amifeoluwa Yakubu, Winner, The Next Titan, Season 6; Mrs. Ozena Utulu, Head, Brand Management and Sustainability, Heritage Bank and Mr. Oliver Omajuwa, General Manager, SIFAX Off Dock Nigeria Limited at the grand finale of The Next Titan Entrepreneurial Reality TV show sponsored by SIFAX Group and held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, on Sunday.

Lagos and the prospect of a waste-free future

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin

By Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin

Just recently, we introduced the Blue Box initiative – a waste collection programme designed to help residents sort recyclable waste from the source, that is, at the point where an item or material is considered waste. 

Book Review: Trajectory Of Excellence In Legal Practice: Insights From Legal Experts by Mike Igbokwe


Agbakoba writes Buhari on need for development model governance

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN has in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari dated 5th December 2019, proposed a new development model called Cooperative Federalism.  

He believes Cooperative Federalism and Economic Transformation if well executed will be accepted by all Nigerians who simply want a good life; good health care, jobs etc.

Photos: Family, friends celebrate Maritime Lawyer Mike Igbokwe SAN @60

Marking the diamond age, loved ones gathered in Lagos to celebrate the erudite Maritime Lawyer, Mike Igbokwe. He also used the occasion to launch two books with titles :
" The Trajectory of Excellence  In Legal Practice: Insights From Legal Experts" and  "The Dynamism Of Law &Practice In Nigeria."

Mr. Mike Igbokwe, Senior Advocate of Nigeria

Lagos-Ibadan rail project: NASS Joint C’ttee inspects, expresses satisfaction

The Joint Committee on Land Transport of the National Assembly on Saturday inspected the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Line project and assessed the free train ride flagged off on the corridor on Monday.

We did not sponsor thugs to harass the MD NPA- OMSL

MD NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman

The Management of the Ocean Maritime Solutions Limited (OMSL) has denied knowledge or involvement in the  attack of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, at the National Assembly.

SIFAX Group, NDPHC hold talks for stronger business bond

L-R: Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited; Barr. Ezekiel Ajewole, Executive Director/Senior Special Assistant to Barr. (Dr.) Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group; Babayo Shehu, Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited and Rahman Alarape, Head, Expediting & Logistics, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited during their business visit to SIFAX Group in Apapa recently.

In a view to strengthen business relationships between both companies, the top executive management team of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited(NDPHC), which is charged with implementation of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) in Nigeria has visited SIFAX Group.

Attack at NASS: Bala Usman petitions IG, DSS on safety

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman
Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman has called for the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of the harassment and humiliation to which she was subjected to by people believed to be hirelings of Chairman of Ocean Maritime Solutions Limited (OMSL), Captain Idahosa Okunbo on the premises of the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

IMO Council Elections: Nigeria gained deeper insight in global politicking – Dakuku

L-R: President Chartered Institute of Transport Administration Nigeria (CIoTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and Deputy National President, CIoTA, Mr. Darlington Ofor, during a Press Conference at the sidelines of the just concluded National Transport Summit organised by CIoTA in Abuja. 

Nigeria’s recent experience at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Category C Council elections of losing by just a vote, has given the nation broader understanding of how politics dictates countries' positions in the Council.

Lagos new strategy for managing wastes generated during construction, demolition

MD/CEO LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (m) with the panelists, DG LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke Osanyintolu (2nd right); Mr. Olugbenga Adebola (r); Engr. (Mrs.) Biola Oludaiye-Koshegbe (2nd left), and guest speaker, Dr. Wahab Akeem Bolaji (L), during a stakeholders forum on construction, demolition and disaster waste with the theme: ‘Creating Value Through Responsible Management of Construction & Demolition Waste in Lagos State’, organised by the Authority, at Oriental Hotel, VI, on Thursday, 5th December, 2019.

The Lagos State Government on Thursday launched the Construction, Demolition and Disaster Waste (CDDW) of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in a bid to eradicate wastes generated during construction and demolition in the State.

Photos: Customs Command and Staff College honours Retired ACG Eporwei Edike

Photographs showing moments when Retired Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Eporwei Edike was honoured by the Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Also, during training sessions he had with senior officers of the service in Apapa, Lagos.

Rtd. ACG Eporwei Edike(Left), receiving his award 

Attacked Vessel: NIMASA to fast track maritime security architecture

...Agency working with relevant authorities on abductees' release – Dakuku

File photo
In the wake of the recent attack on a tanker vessel named, ‘Nave Constellation’, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has disclosed its readiness to fast-track the maritime security architecture, just as the Director General of the Agency Dr. Dakuku Peterside stated that the Agency is working with relevant partners to ensure the crew on-board are secured and safe.

Utomi urges govts to quit indiscriminate termination of contracts

Intermodal transport: Stakeholders' collective efforts needed – CIoTA President 

R-L:National President 2, Chartered Institute of Transport Administration Nigeria (CIoTA),  Professor Calistus Ibe, Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership, President CIoTA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and Head Media Committee of CIoTA Summit, Isichei Osamgbi in a Press Conference at the ongoing maiden National Transportation Summit organised by CIoTA at the Shehu Musa Yar ‘Adua Centre in Abuja.
As part of efforts to create an enabling environment that supports indigenous and foreign private sector investment in transport infrastructure, a leading economist, Professor Pat Utomi, has admonished Federal and State Governments to jettison political interference in contracts and concessioned projects.

Nigeria needs bigger ports to meet increasing trade volumes –Capt. Iheanacho

...CIoTA calls for support from government

President Chartered Institute of Transport Administration Nigeria (CIoTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh (left) and Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho in a Press Conference at the ongoing maiden National Transportation Summit organised by CIoTA at the Shehu Musa Yar ‘Adua Centre in Abuja.

Concerned by the state of the nation's transport infrastructure despite increasing trade volumes, the Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, and former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, has urged the Federal Government to expand the nation's ports infrastructure, access roads and provide connectivity to the hinterlands.

Shippers’ Council urges connectivity, modernisation in transport system

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barrister Hassan Bello,
at the maiden Transportat Summit  in Abuja 

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, has reiterated the importance of connectivity in the various transport systems in the country, in order to ensure rapid growth of the economy.

Akinsoji’s thoughts on Nigeria’s IMO Council Seat loss

Engr. Olu Akinsoji

By Olu Akinsoji
Let us as a nation, through the appropriate authorities have a sober reflection on the outcome of the IMO council election. 

In doing this, we should examine carefully the points raised in an article titled 'IMO Council Seat: Between Illusion and Reality'. 

CIoTA to professionalise transport administration in Nigeria

… Bello says infrastructure to boost transportation sector
Board Member, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) Senator Salisu Matori; Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello; President Chartered Institute of Transport Administration Nigeria (CIoTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh; Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Mr. George Muoghalu and Member, Board of Trustee, CIoTA, Dr. Ikokide Zebulon at the opening of a three-day maiden National Transportation Summit organised by CIoTA in Abuja.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIoTA) Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, has made known the Institute's plans to professionalise all aspects of transportation industry in Nigeria for sustainable development.

Retired ACG Edike honoured with recognition award

Rtd. ACG Eporwei Charle Edike(Right) receiving his Award from the Nigeria Customs Christian Fellowship at the Customs Training School Ikeja, Lagos

Retired Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Eporwei Charles Edike, was on December 1, honoured with an award of recognition for competency and integrity, while in public duty with the Nigeria Customs Service.

MD LADOL convinced only indigenous coys can build businesses to impact Africa's economic growth

MD LADOL (Dr. Amy Jadesimi) and Hon. Arkebe Oqubay (Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Ethiopia) speaking at OECD Africa Forum

Managing Director of the Lagos Deep Offshore Base (LADOL), Amy Jadesimi, has spoken on reasons she is convinced only indigenous companies have the staying power and passion to build new businesses over ten to twenty years in Africa.

Gov. Obaseki inaugurates technical committee for Benin River Port Project

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (middle); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele (2nd right); Chairman, Benin City River Port Project Technical committee, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun (2nd left); members of the committee, Mr. Felix Ovbude (left), and Mr. Edward I. Osayande (right), during the inauguration of the committee at Government House, in Benin City, on Monday, December 2, 2019.

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has inaugurated the Benin City River Port Project Technical committee, to propel the actualisation of the legacy project as part of the state’s industrialisation drive.