Nigerian Ports Authority clears refuse dumps in Apapa

The Management of the Lagos Port Complex led by Mrs Olufumilayo Olotu has in a clean-up exercise rid the Wharf Road, Apapa of the several refuse dumps that littered the major road for months.

10 key takeaways from 1st Media Leaders’ Summit in Ogere Nigeria

…as discourse establishes need for value-addition, profitability in media enterprise
Some Participants at the Summit
Credit: Journalism Clinic.

Media Leaders in Nigeria including chief executives, editors-in-chief, editors and directors of print, broadcasting, online and community media, and a select group of other media stakeholders, attended the 1st Media Leaders’ Summit convened by The Journalism Clinic, from 16th – 17th  September 2019 at the TCC Resort and Conference Centre, Ogere-Remo, Ogun State.

Photos: LAWMA's activities marking World Cleanup Day

The Lagos State Waste Management Authority engaged various audiences in its activities marking the World Cleanup Day

How AfCFTA should redefine outlook of Africa’s economies—MD LADOL, Jadesimi

Managing Director of LADOL, Amy Jadesimi, 
The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement should serve the best economic interest of Africans through development of manufacturing with a ripples effect of job creation and easier flow of goods across countries.

How Development Law Policy can transform Nigeria’s Economy--Agbakoba

Olisa Agbakoba SAN
With an estimated population size of 200 million, Nigeria’s economy needs a fresh and workable approach to address the problem of poverty, renowned Maritime Lawyer, Rights Activist and a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba has said.

WISTA supports Aguleri Women with speedboat, fishing accessories

         ... Lauds NIMASA’s Support for Maritime Women

The fishing boat donated by WISTA to the fisher women in Aguleri, Anambra 

Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) has donated a speedboat and some fishing accessories to the women of Omabala Na Esu Fishers Association of Aguleri, in Anambra State.

NPA Photo News

  The Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (2nd left), the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), , Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabode (3rd left) and other executives of NCDMB during the courtesy visit.

SIFAX Group, maritime experts seek strategic framework to drive sector’s growth

 L-R: Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock; Chike Ogeah, Vice Chairman, SAHCo Plc; Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos; Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group and Mrs. Afolasade Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Off Dock and wife of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi during the fourth edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference which was held at the Main Auditorium, University of Lagos.

Industry experts who gathered at the fourth edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime (TAAM) Conference, which was held at the University of Lagos recently, agreed to a fact that the nation's maritime sector needs a strategic framework that guarantees innovations and sustainable solutions that could address the problems in the industry. 

US Coast Guard working on containing New Orleans oil spill

The US Coast Guard is continuing efforts on containing an oil spill on the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Gulf of Guinea: IMO, International Oil Players, pledge support for NIMASA

      …  Nigeria critical to regional stability - Kitack Lim

         …  INTERTANKO, ICC, Chevron, others commend Agency

R-L:President of Chevron, Mark Ross;  DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; NIMASA Executive Director Finance Bashir Jamoh, and Eng Rotimi Fashakin, NIMASA ED Operations shortly after the IMO-sponsored Maritime Security and Facilitation (MSF) meeting  at the IMO Headquarters in London.

The initiatives of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) aimed at ensuring security in the Gulf of Guinea have received a major boost from the international business community. 

LAWMA tasks residents on proper waste sorting to ease recycling

MD/CEO Lagos Waste Management Authority, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (3rd right);  fmr. MD., Mr. Ola Oresanya (r); convener, Children for Cleaner Lagos, Ohekwuru Tony-Iji (2nd right); a LAWMA ambassador and renowned actor, Mr.  Funso Adeolu (3rd left); with the LAWMA family at Orile bus stop, during its road show, to sensitize residents on the need to keep Orile to Badagry expressway and the environs clean; tagged #zerowaste, on Thursday, 12th September 2019

The Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has again urged residents to imbibe the culture of waste sorting at source by dropping all recyclable items in one bag and other waste items in another.

Nigerian maritime reforms to encourage Foreign Direct Investment – Dakuku

     ...Set to Establish International Arbitration Centre
Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside (middle), flanked by Mr Osei Mitchell (right), and Steve Cameron of African and Maritime Markets (left), during the West African Shipping Summit, a sideline to the London International Shipping Week

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, says policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the maritime industry are targeted at encouraging Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the sector.

SIFAX Group appoints Olusinde ED Legal Services

Barrister Olutunji Olusinde

SIFAX Group, one of Africa’s fastest growing multinational corporations with diverse interests in Maritime, Aviation, Haulage & Logistics, Oil & Gas and Hospitality, has appointed Barrister Olutunji Olusinde as the new Executive Director, Legal Services and Company Secretary.

Customs Service commissions two security vessels to fight smuggling activities

One of the newly-commissioned patrol vessels by the Nigeria Customs Service 

The Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) finally commissioned two sea-going security patrol vessels to tackle smuggling activities on the nation’s waterways.

FG approves $5.3bn for Ibadan-Kano rail project

Hon. Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi

The Federal Government has approved $5.3 billion for the construction of Ibadan-Kano standard gauge rail line.

Customs Boss explains why Nigeria’s borders remain closed

Col. Hameed Ali (Retired), the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says Nigeria’s borders will remain closed until the country and its neighbours agree on existing ECOWAS protocol on movement.

IMO Election: Nigeria seeks return to Council

-IMO commends NIMASA on result of Member State audit scheme result

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside in a friendly chat with the IMO Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim while the Nigerian Alternate Permanent Representative to the IMO Mr. Dikko Bala looks on at the dinner hosted in honor of the Nigerian delegation at the IMO headquarters in London on Tuesday.

Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency, George Oguntade, has assured the international maritime community of the commitment of the Federal Government to enhanced security on Nigerian waters. 

UK secures more funding for zero-emissions shipping drive

The UK government is providing more funding for the development of new technology that would help bring the country closer to zero emission shipping.

Warri Businessman to NPA "deepen draft to back claim of berthing 200 vessels

...As Industry watcher charges NPA on more work

A Warri-based businessman has urged the Nigerian Ports Authority to deepen the depth of the channel beyond its present 7 metre draft, following the recent claim that the Warri Port handled 200 vessels in six months.

70 countries to attend Maritime Security Conference in Nigeria

   ...As Conference gets OPEC support
Dr. Dakuku Peterside
Over 70 countries have indicated interest to participate in the forth-coming maritime security conference scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria from October 7-9, as confirmed by the Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside.

Nigeria's CESL buys off FPSO Armada Perdana

A Nigeria Company, Century Energy Services Ltd (CESL), now owns the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel Armada Perdana, following an agreement by Bumi Armada on consideration to sell the facility at US$40 million.

US rescues four trapped Crew from stricken Car Carrier

The four seafarers that were unaccounted for after the car carrier Golden Ray capsized near Brunswick, Georgia, have been pulled to safety.

Nigerian Navy arrests two trawlers over illegal fishing activities

The Nigerian Navy on Monday said it arrested two fishing trawlers, Banaly V and Olokun V for engaging in excessive catch of fishes, which contravenes the provisions of the Nigerian Fisheries Act.

Anti-smuggling: Customs, Joint Security Task Force tighten land border access

               …What about the waterways security?

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Joint Border Security Task force anti-smuggling and security exercise checking access along the land borders may have been very effective, but what happens on the waterways becomes important, as the Service has only wooden canoes to challenge the smugglers' faster moving boats .

4 crew members missing as Car Carrier heavily listing off Georgia, says Coast Guard

The South Korean car carrier, Golden Ray, was listing heavily off the coast of the southern U.S. state of Georgia on September 8, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

SIFAX Group Photo News

L-R: Prince Bola Ajibola, Chairman, Senior Citizens Care Foundation; Oba Olusanya Dosunmu, Olowu of Owu and Chairman, SIFAX group; Barr (Dr.) Taiwo Afolabi (MON), Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group and Jide Taiwo, Executive Director, Senior Citizens Care Foundation during the induction of Afolabi as an Ambassador for the Rights and Care of Elderly in Nigeria by the foundation in Lagos.

Long Service Award Ceremony: NPA restates commitment to staff welfare

The MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (3rd left), the Minister of Labour & Productivity, Chris Ngige (4th left) , DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Adolphus Peterside  (2nd left) and other guests at NPA Long Service & Merit Award in Lagos

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has recognised some of its members of staff  for dedication to their duty in the line of service over the years, just as it also restated its commitment to the staff welfare.  

NIMASA encourages capacity building through essay competition

Encouraging youth participation in the maritime sector is one key reason that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) organises the annual essay competitions as part of the activities to commemorate the 2019 World Maritime Day.

Scenes from Sanwo-Olu's new waste management initiative in Lagos

          Lagos out with new strategy for making waste management easier

Cleaner Lagos: Sanwo-Olu unveils Blue Box Programme for waste sorting

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olushola Sanwoolu (3rd left), in company of his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke (2nd left); HC Environment, Mr. Olatunji Bello (L) and MD/CEO Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (r), demonstrating how ‘Lagos Blue Box bag works, during the launching of Lagos Blue Box programme by LAWMA, at Simpson Transfer Loading Station, Sura, Lagos Island, on Thursday, 5th Sept, 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday launched the Blue Box Programme aimed at encouraging waste sorting in a bid to achieve the goal of a cleaner Lagos devoid of filth.

NIWA moves against illegal dredging in Delta

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has warned those engaging in illegal dredging in Delta to desist and register with the authority or face the consequence of their illegalities.

Two dead, 13 injured in Bangladesh shipbreaking accident

An accident at the shipbreaking beach of Chattogram, Bangladesh, has taken the lives of two workers, while another thirteen suffered severe injuries, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.

Shasore leads discussions at Taiwo Afolabi Maritime Conference

Dr. Taiwo Afolabi
Olasupo Shasore (SAN), former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Lagos State from 2007- 2011 and Partner, African Law Practice, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference.

$9 bn USD Fine: Agbakoba urges Buhari on need for National Arbitration Policy

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN
Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give an Executive Order that can immediately drive the process of creating a National Arbitration Policy for the benefit of the nation’s commercial interest when having businesses with foreign investors.

Photo News: New Secretary General for PMAWCA

Representative of the Managing Director NPA and the General Manager, Managing Director’s office Dr. Chinwe Abama receives a present on behalf of the Managing Director from the in-coming Secretary General of Port Management Association of West And Central Africa (PMAWCA) Mr. Jean-Marie Koffi during the event in Apapa, Lagos.

Low-sulphur fuel to cost 30% more than the current fuel- Drewry

Early indications of prices for low-sulphur fuel oil 0.5% compliant with the IMO 2020 rule showed that the new fuel costs about 30% more than the current, high-sulphur IFO380 fuel at Asian ports which have started selling it.

ANLCA advocates deployment of technology for border security

…Says trade suffering under partial closure of land borders

Customs National Public Relations Officer-DC Joseph Attah(L) 
and National Publicity Secretary of ANLCA-Adumaza Joe Sanni 

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has urged the Federal to embrace the use of high technology equipment such as drones to effectively monitor and manage the security situation at the nation’s land borders.

African Countries import $50bn worth of food annually – AfDB

President of the AfDB, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina
The African Development Bank (AfDB), says African countries import nearly 50 billion dollars net of food annually.

NPA Photo News: Staff Training

Representative of the Managing Director NPA, Engr. Rufai Mohammed (General Manager, Engineering) presents a certificate to the overall Best Test Result participants, UNCTAD training programme cycle 2, Asuquo John Edet during the graduation ceremony in Lagos recently.

US Coast Guard seizes one tonne of cocaine from sea patrols

The crew of the US Coast Guard Sentinel-class cutter Robert Ward has arrived at its homeport of San Pedro near Los Angeles with approximately 1.27 tonnes of cocaine seized during patrols in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

SIFAX Group expands infrastructure, portfolio as Coy pursues mega corporation status

L-R: John Jenkins, Managing Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited; Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock and Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group at the SIFAX Group mid-year press conference which was held at Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, Tin Can Island, Apapa.

SIFAX Group, a business conglomerate with diverse investments in various sectors of the economy, has said its massive investment in infrastructure and increase in its business portfolio are due to its huge ambition of transiting to a mega corporation.

NPA has addressed and concluded all payment issues with disengaged workers- Management

The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Thursday made public that it had concluded all payment matters involving the May 2008 disengaged 530 workers.

Nigeria seeks Japanese Govt support to curb sea-piracy menace

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Yokohama, Japan, sought the support of the Asian government in combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as well as illegal fishing in that region.

Maritime Sector targeted by cyber criminals, Norway warns

Maritime sector and the oil and gas sector have been victims of cyber campaigns targeting several different sectors since June this year, according to the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM).

Buhari says Nigeria-Benin border closed to check smuggling

 …As Customs Service arrests illegal migrants

File Photo of seized smuggled trailer-load of rice in Lagos

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the need to check the smuggling of rice into Nigeria from Benin Republic informed the closure of the Seme border, just as other land borders in the country were closed due to smuggling activities too.

SIFAX Group projects 290,000 TEU cargo capacity handling at year end

… As Coy achieves 130,000 TEU capacity in mid-year
 v To expand port and cargo haulage facility as part of strategic growth plan

L-R: Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock; John Jenkins, Managing Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited; Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group; Tobi Adekunle, Executive Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited and Barrister Tunji Olusinde, Executive Director, Legal Services/Company Secretary at the SIFAX Group mid-year press conference held at Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, Tin Can Island, Apapa.

SIFAX Group has projected to attain 290,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) cargo capacity by the end of 2019, just as it disclosed that it had achieved 130,000 TEU as at June 2019.

NPA says 200 Ships berth in Warri Ports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that no fewer than 200 vessels now berth in the Warri Ports, Delta.

SIFAX Photo News

L-R: Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock; John Jenkins, Managing Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited; Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group; Tobi Adekunle, Executive Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited and Barrister Tunji Olusinde, Executive Director, Legal Services/Company Secretary at the SIFAX Group mid-year press conference which was held at Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, Tin Can Island, Apapa.

Dakuku lauds Buhari's economic programme NIMASA receives "Most Reliable Government Organisation of The Year" Award

Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh (left), receiving the award of the Most Reliable Government Organisation of the Year on behalf of the Agency at the seventh edition of the Pan African International Recognition Awards/Annual Discourse held in Accra, Ghana.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has lauded the economic programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.