Art Exhibition: Lagoon Gallery opens in Unilag with 'On &On'

Prof. Foluso Lesi, Provost, College of Medicine, University of Lagos(left),Prof. Peju Layiwola, Head , Creative Arts Department(3rd from left), and other lecturers of the department at the opening of On&On

Art enthusiasts can now enjoy more diverse collections as the Lagoon Gallery by the Creative Arts Department, University of Lagos(Unilag), debuts with On &On, an art exhibition rich with a collection of about 20 works.

Adeniyi takes over as comptroller of new MMIA customs command, Ikeja

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Erstwhile Spokesman for the Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi, on Monday assumed duty as Comptroller of the newly created Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command of the service.

Photos: Police, Fire Service further community relations

Area Commander, Area A, Lion Building, Lagos, ACP Bode Ojajuni(2nd from left), to his immediate left ,
Commanding Officer South -West Command, Federal Fire Service, Ganiyu Olayiwola, and other officers during a courtesy visit on the latter at Campos Street, Lagos Island on Tuesday.

NPA speaks, insists on best practices in cargo handling at Ports

...As more importers decry cargo damage at terminals

Damaged cargo at the terminal
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) may have deployed a powerful team for the purpose of scrutinizing the terminals, so as to confirm the veracity of stakeholders’ assertions that their goods were regularly damaged, with no compensation paid.

AfCFTA: Why Nigeria must hit the bull’s eye developing SMEs—Otunba Folarin

File Photo: L-R: Barrister Margaret Orakwusi, Chairman, Shipowners Forum, Otunba Kunle Folarin, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA, and Hajia Lami Tumaka, Head of Special Duties NIMASA,  at a Maritime Industry Event in Lagos.


Otunba Kunle Folarin, an expert in maritime matters and trade economics, has in a review said the focus of the Africa Continent Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) is developing the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) through the advantage of lower production cost, service or deliveries to other countries.

NPA’s silence as terminal operators, shipping companies waste importers' cargo

… ENL: I don’t think anybody can do 100% satisfaction to every customer

Damaged cargo at the terminal
A major shortcoming of the nation’s Port Reforms was last week revealed, showing an arrangement which allegedly benefits both the seaport terminal operators and the foreign shipping companies, but sadly, at the expense of the nation’s poor importers, whose patronage were often rewarded by damaged cargo.

Anti-Piracy: How ‘Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act 2019’ will work profitably—Mike Igbokwe

Maritime Lawyer, Mike Igbokwe SAN

As stakeholders in the maritime industry expect remarkable change and positive economic impact with the new ‘Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act 2019,’ signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 24, 2019, renowned Maritime Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Mike Igbokwe, says the task of proper implementation of the provisions of the Act must be taken seriously from start to completion.

We demand digital call-up system, not task force- Truckers at Port


  •   Seek full reconstruction of port access roads from Apapa to Mile 2 
  •     Want NPA to control call-up system
  •   Seek electronic board display of template for passing of trucks into ports 



The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), and its sister bodies, has demanded an immediate adoption of a digital call-up system for trucks operating at the nation’s ports.

Human Capital, key asset in harnessing marine resources – Head of Service


       …Commends NIMASA for human capacity development

Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred  Oyo-Ita

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has identified human capacity as an area where Nigeria has a huge comparative advantage in the global maritime community, stating that this unique human asset was significant in the effort to sustainably harness the country’s marine biodiversity.

SIFAX Group wins BusinessDay 'Next Bulls' Award

L-R: Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group receiving The Next Bull’s Award on behalf of SIFAX Group from Frank Aigbogun, Publiser/CEO, BusinessDay Media at the media company’s office in Apapa recently.


The SIFAX Group as won the Next Bulls Award organised by the BusinessDay newspaper.

Summer Holiday: Peju Layiwola sets for creative arts fun for youths Aug.1-30

File Photo from Women and Youth Art Foundation


Art Historian, Peju Layiwola, wants young people to catch the creative arts fun this summer holiday, as she concludes plans for the programme running from Aug. 1 – 30.

Customs, NAFDAC destroy 58 containers of smuggled drugs worth over N14bn



The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has destroyed about 58 containers of banned Tramadol and other illicit drugs worth N14.7 billion intercepted by its operatives at various Customs formation in Lagos, and other parts of the country.

Container crushes 2, injures 4 in Onitsha




Two people were killed on Thursday in Onitsha, Anambra State, when a 20 feet container slipped off from a trailer and felled on two tricycles at Upper Iweka by Obodoukwu Road Junction.

Nigeria Looks to marine resources for economic recovery, says Gbajabiamila:


·     ...   .As NIMASA  hosts African Day of Seas and Oceans
·        ...Forwards 6 international instruments on blue economy for ratification
Dr Bakari Wadinga, Perm Sec, Common Service, Office of the HOCS, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Hon. Linda Ikpeazu, Representative of Speaker House of Reps, Mrs Margret Orakwusi and Danjuma Dauda, Director, Maritime Safety and Security, FMOT at the 2019 African of the Seas and Oceans organised by NIMASA in Lagos, Thursday July 25.

Nigeria’s rich maritime resources represent a vital economic safeguard and vehicle for the successful implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which must be sustainably tapped, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has stated.

FG committed to developing waterways, SGF assures Adamawa


Secretary the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has assured Adamawa State of Federal Government’s commitment to revitalizing inland waterways infrastructure to boost water transportation in the state.

Intercargo raises concerns ahead of sulphur cap






The magnitude of the sulphur cap challenge lying ahead for the shipping industry and the need for a smooth transition is raising concerns, according to International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo).

NPA MD seeks stronger rail, seaport connectivity


L-R: The Technical Director, ARTF, Gabon, Jean-Aime Nzegengui, The Ambassador of Belgium, His Excellence, Daniel Dargent the Managing Director, National Port Authority of Liberia, Bill Twehway, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, the Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Engr. Chidi Izuwah, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidel Okhiria, Director Operations, National Railway Corporation (NRC), Niyi Alli, during the West African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference and Exhibition in Lagos.

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has cautioned that no country should contemplate establishing Port without the complement of adequate rail transportation.

NPA Photo News: Dinner honouring Rotimi Amaechi

L-R: Executive Secretary, Shippers' Council, Hassan Bello, the Managing Director NPA, Hadiza, Bala Usman, former Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and his wife,  Dame Judith Amaechi, DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside &  his wife, during the dinner  organised by Team Maritime Nigeria for the former Minister of Transportation at the weekend, in Lagos.

Maritime Industry Stakeholders, family, friends honour Rotimi Amaechi


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When maritime stakeholders gathered on Eko Hotels and Suits at the weekend, alongside some state governors and significant managers of the economy, they did so in honour of one man, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, the erstwhile Minister of Transportation.

LAWMA clears Adeniji Adele Canal


    …urges residents to think recycling

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has commenced an intensive clearing exercise to unclog the Adeniji Adele Road canal, while urging residents to think of making money from their recyclable items, instead of dumping them in canals.

NPA appoints new GMs, AGMs




The Management of Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA) has appointed new General Managers (GM) and Assistant General Managers.

Egypt unveils shipping incentives






The Egyptian government has announced a new package of incentives and discounts for shipping companies in a bid to ensure the sustainability of shipping lines’ schedules.

Two Seafarers die aboard vessel during cleaning exercise



Two crew members aboard a bulk carrier, owned by Croatian company Atlantska Plovidba, have lost their lives during tank cleaning operations.

Shippers Council seeks more stakeholders' patronage for Kaduna Inland Dry Port:





The Abuja Liaison Office of the Nigerian Shippers Council, has urged stakeholders in the sector to patronise the Kaduna Inland Dry Port to enjoy its benefits.

Trapped: Customs intercepts ambulance with N2.8m worth of tramadol





The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Command,on Wednesday made public an arrest and  interception of an ambulance smuggling 10 cartons of 225 milligrammes (mg) of Tramadol in Apapa Port.

Half Year Report: Onne Customs collects N54.1b revenue, with N443m seizures





The Nigeria Customs Service, Port Harcourt Area II Command, Onne Port, has collected a total of N54 billion between January and June 2019 with seizures worth N443.3 million in the last six months.

NPA to integrate CRFFN into its web portal

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (left), presents a plaque to the Chairman, Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria (CRFFN), Abubakar Tsanni Amadi (right), who paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has agreed to integrate the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) transaction Portal into the Authority’s Web Portal, in a bid to facilitate access to operational information.

Photo News: Police Area Command maintains community relations

ACP Bode Ojajuni, Area Commander Area A, Lion Building, Lagos Island
 with His Grace, the Primate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Dr. Chukwuemeka Uche.

Turkish crew taken hostage in pirate attack off Nigeria






Pirates have kidnapped 10 Turkish sailors after attacking the Turkish-flagged cargo ship Paksoy-1 off the Nigerian coast.

FOU “A” Intercepts 6 assorted cars, other contraband with DPV of 1.2 bn



Some of the intercepted cars at the FOU 'A' Ikeja, Lagos.

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A ‘of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday announced that it intercepted cars, Pangolin, rice and pharmaceutical products valued at N1.25 billion in one week.

Gov El-Rufai commends Dakuku over NIMASA’s contribution to economy



The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has commended the efforts of the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, to developing the maritime sector and increase its contribution to the economy.

NPA Photo News

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle), presents a plaque to the National President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Chief Increase Uche (right), the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Davies during a courtesy call on the Managing Director at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

About 1.5 million tons metal scrap recoverable from shipwreck in Onne, says Ogbeifun

           …as $652 USD estimated to reactivate Ajaokuta Steel Coy

CEO Starzs Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun
Nigerian Shipowner and Chief Executive of Starzs Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, has called attention to the fact that about 1.5 million tons of metal scrap could still be salvaged from a wreckage that had remained abandoned at a jetty in Onne, Rivers for some years now.

NPA MD commends port concession exercise for boosting operational efficiency, increase revenue




The concessioning of the nation’s seaports has brought about more efficient service delivery as well as increase in revenue generation by the Federal Government, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said.

As’tele Hangout 3.0: Nigeria's creative art forms showcasing society


Tosin and Esther in a performance
On its third edition, As’tele Hangout has added its voice to the rest of the ‘talking society’ through dances, traditional poetry (ewi), spoken word, drumming and several other creative arts, to showcase the realities of society today.

Customs Airport Command hands over seized $50 million USD to EFCC


…Declares N29 bn revenue collected in six months


The Murtala Mohammed Airport Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Friday announced the seizure and handing over of 50 million United States Dollars to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), as witnessed by the operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos. 

UK presents Clean Maritime Plan



The UK government has published the Clean Maritime Plan, an ambitious plan to cut pollution from the countrys maritime sector.

Customs Revenue: Tin –Can Command collects over N179.2 bn in six months


... Handles 150,930.7 metric tons of export 


The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday said it generated a total revenue of N179.2 billion between January and July 10th 2019. 

Photo News: ACP Bode Ojajuni visits Rotary Club Ikoyi

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bode Ojajuni, who is in charge of  Area A, Lion Building, Lagos, visited the Rotary Club Falomo, Ikoyi as Guest  Speaker on Security and kidnapping, Thursday morning.

ACP Bode  Ojajuni(Middle), to his   Right is Rotarian Peter Nwaochei, the Vice President, on the extreme left is the former President, Rot. Ndubuisi Okaro and to his  immediate left is the current President, 
Rotarian Julie Nkanga.



Photo News: WIMA visits NPA HQ

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (middle), the Director General, Nigeria Chamber of Shipping, Obiageli Obi (left), President Women In Maritime (WIMA, Nigeria) Hajia Bola Muse (right), during a working visit on the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

US Trade Agency to fund design, feasibility of Starzs Shipyard expansion


…Project incorporates shipbuilding, ship repairs & ship breaking


Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, CEO, Starzs Group

The Starzs Group dream project on its shipyard expansion has attracted a promise for funding the initial design and feasibility, courtesy of the United States Trade Agency.

League of Maritime Editors writes N’Assembly, EFCC over House Committee’s shoddy oversight functions In CRFFN, seeks fresh probe





The League of Maritime Editors and Publishers has written the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabimiala, over a shoddy oversight function carried out by the immediate past House Committee on Ports, Harbour and Waterways (PHW) chaired by Hon. Pat Asadu on the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) early last year, demanding a fresh probe to unravel the truth.

Customs ordered to pay N5.5bn to importer over seizure of 90 containers of rice


The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to pay an importer the sum of N5.5 billion damages for seizure and detention of 90 containers of imported rice.

Court ruling oil rigs as vessels will boost maritime activities, create more jobs, says Dakuku



Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA
The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has commended the judgement of the Federal High Court in the case involving Seadrill Mobile Unit Nigeria Limited and the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT), which confirmed NIMASA’s right to collect fees from drilling operations.

Apapa Customs Command nets N203bn revenue in H1’19



The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command on Tuesday made public its collected revenue of N203 billion in the first half of 2019, indicating about 15 per cent increase  against  the N176.7 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2018. 

IMB: West African Waters world’s worst for pirate attacks




The seas around West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for piracy, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report reveals.

Customs Officer promotes self to top rank, wants CGC position



An Assistant Superintendent of Customs identified as  Nura Dalhatu on Monday reported to duty dressed in the uniform and rank of a Deputy Comptroller General  of Customs, a top rank before becoming a Comptroller General.

CIoTA ACT, a victory for Nigerian Transport Industry- Dr. Jamoh



L-R: Deputy National President, 1, The Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria, Mr. Darlington Ofor; National President, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; Deputy National President, 2, Prof. Calitus Ibe; and  National Vice President, Dr. Oluropo Owolabi, at a press conference of CIOTA in Lagos

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has said that the signing into law of the Act establishing CIOTA by President Muhammadu Buhari ushers in a new direction for the entire transport sector of Nigeria.