Opinion: Wake up, Nigeria, it’s long overdue to earn from carriage of goods and services

Engr. Olu Akinsoji

Nigeria has to wake up from slumber to fly her flag on the ocean of the world; earn in foreign trade from carriage of goods and services.

Amaechi, Dakuku confident sufficient maritime security will boost Nigeria’s Economy

R-L: DG NIMASA Dr, Dakuku Peterside, MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, Permanent Sec. Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, the Honorable Minister of Transportantion Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemi Saraki and the Chairman House committee on Maritime Transport Education and Administration, Hon Linda Ikpeazu at the celebration of the 2019 world Maritime Day

The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the new maritime security infrastructure being built by the Federal Government, the Deep Sea Project, would be a major economic trigger for the country.

Photos: NPA MD hosts Shipowners on courtesy call

The Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) received the newly- elected executives of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) who were on a courtesy visit to the corporate NPA Headquarters.

Standing middle is the Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, from her right- is the President, Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) Dr. Mkgeorge O. Onyung while extreme right is the Executive Director, Engineering & Technical Services NPA, Prof Idris Abubakar with other Executives of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria SOAN during the visit to NPA Headquarters

MAN Oron plans scholarships to encourage more female cadet enrolment

Rector, MAN Oron, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua(Rtd.) 

The Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, Akwa Ibom is sailing steady with efforts at encouraging young girls to join the maritime industry.

Rector of the Academy, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua(rtd.) shared that with stakeholders on Thursday at the event marking the #2019 World Maritime Day organised by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) in Lagos.

LADOL CEO, other African influencers speak alongside Amina Mohammed

Managing Director of LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi and Director, Sahara Group, Pearl Uzokwe,  at the launch of AFRICAN Influencers for Development with UNDP in New York, United States.

The Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base, LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi and other African influencers were selected to speak alongside the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, at the historic launch of Africa Influencers for Development (AID) at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America.

Empowering women ensures more prosperous maritime sector, community says President WIMAfrica

President of WIMAfrica, Jean Chiazor Anishere
One sure way to achieving a prosperous maritime sector is enabling women build capacities to get access to opportunities that abound in various careers in the sector.

President of the African Women In Maritime (WIMAFRICA), Barrister Jean Chiazor Anishere, made that assertion in her goodwill message on the occasion of the World Maritime Day celebration 2019, which took place at the Eko Hotels and Suites on Thursday.

World Maritime Day: Earn positions you desire, don’t go begging, Amaechi tells women

Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
With focus on empowering women on the 2019 World Maritime Day celebration, the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, charged women in the maritime industry to equip themselves with requisite capacity for positions they aspire for, rather than go begging to be considered on the bases of being women.

Lagos International Shipping Week: Organiser wants challenges of vessel acquisition addressed

Organiser of the Lagos International Shipping Week, Mrs. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, wants modalities on how ships could be acquired by indigenous operators in the sub-sector to be created and applied for immediate solutions.

World Maritime Day: Starzs’ golden gift to women in maritime

COO Starzs Investments Coy Ltd., Iroghama Ogbeifun-Obuoforibo
Starzs Investment Company Ltd has intentionally created a platform for growth for women pursuing careers in the maritime industry in Nigeria. And Chief Operating Officer of the company, Iroghama Ogbeifun-Obuoforibo, simply feels fulfilled and excited as she shares the company’s story of empowering women in the sector.

World Maritime Day: A touch of WISTA empowerment for women in maritime, Nigeria

Mrs Mary Madu Hamman, President, WISTA Nigeria

Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria has shown dynamism in its approach to empowering women in the sector.

 From encouraging young girls to pursue careers in the sector, WISTA has gone in yet another commendable way to empowering women in fishing.

Ogbeifun gives insights how FG can create enabling environment to support indigenous participation in shipping trade

Chairman/CEO Starzs Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun
Although Nigeria has been exporting crude oil in the last 50 years and presently marking export of about two million barrels of crude daily, no Nigerian shipowner has ever been involved in the lifting of the product, a venture that would have otherwise earned the nation huge revenue in foreign exchange.

Opinion: Why relevant maritime agencies should utilise MAN Oron for human capacity development—Akinsoji

Engr. Olu Akinsoji

By Olu Akinsoji

It will continue to be my pleasure to know that the Academy now on track remains on track.
It will be more pleasing if all maritime policy executing agencies under the Federal Ministry of Transport will train relevant staff at the Academy.

Illegalities jeopardising Africa’s fishing sub-sector -- Margaret Orakwusi

Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi

Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Trawler Owners Association (NITOA), condemned a number of illegalities including poaching, working against the growth of the fishing sub-sector.

New business models will drive Nigeria's huge market to grow economy, says Jadesimi

MD LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi
The Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (LADOL), Dr. Amy Jadesimi has urged entrepreneurs to create new business models that will uniquely engineer the Nigerian market.​

WSC to propose new IMO Entity for developing fuels of the future

The World Shipping Council (WSC) revealed plans to propose the creation of an international research and development entity that would identify a new generation of marine fuels.

NPA speaks on commitment to ensuring patronage of Eastern Ports

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has restated its commitment to the optimum utilisation of the Eastern Ports in line with government’s policy on the ease of doing business.

Why Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project completion may be delayed

Completion of the Lagos-Ibadan railway projection may experience delay as a result of some obstruction on the right of way.

A flaw Germany discovered before charging bulker for violation of environmental regulation

On September 18, 2019, the water police in Stade inspected the unnamed bulker at the Port of Stade on the River Elbe.

How LASU students emerged winners of 2019 Maritime Blueprint Competition

R-L: Chike Ogeah, Vice Chairman, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc; Deacon Wale Afolabi, CEO Instarmac Nigeria Limited; Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited during the prize presentation to the Lagos State University students who emerged winners of the maritime blueprint competition.

Students from the Department of Law, Lagos State University have emerged winners of the 2019 Maritime Blue Print Competition after defeating law students from nine other universities.

A new Maritime Academy of Nigeria experience every Cadet must not miss

Academy sets to get
v More training aids for sea exercises  :
v Diving Tank, Simulator, facility for helicopter underwater escape training

The New  Swimming Pool for training Cadets in MAN, Oron.

The Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State has a completely new structure in place to give its present and future Cadets world-class training obtainable anywhere else.

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.