The pioneering efforts of Intels Nigeria Limited in the infrastructural development of the nation’s ports in the spirit of the Private-Public partnership of the Federal Government of Nigeria have been commended by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety agency (NIMASA).
The commendation was made by the Eastern Zonal Coordinator of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. O.A. Abass last Wednesday during a working visit he made with his management team to the Corporate Head Office complex of the company at the Onne Oil and Gas Free zone. He acknowledged the existing collaboration between both organisations and requested that it should be strengthened further, adding that NIMASA is not only concerned about the administration of Nigeria’s maritime sector but also very interested in monitoring the various flags of all vessels calling in the nation’s territorial waters to ensure the safety of our waterways.
Speaking further, Mr. Abass noted that Intels has taken giant strides aimed at taking our nascent maritime sector to another level, especially in the visible efforts being made by the company in the installation of security control posts and monitoring devices within their concessioned facilities, in line with ISPS provisions.
The NIMASA boss requested for a documentary from Intels, which he said, will showcase them as a leader in the maritime industry, highlight their pioneering efforts and become a module for the use of other terminal operators in the country, adding that he will encourage other operators to take a cue from Intels.
In his speech, Mr. Sascha Kuchi, Intels General Manager, Operations who led other key management staff during the interactive session with NIMASA officials, thanked the team for their visit and stated that the company is not shirking in its commitment to remain a market leader in the provision of specialised logistics services to the Oil & Gas sector in Nigeria; adding that by the foresight and doggedness of the company and close partnership with relevant governmental agencies, over 150 companies are operating in the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone complex, adjudged as the single largest and fastest growing Oil and Gas Free zone in the world.
He further informed the visitors that owing to the sensitive and specialised nature of the cargo handled in all the Niger Delta ports where Intels has a concession with the Nigerian Port Authority, the company has in May last year converted the crop of stevedores and maritime workers in its workforce into permanent workers thus completely erasing the idea of having casual employees. This, he stated, was to ensure that the workers are well trained with relevant skills needed for the sensitive operations in the Oil & Gas industry and improve the capacity building efforts of our people.
As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of the company, Mr. Kuchi added that the company has recently invested substantial amount of money in the purchase of hybrid tractors and electric-powered cars in order to reduce the effects of gases and pollution in our environment, adding that no equipment in the fleet of Intels Nigeria Limited is more than ten years old.
NSC Boss Warns Maritime Agencies Against Unhealthy Rivalries
The Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, has warned agencies in the maritime sector to avoid superiority rivalry, saying it has done the industry more harm than good.
He also advised heads of maritime agencies to avoid cosmetic cooperation and come together for the development of the industry.
Bello gave this warning at a sent-forth ceremony organised in his honour, last Friday.
Bello bowed out of service last Friday after eight years of service.
He was appointed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2013. Before his appointment, he was the Director, Legal Services of the NSC.
Bello noted that some agencies spent so much in defending their territories while neglecting their statutory mandates.
According to him, “There is lack of synergy among the agencies and I don’t think it is succeeding because it has been the basis of equality. There is no agency that is better than the other.
“Agencies are not graded by their budgets but what they contribute, but it is very unfortunate some agencies think that maritime starts and stops with them. No, it cannot work.
“Some agencies are trying to defend territories and in doing so, they go to a large extent and that is not good. They spend a lot of money to defend these territories while they neglect what they are established to do and that’s why we are not developing and that’s what Nigerian Shippers’ Council will never take from anybody not now, tomorrow or forever. We are all equal, we all have contributions to make.
“We can’t be having cosmetic cooperation, we have to have real cooperation”.
Bello said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation had undergone a lot of transformations, saying the era of state capture was over.
He lauded the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Ministry for giving the Council the opportunity to achieve a lot through their supports.
By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
Okowa Seeks Permanent Site For Maritime Varsity
The Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to develop the permanent site of the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko.
Okowa made the call while playing host to the Governing Council of the university during a courtesy visit at the Government House, Asaba.
He said the establishment of a permanent campus would go a long way in putting the university on a sound footing, and ultimately enable it to deliver on its core mandate of imparting sound maritime-related education on students.
The governor said he was happy that the institution took off academic activities at the temporary site but urged the Federal Government to make resources available for the construction of buildings and provision of amenities that would enhance academic activities.
He noted that the birth of the special educational institution for the training of manpower in the maritime sector had strengthened peace and the economy of riverine communities.
Okowa advocated the need for more projects to be sited in riverine areas because of the inputs of riverine areas to the economy of the nation.
“We thank God that the Maritime University has started even when we have challenges because we do know that the take-off of the university brought good news to our people and helped us to build peace, particularly in our riverine areas”, he said.
Earlier, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the university, Dr Elias Courson, commended Governor Okowa for his inspiring and magnanimous support towards the take-off and continued development of the university.
He also thanked the governor for establishing three additional universities in the state, which would provide additional access to quality education not only to Deltans but to Nigerians.
Dr Courson, however, appealed to Okowa to assist the university in completing the renovation/ remodelling of the classroom blocks, construction of additional staff quarters and provision of a potable water scheme in the campus.
By: Chinedu Wosu
2022 Nations Cup: S’Eagles To Travel To Cameroon By Boat
The Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) says it will convey the Super Eagles of Nigeria by boat to Cameroon for next year’s Nations Cup.
Managing Director, LAGFERRY, Abdullah Balogun, stated this in a statement.
“We plan to take Nigeria’s Super Eagles to Cameroon for next year’s Nations Cup after achieving that of Benin Republic — this is a goal we have set for ourselves”, Balogun said.
LAGFERRY said they considered the boat trip following the success recorded in the Benin experience.
He said, “It was a major milestone for us to transport Nigeria’s national team to the Benin Republic through the waterways.
“Coming on board LAGFERRY through the international route to the Benin Republic is a mind-blowing experience. We were excited to be part of it”.
The LAGFERRY boss said the success recorded in the Benin game, where the Eagles won 1-0 away, was as a result of the trouble-free trip.
“It reflected on the field of play and it showed on their (players) performances because they came out victorious in the game,” he said.
Balogun said the players, during next year’s boat trip, would enjoy free Wi-Fi, USB pots and a lot of entertainment and side attractions enabled by technology.
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