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Union Decries Midstream Discharge Of Vessels

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The president General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria
(MWUN), COMRADE Anthony Nted Emmanuel has decried the activities of some
multinationals in the industry who discharge their Vessels at midstream instead
of the ports.

Comrade Nted Emmanuel, who disclosed this at a fund raising
ceremony in Lagos recently, said the illegal activities have rendered the
dockworkers jobless and revenue that supposed to come into the Federal
Government coffers.

He said the Union has resolved that if no action is taken
urgently, all seaports in the country would be shut down, and called on the
Nigeria Ports Authority and the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA) to address these illegal activities at the nation’s territorial
waters, or ready to have a face-off with the union.

According to him, there would be no operation at the
nation’s seaports if the two maritime agencies failed to ensure that these
activities are stopped to enable the dockworkers and seafarers perform their
duties in the ports.

The MWUN president General also warned companies and
multi-nationals in the maritime business that such Vessels should henceforth
come into the conventional seaports and discharge their cargoes, adding that
‘Any Vessels that do not come direct to the port is going against the ministry
of Transport regulations of the country, which is breakdown of laws’

Anytime we noticed multinational discharges offshore and
runaway, NPA and NIMASA do not address the issue of the illegalities, we are
going to shutdown the ports” he stressed, and noted that the country could no
longer lose such huge amount that ought to come to the government pause to
sharp practitioners.

Comrade Nted Emmanuel further said that the nation’s
seaports would experience industrial unrest if the Federal Government failed to
live up to its billings

He said, “The illegal activities have deprive dockworkers
from performing their duties and also the Nigeria seafarers are suffering, and
nobody is addressing the situation and as it is, if the Federal Government does
not meet up with their responsibility, we are going to run a zigzag port, which
means we will close down the ports,” adding that “what we are seeing in the
industry is an eyesore especially with the shipping companies on offshore
whereby they offload midstream and run away, this is a big problem that needs
urgent attention by the Government”.

The Union boss noted that maritime workers are lamenting
over unemployment because Vessels are not coming into the ports and further
enjoined the authorities to brace-up or face an unpleasant situation.

 

Collins Barasimeye

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Customs Cautions Officers On Improper Dressing, Unkempt Beards

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has threatened to sanction its officials for improper dressing and unkempt beards.  Other minor violations include use of name tags.
This was contained in a memo issued by the Deputy Comptroller General, Human Resources Development of NCS, A.T. Babani.
The memo number HRD/2021/026 titled: “Introduction of Customs Police Caution Slip in the Service” was dated 10th September, 2021.
The memo stated that the caution slip would be issued in triplicate for minor offences such as improper dressing, use of unapproved name tags, and failure to shave among others.
The service said it has introduced the use of Customs Police Caution Slip (CPCS) as a law enforcement tool in the service.
The memo reads, “I am directed to bring to your notice that the Comptroller General of Customs has approved the usage of Customs Police Caution Slip (CPCS) as a law enforcement tool in the service.
“The slip which will be administered by the Customs Police Unit of various Zones/Area Commands would be in triplicate and once issued, a copy shall be forwarded and inserted into the officer’s establishment file.
“The issuance of the Customs Police Caution Slip (CPCS) will include offences such as improper dressing, multi-colour waist belt other than approved one and usage of unapproved name tag, failure to shave, and other sundry minor violations of the second regulation 13 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP LFN of 2004 as amended.
“The caution slips would serve as a proactive tool to ensure compliance to rules and regulations.
“First-time offenders, repeated offenders and consistent pattern of offence identified, shall be documented and used for strategic decisions making”.

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Stakeholder Tasks RSG, MWUN On Piracy

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Rivers State Branch, says the union and the state government need a strong synergy to tackle the act of sea piracy and all forms of criminal activities in the state’s waterways. 
Chairman, MWUN, Rivers state Branch, Comrade Jonah Jumbo, in an interview with The Tide, noted that unlike in Lagos State, there was no synergy between the Rivers State Government and MWUN to curb piracy on the waterways.
“We need to work together to checkmate all forms of criminality, sea piracy and attacks on passenger boats in our waters”, Jumbo said.
Comrade Jumbo insisted that the state government and the union were working in parallel lines, hence the high rate of piracy on the waterways.
Jumbo said, lack of synergy between the state and the union was having negative turns in its operations, thereby not improving marine transport business in the state.
The chairman said the union alone cannot solve the problem of insecurity in the waterways, hence the need for collaborations between the state government and other relevant authorities.
He further noted that Lagos State was doing well in marine transportation because there was a strong synergy between the state government and the union.
“Lagos state maritime business is improving every day with more fleets because the government, stakeholders and the union are working towards ensuring success”, he said.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Inadequate Facilities At MAN Worry Mariners

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The Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) has lamented lack of simulators for training of cadets at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) in Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
The body also decried lack of ocean-going vessels to enable the cadets of the academy acquire the mandatory sea time experience.
NAMM President, Capt. Tajudeen Alao disclosed this during an interview with newsmen, recently. 
“Training at the Academy had always been as per the International Maritime Organisations (IMO) model courses”, he said.
Capt. Alao said the shortcomings have always been in the areas of lecturers, simulators and international trading ships for practical exposure.
Other challenges include lack of funding, bureaucracy and the Nigerian factor.
“Leadership of the academy too has not been based on professionalism but political consideration. The shipping companies who are end-users have not committed their services to the academy.
“The number of students per class is much more than what is obtainable in the western world. 
“There are no core ship-related courses, not many courses, facilities and disciplines,” Alao said.

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