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Adviser Commends Trawler Crew On Successful Voyage

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The Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor, on
agriculture and deep sea fishing, Hon Kurotamunoye Briggs has commended the
crew members of the state-owned fishing trawler boats MV RV on their successful
third voyage and large catch of fish and other sea foods.

Hon Briggs made the commendation while receiving a
delegation from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development led
by a consultant with the ministry, Mrs Olalade Adegoke at the Borikiri Fishing
Terminal recently.

The Special Adviser, who also commended the management of
Petroquip Nigeria Limited, a core-investor at the terminal disclosed that the
state government is in synergy with an
Israeli firm that is  currently
building farms at Buguma, in Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Ubima in Ikwerre
LGA and Andoni in Andoni Local Government Area.

According to him, the project when completed  would create employment, generate revenue and
meet the growing fish demands of the state.

While appreciating the efforts of the crew of the trawler
boat, MV RV2 for the large catch also advised them to be safety conscious by
making use of the safety equipment provided by the state government.

He thanked the state governor for deliberately giving
agriculture, especially Agriculture and Deep Sea Fishing its rightful place in
the scheme of things and also lauded other delegates, which include Mrs Kaine
Ladapo from the Federal Department of fisheries, Mr C.I. Jiloge, the SS Regional
Officer, Mr Tommy Udo-ine, Mr R.A. Dick, Mr Nelson Nwakawas, and Mr Bamagmoye
Ojo, all of the Federal Department of fisheries, Abuja for finding time to
visit the state and see things for themselves.

In her response, the leader of the delegation, Mrs Adegoke
said the agricultural transformation agenda is a policy geared towards creating
employment and income generation, and hailed the management of Petroquip Nig
Ltd and the crew of RV2 for their successful voyage and enjoined them to keep
up the tempo.

In his remarks, captain Eleyi Elias, who spoke on behalf of
Petroquip Nig Ltd thanked all for the opportunity given to Petroquip and
reiterated that they would not rest on their oasis until fish sufficiency at an
affordable rate is achieved in the state.

The special Adviser and the delegates were later conducted
round the cool rooms of the trawler that brought nine tones 460 bags of fish,
and nine baskets of tiger prawns with a market value of N3 million.

 

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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