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Ibaka Port To Accommodate High Volume Cargoes – Minister

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The Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar, said on Tuesday
the Federal Government was partnering Akwa Ibom Government and private
investors to develop Ibaka Deep Sea Port to accommodate high volume of cargoes.

The minister stated this at the inauguration of the Project
Development and Steering Committee of the port on Tuesday in Abuja.

Umar said the Ibaka port would be developed under Public
Private Partnership (PPP) to accommodate cargoes generated through
international maritime trade.

He said the port’s location, which is an integral part of
Ibom Industrial City and an important milestone in the development of Akwa
Ibom, offered investors unparalleled opportunities for maritime and oil and gas
related productions.

According to him, the site will also accommodate dry docking
facilities for super tanker vessels and offer low cost access to off shore
Oil/Gas Fields.

“Mr President attaches great importance to this project
which is indeed part of the Transformation Agenda. We are committed to the
completion of the project by the year 2015,” he added.

Umar said President Goodluck Jonathan convened a Maritime
Sector Retreat on July 3 to articulate concrete Action Plans to harness the
potential of the maritime sector for sustainable national economic development.

“We are taking an important step in the actualisation of one
of the key outcomes of that presidential initiative,” the minister said.

He said the sector was central to the nation’s economy as a
veritable medium of transportation, global commerce, resource exploitation and
recreation.

The minister said the government created enabling
environment to maximise the potentials of the sector and encourage PPP,
particularly in the development of sea ports to facilitate international trade.

“It is not in doubt that the nation’s existing six ports are
over-stretched. With an overall handling capacity of 60 million tonnes per
annum, the ports presently cater for over 100 million tonnes per annum.

“It is, therefore, evident that the existing ports cannot
cope with the current demand of the sector,” he said.

He commended Gov. Godswill Akpabio for providing more than
5,000 hectares of land for the port, with further commitment to provide basic
infrastructure, including the main access road.

Umar urged members of the committee to apply their
experience and expertise to the assignment and ensure diligent implementation
of the project.

Responding, the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government,
Mr Umana Umana, who is also a member of the committee, thanked the President
for approving the project, promising that the state would ensure successful
completion of the project.

Responding on behalf of the committee, the chairman, Dr
Iorwuese Viashima, thanked the minister for the confidence reposed in the
members.

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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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