The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdullahi, has effected a massive shake up in the organisation.
Our source gathered that General Manager, Public affairs, Chief Michael Ajayi, has been redeployed to head the administration department, while the General Manager, marine, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubuegbu takes over from Ajayi as General Manager, Public affairs.
The General manager, western ports, Mallam Muhammed Bulangu, has been redeployed to NPA Corporate Headquarters as General Manager, Marine and Operations, while his counterparts in the Eastern ports and former acting executive director, marine and operations, Barrister Sotonye Inyenengi- Etomi also returns to the headquarters as General Manger, Special Duties.
Former Acting Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Mr. Sunny Nwobi, is now General Manager, Eastern Ports, while Miss Adenike Shonaike, Former General Manager, Human Resources, takes over from Bulangu as General Manager, Western Ports.
The new General Manager, finance is Mr. Okonji. The NPA helmsman has also approved the appointment of new managers for all the six ports.
Mr. Nasir Anas Mohammed is Port manager of Lagos Port Complex (LPC) Apapa, taking over from Mr. Joshua Asanya, who has been redeployed to NPA headquarters as Acting general Manager procurement, while Mr. Babatunde Longe heads the Tincan Island port complex (TCIPC), Apapa, Lagos.
Longe takes over from Barrister EEfioita Ephraim who is now the Assistant general manager commercial of western ports. Mrs. Caroline Ufere, Assistant general manager, special Duties, take over from Mr. Dele Alabi as port manager of Rivers Port complex, Port-Harcourt.
Port Manager, Warri Port, Mr. Obuneme Onuenyenwa, is the only Port manager to retain his post even as Mr. Munir Umar takes over from Mallam Goje as Onne Port manager and Engr. Wada Musa resume at Calabar as the New port manager.
Meanwhile, the NPA recently honored 321 of its employees with long service awards. The beneficiaries of the awards were drawn from all the six ports under the control of the authority including its two zones and corporate Headquarters.
The 326 award recipients have worked in NPA for at least 30 years as at 2011. The 2012 NPA long service awards which was held recently at Eko Hotel Lagos, is the first in ten years. The last was held in December 2002 under former Managing Director, Architect Aminu Dabo. The Managing Director of NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, who presented the awards, said that the organization appreciates the contribution of its workers and will continue to accord priority attention to their welfare.
While appreciating the contributions of the award recipients, Abdullahi charged all the members of staff to be diligent and remain committed to the organization ideals and to eschew acts that will be inimical to the development of the ports and the Nigerian economy.
Customs Cautions Officers On Improper Dressing, Unkempt Beards
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”.
Stakeholder Tasks RSG, MWUN On Piracy
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
Inadequate Facilities At MAN Worry Mariners
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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