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Apapa Gridlock Boosts NIWA’s Revenue, Partronage – Area Manager

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) said the chaotic traffic gridlock in Apapa area of Lagos State has boosted revenue in water transport services, increased patronage and the number of investors in the business.

The Lagos Area Manager of the Agency, Mr Mu’azu Sambo, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Lagos, recently.

Sambo said more Lagosians have now embraced water transportation to and from work since the traffic gridlock in Apapa had become unbearable.

According to him, an additional nine new boats have been put into the water transport business in the first quarter of the year, adding that this was as a result of the agency’s Public Private Partnership (PPP).

He disclosed that NIWA had provided platforms for the boat owners to construct Jetties in Victoria Island, Apapa and Ikorodu, pointing out that the boats are modern craft that cannot easily sink because of the way they were constructed.

In his words, “there is massive increase in the number of passengers plying the water in the past weeks, we have been able to generate almost 70 per cent of what we generated in the whole of last year in the first quarter of this year”.

Sambo said more people have now discovered the efficiency of water transport, and that most people have also known that because of the efficiency and safety of lives and property, abandoned their vehicles and patronizes water transport system, maintaining that the new private sector involvement in the business is part of the achievements by NIWA this year.

“It will help facilitate easy movement of passengers plying the waterways in Nigeria”, he said.

The NIWA Lagos Area manager further stated that, “at the beginning of this year, we were able to identify some groups who have brought in nine brand new boats into Lagos, they acquired a terminal in Ikorodu and we provided a platform for them to do a jetty. We also provided a space for them in Victoria Island to do another Jetty in order to move people into Ikorodu and CMS on one hand and then Victoria Island to Ikorodu on the other hand and also to ferry passengers across to Apapa”.

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Customs Retires 304 Senior Officers, Soon

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The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) says the it will soon retire 304 senior officers who are either due by age or statutory 35 years in service.
This was contained in a retirement notice signed by Acting Comptroller Establishment, A. G Ahmed and made available to The Tide on Wednesday.
The statement noted that the affected officers would be disengaged from service by year 2020.
The retirement notice indicated that two Deputy Comptroller-Generals (DCG), three Assistant Comptroller-Generals (ACG), 13 comptrollers, 39 deputy comptrollers and 45 assistant comptrollers would be affected.
Other rank and file officers listed on the retirement notice include 71 chief superintendents of Customs, 33 superintendents, 31 deputy superintendents, 32 assistant superintendents I, 27 assistant superintendents II, seven inspectors and one assistant inspector.
The affected officers listed for retirement in the year 2020, in the rank of Deputy Comptroller-Generals are Dangaladima A.A in charge of Finance Administration & Technical Service (FATS) and Sanusi Umar in charge of Human Resource Development.
Officers in the rank of ACGs are Zonal Coordinator in Charge of Zone ‘C’, Frances Enwereuzor, ACG FATS, Bukar Amajam and Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone B, Chris Odibu.
Officers in the rank of Comptrollers include Victor Dimka, Florence Dixon, Yusuf Bashar, Francis Adetoye , Gwani M.J, Ogwude L. N, Edede I.E, Abdulahi I.A, Zulkifu A.A, Garba K.U, Loko Y, Angbalaga J.J and one Adediran.
Deputy Comptrollers include Agbo A.H, Abdulrahman T, Salihu M.S, Abubakar M.D, Bello A.N, Chima D.N, Muhammed M, Aliyu D.G, Idris K.I, Namanu A, Zakari N, Ibume R.k, Oyafemi C.I, Waziri S.A, Abioye, T.0, Idris A.I, Muhammed A.B, Ebieme A.U, Adamu S.A, Yusuf S, Adie B.U and Dauda A. Others include Okoloagu D.I, Eneh O.O, Mamu B, Odwong B.R, Lot-Eburajolo J.E, Thlama P.W, Umar A.
Also in the list  include Mustapha I.A, Umoh P.M, Bewaji I.O, Muhammed S.D, Maude A.M, Idris Danladi A.L, Omonoyan O.O, Malah D.A, Tanko S.M and Orekie M.C.
According to the retirement notice, the affected officers are to disengage from active service and proceed on pre-retirement leave, three months to the effective date of their retirement.
Recall that the NCS had in April announced plans to recruit 3,200 officers into the service to fill existing vacancies.
Acting Deputy Comptroller General, Human Resource Development, Sanusi Umar disclosed that 800 personnel would be recruited to fill vacancies in the support staff for superintendent cadre, while 2,400 would fill that of Customs Inspector and Customs Assistant Cadre in the General Duty categories.

 

Stories by Chinedu Wosu

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Rivers Port Decries Poor State Of Jetty

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The management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Rivers Port Complex, has expressed dismay over the poor deplorable state of its berth jetty in the port.
The management said the berth eight jetty had collapsed, thereby making it difficult for terminal operators to berth vessels in the jetty.
Port Manager, Rivers Port Complex, Port Harcourt, Engr. Yunusa Ibrahim Anji disclosed this to The Tide over the weekend shortly after the tour of the port facilities by Chairman and Board members of NPA who came for an oversight function of ports in the Eastern Zone.
Anji called on the management of NPA to carry out the rehabilitation of the collapsed berth jetty, saying its deplorable state has reduced revenue accruable to the Federal Government.
He noted that Bonny Channels Company (BCC) has not carried dredging work along the berths because of the doubt on its integrity and to avoid further possible collapse.
The port manager who expressed displeasure with the state of the berths and its quay aprons, called for Federal Government’s intervention to safe the Rivers port unproductivity.
He told the NPA Board that the non functional of the berth eight and other facilities in the jetties was affecting smooth operations at the port.
Engr. Anji appealed to the Chairman of  the board, Mr. Emmanuel Adesoye to provide the port with a pilot cutter so as to enhance its shipping operations.
He also called on the Federal Government to acquire two more tugboats for the port to enhance its operations.
He decried lack of finger jetty at the port dockyard, saying its absence has been affecting smooth port operations at the port compared to western ports.
Meanwhile, the port manager called on the Federal Government to curb the act of piracy and insecurity experienced by vessels owners and crew members at the port.

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LG Boss Wants Navy To Tackle Piracy On Bonny Waterways

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The Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area, David Irimagha has appealed to the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies in the area to step up the fight against sea piracy and other acts of criminality on the Bonny waterways.
Irimagha gave this charge at a one-day sensitisation lecture organised by the Nigerian Navy in the locality with the theme “Illegal Oil Refining (“Kpo-Fire”): Issues, Challenges and Way Forward”.
In a statement made available to The Tide on Wednesday by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Chairman, Williams Ogbah-Agwu, the chairman called for inter-agency collaboration and intelligence sharing among the security agencies in the area to enhance their capacity to nip emerging security challenges in the bud.
The Chairman who was represented by his Vice, Anengi Barasua lauded the Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Bonny, Navy Capt. Kola Oguntuga, for conceptualising such sensitisation programme, noting that it creates the necessary awareness and co-operation from the people of the area.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Bonny Council of Chiefs, Chief Dagogo Claude-Wilcox described the event as “a very important day for Bonny Kingdom as this marks the beginning of a new dawn for the community”.
He said that the sensitisation programme was “of monumental importance as it would enlighten us on the hazards of illegal oil refining,”
“This devil in our community called ‘kpo fire’ will be eradicated for the betterment of us all”.
Earlier, Navy Capt. Oguntuga while   welcoming  the participants had said that the sensitisation programme was aimed at creating the right awareness about issues affecting the security situation in the area.
He said the event was to enhance the synergy between the Nigerian Navy and the civilian populace in the area in its efforts at addressing security challenges.
In his keynote address, Professor of Animal and Environmental Biology/Benthic Ecology, University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ibitoru Hart warned that illegal or artisanal refining of crude oil across the Niger Delta region was destructive to the environment as it poses a threat to aquatic and wild life in the region.
He blamed the debilitating incidents of soot across Rivers State on illegal refining.
“Soot that falls on water is oil that prevents oxygen from dissolving into the water thus endangering the fishes and other animals in the water, including plants and other sea organisms”, he said.

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