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Nigeria Records Low Piracy Attacks In 2019’

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB),  the foremost global maritime bureau, says Nigeria,  records in sea piracy has dropped in reported piracy incidents at sea in the first quarter of 2019.

The bureau in a statement made available to The Tide said, Nigeria has been a hotspot for piracy incidents over the past decade but quickly added that the West African country reported 14 incidents of piracy for the first quarter of this year compared to 22 incidents reported in the first quarter of 2018.

The  IMB report attributed the decline to Nigerian Navy’s increased efforts to “actively respond to reported incidents by dispatching patrol boats. to track the pirate activities in the sub region.

The Bureau, however, insisted that the, Nigerian waters remain risky for vessels, especially the port of Lagos where four incidents of piracy were  reported, in recent times.

The IMB disclosed that global piracy and armed robbery incidents decreased by 42.4 percent during the period with 38 incidents recorded as against 66 incidents recorded in the corresponding period, last year.

The report indicated that 27 vessels were boarded, seven vessels were fired upon and four attempted attacks occurred in the first quarter of 2019.

The report also shows that no vessels were reported as hijacked for the first time since the first quarter of 1994.

Speaking on the report, IMB Director, Pottengal Mukundan said, “These latest statistics from the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre are encouraging, as the first quarter statistics is too short a period on which to anticipate trends over the year

Mukundan said the Gulf of Guinea recorded a high number of piracy and armed robbery attacks at sea, with 22 incidents reported in the first quarter of 2019.

According to the director,  Asia, Indonesia witnessed a drop in piracy activities for the first quarter of 2019, as there were only three incidents reported against anchored vessels in ports in Indonesia – the fewest reported incidents since 2010

The Director said Nigeria recorded the feat, following increased cooperation and information sharing between the Indonesian Marine Police and IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has enabled regular patrols in high-risk areas.

The golbal report insisted that the declining rate of piracy incidents worldwide in the first quarter of 2019 reinforces the importance of transparency, communication and coordination between vessels and coastal authorities.

The IMB director said, “by reporting all incidents to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and coastal authorities, the response can be better organize.. National governments and coastal authorities can use this data to collaborate and strengthen their piracy prevention efforts,”

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Customs Sets N140bn Revenue Target For Onne Port

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The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, has set a revenue target of N140 billion for Port Harcourt Area 2, Onne Command in Rivers State.
This is as the service has set a daily revenue target of N1.8 billion and N1.5 billion for the Apapa Area Command and Tin Can Island Port Area Command, in Lagos State, respectively.
This was contained in a breakdown of 2020 revenue targets set for the various Customs commands made available to The Tide, yesterday.
The NCS said the targets would enable it meet its N2 trillion revenue target earmarked for the 2020 fiscal year.
The Federal Government had set a revenue target of N1.5 trillion for the NCS this year but the Customs Comptroller-General jerked it up to N2 trillion.
Customs total collection in 2019 stood at N1.3 trillion.
But Ali, in a circular signed by Deputy Comptroller-General, Talatu Isa, approved the revenue targets and directed immediate implementation.
The Apapa Area Command is expected to generate N607 billion for the year while the Tin Can Area Command is expected to rake in N507 billion.
The statement added that the Tin Can Island Port Complex, Lagos is expected to rake in N238 billion.
The Customs high command said in the circular that the allocated figures were arrived at based on the peculiarities of the commands.
Recall that clearing agents under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) had, penultimate week, vowed to resist attempts by the Customs to arm-twist traders and clearing agents in its bid to realise its self-imposed N2 trillion revenue target.
Secretary General of ANLCA, Babatunde Mukaila, said Customs should focus more on trade facilitation rather than laying too much emphasis on revenue generation.

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CRSG Urges Youths To Embrace Maritime Trade

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The Cross River State Government has urged the citizens, especially the youths to embrace maritime trade as a way of enhancing their fortunes and boosting the economy of the state.
The Commissioner for Commence, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, made the call while receiving an international maritime consultant and Managing Director, Bright Flow Logistics Services Limited, Mrs Annie Iton in Calabar.
Archibong described the Calabar Port as a veritable route for exporting many marketable commodities.
“Worthy of mention is our agro-products which the present administration is committed to putting on domestic, regional, continental and international markets, “ she said.
The commissioner solicited the collaboration of the consulting firm with the ministry for a training workshop for youths and women in the state in the area of maritime trade.
“As a matter of expediency, our youths and women should be trained in this regard,” Archibong said.
Responding, Iton promised that the firm would synergise with the state government to ensure manpower development in the area of maritime business.
She emphasised the need for industrialists to strive to attain the level of production, packaging and documentation that would meet international market standard.

 

By: Benson Ezugwu

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MWUN Accuses NIMASA Of Not Training Indigenous Seafarers

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Rivers State Branch, has accused the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) of not training indigenous seafarers in the country.
The union also accused the Dr. Dakuku Peterside led agency of not providing jobs for competent indigenous seafarers on board vessels.
Chairman, MWUN, Rivers State Branch, Comrade Jonah Jumbo, made the accusations on Wednesday during a telephone interview with The Tide on the state of maritime industry in the country.
Jonah said over 1,000 trained indigenous seafarers are jobless in the country even with their Certificate of Competence (CoC) to man vessels.
He frowned at situations where unqualified expatriates took the jobs that should have been given to competent indigenous seafarers.
Comrade Jonah called on NIMASA to control the influx of unqualified expatriates in the maritime sector and engage indigenous seafarers in line with the law regulating the maritime sector.
“I blame NIMASA and the government for disappointing the indigenous seafarers in the region. Dakuku Peterside is not helping us”, he said.
He urged NIMASA to partner with MWUN in the area of training indigenous seafarers.
He also advised the seafarers to upgrade themselves with necessary documents so as to secure jobs in the industry.
Customs Tasks PH Area 2, Onne To Generate N140bn
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, has set a revenue target of N140 billion for Port Harcourt Area 2, Onne Command in Rivers State.
This is as the service has set a daily revenue target of N1.8 billion and N1.5 billion for the Apapa Area Command and Tin Can Island Port Area Command, in Lagos State, respectively.
This was contained in a breakdown of 2020 revenue targets set for the various Customs commands made available to The Tide, yesterday.
The NCS said the targets would enable it meet its N2 trillion revenue target earmarked for the 2020 fiscal year.
The Federal Government had set a revenue target of N1.5 trillion for the NCS this year but the Customs Comptroller-General jerked it up to N2 trillion.
Customs total collection in 2019 stood at N1.3 trillion.
But Ali, in a circular signed by Deputy Comptroller-General, Talatu Isa, approved the revenue targets and directed immediate implementation.
The Apapa Area Command is expected to generate N607 billion for the year while the Tin Can Area Command is expected to rake in N507 billion.
The statement added that the Tin Can Island Port Complex, Lagos is expected to rake in N238 billion.
The Customs high command said in the circular that the allocated figures were arrived at based on the peculiarities of the commands.
Recall that clearing agents under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) had, penultimate week, vowed to resist attempts by the Customs to arm-twist traders and clearing agents in its bid to realise its self-imposed N2 trillion revenue target.
Secretary General of ANLCA, Babatunde Mukaila, said Customs should focus more on trade facilitation rather than laying too much emphasis on revenue generation.

 

By: Chinedu Wosu

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