The Nigerian Navy has declared four sailors wanted in connection with illegal oil deal.
The command gave the identities of the wanted sailors as Enikanologbon Happy, Arumona Daniel, Egbujie Kingsley Chinonso and Ogori Kenneth
Spokesman of the command, Commodore Suleman Dahun said in a statement made available to The Tide that the four sailors were the crew members of merchant vessel named Grace Waters.
Dahun said the crew and the vessel were ,arrested in 2018 with 90 metric tonnes of illegally sourced petroleum products.
“Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of the wanted persons to contact the Naval Provost Marshal, Naval Headquarters, Area 7, Garki or the nearest naval establishment, Army, Air Force or Police unit.
Similarly, the Nigerian Army has destroyed an illegal camp operated by oil thieves in Delta State.
The Army in a statement said the command destroyed over 60 Cotonou boats, 150 storage tanks, 700 drums used by the criminals in stealing crude oil during illicit transactions.
Commander Sector 1, Operation Delta Safe in Warri, Delta State, Colonel Baba Manu who led the operations said, two swamp boggy machines were used in smashing the illegal camp used by the criminals.
Col. Manu said the illegal camp covered a total of 20 kilometers, located between Ogeyugbe to Otuyerem in Ugheli North of Delta state.
He said the vandals who specialised in vandalising the oil facilities around OML34, fled to the tin air on sighting the soldiers driving to the camp.
The statement also quoted the community leaders as calling on the soldiers to always keep vigil in the area fearing that as the hoodlums may resurface as soon as the soldiers leave the communities
The statement added that items recovered from the oil thieves include pumping machines and hose used in vandalising crude from the pipelines.
NPA Board: Group Urges Buhari To Review Rickett’s Appointment
A Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) support groups in Cross River State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review the appointment of Mr Akin Rickett as Chairman, Governing Board, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The coalition made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Iso Bassey and Secretary, Mr Edo Owan, in Abuja yesterday.
It urged the president to investigate the process through which Rickett was appointed.
“APC in Cross River has more than enough critical stakeholders, leaders and members, who contributed immensely and reasonably to the growth of the party.
“These relevant stakeholders have cognate experience in leadership and also sacrificed for the party, served the state and country in various capacities.
“APC would be facing a fresh general election in 2023, hence the need to give appointments to political assets and those that would build the party for victory and not to give appointments based on friendship and sentiments.
“And we also urge the president to always consult critical stakeholders in the state in the event of any appointments,” the coalition said.
Onne Port To Introduce Electronic Truck Call-Up System
The management of Onne Port in Rivers State has entered into partnership with the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) to introduce Electronic Truck Call-Up System, to enhance its operations.
The port management said the Electronic Truck Call-Up system would enhance better traffic management in the port.
Manager, Onne Port, Alhasan Ismaila Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, recently.
He said that the system would enhance truck operations from the trailer parks within the port complex.
Abubakar said Dangote Group was also remodelling its jetty at the Federal Operational Terminal (FOT) at the cost of $28.25 million with an export capacity of two million metric tons of clinker and import capacity of 0.75 million of gypsum.
According to him, both the export and import are expected to commence within the first quarter of 2020.
Abubakar said the port was currently undergoing expansion of its facilities to meet up with the growing bulk of urea export operation by Idorama Terminal.
He said that the urea export operation which is currently over 800 metric tons per annum, is expected to be sustained in 2020 and it was projected to reach two million tons by 2022.
By: Chinedu Wosu
725 Vessels Berthed At Onne Port In 2019-Port Manager
No fewer than 725 vessels of various capacities and sizes berthed in Onne Port in 2019.
This was as the port management said that there had been a reduction in terms of pirate attacks in the complex.
The port also received a general cargo of 535,336 metric tons in 2019.
This was made known to The Tide by the Manager, Onne Port, Alhasan Ismaila Abubakar, during an interview in his office, Onne Complex.
He expressed delight that the port now recorded high level of container traffics in the Eastern ports, especially in oil and gas and general industrial equipment.
Abubakar said the port now enjoyed a current permissible draft of 10.6 metres.
Describing the port as the largest trafficker of oil and gas in the region, the manager said, Onne was a multi purpose port across West Africa.
“We can handle all containers, general cargoes, including cars in Onne Port”, he said.
The port manager said the port in 2019 handled over 23,723,453 liquid Bulk as well as 743,707 dry bulk.
The port, Abubakar said, handled 2,522,959 containers as against 2,234,301 in 2018.
He declared that a total of 2,429 boats were serviced in 2019 as against 1,678 in 2018.
By: Chinedu Wosu
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