The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Barrister Hassan Bello, says there is no piracy in Nigeria, but what we have are incidences of armed robbery.
Bello said the armed robbery incidences and not piracy has been confirmed by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB)
The Secretary in a statement made available to The Tide queried the rational behind foreign shipping lines slamming ‘war risk surcharges’ on Nigerian bound cargoes,
He said the slamming war risk are deliberate extortion of Nigerian importers and creating a wrong impression about Nigeria’s maritime sector.
Bello assured that the Council is taking up a fight against international carriers to correct the negative impressions and to ensure that Nigeria-bound cargoes are not over charged.
“There is no piracy in Nigeria, what we have are incidences of armed robbery, do you know the difference? So there is no piracy in Nigeria, the releases from the International Maritime Bureau have said that we have less incidences of piracy, but go and check the surcharges, it could be the same” he said.
“The surcharges are supposed to be temporary, to address temporary issues like the fuel adjustment factor which comes in if there is increase in fuel price, however, if the fuel price drops, the surcharge still remains”
.”We are going to the bottom of it; this is a fight we have to fight so that Nigeria-bound cargoes are not over charged” Bello said.
“If we have got our infrastructure, the deep-sea ports, the price right, then, all the cargoes will come to Nigeria from where we would distribute to other small countries around us”
“Nigeria is the centre of the world, 200 million people, 975,000 square kilometers ,
”We have so many rivers, creeks, brooks, water transportation is everywhere, we have roads being fixed everywhere, Jebba-Ilorin road is being done, and then the rail”
“The moment we have the Ibadan-Kano rail line, Port Harcourt – Maiduguri line, then it means Nigeria has taken-off” he said
Bello explained the rational behind the delay in the take off of the Truck Transit Parks (TTP) a pet project of the Council in ensuring that transportation of cargoes are carried out seamlessly across Nigeria.
He stated that the council is working with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) on the TTP project, saying that the project is now going to advertisement and procurement.
He said in Enugu State, we had some environmental issues, there were pipelines at the site, so we have heard a meeting with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) the NNPC, and Ministry of Works over the right of way, the meeting was held in Ibadan two weeks ago and all the issues were trashed. So, we are going to the market to advertise the park in Enugu.”
“Then, in Lokoja, we discovered that the government has not paid compensation to the local people even though we cleared the place, “we are working with the state government on this, it is either we go ahead and tell the concessionaire that there is a contingent liability or we have the state government to pay it” he said
Xenophobic Attacks: Unionist Demands Compensation From S’ Africa
Renowned unionist in Rivers State and Vice Chairman of Fruits Garden Traders’ Union (Vegetable Section), Alhaji Ibrahim Aliu, has demanded immediate compensation from South African government over attack on Nigerians, even as he commended the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema over what he described as his gesture of patriotism and support for humanity by way of providing his aircraft for free evacuation of Nigerians from the problem – torn South Africa.
Speaking with The Tide yesterday in Port Harcourt during an interview, Aliu who reiterated his earlier appeal to Nigerians in South Africa to come together as brothers and sisters and support one another, especially those already affected by ‘Xenophobic madness’, called on government of South Africa to compensate all those affected by the crisis.
He said this was the time for the government under President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate concern for Nigerians by engaging the South African government on compensating those affected.
Aliu appealed to government at all levels, as well as other well meaning Nigerians to support those affected by the crisis in South Africa.
The unionist therefore admonished Buhari and his government to tackle the scourge of killings of Nigerians in South Africa, rather than sitting on the fence and pretend as if nothing is going on there.
According to him, “Nigerians died on daily basis after being tortured, maimed and even strangulated to death. The President and his team should stand up and defend the helpless Nigerians and curb this malady for posterity.”
In this words: “Since the beginning of this senseless killings of Nigerians in South Africa, the APC led Federal Government has failed in its obligation to protect the lives of Nigerians, especially those in the diaspora. I am saddened by the kind of leadership in Nigeria now that cannot defend its citizens, who remain stakeholders in governance.”
He, however, urged Mr. President, Governors and the National Assembly members, among other stakeholders to rise up and stop this madness of harassing and the killings of innocent Nigerians, who live in South Africa with fear.
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Bori Residents Decry Increasing Cult Killings
Residents of Bori, the traditional headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, have raised alarm over the increasing cult-related killings and its activities, saying that if urgent steps are not taken by security operatives to curb the situation, it might degenerate.
Bori community had, in the last 10 years, been under siege of various cult groups, especially the Vikings Confraternity members who have allegedly stabbed numerous persons to death, including a female trader and snatching of handsets at gun-points.
Besides cult-related activities, “break and entry” into houses have also become the reoccurring decimal as the residents could not sleep eyes open, especially during night fall.
A resident, Mr. Ernest Gbueba, who spoke to The Tide in Bori recently, lamented over the insecurity in Khana local government area, especially Bori and its adjourning communities, these past 10 years, especially with criminals terrorising innocent citizens in the area.
He, however, appealed to the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike as well as the communities and security apparatus, to critically overhaul security weapons in Bori and its adjourning communities with a view to putting the situation under control for the security of all and sundry in the land and its environs.
Gbueba noted that in the past, Bori community had one of the best and well respected vigilante outfits, professionally equipped to challenge the cultists and criminal elements, wondering what happened to the people within the past few years.
The residents advocated that the leadership of the local government area specify the job difference between the anti-cult unit and Bori community vigilante group, and added that it was the only way the crime could be reduced.
He stressed that the police which confirmed cult-activities in Khana local government area, said that the police had re-strategised with a view to ensuring those behind the activities were brought to book.
Also lending her voice, a lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Pamela Sorgwe, added that suspected cultists when apprehended should be arraigned in courts and assured Bori community and its people of police commitment to the protection of lives and property in the local government area.
All efforts made by our correspondent to reach the chairman of Khana local government area, for his comment on this matter, proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.
Customs Retires 304 Senior Officers, Soon
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.
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