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NPA Wants Customs To Auction Overtime Cargo At Sea Ports

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The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has called on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to urgently commence on the spot auction of all overtime cargoes at the ports.
Usman said the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal is already congested and can no longer accommodate overtime cargoes.
This was contained in a statement made available to The Tide through the office of the managing director
Usman made this disclosure in Lagos when she hosted the executive members of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders NAGAFF at her offoce.
“What we seek to do is to have the Nigeria Customs auction the overtime cargo on the spot because already Ikorodu is full. So what we want is that cargo that have been identified as overtime in the port, they should auction it as it were and the ones at Ikorodu. The last time auction was done was in 2015 but what is more important now is that Ikorodu is full and so we need to auction on the spot.
“We have written to the Nigeria Customs on that and I believe this is something we are working to do because the port location is already congested because of the fact that overtime cargos have not been auctioned,” she said.
While noting that overtime cargo should not be abandoned at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, Usman explained that the facility was not totally designated for overtime cargo, but it was also being utilised for processing of agric produce as well as for cargo evacuation through the use of barges from the Apapa port.
“To the extent that Ikorodu is being utilised for other activities beyond overtime cargo, the space in that location is an area meant for overtime cargo and other activities. Other activities include agric processing. If you recall, part of the executive order require for Nigerian Port to so designate a terminal for agric processing and Ikorodu was so designated. In so doing, we are rehabilitating the quays, the contractor has reached about 70 to 80 percent of work which is being concluded to provide a strong quay in that area that will be used for agric processing.”

 

Chinedu Wosu

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Customs Cautions Officers On Improper Dressing, Unkempt Beards

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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”.

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Stakeholder Tasks RSG, MWUN On Piracy

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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

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Inadequate Facilities At MAN Worry Mariners

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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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