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Buhari Reinstates NPA Sacked Chairman, Demotes Amaechi’s Ally

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President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the reconstitution of the Board of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), with the reinstatement of Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye from the South West as chairman.
Adesoye, who is former NPA board chairman, replaces Akinwunmi Recketts, a former Commissioner for Information in Cross River State under former Governor Liyel Imoke and an ally of the Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Recketts was, however, retained on the board to serve as non-executive member under the new chairman.
The appointments were contained in a statement  issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina,
The statement also announced the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) for the second term.
Adesina wrote, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director, NPA for another five-year tenure.
“Other members of the board are : Prince Ekenyem Nwafor-Orizu (South East zone), Akinwunmi Ricketts (South South zone), Ghazali Mohammed Mijinyawa (North East zone),  Mustapha Amin Dutse (North West zone), and Abdulwahab Adesina (North Central zone)”.
The Tide, as at the time of filing this report could not ascertain if Ricketts demotion was connected with divergent opinion he expressed with the NPA Managing Director during the #EndSARS protests.
It would be recalled that Amaechi’s recommended candidates for the position of Director General and Board Chairman of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) were also turned down for other persons in a last minute power play in March 2020.
Industry observers are, however, worried about the rush by the Federal Government in handing out another five-year term to Hadiza when her first tenure expires in June, this year.
According to an observer who pleaded anonymity, Hadiza’s tenure has been extended twice in less than 12 months. Her five-year tenure expires in June 2021. Why then the rush in re-appointing her for another term?
He also described the power play at the NPA as strange.
“There is more to this. This is the first time in the history of this country that the chairman of the board of government corporation would be demoted and replaced with a sacked chairman”, he said.

 

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Ports Operator Decries Proliferation Of Bonded Terminals In Lagos

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A chieftain of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Apapa chapter, Mr. Frank Aliakor, has decried the proliferation of bonded terminals in Lagos metropolis, saying it constitutes noise pollution within the residential areas. 
The  seaports operator alleged that some of the off dock terminals were not duly licensed by the Federal Government, thus creating problems for shippers freight agents and occupants in residential areas.
He also queried the approval of some of the off dock terminal operators due to poor handling of equipment in their possession.
Speaking with The Tide recently, Mr. Aliakor noted that the proliferation of bonded terminals had worsened traffic situation in Lagos State and called on the government to regulate their activities. 
 Though the customs broker declined to mention names of some of the erring operators, he alleged that with the movement of imports to such facilities, cargoes were not properly examined due to lack of adequate manpower and relevant security personnel at the terminal to checkmate the activities of unscrupulous agents and shippers during physical examination.
Aliakor reiterated that activities at some of the off dock facilities were not properly monitored against the background of insecurity in the country, noting that the mother port still had space for examination before the final evacuation of cargoes.
He also disclosed that the seaport terminals are empty as a fall out of the atrocities of some scrupulous importers,  pointing out that due to the thriving illegalities at the bonded terminals, most of the shippers take the advantage to move their consignments to such facilities.
Aliakor who is a critical stakeholder at the Apapa seaport lamented that activities of the freight stations also heightened gridlock along major highways linking various communities in Lagos State thus constituting nuisance and pollution for residents.
“The issue of proliferation of bonded terminals is alarming because everybody wants to own a terminal outside the seaports and this calls for concerns.
“All these terminals are constituting nuisance within the community in Lagos and I will suggest for government to review the establishment of some of these terminals”, he said.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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NIMASA, Customs Agree On Modalities To Deliver Deep Blue Project …As NPA Reshuffles Cabinets

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Customs Service have agreed on modalities for seamless and timely delivery of the Deep Blue Project assets currently at the ports.
The agreement was reached in a meeting between the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, and Comptroller General of NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), in Abuja, last Thursday.
According to Jamoh, “because of the peculiarities of the urgent need of these assets, there is a need to find a common ground that would assist in the full deployment of these assets”.
While appreciating the customs boss for the efforts in clearing the Deep Blue Project assets still at the ports, Dr. Jamoh urged the customs to share information and capacity with NIMASA to ensure successful implementation of the Deep Blue Project.
The NIMASA DG also raised the issue of the Modular Floating Dock, which he described as a public asset to be managed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
A statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Relations, NIMASA, Osagie Edward, quoted Jamoh as saying that, “The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) is fully involved in the process to select a management partner for the Modular Floating Dockyard. 
“We urge the Nigerian Customs to see and treat the asset as a national asset that should enjoy some concession in terms of duties”.
“When it becomes operational, hundreds of direct jobs will be created and thousands of indirect employment will also be created”.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, has approved the appointment of three new port managers.
This is in a bid to engender operational efficiency and make NPA the maritime hub of Africa.
The new appointees are Yitnoe Stanley Magaji, former Technical Assistant Managing Director, Marine and Operations, now as Port Manager, Onne; Buba Jibril, former Traffic Manager, LPC appointed as the Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port, and Ovbude Nelson Uwaifo, former Traffic Manager, Dangote Jetty, now as  Port Manager, Calabar.
The erstwhile Port Manager, Tincan Island Port , Engr. Yunusi Ibrahim Anji, moves to corporate headquarters as Assistant General Manager, Port Engineering, while Dantsoho M Abubakar, former Port Manager, Onne now becomes Technical Assistant Managing Director, Special Duties.
Leoso Akintunde Oladipo, Principal Manager Traffic LPC, assumes duty as Traffic Manager, Lagos Port Complex, while Aliyu Abubakar, Principal Manager, Traffic Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, takes over as Traffic Manager, Dangote Jetty, Lekki.
The appointments, according to a statement by the NPA, take immediate effect.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Blames Isaka Jetty Collapse On Lack Of Maintenance

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A renowned marine expert in Rivers State, Comrade Kins Dimkpa, has blamed the recent collapse of Isaka Jetty on lack of maintenance culture.
The marine safety officer who decried the unfortunate incident that claimed one life, said jetties all over the world required regular maintenance to avoid carnage.
Dimkpa stated this in Port Harcourt during an interview with The Tide. 
He decried overcrowding of jetties by passengers, saying jetties are not built to accommodate crowds, but as walkways for passengers to board boats.
Describing the Isaka Jetty as an old structure, Dimkpa called on the state government and other relevant authorities to embark on maintenance of jetties every five years to avoid collapse.
As a panacea to reduce over-crowding around the jetty, he advised the government and local authorities to set up a task force to control crowd and movements around the jetty.
While advising passengers to avoid over-crowding and keep away from heavy objects, Dimkpa urged that marine divers should be stationed in every jetty for rescue mission.
The safety officer also cautioned the end users against defecating on top of the jetty, saying such act wears up the jetty and causes collapse.
He advised passengers embarking on a water journey to wear life jackets to curb boat mishap
 He appealed to security agents to ensure safety of lives at the jetty by controlling crowds as well as arresting those embarking on night travelling.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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