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Allocate Port Charges To CTN, FG Urged

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The National President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, Lucky Amiwero, has called on the Federal Government to allocate the controversial terminal handling charges and seven percent port development levy to the cargo trading process.

It will be recalled that a ministerial committee set up by the former minister of transport to review port charges, recommended the total cancellation of terminal handling charges and port development levy, which were not provided in the port concession agreement.

“Terminal handling charges are duplicated as terminal delivery charges and the duplication of the collection by shipping/terminal operators is in contravention of the ministerial committee’s recommendation and global practice, which outlaw the collection.

“The collection should be substituted for the cargo tracking note being a component of freight, which is to track cargo down to the port of destination”, Amiwero said, adding that the illegal and duplicated charges should be allocated to the cargo tracking process, which has great benefit to the nation in terms of revenue, security and safety of cargo.

The present collection of seven percent port development levy at the ports, he said, is not in consonant with the port concession agreement that transferred port development activities to the terminal operators.

In a 10-page letter entitled “Global Perspective on Cargo Tracking and its Effect on Security and Safety of the Nation’s Economy,” which he addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federal  (SGF), Amiwero provided a comprehensive analytical framework on the cargo tracking note (CTN) recently introduced to Nigeria.

He noted that one of the important recent international developments in the field of supply chain security was the adoption, under the auspices of World Customs Organisation WCO) of a new framework of standards to secure and facilitate global trade, which is referred to as WCOSAFE Framework.

Among the four areas the SAFE Framework focuses is the mandatory outbound inspection of high risk containers on which the concept of cargo tracking and screening of outbound cargo was built.

Prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States, Amiwero said, customs authorities were responsible for the clearance of imported goods at destination, but the attack precipitated a change in cargo inspection based on security.

The cargo security programme developed after the terrorist attack emphasised provision of a new protocol for tracking and screening of cargo from both the country of origin to destination, which was adopted globally due to security threats on the supply chain.

He noted that the instrument for the implementation of CTN in Nigeria is pre-shipment of import and export 10 and 11 of April 9, 1999, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act 17 of 2007 and the Nigerian Ports Authority Decree 38 of 1999.

Freight includes the tracking of containers by the shipping agency/terminal operator to destination before delivery to consignee. This is based on the provision of the United Nations convention on carriage of goods by sea (ratification and enforcement) Act 19 of 2005 which is liability of carrier from the port of loading to port of discharge by handling over to the consignee, he added.

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Nigeria, Korea Sign MoU On Maritime Security

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Nigeria and the Republic of Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on maritime security and safety.
The agreement was signed last week by the Director General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, and the Director General, International Affairs and Intelligence Bureau, Korean Coast Guard, Seonggi Kang.
According to a statement by NIMASA Assistant Director, Public Relations, Osagie Edward, the MoU provides a framework for both countries to develop, coordinate and monitor the implementation of maritime security and safety.
According to the statement, Jamoh said during the signing agreement that the MoU would be implemented to the best interest of both countries, adding that it will ultimately enhance safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.
“The relationship between Nigeria and Korean spans over many decades. This MoU which started with a statement of intent in 2018 is designed to reinforce the commitment of both countries to grow bilateral trade through maritime”, Jamoh said.
Commenting on the emergence of Nigeria’s Dr. Paul Adalikwu as the newly elected Secretary General of the Maritime Organisation for West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Jamoh said it is another testimony of the trust the international community has on Nigeria as a leading maritime nation in Africa.
Jamoh called on the Korean Government to support Nigeria’s quest to return to council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) during the elections scheduled for the first week of December in London.
He said, “It is worthy of note that Nigeria as a leading maritime nation in the West and Central Africa region is seeking election into council in category C at the IMO. We trust you will convey our message to your home country on the need to support Nigeria”.
Responding, Kang commended Nigeria for its commitment to the growth of the maritime industry.
He said, “We are impressed with the Nigerian Government’s commitment to safety and security in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea. We shall convey your message seeking support for return to council at the IMO to our home country based on conviction.
Kang expressed optimism that the MoU would assist in addressing some issues in the maritime domain.
According to him, “there are a lot of concerns in the Gulf of Guinea, especially with piracy and illegal fishing. We hope by signing this MoU, these challenges and others will be resolved”.
The MoU is for a period of five years and is expected to be automatically renewed for another five years unless any of the partners withdraws six months before the expiration.
The agreement covers capacity building, information sharing, search and rescue liaison and establishment of hotlines for direct communication at all times.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Lagos, Ecobank Donate 34 Fibreglass Boats To Fishermen

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The Lagos State Government in collaboration with Ecobank Nigeria has donated 34 fibreglass boats to cooperative societies made up of young fishermen in the state.
The boats came with outboard engines and other ancillary fishing equipment.
Speaking during the presentation of the boats, the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said that the deployment of the fishing assets would create over 2,000 jobs in the upstream and downstream sub-sector of the state economy.
She also said the fishing assets would produce 4,531 metric tonnes of fish annually.
Olusanya commended Ecobank on the partnership to uplift artisanal fisheries value chain in the state.
According to her, the ministry partners with Ecobank and Old Mutual Assurance to provide banking services, track cash flow in the business and aid fleet expansion for the fishermen.
The commissioner disclosed that the empowerment was under the 2021 Agricultural Value Chain’s Enterprise Activation Programme inaugurated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in July as part of the government’s commitment to support the fishery value chain.
She said each of the 34 cooperative groups comprising 20 members each would receive a boat and urged them to make judicious use of the equipment.
“Today, we are distributing the fibreglass boat to 34 cooperative groups free of charge, under the 2021 Agricultural Value Chains Enterprise Activation Programme.
“We need to monitor your activities to ensure that you utilise the equipment very well and also expand and increase the number of your fleet with the support of the financial institution.
“The banks are here to plan your business and increase opportunities for the generations to come. We want you all to grow your business and become multinational companies.
“We don’t want people to come from Japan, Netherlands and other foreign countries to talk about fish more than our people from the local fishing communities”, she said.

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Sea Travellers To Pay More Fare To Bonny

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Sea travellers wishing to leave Port Harcourt for Bonny Island may have to pay more fare, henceforth.
This follows a sudden increase of boat fares from Port Harcourt to Bonny barely a month to the Christmas season.
Boat fare from Port Harcourt to Bonny will now cost N2,500 against the initial N2,200 per passenger.
The increase in the fare was made known by the Marine Safety Officer, Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA), Comrade Kings Dimkpe, during an interview with The Tide at the weekend.
The marine officer attributed the slight increase to the high cost of engine oil and the pump price of petroleum to drive the boats.
Dimkpe assured that the association would serve the passengers better and would not compromise on their safety.
He said the union would enforce strict safety terms during the yuletide and enjoined sea travellers to comply with sea regulations before embarking on their journey.
Comrade Dimkpe also appealed to boat drivers to shun recklessness on wheel and ensure strict compliance to safety rules and regulations.
He called on passengers to report any reckless driver to the union for necessary disciplinary actions.
He insisted that the union had banned night travelling, warning that any driver caught embarking on night journey would be sanctioned.
He, however, appealed to passengers not to pressurise boat drivers to sail at night, saying such is risky to their lives and the entire society.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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