Ibaka Port To Accommodate High Volume Cargoes – Minister
The Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar, said on Tuesday
the Federal Government was partnering Akwa Ibom Government and private
investors to develop Ibaka Deep Sea Port to accommodate high volume of cargoes.
The minister stated this at the inauguration of the Project
Development and Steering Committee of the port on Tuesday in Abuja.
Umar said the Ibaka port would be developed under Public
Private Partnership (PPP) to accommodate cargoes generated through
international maritime trade.
He said the port’s location, which is an integral part of
Ibom Industrial City and an important milestone in the development of Akwa
Ibom, offered investors unparalleled opportunities for maritime and oil and gas
According to him, the site will also accommodate dry docking
facilities for super tanker vessels and offer low cost access to off shore
“Mr President attaches great importance to this project
which is indeed part of the Transformation Agenda. We are committed to the
completion of the project by the year 2015,” he added.
Umar said President Goodluck Jonathan convened a Maritime
Sector Retreat on July 3 to articulate concrete Action Plans to harness the
potential of the maritime sector for sustainable national economic development.
“We are taking an important step in the actualisation of one
of the key outcomes of that presidential initiative,” the minister said.
He said the sector was central to the nation’s economy as a
veritable medium of transportation, global commerce, resource exploitation and
The minister said the government created enabling
environment to maximise the potentials of the sector and encourage PPP,
particularly in the development of sea ports to facilitate international trade.
“It is not in doubt that the nation’s existing six ports are
over-stretched. With an overall handling capacity of 60 million tonnes per
annum, the ports presently cater for over 100 million tonnes per annum.
“It is, therefore, evident that the existing ports cannot
cope with the current demand of the sector,” he said.
He commended Gov. Godswill Akpabio for providing more than
5,000 hectares of land for the port, with further commitment to provide basic
infrastructure, including the main access road.
Umar urged members of the committee to apply their
experience and expertise to the assignment and ensure diligent implementation
of the project.
Responding, the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government,
Mr Umana Umana, who is also a member of the committee, thanked the President
for approving the project, promising that the state would ensure successful
completion of the project.
Responding on behalf of the committee, the chairman, Dr
Iorwuese Viashima, thanked the minister for the confidence reposed in the
MOWCA Seeks Korean Govt Support To Establish Regional Shipping Line
Secretary General of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Mr. Paul Adalikwu, has sought the support of the Korean government towards establishing a regional shipping line to serve the interest of West and Central African countries.
Adalikwu, who made this request in Abidjan during a visit to the Korean Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, also highlighted the long standing working relationship between MOWCA and the Korean government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
A statement made available to The Tide in Lagos stated that the MOWCA Scribe told Lee Jinmoon, First Secretary and Consul, Republic of South Korea Embassy in Abidjan, that a regional shipping line will be of collective benefits to the 25 member countries and partner institutions like KOICA.
He said such initiative can serve expansion of maritime business opportunities and create employment for the thousands of skilled youths who have undergone training within and outside the continent
He highlighted the importance of South Korea as a maritime powerhouse that emphasizes sharing its experience with developing countries and international organisations like MOWCA.
In addition to the shipping line, Adalikwu said MOWCA is looking at developing capacity in areas of dry docking- ship repairs and maintenance and local manufacturing of ancillary equipment and working gears like life jackets.
Adalikwu disclosed that under his watch measures have been taken to engage with international partners and Agencies to develop cooperation, particularly with International Maritime Organisation (IMO), African Development Bank (AfDB), and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
He reiterated MOWCA’s drive to promote cost-effective maritime transport services, maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea, ensuring the training of maritime personnel, sustainable funding of the shipping industry, and facilitating transit of cargoes to landlocked member countries.
He reiterated that MOWCA is committed to actualise the completion of its ongoing projects, such as the Coast Guard Function Network, improving the Centre for Information and Communication, and the Regional Maritime Development Bank.
While seeking support of the Korean government, the SG recalled that between 2005 and 2008, MOWCA received support from KOICA in the form of training of experts, donation of vehicles, computers/servers as contained in the report of its 13th Session of the General Assembly held in Dakar from 29th to 30th July 2008
By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
Britain Trains 35 NDLEA Officers On Maritime Patrol
In a bid to improve Nigeria’s Maritime sector operations and encourage marine investment, the British government has embarked on training 35 officers of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Marine Command and Seaports Operations
Organised by the United Kingdom Home Office International Operations (HOIO), the training, which lasted for two weeks, was anchored on Maritime Patrol and Tactical Coxswain training by the UK Central Maritime, Training Unit based in Southampton.
This was contained in a statement by NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi at the weekend.
“The training is to enhance the border control capabilities of the NDLEA by providing specialised training, mentoring and advanced drug detection equipment.
“Key areas covered so far include: boat handling, weapons handling, riverine operations, boarding and vessel search.
“Some of the trainings have been facilitated by the British Military, Nigerian Navy and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP)”, he said.
Babafemi continued that the training will enable them to plan maritime deployments, pursue, stop and board vessels on the high seas.
The Agency Spokesman thanked the UK government for its continued support and commitment in helping the NDLEA to enhance its capacity and capabilities to tackle drug trafficking
He urged the officers to remain steadfast in their professional calling and ensure they bring to bear the essence of the training on their formations and colleagues.
Babafemi assured them that NDLEA will continue to prioritise training and retraining for all officers, men and women of the Agency
Earlier, HOIO Regional Manager for West Africa, Kris Hawksfield, said the UK remains committed to strengthening the mutually beneficial work of the Agency to interdict, seize and destroy illicit substances and drugs which would otherwise harm Nigeria and the UK.
Hawksfield also said he was proud and honoured to work and support the work of NDLEA.
By: Chinedu Wosu
FG Approves N510m Fire Service Equipment For Rivers Port, Others
The Federal government through the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N510,934,600 for the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for construction and supply of customised fire service search and rescue vans for Rivers Ports, Lagos Port Complex, Tin-Can Island Port, and the NPA headquarters in Lagos.
Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, disclosed this while briefing journalists after the FEC meeting chaired by Mr President in Abuja.
“The Federal Ministry of Transportation this afternoon (midweek) presented two memoranda to council on behalf of two of its agencies.
“The first agency was the Nigerian Ports Authority, which sought to provide for the award of a contract for the construction and supply of customised fire service search and rescue vans for extrication of accident victims for Rivers Ports in Port Harcourt, Lagos Port Complex, Tin-Can Island Port, and the Marina headquarters, all in Lagos.
“Council considered the memorandum and approved the award of the contract as recommended and reviewed by the Bureau of Public Procurement and the sum of N510,934,600 inclusive of seven and a half per cent VAT, and with a completion period of nine months in favour of Messrs All Works Commercial Company Limited”, he said.
Sambo noted that the second memorandum presented by the ministry was on behalf of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
“The memorandum sought the council’s consideration and approval for the award of contract for the procurement of rolling stock, operation or maintenance equipment for the Kano-Maradi standard gauge rail line that is currently under construction.
“The contract was awarded to MSSRs Mota Engineering Nigeria Limited, who are the contractors handling this particular project in the sum of $984,722,302.5 inclusive of seven and a half per cent VAT with a completion period of four years”, he said.
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