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Double Taxation: FG Harmonises Jetty Operators’ Taxes

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Following the discrepancies in the payment of taxes by jetty operators in the country, the Federal Government said it would take steps in harmonising  the taxes paid by the operators.
The Federal Government said the aim is to address double taxation and promote ease of doing business in the country.
Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, disclosed this in Abuja during a meeting with the Technical Sub-Committee of the Presidential Standing Committee on Private Jetties led by its Chairman, Joseph Ororo,
He noted that operators are made to pay multiple registration fees by different regulatory agencies such as the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Sambo also advised the committee to make unscheduled visits to jetties to ensure compliance with extant laws and regulations.
Earlier, Chairman of the committee, Joseph Ororo, said the  committee’s terms of reference to include reopening all jetties deemed vital to the economy of the country as well as to examine all the remaining closed jetties
He also recommends those to be retained and those to remain permanently closed.
“The standing committee meets from time to time to consider applications for operating licence for jetties and recommend those to be issued new licences by the Minister,” he said.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Nine Ships With Frozen Fish, Others Arrive  Eastern Ports, Today 

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) weekly shipping position says  nine ships with various cargos will arrive Eastern ports today to discharge cargoes
The ships, expected to berth at Rivers Port Complex, Port Harcourt, Warri and Calabar Port’s, are laden with Frozen Fish (FF), Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Bulk Wheat, and In ballast.
Other cargos in the manifest includes, Raw Sugar in Bulk, Float Glass and Gypsum in Bags.
This was contained in  NPA’s weekly shipping manifest issued to The Tide Newspaper, in Port Harcourt.
The manifest also listed the agents for the vessels as Ocean Glory, JFDOR, Akathon and AMCO.
Other Agents include, AIS, Blue seas, Maylon Ports Services and White Waters
The Shipping Position gave the names of the Ships as Elizabeth G Spirit, Lausu, Virgo 1, Lila and SFL Yukon.
Other ships expected today include, Orange ICE, Riser Anne, Stellar and SFL Hudson.
NPA said the arrival of PMS, Frozen Fish and Raw Sugar in Bags would create ready markets for marketers ahead of Yuletide celebration in the region.
It further noted that the arrival of the ships would enhance maritime activities in the Ports and create casual jobs for youths.

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Buhari To Inaugurate Lekki Deep Sea Port, Jan

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Following the completion of the $1.5 billion Lekki Deep Seaport, President Muhammadu Buhari will officially inaugurate the Port in January 2023 for commercial and maritime activities
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, diclosed this  at a recent bi-annual Non-Oil Export Summit held in Lagos.
The Governor said the State government will continue to provide the space and opportunities for businesses to thrive.
He said work on the Lekki Deep Seaport had been completed and that the project would be inaugurated by the President in January 2023.
Sanwo Olu said when inaugurated, the facility will provide enormous opportunities for exporters to ply their trade and improve the export earnings of the country, especially in the non-oil sector.
He urged stakeholders to continue to promote a public-private partnership that will drive growth.
He further noted that the landlocked countries of Chad, Mali and Niger Republic have indicated interest of routing their cargoes through Nigeria, when the the Lekki Deep Seaport begins operation.

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NPA Wants Hoodlums Out Of Takwa Bay Facility

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has called on the military to flush out any suspected hoodlum from Takwa Bay facility in Lagos.
The Authority said  Takwa Bay facility legally belonged to NPA, but was handed over to the military for training and operational exercises.
The Authority expressed regrets over illegal activities by hoodlums at the facility
Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello Koko, stated this when he received the General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Obinna Ajunwa, in his office in Marina.
Koko said the property has been abandoned by the military and taken over by hoodlums who use it for illicit activities.
He assured NPA’s commitment to collaborate with relevant stakeholders and the military high command towards protecting lives and property at the nation’s seaports.
He said NPA has, over the years, enjoyed cordial working relationship with the Nigerian Army whenever the need to maintain law and order at the port arises.
Speaking at the event, General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Obinna Ajunwa, thanked NPA for the collaboration and noted that he assumed duties three months ago.
“I assumed duties three months ago. I felt that as part of our training, we should visit installations in my environment and one of them happens to be the NPA.
“My men are ready to carry out our responsibilities of protecting lives and property at all times”, he stated.
Ajunwa also said the military will engage other government agencies to curtail the illegal activities of hoodlums at Takwa Bay.
He said his men regularly raid the facility to curtail criminal activities.

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