NPA To Embark On Nationwide Safety Campaign

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it will soon embark on a nationwide safety campaign to eradicate unwanted vessels on the nation’s waterways as well as met out sanctions to those who go against safety regulations.

The NPA also decried the rising rate of deaths which it says is a result of stealing petroleum products.

The Executive Director, Marine and Operations, at the headquarters of the NPA Dr Sokonte Davies said this at the Calabar Ports where he went with a delegation to ascertain the level of damage done during last Sunday’s fire disaster.

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Inspecting some of the damaged facilities, the Director expressed sadness over the fact that such incidents which are avoidable were a result of suspected illegalities going on in the area and negligence on the part of some residents.

Davies stated that “investigations into the root cause are ongoing and appropriate sanctions will be meted. I commend the efforts of staff of NPA to have risen to the challenge in collaboration with other agencies by deploying their facilities both at land and sea to put the situation under Control,” he added.

Drawing attention to safety regulations across board, he told journalists that a nationwide campaign will commence soon on educating the masses on safety regulations both on sea and on land.

He, however, called on parents, religious and traditional rulers as well as concerned citizens to help educate as many people as they can on the need to stop the act.

The delegation subsequently observed a minute silence for the deceased.

Agencies Shun House Probe Of Undeclared Crude Oil Exports

Agencies Shun House Probe Of Undeclared Crude Oil ExportsTwelve government agencies on Monday failed to appear before the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee probing the alleged undeclared crude oil and liquefied natural gas exports to global destinations.

Those that failed to appear before the lawmakers who summoned 15 agencies include: The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Nigeria Customs Service and Nigerian Ports Authority.

The Chairman of the House Committee, Honourable Adbulrazak Namdas, who seemed unhappy with the development, tasked government agencies to play their part in the fight against corruption.

“Reports have it that over 57 million barrels of Nigerian crude oil were illegally exported and sold in the USA between January 2011 and December 2014.

“The estimated revenue loss by the Government of Nigeria is around $12 million at an exchange rate of 196 Naira to a dollar; this translates to over two trillion Naira,” Honourable Namdas said.

The Minority Whip of the House, Honourable Yakubu Barde, who declared the event open, said the allegations and others have left a shadow on Nigeria’s development.

“The specter of oil theft and associated crimes in the industry in Nigeria is unending and has remained an albatross on the national development needs till date.

“The problem of oil subsidy and the ‘ripping off’ of Nigeria and Nigerians may be assuming the crimes of yesteryears.

The Committee was forced to adjourn its sitting till Tuesday, April 11.

Buhari Approves Governing Boards For NPA, NIMASA

Muhammadu Buhari-NPA-NIMASANigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the composition of the governing board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

The approval was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi.

The new NPA governing board has 11 members with Mr Emmanuel Adesoye as its Chairman.

The members of the board are: Supo Shasore, Suleiman Halilu, Constance Harry Mashal, Umar Shu’aibu, Charles Sylvester, Hadiza Usman, Mohammed Koko, Dr. Sekonte Davis, Professor Idris Abubakar and Mrs I. J. Uche-Okoro.

Similarly, President Buhari approved a governing board for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The NIMASA board also has 11 members, with Major General Jonathan India Garba as the Chairman.

The members of the board are: Asekomhe Kenneth, Mohammed Muazu, Ebele Obi, S. U. Galadanchi, Ms Nene Dike, Dakuku Peterside, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, Bashir Jamoh, Joseph Fashakin and Gambo Ahmed.

FG To Audit Nigeria’s Ports

Nigeria's PortsThe Federal Government has announced plans to audit Nigeria’s ports as part of efforts to improve the economy and fast track the clearing of goods.

The Minister of Transport, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, said this in Abuja shortly after a meeting with port concessionaires, dry port operators and the management of the Nigeria Shippers’ Council.

He said that the audit of the ports would determine the next step to be taken by the federal government.

He, however, reiterated the federal government’s determination to diversify the nation’s economy.

2016 Budget: Buhari Will Comply With Fiscal Responsibility Act – Presidency

BuhariThe administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to fully comply with the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act and other extant laws as they relate to the submission of budget proposals of Federal Government agencies and corporations to the National Assembly.

According to a statement from the State House Media Office, the recent submission of the proposed budgets of CBN, NNPC, Nigerian Ports Authority and others indicates that the President is living up to this commitment of accountability and transparency.

“The transmission of budgets for the MDAs to the National Assembly, particularly those regarding the Central Bank and the NNPC behemoth is clearly unprecedented.

“The President is determined to make the budgeting process more transparent and participatory.

“It is all part of the re-engineering of the entire processes of governance for the benefit of ordinary citizens,” Malam Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman explained in a chat with newsmen, following the transmission of the President’s letter to the National Assembly on the matter.

According to Shehu, the President strongly believes that good governance and transparency are integral to the nation’s progress and key to the Federal Government’s programme to revamp the economy.

He said that by responding positively to the demand of the National Assembly that MDA budgets be laid before it for scrutiny, a demand mostly ignored by past administrations, “President Buhari has indeed given a clear indication of his commitment to an open, transparent and people-oriented government for Nigerians.’’

The Presidential spokesman added that the current administration has also demonstrated its respect for the parliament, as a principal arm of government in a constitutional democracy.

“Our hope and expectation is that the National Assembly, acting in the best interest of the nation, will allow the immediate operationalization of the MDAs budgets, so that the momentum of growth of the economy which has begun to build up will be sustained,” Shehu said.

BBOG Co-founder, Hadiza Usman Is New MD of NPA

Hadiza Usman, NPA, BBOGMrs Hadiza Usman has been appointed Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

She takes over from Alhaji Habib Abdullahi, who was reinstated by the President in August 2015 as the MD of the NPA.

Mrs Usman previously served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.

She shot to national prominence in 2014 when Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok area in Borno State.

In conjunction with the former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, they co-founded the #Bringbackourgirls group, which brought global attention to the plight of the kidnapped girls.

Her appointment took effect on Monday, July 11 along with other appointments just approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Maritime Workers’ Union Issue Ultimatum To NPA Management

NPAThe Maritime Workers’ Union has issued a two-week ultimatum to the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to pay the eight months salary arrears owed tally clerks and security men who work at the sea ports and terminals.

According to the President General of the union, Anthony Nted, all previous engagement with the ports management has not yielded much. He said the situation might lead to an industrial action if the payments were not made.

He, however, outlined other grievances to include the indiscriminate parking of truck leading to the ports, the deplorable state of roads and relocating tank farms along access road to the sea ports.

Comrade Nted pointed out that the union was not interested in paralysing the ports because of its implication in the nation’s economy. He said that the union had decided to shelve the planned strike and gave NPA a two-week ultimatum to prevail on the companies to pay their debts.

He, however, warned that should the affected companies fail to pay within the two weeks ultimatum, the entire ports would be shut down without notice.

The maritime President appealed to the management of NPA to ensure that things did not degenerate to that level.

On the issue of unpaid arrears to on-board security and tally clerks, he said everything was almost concluded for the payment of the over two years arrears, explaining that the payment could be made within the next three weeks, as the board of NPA last week approved payment of the arrears.

The affected companies include Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Chevron/Texaco, Agip Energy & Natural Resources, Lammalco Nigeria Ltd, Murphy Shipping, Globestar Nigeria Ltd, Hyundai Heavy Industry Nigeria Ltd, ESSO Exploration Production Nigeria ltd, NAOC, TIDEX , Seabulk off shore, Saipem group, Wilbross, Moni Pulo Nigeria Ltd, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited ADDAX Petroleum Development Nigeria Ltd, Amni Petroleum, SNEPCO Ltd, Hydrodive Nig Ltd, Red Transport Nigeria Ltd and Edison Chouset offshore Ltd.

Comrade Nted lamented that the aggrieved workers had been passing through untold hardships and suffering.

“The continued denial of the payment of these dues to the dockworkers – a suffering class of workers, some of whom have died while waiting for the payment – is inhuman and unacceptable.

“As the Authority charged with the responsibility of superintending over the Port operations, we demand that the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority enforces the directive to the companies to pay up the bills without further delay. We further wish to state that we may be forced to withdraw the services of the dockworkers from all our seaports if the payment is not made. Injury to one is injury to all,” he warned.

Nigeria Loses $15Million To Maritime Insecurity – Presidency

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Maritime Services, Oyewole Leke has said that Nigeria’s economy suffers a loss of at least $15 million everyday as a result of insecurity in the maritime sector.

He made this known while speaking on Channels Television’s Question Time.

Mr Leke revealed that the risk premium on cargos heading to Nigerian ports were high because Nigeria was listed as a ‘risk zone’.

“if you import a car to Nigeria, it costs about $300 more in freight than the ones that go to Kotonu”.

This means that a ship, carrying up to 5000 cars will be charged about $1.5M because it is coming to Nigeria.”

He added that about 25 ships head to Nigerian ports on a daily basis.

In this edition of Question Time, Mr Leke discussed the government’s strategies at solving the issues in the sector.

He said the agency is working to solve all the problems associated to the sector, including: the frequent attacks by pirates, the traffic leading to the ports, the congestion in the ports, the length of time in clearing cargos… etc.

“It’s not what we want yet” but “we have succeeded so far”.


Nigerian Ports Run 24 Hours To Encourage Investors – Presidential Aide

The Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Professor Sylvester Monye has credited the ‘24-hour ports opening regime’ to President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to ensure better efficiency at ports in the country.

While speaking on Question Time, Professor Monye explained the reason why 14 agencies operating at ports had to be cut to 7, saying that it would help reduce bureaucracy and ensure that goods are cleared in time.

In this edition of the programme, Professor Monye talks about port reforms in Nigeria with regards to ports infrastructure, expansion and provision of terminals.


FEC approves N102 billion contracts

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved series of contracts totalling N102 billion for various projects across the country.

The projects include the construction of the strategic gas pipeline from Obiafun/Obirikom in Rivers state to Oben in Edo state to facilitate the supply of gas to major power plants located in the southern parts of the country.

The project contract was signed at the cost of N90.4 billion.

Briefing state house correspondents after the weekly council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of information, Mr Labaran Maku said that the strategic pipelines are to resolve part of the problems posed by shortage of gas in power supply and also ensure that gas is sufficient in Lagos and all the power plants located in that southern part of the country.

The projects were awarded to two companies with an expected delivery in twenty four months.

The Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke had on Thursday revealed that the fall in the nation’s power supply was due to the deficit in the supply of gas to the power stations in the western part of the country. She also noted most of the on-going NIPP projects are not aligned to adequate gas supply.

Other contracts the federal executive council approved include the supply of ICT equipment to some higher institutions in the country at the cost of N9.8 billion.

The project is being coordinated by the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF), and is part of government’s plans to enable Nigerian teachers and students have access to Internet connectivity.

The coordination of the project will be handled by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the PTDF. The project is expected cover schools in all the six geopolitical zones in the country.

The cabinet also approved the sum of N266.9million for consultancy services for the master plan in the Nigerian Ports Authority.

Also approved is the development of the National College of Petroleum Studies Kaduna, in order to enhance skills and competence of personnel’s in the oil and gas industry. Council noted that the college which was established several years ago cannot boast of an environment that is conducive for learning, hence the need for the construction of new student hostels and classrooms.

Vehicle importation to Nigeria, rise by 86%

The number of vehicles imported into the country is expected to witness an 86 per cent increase from the number imported in February.

Figures released by the Nigerian Ports Authority on Thursday revealed that a total of 8,126 vehicles are expected this month and of this number, 3,126 are used vehicles indicating that more Nigerians are now buying new vehicles.

The total figure is higher by 480 when compared with 7,646 vehicles imported last month.

Dealers attribute the increase between last month and this month to the approval of the 2012 budget by the National Assembly.

The shipping position also revealed that 6,946 vehicles were delivered at the Lagos ports between February 1 and 29, 2012.

The statement also indicated that the remaining vehicles would be delivered in 18 ships.