All Rail Projects to be Linked to Ports - Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Ameachi has said all rail lines being constructed in the country would be linked to ports as it is done in other parts of the world.

“The first railway contract in the revitalisation policy was awarded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, that is railway from Lagos to Kano; the next one was awarded by former President Goodluck Jonathan, that is Lagos to Calabar.

“In all these, the agreement with Chinese government that there will be counterpart funding of 15 per cent; we did not fulfill these agreements.

Plans Underway to Float New National Shipping Line - Amaechi

The Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has unfolded the Federal Government’s plan to float a new national shipping line.

Amaechi who spoke at a Maritime Technical Summit in Lagos, explained that the new national carrier of ocean-going vessels would not be funded via the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF).

He disclosed that he would be holding a meeting next week with some experts in maritime industry and ship owners to arrive at decisions on establishing the national carrier.

Search and Rescue is a collective responsibility- NIMASA D-G

The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside has said that Search and Rescue (SAR) operation is a collective responsibility in the West and Central Africa Region and the entire global maritime scene. A statement by the Head of Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka, on Wednesday in Lagos, noted that Peterside, stated this in Lagos at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Technical Session of the Regional Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre (RMRCC), comprising of the West and Central Africa Sub-Region.

Navy arrests 221 suspected pirates, 25 vessels

No fewer than 221 suspected pirates and 25 vessels were arrested by the Nigerian Navy (NN) in the last seven months in Lagos, according to the outgone Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Raphael Osondu.
According to Osondu, who made the disclosure at a farewell parade in Apapa where handed over to Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai, added that 150,0000 litres of assorted petroleum products were recovered during the seven months he held sway at the command.

Nigerian Senate Moves To Stop Importation Of Substandard Tyres

The Senate in Nigeria has directed the Standard Organisation of Nigeria to work with the Nigeria Customs Service to stop the importation of substandard tyres into the country.

The resolution was reached on Tuesday after a debate on a motion drawing the attention of the Senate to the alarming rate and frequent loss of lives and property through road accidents due to the use of substandard and used tyres.

During its plenary the Senate also called on the Federal Road Safety Commission and Vehicle Inspection Officers to conduct checks on all tyres in use in Nigeria.

Nigeria Ports to Get US Training Support

The United States Consular General to Nigeria, John Boay, has pledged to assist the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) with training and capacity building.

Boay spoke when he visited NPA Managing Director Mallam Habib Abdullahi in his office.

Abdullahi said NPA would create an enabling environment for achieving efficiency and capacity building within its hub.

The develop ment of deep sea ports, he said, were geared towards achieving greater productivity at the ports.

NIMASA calls for quick enactment of Anti-Piracy Law

The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside said that the agency and other stakeholders would facilitate the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other related Crimes at Sea Bill into law.

A statement by the Head, Public Relations Unit in NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, on Monday in Lagos, said the director-general stated this at a four-day workshop organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the U.S. Government.

Mfon Usoro resigns as Secretary-General of Abuja MoU

Mrs Mfon Ekong Usoro has resigned as the secretary-general of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Port State Control (PSC) for West and Central African Region recently

NPA MD Meets Maritime Lawyers, Preaches Harmony Between Maritime Agencies

The Executive Committee of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association on Monday paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mr. Habib Abdullahi. The NMLA Executive, which included Mr. Louis Mbanefo (SAN), Mrs. Funke Agbor, Mrs. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emoren and Mr. Emeka Akabogu was received by Mr. Abdullahi and his management team, which included the Executive Director Marine and Operations Mr. David Omonibeke and the General Manager Legal, Mrs. Eniola Williams.

Shippers’ Council, World Bank Lead Collaboration On Ratification of Rotterdam TFA Convention

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and the World Bank are leading a collaboration with other critical agencies of government in the trade chain to accelerate Nigeria’s ratification of the Rotterdam Convention on Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which has become an important instrument of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).


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