Nigeria’s Federal Government has instituted an Interim Committee to reposition the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, into an institution that will bridge the dearth of technical expertise that currently exists in the maritime sector in Nigeria.
The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while inaugurating the committee on Wednesday in Abuja disclosed that, “currently the kind of graduates that Maritime Academy produces and the kind of facilities available there are a shame to the country”.
A coalition of militants in the Niger Delta who had previously vowed to attack Nigerian oil and gas pipelines if their demands were not met by October 1st, has agreed to rescind their threats on the fossil fuel infrastructure in the delta.
Abuja held several closed-door meetings with the coalition on Thursday, after which the group declared its loyalty to the Pan Niger Delta Forum, which is negotiating with the federal government to increase the proportion of oil revenues used to develop the oil-rich delta.
The Trump administration is waiving Jones Act requirements until September 15 to address a potential fuel shortage in Florida caused by the approaching Hurricane Irma and lingering Gulf Coast pipeline and refinery disruptions following Hurricane Harvey.
The Jones Act, which Nigeria's Cabotage Act was modelled after, requires vessels transporting goods between US ports to be US-flagged, US-built and majority US-owned.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is exploring the feasibility of deploying multimodal cargo haulage around the Apapa logistics corridor to ease the concerns of stakeholders who have expressed concern over the state of access roads to the Lagos Port Complex.
To this end, talks are on with the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) to encourage movement of cargo by rail to and from Apapa Ports and increase the frequency of evacuation since one train movement is equal to about 70 truck movements.
Nigerians have continued to react to the on-going organisational restructuring taking place at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), leading to the scrapping of its zonal structures which the management avers, will improve efficiency and enhance professionalism.
Apparently, the move, which was approved by the NPA Board in July and launched into action by its Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman last week, had become important because the Authority’s structure had remained the same in spite of the 2006 concession which changed its status from owner to landlord.