The Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, The Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the Naval Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Admiral M.M Kadiri at the 2018 World Maritime Day Celebration in Lagos yesterday.*
The Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, The Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, The Minister of State for Works, Engr. Mustapha Baba Shauri and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation Mr. Sabiu Zakari at the 2018 World Maritime Day Celebration in Lagos yesterday.

*Stakeholders Commend NIMASA’s Leadership Role in Africa*

For Nigeria to effectively move away from an oil-dependent economy and
industrialise, it must develop the blue economy. This was the position of
the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside and other top players in the maritime
industry, at the 2018 World Maritime Day celebration held yesterday in

Themed “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future,” this
year’s event, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of the
International Maritime Organisation (IMO), according to Dr. Dakuku, could
not have come at a better time than now, when Nigeria is taking deliberate
steps to harness the enormous benefits of the country’s maritime industry.

According to the Director-General, NIMASA is taking various steps to ensure
the growth of the sector for the overall economic benefit of the country.
“We want to make sure that our maritime sector remains virile and this is
the reason we are making moves to safeguard our maritime domain because we
cannot talk about shipping without taking the safety and security of our
maritime domain seriously,” he stated.

Dakuku pointed out that the total spectrum maritime security strategy being
put in place by the Agency will ensure that the maritime subsector was rid
of criminalities that hamper the industry’s growth. He said the ultimate
goal of the Agency was to make Nigeria one of the safest maritime domains
in Africa.

Commenting on the Executive Order of the Federal Government on Ease of
Doing Business, the Director-General said the Agency had succeeded in
reducing the issuance time for bill and sailing clearance to vessels to 24
hours, thereby  drastically reducing the delay in vessel turnaround time.

Speaking at the event also, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of
Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, who represented the Honourable Minister of
Transportation, Rt. Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, said Nigeria received and
generated a lot of cargo and must, therefore, take advantage of its
geographic position to grow its economy through effective maritime

Zakari said, “Nigeria enjoys larger share in the movement of cargoes due to
her location along the Gulf of Guinea, which is a transit and strategic
route for movement of cargo across Africa. It is, therefore, imperative
that the route is secured to fully harness the benefits of maritime trade.”

In the same vein, Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Secretary to the IMO, Mr.
Bala Dikko, said in recent times Nigeria’s relationship with the United
Nations organ had improved. He commended the leadership role NIMASA was
playing in the West African sub-region, stating that security in the region
has greatly improved due to the renewed collaboration and cooperation being
championed by Nigeria among the maritime administrations of the sub-region.

In her own remarks, the Secretary-General of the Memorandum of
Understanding on Port State Control For West and Central African Sub
Region, popularly referred to as Abuja MoU, Barr. Ufom Usoro, noted the
recent strides of NIMASA in the development of the maritime industry. Usoro
said NIMASA, as Nigeria’s representative on the MoU, had played a leading
role in the region, especially as it concerns port state and flag state
control. She commended the leadership of NIMASA for carrying the
stakeholders along in its bid to move the industry forward.

Usoro said the impact of the Dakuku-led management of the Agency was being
felt on the continent, adding that this is one of the reasons he was
re-elected to lead the Association of African Maritime Administrations
(AAMA) for another term at the recently held fourth conference of the body
in Egypt.

The Rector of Maritime Academy (MAN), Oron, Commodore Duja Effedua, and
other notable stakeholders at the event were unanimous in their
commendation for NIMASA, especially as it concerns building capacity for
the sector. They called for support for the Agency’s drive to create sea
time for the graduates of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme

The World Maritime Day is a day set aside by the IMO to celebrate the
contributions of the maritime industry to the global economy. Though
internationally marked on September 27, each IMO member state has the right
to choose a suitable date on which to commemorate the event.


NEPAC Awards (Nigerian Eminent Personality And COporate Awards)
NEPAC Awards (Nigerian Eminent Personality And COporate Awards)

The maiden edition of the Nigeria Eminent Personalities And Corporates Awards (NEPAC) earlier slated for Thursday, October 11, 2018 is now scheduled for November 8, 2018 at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja Lagos by 6pm.

The 2018 Awards will have in attendancee the Honourable Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah as Special Guest of Honour. Captains of Industry, Analysts and other distinguished persons.
The NEPAC Awards was instituted to identify and honour outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant impact in their various fields and have contributed meaningfully to the development of the economy.
The Awards will be preceded by a lecture as part of its contribution to the process of nation building and economic growth. The Guest Speaker,  Professor Akpan Ekpo of the West African Institute of Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) will be delivering a talk on the topic: Diversification – Path to Economic Recovery And Growth.
The occasion will be used to xray topical economic issues facing the nation.
NEPAC, a brainchild of  One of Nigeria’s Leading business and financial journals; BusinessUpdate’, with an online www.businessupdatereports.com whose key focus is to identify and celebrate outstanding individuals and corporate Institutions driving the Nigerian political and economic revolution.
A statement signed by the chairman if the organising committee Mr. Lanre Alabi said it regrets any any inconvenience the change in date may have caused.
PDP Presidential Flag Bearer Abubakar picks Obi As Running Mate -Spokesman

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, main opposition political party’s candidate Atiku Abubakar has selected a former governor from the southeast of the country to be his running mate, in the February 2019 presidential election according to the candidate’s spokesman.
Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president who will stand as the candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 2019 vote, chose Peter Obi, formerly governor of the southeastern state of Ana
The choice points to a bid to generate support in the southeast, where Buhari has polled badly in past elections and cracked down on secessionists by deploying troops on the streets. Geographical affiliations are crucial in a nation of 190 million people from 250 ethnic groups.
“Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi is the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party,” Abubakar’s spokesman said in text message.
Obi had a background in business prior to entering politics. Abubakar has long enjoyed support from Nigeria’s business elite and as vice president from 1999-2007 implemented a liberalisation programme in areas such as the telecoms sector.
Buhari’s handling of one of Africa’s biggest economies since taking office in 2015 has already become a campaign issue. The country emerged in 2017 from its first recession in 25 years but economic growth remains sluggish and inflation is above the central bank’s single-digit target.

UN says 833 children released by Nigerian militia group

Related imageA militia fighting against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has released 833 children from its own ranks, some as young as 11, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Friday.
UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) was formed in 2013 by vigilante groups in Borno state to fight Boko Haram which itself gained international notoriety for kidnapping schoolgirls in the town of Chibok.
The CJTF signed an action plan in September 2017 to end child recruitment, and the release of the children, 40 percent of whom were 15 or younger, was its first formal release.
“This is a significant milestone in ending the recruitment and use of children, but many more children remain in the ranks of other armed groups in either combat or support roles,” UNICEF Nigeria Deputy Representative Pernille Ironside said in a statement.
The released children were among 1,175 boys and 294 girls who had been identified as being associated with the CJTF in the city of Maiduguri, UNICEF said, although the total has yet to be verified and could include another 2,200 or more children.
It said that it had supported the social and economic reintegration of more than 8,700 children released from armed groups since 2017, helping trace their families, returning them to their communities and offering them psycho-social support, education, vocational training and informal apprenticeships.
Boulierac said that the CJTF included children who were “pursuing military objectives” but also many in support roles, so their reintegration into society might be easier than those released from an armed group like Boko Haram.
That Islamist group has kidnapped thousands since it began an insurgency in 2009 aimed at creating an Islamic state in the northeast.
“As far as the Nigerian government is concerned, the CJTF is a local intelligence gathering group. The defence ministry does not have any evidence of armed soldiers who are under age,” said presidency spokesman Garba Shehu, who spoke on the phone.
Nigeria’s government has said since December 2015 that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated”, 20 months after the kidnap o the 270 Chibok girls.
Yet attacks continue in the northeast, while Islamic State West Africa, which splintered off from Boko Haram in 2016, holds territory around Lake Chad.

Ochagwuba, IDMSS Building Human Capacity For Future Sustainability

Established in the year 2015, Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science (IDMSS) in line with its vision in 2017, expanded its activities with a view to impact skills to interested youths, male and female alike as part of its contributions to human development through skill acquisition.

The Organization since inception has assisted over 50 women in small scale business, via workshops where people were trained on activities that can expose them to areas they have no knowledge of.

Located in Kogo Phase 1 Extension, by the Army check point on the way to Bwari, off SCC road, the center is accessible from SCC road immediately after check point behind the rock/Shalom House of Glory church.

The vision and Mission of the organization is to create a platform where youths can achieve their optimum potentials thereby helping them shake-off the shackles of poverty.

IDMSS is geared towards fostering an education system that creates innovative ideas for sustainable entrepreneurial development in order to increase the standard of living of the teeming populace.

It also aims at assisting unemployed youths to achieve their dreams. It is not just about impacting skills but also building a cluster where each trainee could be marketable.

IDMSS is the brainchild of Edwin Ochagwuba who was born on 07 March 1982. He was enlisted as a boy soldier in October 1994 into the prestigious Nigerian Military School (NMS) Zaria on graduation from NMS, he was posted to Nigerian Army Signals (NAS) Corps and later posted from HQ NAS to 532 Brigade Signals Maiduguri on 18 September 2001 where he served for over 12 years and later redeployed to National Defence College on 12 November 2013 where he served for another 4 years before his voluntary retirement honourably from the nation’s most prestigious service; the Nigerian Army.

A 2004 graduate of Kaduna Polytechnic with a Diploma in Law and a National Diploma in Local Government Studies respectively, he also bagged a Professional Diploma in Security Management and Technology from NAOWA Instituteof Management and Technology, Higher National Diploma from Kano State Polytechnic and Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

In his quest to further professionalize his capacity in 2010, he proceeded toUniversity of Maiduguri and completed a Master’s Degree program leading to the award of an Excellent Masters in Disaster Risk Management.

Presently an MPHIL student in Disaster Management at the Prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and PHD research student in Public Safety and Terrorism Studies St. Monica University, Cameroun, Dm. Edwin participated in several United Nations Peace Operations Training Institute courses leading to award of Certificates of Completion.

He was at his best when he completed 2 programmes each from National Institute of Disaster Management India, in collaboration with the World Bank and University of Minnesota, USA.

Dm. Edwin participated in peace keeping operations as Member, Nigerian Battalion15 United Nations African Mission in Darfur (NIBATF 15 UNAMID) November 2008 —May 2009 and Member Nigerian Battalion 28 United Nations Mission in Liberia (NIBATT 28 UNAMID) June — December 2012

He contributed to building a safe and disaster free Nigeria through his selfless sacrifice in Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF] Baga, May to September 2009, Operations Klewa 19 to 24 July 2009, Operations Flush I1th July to December 2010, Operations Restore Order 1st August 2011 to March 2012, Operations BOYONA, April to July 2013 and

Operations Zaman Lafiya, July to November 2013 (All in Borno state).

Edwin served for a period of 16 years in the Nigerian Army before retiring to private life.

He is presently the substantive Registrar, Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science, Nigeria, August 2017 to Date. Also, Nigerian Representative, Disaster/Safety Manager to International Security Association, Switzerland.

He is married and blessed with children. Among his hobbies are reading, writing,walking, and table tennis.

UBA receives award

Caption: Ugo Nwagodoh (right), Group Chief Finance Officer, UBA Plc, receiving an award to recognize the group’s diversification efforts across the African continent, from Mr. Akin Akeredolu-Ale, Chief Executive of the Lagos Commodities & Futures Exchange Limited and Vice Chairman, Association of Stockbroking Houses of Nigeria (ASHON), at the maiden CAMCAN Nigerian Capital Market Performance Awards, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Lagos.
Caption 2: Former Director-General/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Prof. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, receiving an award for her contributions to the development of the Nigerian Capital Market from Sir Sunny Nwosu, founding National Coordinator, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), at the maiden CAMCAN Nigerian Capital Market Performance Awards, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Lagos.


Strike: Unions disrupt flight operations at Lagos airport

Image result for Murtala Muhammed AirportThe operations of airlines at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammad Airport, Lagos were interrupted for over four hours on Friday by members of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria.

According to reports, the unions’ leaders got to the airport early in the morning and ordered airline employees to stop working.

The unions’ officials were said to have arrived the terminal operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria at 5:40am, and after some time, they left and came back a few minutes later with over 500 members.

Eyewitnesses said many passengers were divided on whether to support the airlines or the unions.

It was gathered that those operating at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2, however, operated normally.

Aviation unions such as the National Union of Air Transport Employees; Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals; the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers; and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria had on Thursday issued a statement that they would not join the nationwide strike called by the NLC until Tuesday, October 2.

The Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace, Chris Iwarah, told our correspondent that the ripple effect of the disruption could last for months.

He said the airline’s flights to Owerri, Enugu and Benin did not operate for the day, while many passengers on the other routes refused to fly due to the delays.

Iwarah stated, “It is sad and unfortunate. With what the unions have done, all our operations were affected. The entire chain was affected and we lost a lot of money.

“It is their right to protest, but they can’t compel anyone to join them. We are not against the unions’ strike but they can carry out their industrial action without using it to affect the private businesses of others.”

He called on the government to help stop the impunity of labour unions, especially in the aviation industry, because of safety reasons.

The Media and Communications Manager, Arik Air, Adebanji Ola, also confirmed the disruption of its operations.

He said flight operations, however, resumed later in the day.

IPC Condemns Humiliation Of Journalists At Osun Governorship Election

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The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned the humiliation of
journalists during the Osun State governorship election which

According to Report from Premium Times, “a mob attacked
Oladipo Abiodun a Premium Times election observer at CAC, Ward 3
polling at Isokan Local Government Area of Osun State.  He was
harrased by some persons because they suspected he was taking
pictures. Mr. Abiodun’s jacket was torn and his tag was destroyed by
hoodlums.”“Kemi Busari, a Premium Times journalist who covered the
Osun rerun election,  was briefly arrested by the police this morning
for taking pictures at Polling Unit one, Ward 8, Orolu Local
Government Area. Mr. Busari who arrived the polling unit at about
7.40a.m. thought it fit to capture the voting process, but this landed
him in police custody.
“Some journalists were
sent back mid-way on their journey to cover the rerun election in Ifon
Osun, Orolu Local Government Area.  They were sent back by police
officers who were on the spot to barricade the entrance to the polling
unit. The incident happened around 11.30a.m.”

The barred journalists were from diverse platforms such as
Premium Times, The Cable, Sahara Reporters and some local media.

IPC Director, Mr. Lanre
Arogundade said: “The various humiliations faced by journalists during
the Osun State governorship election was very unfortunate and an
impediment on democracy. The various incidents only portray what is
likely going to occur during the forthcoming general election if
immediate actions are not taken.”
“We therefore call on all media stakeholders and international
agencies to dialogue and chart the way forward for a peaceful
environment for journalists to carry out their responsibilities during
the general elections.”
IPC once again condemns the humiliation of
journalists in the just concluded Osun State governorship election,
and demands a public apology from the Nigerian Police Force.

NUATE Honours SAHCOL Chairman With Philanthropic Award

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Skyway Aviation Handling
Company Limited, SAHCOL, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi (MON) has been honoured
with the ‘NUATE Philanthropic Award’, by the Nigerian Union of Air
Transport Employees, NUATE.                 The award was presented to
him at the Union Quadrennial National Delegates Conference and Awards
Ceremony, held at the Grand Hotel Convention Centre and Resort, Asaba,
Delta State, in the presence of eminent Nigerians, Labour and Chief
Executive Officers in Private and Public Sector.

According to the Nigerian Union of Air Transport Employee, Dr. Taiwo
Afolabi is an ‘internationally renowned and labour friendly
entrepreneur’, hence his choice as the recipient of the “NUATE
Philanthropic Award” to recognize his “immense contribution to the
growth and development of transportation in Nigeria.”
While receiving
and conveying the solidarity message of the Chairman of SAHCOL to
NUATE the Managing Director/CEO, Basil Agboarumi expresses the
profound thanks of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi to the entire leadership and
membership of NUATE for deeming it fit to pick him for the award,
stating that he’s deeply honoured to receive the award.
commenting on the Conference theme, ‘Public Private
Partnership in Aviation, with Perspectives from three key
stakeholders; investor, Labour, and Management”, Dr. Afolabi Stated
that today’s workplace is in continuous need of partnership of all
stakeholders, reiterating that he has always partnered with Labour to
create industrial peace and harmony for the purpose of business growth
and development, hence will remain employees-centric in all business
He promised to continue to make
investments in Nigeria, particularly in the Aviation Industry, such as
will help produce the great Nigeria of our dream.
Dr. Afolabi is the Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Skyway Aviation handling company Limited. He is also the
Group Executive Vice Chairman of the Sifax Group of Companies and
currently the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Djibouti.

Nigerian Shippers Council Condemns Exclusion From Port Concession Review


The Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, has condemned its exclusion from the planned review of the port concession exercise, adding that this  will deny the country needed technical input that would correct the mistakes of the past.

The Executive Secretary of NSC, Hassan Bello, made this known in Abuja at the on-going West and Central Africa sub-regional workshop and joint standing committee meeting organized recently by the Union of African Shippers Council, UASC in conjunction with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD.

Bello said Shippers Council does not only possess the technical expertise, but also being a representative of the shippers, it is imperative for the Council to be fully represented in the process leading to the review.

He explained that most of the problems plaguing the concession exercise today is because the process leading to the concession of the ports initially was not made open and the port users were not involved.

“The review of the port concession is on-going, the Shippers Council is not part of the review of the concession agreement for now.

“The Nigerian Shippers Council is a representative of so many things, you cannot have any meaningful discussion without the input of NSC.

“Am aware that the Federal Ministry of Transportation is looking at this because one has to take the issue of all port users into consideration.

“That was the problem in the first instance when the negotiation for the port concession was going on, it was not made open. Even when it was completed, it took almost seven months for Nigerian Shippers Council to get a copy of the agreement.

“The process leading to the review should be made open. The enemies of open discussion will not succeed this time around because Shippers Council will insist that as port economic regulator and the representatives of shippers, it should be represented”, he said.