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Maritime sector revenue can surpass oil — Terminal operators tell Shippers’ Council

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By Seun Ibiyemi

The Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup has said that the nation’s maritime sector has the potential to surpass the oil and gas industry in terms of revenue generation for the country, if given priority attention.

Princess Haastrup said this recently when the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Akutah Pius Ukeyima, paid a courtesy visit to her.

While reiterating support for the establishment of the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, the STOAN Chairman said the Federal Government’s desire to realise more revenue from the maritime sector can only be attained through ‘careful and strategic long-term planning.’

The STOAN Chairman also made a case for the passage of the National Transport Commission (NTC) bill.

She said the proposed NTC will serve as an independent economic regulator in the transport industry including maritime, rail, aviation and land transport.

“It is expected to promote competitive market conduct and ensure that the misuse of monopoly or non-transitory market power is prevented in the provision of transport services.

It will also promote private sector participation in the provision of transport services; ensure that operators and users have equitable access to the use of transport facilities, services, channels and routes,” she said.

She assured the Nigerian Shippers’ Council of her support for its transmutation into the NTC when the NTC Bill is passed into law.

“We support the NTC and support the Nigerian Shippers’ Council’s transmutation into the NTC to enable the Council to effectively protect the rights and interests of operators and consumers,” she said.

The STOAN Chairman said terminal operators at the nation’s seaports have addressed multiple challenges associated with cargo-handling operations through substantial private-sector investments made at the various terminals.

She said port concessionaires have increased the efficiency and productivity of the ports, reduced vessel waiting time, reduced the cost of doing business at the port, freed government resources for use in other vital sectors, and increased the revenue of the government generated through the seaports and generated jobs.

Terminal operators in collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority have improved the state of the ports in terms of security, quay and yard infrastructure, productivity and efficiency.

“The efficiency of our ports has improved multiple folds. Vessel waiting time has since been eliminated resulting in significant savings for importers and exporters. The government now generates revenue in trillions of Naira through the tax authorities, Customs, NPA and NIMASA as against the few billions generated before the concession,” she said.

Also speaking during the visit, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council Executive Secretary/CEO, Mr. Akutah Pius Ukeyima, commended terminal operators for their investment at the port.

He said the visit gave him insight into the operations of terminal operators, promising to foster collaboration with the operators and provide the atmosphere required for businesses to thrive at the seaports.

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NIMASA DG inaugurates WIMOWCA Nigeria chapter

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The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, during the 2024 commemoration of the International Day for Women in Maritime in Lagos, inaugurated Women in Maritime West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA) Nigeria chapter.

The NIMASA boss commended the contributions of Nigerian women to the development of the maritime sector.

Associations that participated in the event with the theme “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety” included the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), Women in Maritime (WIMA), Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT), and Women in Maritime West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA), among others.

The International Day for Women in Maritime is a significant day established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to honor and celebrate the invaluable contributions and resilience of women across various sectors of the maritime industry.

Dr. Mobereola, who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Jibril Abba, informed the audience, comprising various women’s groups in the maritime industry, that the Agency appreciates the contributions of women to the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

“Let me seize this opportunity to recognize and applaud the incredible achievements of women in maritime. From seafarers and ship captains to engineers and port operators, as well as maritime professionals and trailblazers, women have played a pivotal role in shaping the maritime industry and driving innovation and progress. Their dedication, resilience, and expertise have not only enriched our industry but also inspire a future generation of women to pursue careers in maritime,” he said.

“To all the women in maritime: Your contributions are vital, your voices are heard, and your achievements inspire us all. Together, we can harness the nation’s blue economy to build a more sustainable and prosperous maritime industry that benefits us all. Thank you for your dedication, passion, and commitment to a more inclusive maritime community,” Mobereola added.

Earlier in her presentation, the Director of Financial Services at NIMASA, Mrs. Olamide Odusanya, appreciated the IMO for creating an inclusive and supportive environment to recognize women in maritime, in line with the provisions of Sustainable Development Goal 5, which is Gender Equality.

Her words: “It is clear the pivotal role of women in the maritime industry. Closing the gender gap, which is the SDG 5- Gender Equality, has been an internal quest of women folks since the industrial revolution, and one significant achievement has been made; we still have a long way towards achieving relative parity.

A paper presented by Mrs. Gloria Anyasodo on “Emerging Trends: Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety and Opportunities for Women” emphasised that safety transcends gender. Therefore, women must cultivate competence through proper education, expertise, and mutual support to uplift one another.

Dr. Odunayo Ani, the President of the Women International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, Mrs Rollens MacFoy, President of African Women in Maritime, Nigeria chapter, Princess Margaret Inam of Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT), Barrister Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore the National President of Women in Maritime of West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA) and Hon. Olaitan Williams, President Ocean Ambassadors Foundation all delivered goodwill messages at the event.

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IMO Women in Maritime Day: NIMASA celebrates Nigerian women stakeholders

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By Seun Ibiyemi

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, during the 2024 commemoration of the International Day for Women in Maritime in Lagos, commended the contributions of Nigerian women to the development of the maritime sector.

Associations that participated in the event with the theme “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety” included the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), Women in Maritime (WIMA), Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT), and Women in Maritime West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA), among others.

The International Day for Women in Maritime is a significant day established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to honour and celebrate the invaluable contributions and resilience of women across various sectors of the maritime industry.

Dr. Mobereola, who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Jibril Abba, informed the audience, comprising various women’s groups in the maritime industry, that the Agency appreciates the contributions of women to the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

“Let me seize this opportunity to recognise and applaud the incredible achievements of women in maritime. From seafarers and ship captains to engineers and port operators, as well as maritime professionals and trailblazers, women have played a pivotal role in shaping the maritime industry and driving innovation and progress. Their dedication, resilience, and expertise have not only enriched our industry but also inspire a future generation of women to pursue careers in maritime,” he said.

“To all the women in maritime: Your contributions are vital, your voices are heard, and your achievements inspire us all. Together, we can harness the nation’s blue economy to build a more sustainable and prosperous maritime industry that benefits us all. Thank you for your dedication, passion, and commitment to a more inclusive maritime community,” Mobereola added.

Earlier in her presentation, Mrs. Olamide Odusanya, the Director of Financial Services at NIMASA, appreciated the IMO for creating an inclusive and supportive environment to recognize women in maritime, in line with the provisions of Sustainable Development Goal 5, which is Gender Equality.

Her words: “It is clear the pivotal role of women in the maritime industry. Closing the gender gap, which is the SDG 5- Gender Equality, has been an internal quest of women folks since the industrial revolution, and one significant achievement has been made; we still have a long way towards achieving relative parity.”

A paper presented by Mrs. Gloria Anyasodo on “Emerging Trends: Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety and Opportunities for Women” emphasised that safety transcends gender. Therefore, women must cultivate competence through proper education, expertise, and mutual support to uplift one another.

Dr. Odunayo Ani the President of the Women International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria,  Mrs Rollens MacFoy, President of African Women in Maritime, Nigeria chapter, Princess Margaret Inam of Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT), Barrister Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore the National President of Women in Maritime of West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA) and Hon. Olaitan Williams, President Ocean Ambassadors Foundation all delivered goodwill messages at the event.

The event culminated with the official inauguration of the WIMOWCA Nigeria chapter by the DG NIMASA.

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Duplication of roles at ports frustrating FG’s policy on ease of doing business — Oyetola

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By Seun Ibiyemi

The Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, H.E. Adegboyega Oyetola has described the multiplicity and duplication of same roles at the nation’s seaports by government agencies as hindrance to the Federal Government’s national policy on the ease of doing business.

The Minister expressed his dismay over these challenges yesterday, in Lagos, at the Day 2 session of the Ministry’s “Stakeholders Engagement on Enhanced Activities in the Blue Economy sector.”

According to Oyetola, the government exists for the very purpose of serving, helping and assisting the people through enacting welfarist policies.

He identified the President Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s administration’s policy on the ease of doing business as a focal example drawing out that the policy was introduced to ensure that impediments to conducive business operations in Nigeria alongside tax reviews are assessed, pruned and simplified.

The Minister made the call following complaints by the Indigenous Fish Importers and Exporters Association that laboratory and sampling is embarked upon by both the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

He noted that the time and number of samples taken alongside levies and taxes paid poses a serious challenge to the sub-sector and its members.

 Stakeholders therefore, appealed to the Minister to engage some of these agencies and have their activities streamlined under one body.

Responding, Oyetola assured that the Federal Government will find a solution to the said challenge, adding that fish exportation is another source of foreign exchange for the country and allowing it to linger on will penultimately affect the government’s revenue outlook.

He further assured stakeholders in the importation and exportation of fish that other challenges such as accelerated laboratory sampling, delay in the issuance of licence certificates amongst others will be taken upon by the Director of fishery and aquaculture in the Ministry.

Amidst several representatives of the Indigenous Fish Importers and Exporters Association and the Nigeria Fish Dealers Association, Producers and Processors, notable amongst these contributions was that of the Acting National Secretary, National Fish Association of Nigeria, Chidike Ukoh who assured the Honourable Minister of the sub-sector’s capacity to meet local demands.

Chidike however urged the Minister on the need for the establishment of a security outfit with the mandate of securing the lives and properties of fishermen, this is even as he cited instances from establishment of agro rangers for the agric sector and Mining marshals, husbanding and protecting miners.

Also, worthy of notice was the contribution by the National Vice President, Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria (TADAN), Nurudeen Tiamiyu, diverting from request and support from the government, highlighted that so much perspective is been focused on cat and Tilapia fish farming whence other derivatives from the Blue Economy such as finfish, seaweed, urchins, session cucumbers and crustaceans farming are being shelved either consciously or unconsciously.

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