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Regional collaboration: Ghana understudies Nigerian cabotage regime

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…Revised Law to be signed soon – Jamoh

By Seun Ibiyemi

The Ghanaian Maritime Authority GMA has commenced a 10-Day programme to understudy the implementation of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act also known as the Cabotage Law in Nigeria under a collaborative arrangement with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh OFR, while addressing the Ghanaian delegation, expressed delight at the opportunity to share knowledge on Cabotage implementation noting that it will not only enhance regional collaboration, but also have a multiplier effect of increasing local participation in the regional maritime industry.

“As a regulatory and enforcement agency, we are committed to ensuring that our core mandates are accomplished in such a manner that will provoke economic development for Nigeria, while growing indigenous capacity in line with international best practices.

Since the advent of the Cabotage Act in Nigeria, about 68 percent of vessels trading within the country’s maritime space are now Nigerian-flagged. We have also made progress in the area of placement of Nigerian seafarers on board Cabotage vessels, as well as building vessels from the keel, particularly smaller crafts.

He also spoke about the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) introduced to offer financial assistance to operators, stating that the fund is obtained through the collection of a 2 per cent surcharge from the total contract sum performed by any vessel engaged in Cabotage trade. Jamoh expressed optimism that the amended Cabotage Act will be signed into law very soon.

“The Cabotage Act, was signed into law in 2003 after two decades of implementation and reality on ground, it is now clear that the law requires amendment and the Nigerian National Assembly have made tremendous progress towards having the revised Cabotage bill assented to by Mr. President.”

On her part, the Director, Legal/ Board Secretary of Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Mrs. Patience Diaba expressed delight at the opportunity to learn from the Nigerian experience in its implementation of the Cabotage law.

Diaba opined that Ghana is privileged to have an opportunity to learn from the experience of Nigeria; stressing that the valuable insights would ensure Ghana avoids the pitfalls and challenges that plagued Nigeria at the initial stage.

Her words: “We appreciate the time and efforts of the NIMASA team who will be sharing their insights and expertise with us over the next few days. We look forward to a fruitful discussion and site visits, especially the visit to Port Harcourt and other activities that have been planned for us.

“We are confident that our time will be rewarding and we will return to Ghana better informed and equipped to implement the Cabotage regime in our nation. We are excited to begin this 10-day study tour.”

In his welcome address earlier, the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Engr. Victor Ochei observed that Nigeria’s Cabotage achievements did not come without pitfalls and struggles that were surmounted through consistency.

“Our achievements, processes, knowledge acquired and experience are what we will be sharing with you within this short period of time. Luckily, you will be gaining these set of skills without the inclusion of the pitfalls we had to learn from to attain our current level.”

“In the course of this under-study, we intend to chronologically take you on a historical sojourn and enlighten you on our famous “4 Pillars of Cabotage”. We shall put you through the enabling legislations and instruments that empower us to operate as well as our enforcement procedures amongst others,” Ochei said.

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Invest in education to grow knowledge Economy – Dangote advises FG

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By Aminu Mohammed, Kano

President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote Industries Limited has urged the Federal Government to invest hugely in education and skills acquisition so as to grow the knowledge economy.

Speaking on Friday as a Guest Lecturer at the 38th Convocation Lecture of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Dangote said for Nigeria’s Knowledge Economy to thrive, the nation must invest hugely in education and research, information and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, human capital develoment, intellecrual property (IP) protection, industry-academia collaboration, creative industries, global connectivity.

Represented by Engr. Mansur Ahmed, Dangote  delivered a lecture entitled: “Role Of  The Private Sector In Building A Sustainable Knowledge Economy In Nigeria.”

According to him, for Nigeria to leverage and nurture a sustainable Knowledge Economy, the Federal Government must invest in education and skills development.

Dangote listed other factors that can grow Knowledge Economy in Nigera to include:  promotion of research and development; digital infrastructure development; entrepreneurship and innovation support; circular economy integration; government policies regulation.

Others include: public private partnership (PPP); environmental stewardship; digital inclusion and accessibility; communuty engagement and social impact.

He further stated that: “by adopting these recommendations, we can lay the foundation for a sustainable knowledge economy that prioritizes environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and innovation.

” The successul implementaion of these strategies requires a collaborative à effort from all stakeholders, with a shared commitment to the principles of a knowledge-driven snd sustainable future.”

Dangote, however, observed that: “A major challenge in transiting to Knowlesge Economy  for Nigeria is the quality of the Nigerian worker,”  opining that:  “The quality of human assets matters a lot in the operations of a firm.”

According to him: “Our educational system which produces most of the human assets working in various firms in Nigeria needs to be modified to yield the desires results.

” The system as presently constituted produces graduates who may have excellent qualifications but lack the necessary skills to perform optimally in a knowledge driven economy.

“We have thousands of graduates on a yearly basis, but selecting those with the required skills is often a tough task. The esucational system should incorporate findings from the research instutitions in their programmes asbwell as relevant management skills that would equip students for excellence after their studies.”

He insisted that: “Knowledge gap among workers is a major limiting factor that hinders many firms operating in Nigeria from achieving the desured results.”

Accorsing to Dangote, Nigeria’s Knowledge Economy value chain plays a crucial role in shaping its economic landscape.

In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of BUK, Prof. Sagir Adanu Abbas noted that in BUK, Dangote is a trademark that rings a bell, courtesy of the Dangote Business School singlehandedly built and donated to the Uinversity by Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

He added that: “Established about a decade ago, Dangote Business School has produced thousands of postgraduates.”

“Indeed, the establishment of Dangote Business School has added a lot of value to the Bayero University, Kano with the School moving on from strenght to strenght and making  a name beyond the shores of Nigeria.”

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ICEGOV2024: FG calls for submission of research papers to strengthen global leadership in digital governance

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has called for the submission of research papers in lieu of the country’s participation at the 17th Edition of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV).

ICEGOV is an annual gathering of academia, governments, international organisations, civil society, and industry to share the latest insights and experiences in the theory and practice of Digital Governance. The United Nations University (UNU-EGOV) organises the international conference in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The ICEGOV2024 will take place in Pretoria, South Africa from the 1st to the 4th of October 2024 at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg with a main theme of “Trust and Ethical Digital Governance for the World We Want.”

The FG noted that its participation is spurred by an objective to deepen Nigeria’s position in global research in key technology areas (the top 25 percentile) as proposed in the FMCIDE strategic plan and also strengthen Nigerian research leadership in digital governance in the Global South.

ICEGOV2024 presents a great platform for Nigeria to further strengthen its evidence of digital governance position by presenting well-researched and world-class papers from academia, industry and the government.

According to a statement, Nigeria is planning to host a workshop at the ICEGOV.

“This is to further support DPI’s effective design and implementation by the Federal Government.

“Interested researchers from the wider academic networks are called to submit papers tailored to the workshop’s theme Designing and Implementing Scalable and Inclusive Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) in African Context.

“The DPI-tailored paper should be submitted into the following tracks of the conference; Track 1: Trust and Ethical Digital Governance for the World We Want. Track 4: Digital Transformation and Innovation in the Public Sector.

“Track 7: Future-ready Digital Workforce and Infrastructure Development. Track 10: Public and Private Sector Governing Digital Economies; and Track 11: Focus on the Global South Digital Transformation Sponsorship.

“The main author of the top three selected DPI-tailored papers will be sponsored to participate in the Special Workshop.

“If your paper is accepted by ICEGOV, kindly notify NITDA by forwarding an acceptance notification by ICEGOV to llamid@nitda.gov.ng on or before 12 July 2024.”

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Chevron bags award for Sustainable Energy Business

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Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and CNL, was on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, recognised with the Sustainable Energy Business award at the ongoing Nigeria International Energy Summit (NIES), the Federal Government of Nigeria’s official Energy, Oil and Gas event taking place in Abuja. 

The award presented by the Minister for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, was in recognition of the company’s long-term commitment and contribution to the social and economic development of the country through its strategic investments in the nation’s oil and gas industry.

Chairman and Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Rick Kennedy said the company is encouraged by this award stating that Chevron would continue to build on its existing assets. 

“Chevron remains committed to our partnership with Nigeria in ensuring safe, reliable, and efficient operations in Nigeria and delivering a reliable, ever cleaner and efficient energy supply that is critical to the development of the Nigerian economy.”

Kennedy, who was represented at the event by Director, NNPC/Joint Venture Operations, Cosmas Iwueze, assured that the company remains committed to supporting the social and economic development of Nigeria and desires to grow its business in Nigeria.

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