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NIMASA Goes Tough on Pirates



NIMASA Goes Tough on Pirates

NIMASA Goes Tough on Pirates

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

To fight oil thieves and pirates on our territorial waters, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is partnering the Nigerian Navy and Nigeria Airforce.

It has acquired some surveillance equipment to monitor the waterways and secure the ports.

In furtherance of the engagement, NIMASA now operates a 24-hour surveillance regime, capturing vessels in the nation’s maritime domain irrespective of weather conditions.

More than 5,000 ships ply the territorial waters yearly. Some vessels, sources said, violate international laws by engaging in illegal activities, including stealing of crude oil and other criminal activities.

Its Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, said the agency achieves profile analyses, which include the flag, registered owner, operator, beneficial owner and movement of ships over a specified period.

He said: “The system enables us to take very swift decision in real time, on any targeted ship. Currently, all offshore areas of interest have been electronically cordoned off with a guard zone via our surveillance system and we can at once link activities in the oil fields and on crude oil platforms.

“The system has not only greatly increased our capacity to block revenue leaks but has increased our revenue as all vessels coming into Nigeria are now captured and analysed for billing.

“Our administration has been able to integrate surveillance data with billing control information, thereby driving our desire for the agency’s billing system to be fully operational  by two-thirds, from 72-hour down to 24 hours while keeping our eyes the target timeline of six hour billing,” Peterside said.

A senior official of the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMoT), who craved anonymity, said the nation loses 200,000 barrels of crude oil to theft.

“They are collaborating to curb oil theft, piracy and other criminalities, The Nation has learnt. More than 5,000 international ships ply the territorial waters yearly. Some of the vessels violate international laws by engaging in illegal activities.

“The Air Force has acquired three maritime 128-6, F27 and ATR-42-500 jets and other planes to monitor the activities of oil thieves and other criminals.

“The high-tech plane ATR-42-500 jet is being operated by the Air Force. The plane is fitted with sensors, radar and Electro-Optic Surveillance and Tracking (EOST) equipment, which houses three cameras to monitor ships in Nigerian waters.

“The 20-seat plane can fly as low as 200 feet (60 metres) above the sea and passes on information about maritime traffic to the navy, who can intervene with fast-attack craft if necessary.

“The collaboration is aimed at fighting all manner of maritime crimes in the country. With this aircraft, we can spot any vessel hundreds of kilometres (miles) away,” said Group Captain Enobong Eneh Effiom.

“The aircraft is inscribed with the words: ‘Vigilance over the ocean’. The cameras installed in the planes function well at night based on their high powered lights.

“For any sustainable and meaningful growth in the maritime sector, a robust maritime domain awareness system is inevitable. NIMASA has, therefore, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force to enhance water patrol and aerial surveillance of Nigeria’s maritime domain.

“The collaboration with the Air force will assist NIMASA in tackling the challenges of large and unrestricted navigational areas, small and non-cooperative objects taking advantage of the dense maritime activity to conceal their actions and it would also protect the ports and ships against attacks,” Effiom said.

He said the agency was striving to ensure that the government and security agencies had access to accurate, comprehensive and up-to-the-minute situation data of the vessel traffic at sea.

The jets, it was learnt, were built in France and equipped in Italy with radars, cameras and other security gadgets.

It was gathered that the Navy has also acquired an equipment called Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Centre (RMAC) to aid the fight.

The equipment, findings showed, was imported from Japan for about N2 billion. It has high-frequency radio and long-range cameras, capable of spotting ships up to 48 kilometres away on the waters.

“From the domain awareness centre, we can see ships from anywhere in the world coming or leaving our maritime space. It also gives us the ability to ascertain the actual threat the vessel poses,” the official said.

The idea for the tripartite collaboration, a source said, started a few years ago

It was learnt that NIMASA sought the help of the Air Force when it discovered that the war against pirates was complicated.

“With the equipment in the planes, NIMASA can monitor even the unusual movement of vessels at sea and keep their records,” the official said.

The jets, it was learnt, draw on the latest technology to provide a reliable, round-the-clock monitoring.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Jumia Unveils Brands Festival to Promote Authentic Products



Jumia Brands Festival

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

To promote authentic products and lead the charge against substandard items, Nigeria’s leading e-commerce platform, Jumia, has launched Brands Festival campaign.

A statement from the organisation explained that the initiative, apart from promoting authentic products, it is also to allow customers to get them at the best price directly from the manufacturers on its platform.

“The festival will provide our consumers with a wide range of quality products from top global manufacturers. Today’s consumers want quality and at the most competitive market prices.

“For this campaign, we have partnered with different international brands to make their products accessible to customers in Nigeria and for them to shop directly from the original product manufacturers and more importantly, save more while doing so,” the Head of Brands at Jumia Nigeria, Moyosore Oduwobi said.

It was gathered that the campaign started on Monday, September 20 and will run through October 3, 2021, offering a unique opportunity to consumers nationwide to buy original products from the stores of several top brands such as Samsung, Nivea, Oraimo, Apple, Nike, HP, Adidas, Skyrun, Umidigi, Hewlett Packard (HP), itel, Transsion (Tecno & Infinix), Samsung, Coca-Cola, and Nestle.

The campaign is also providing free shipping to consumers on selected product categories, as well as 10 per cent savings on purchases on the Jumia app if they pay with JumiaPay.

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Professionals to Discuss Media Monitoring, Measurement in PR



Media Monitoring

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Some communications professionals from Nigeria and outside will converge on Friday to discuss the importance of media monitoring and measurement in Public Relations.

The discussion point for the conversation is Google Meet via and it would give participants to hear from experts in the field on the subject matter.

The programme is put together by a foremost media intelligence agency in Nigeria, P+ Measurement Services. It is part of its quarterly event tagged EvaluatePR and it is its 18th edition.

A statement from the organisation disclosed that this quarter’s webinar will take place between the hours of 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm (West African Time).

This edition will feature public relations and measurement practitioners like Francois Van Dyk, Head of Operations, Ornico Group, Johannesburg, South Africa and Samuel O. Adeyemi, Lead Strategist, Media DNA, Nigeria, who together will share from their wealth of knowledge, experiences and insights to the theme of the event.

EvaluatePR is an informative event that will be honoured by communications and media monitoring professionals, who will be sharing their experiences, advice, insights, and quotes on media measurement, monitoring, and evaluation during the interactive session.

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Best Platform to Sell/Redeem Giftcards in Nigeria



GiftCards hub

Nigerians are becoming aware of how much profit they can make from trading gift cards for cash. It is no wonder that gift cards vendors are found everywhere; from WhatsApp statuses, Twitter timelines and sponsored ads, Instagram, to Facebook pages.

And even if you do not have any internet presence, you may have seen one or two billboards in your city advertising a gift card platform or company.

A gift card or gift voucher is a prepaid value card offered by retailers/banks as an alternative medium of payments for goods bought or services rendered. In Nigeria, most retail outlets do not accept them as a means of payment. However, the gift card industry is a gold mine and Nigerians benefit from it by selling gift cards for cash.

Most people own gift cards but are scared to exchange gift cards because they’re sceptical about the best platform to trade gift cards. As mentioned above, gift card vendors are everywhere, and if one is not careful, one might get scammed or cheated.

Well, GiftCards Hub is here to save the day. With over five years’ experience in providing customers with the best gift cards trading experience, the GiftCards hub is intentional about protecting its customers against gift cards scammers/rippers.

Why GiftCards Hub is the Best 

Of course, there are a lot of gift card trading platforms out there with different features and functionalities, but there is a reason why GiftCards hub is the industry’s best. When it comes to peak customer satisfaction, GiftCards hub stands tall above other platforms. Perfect customer service is just one of the many things you stand to gain when you choose giftcards hub. Written below are the other reasons why you should choose giftcards hub for any gift card transaction.

  • Reputation and Certification

Giftcards Hub has been serving gift card traders since 2017 and they’ve done it so well. It is evident in how loyal many customers they have gathered since then.

The reputation of GiftCards hub precedes it, each user a different story of how good it served them. Because of how well GiftCards hub has served their customers, they have become the most prominent gift cards trading platform in the country. You can check out GiftCards Hub reviews on Trustpilot.

Giftcards Hub is a legally registered company with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission. Three words to describe GiftCards Hub; trustworthy, reputable, and verified.

  • Best rates

This is every trader’s dream, to sell gift cards at the best rate and maximize profit. Exchange Giftcards for cash at the best rates with GiftCards Hub.

They buy and sell a wide range of gift cards which includes; eBay, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, steam wallet, Sephora, Nordstrom, USA visa giftcard 100-500, Apple Store, USA AMEX GOLD 3779, USA vanilla visa/onevanilla, USA Walmart giftcard, and Nike Giftcard. You can trade any of the gift cards for cash using the website.

The rates of each card can be easily calculated using the giftcards hub rate calculator on the website.

  • Fast payment

Sell gift cards for cash instantly on Giftcards Hub. In less than five minutes after transactions have been confirmed, payments are made in naira into your GiftCards Hub wallet from which you can withdraw to your normal bank at any time. GiftCards offers transparent transactions with no hidden charges.

  • Privacy policy

In its five years of serving customers, GiftCards Hub has never been attacked by hackers. GiftCards Hub is well-invested in ensuring that all personal and card details are well protected. This is achieved by the use of top-notch technology to fortify their website. No third party will ever have access to your account. Everything you need to know about the privacy policy is on their website.

Ready to make some profits? What are you waiting for? Log on to  to create an account and get started.

Frequently asked questions

How do I withdraw funds from my GiftCards Hub wallet?

Funds can be withdrawn from your Giftcards hub wallet by simply following these steps;

  1. Create an account on
  2. Log in to your dashboard
  3. Scroll down to the withdraw funds section.
  4. Input the amount that you want to withdraw and the bank account you want it to be sent to. Your funds will be sent to you within 10 minutes of the withdrawal request.

How to sell USA AMEX gift cards in Nigeria?

USA AMEX gift cards can be sold via Giftcards hub at the best rates. No hidden charges whatsoever, only seamless transactions.

How much is a $100 Nordstrom gift card in naira?

Nordstrom gift card worth $100 is currently sold for 34,000. Note that this price can change at any time, but no worries because GiftCards hub got you covered as we constantly update our website as regards any change.

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