By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has once again reiterated that government’s efforts are at advance stage to facilitate the establishment of a National Carrier that would be spear headed by the private sector.
He noted that when established, it will address the current multiple challenges facing the Shipping industry and it will check capital flight, create more employment opportunities for our teeming youth as well as providing opportunity for Sea time training of graduate Cadets.
Mr Amaechi stated this at the 2016 World Maritime Day Celebration in a keynote address he delivered on the theme: “Shipping, Indispensable to the world”, on Wednesday November 2, 2016 in Lagos.
The Minister said opportunities that abound in the Maritime sector which could lift the economy to greater height have remained largely unexploited noting that the most Advance Economies of the World are those that have developed their maritime industries to a greater height and have greatest percentage of participation in international trade.
For Nigeria to achieve this lofty heights, the Minister called for her full participation in international trade which no doubt, has a direct relationship between the development of a nation’s maritime transport by removing all bottlenecks that are affecting the exploration of opportunities that abound in the nation’s maritime sector.
The Minister disclosed that to further address the challenges facing the maritime sector and ensure efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Shipping industry, the Federal Government is putting in place a number of measures which include the privatization of the nation’s Ports and repositioning various regulatory Agencies for effective service delivery as well as vigorously pursuing the expansion of the nation’s Ports system through the development of Deep Sea Ports which will be driven mainly by the private sector.
He further stated that an offshoot of this move was the recent Federal Executive Council approval for the construction of Deep Sea Ports in Lekki and Badagry which are ongoing, and to ensure transparency and accountability in the Maritime Sector, Nigeria as a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has submitted herself to the IMO’s voluntary Audit.
Mr Amaechi said Nigeria quest for sustainable maritime development is not negotiable stating that to achieve this laudable objectives on time, the Federal Government was committed at exploring the Single Window Project and ensuring that the various operational processes of the maritime sector such as vessel reception, cargo handling and clearance among others become automated to reduce revenue leakages in the system. He noted that the Federal Government was also committed to providing enabling environment for increased private sector participation in the operations and provision of services in the maritime sector.
On security, the Minister hinted that government’s attention is geared towards ensuring security in the Shipping industry hence the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is being repositioned to effectively partner the Nigeria Navy and all other relevant security Agencies with a view to addressing the security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.
According to the Minister, another area of endowment is in the area of coastal trade otherwise known as water transportation. It is most environmentally friendly and cost effective which requires increase involvement of the Private Sector so as to harness the attractive opportunity the sector offer.
“Nigeria coastline of about 853km offers opportunity for high economic activities for cargo on Shipping practitioners and other relevant stakeholders to invest more in this area as Government is committed to providing enabling environment for the development of inland water transportation”, he said.
Captain Adamu Audu Biu, an expert in the Shipping industry delivered a paper titled “Growth and Development of Shipping Industry in Nigeria: Creating enabling environment”. In his paper he examined how shipping industry started in Nigeria, the current position and where it ought to be.
Among those who delivered goodwill messages were, the President of Ship owners Association of Nigeria, Engr. Greg Ogbuefun, Engr. Olu Akinsoji, Dr. Kevin Okonna, DG NIMASA, Dr Peterside Dakuku, MD Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman Bala, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Sippers’ Council, Hassan Bello and the Acting Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Ante Ikpajok.
Spread of Jetties Across Lagos Will Boost Economic Activities—Commissioner
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr Hamed Kabiru Abdullahi, has disclosed that the spread of jetties across the state will boost the economic activities of the aquatic state.
Mr Abdullahi made this disclosure during an inspection tour of the ongoing VIP Chalet Jetty project in Badagry.
The inspection exercise was conducted at the newly constructed Liverpool, Ijegun-Egba and Badagry jetties as well as on-going projects at Ilado, Ilashe, Mile 2, Tarkwa Bay, Ebute Ero, Oke Era Nla and Ijede.
“The spread of these jetties across the length and breadth of Lagos State, when completed, will birth a landmark achievement of effective water transportation that will open up the riverine communities in Lagos State and impact positively on economic activities as well as the well-being of residents. We are doing everything to achieve this vision,” the Commissioner stated.
He used the occasion to warned that the state government will not hesitate to terminate the contract of any ongoing jetty construction project not done to specification or contract duration.
The Commissioner expressed displeasure at the shoddy job and slow pace of work by the contractor, warning that the state government will revoke the contract and blacklist any non-performing contractor that tends to derail its plans of upgrading and providing safe, modern and easy water transportation for the citizens of the state.
Mr Abdullahi further urged the contractors working for the Ministry to buckle up and deliver quality projects that will stand the test of time and deliver value to residents of the metropolis.
While commending the contractors who have completed their projects on time, the Commissioner informed that completed jetties would soon be commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
FAAN Boosts Security at MMIA Car Park Facility
By Adedapo Adesanya
To further ensure safety and avoid unforeseen circumstances, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has beefed up security at the car park facility at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.
This was disclosed by the agency in a statement issued on Wednesday by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu.
The agency noted that contrary to social media reports, the car park managed by Messrs Seymour Nigeria Limited is safe for travellers and vehicles.
“With respect to a story making the rounds on social media and other traditional media on the above subject, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) wishes to state that the car park facility at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, being managed by Messrs Seymour Nigeria Limited is safe for travellers and vehicles, as additional security measures have been put in place to forestall the re-occurrence of such act,” the statement read.
“The unfortunate incident, which has been thoroughly reviewed and addressed, is an isolated case in the history of the management of the facility.
“While we have reached out to the victim of the incident, we will like to assure our esteemed customers that the airport, as well as its parking facility, is safe and secure,” it added.
FAAN is a service organization statutorily charged to manage all commercial airports in Nigeria and provide service to both passenger and cargo airlines.
Wakanow Fetes Customers, Promises Optimal Service
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
On December 16, 2021, customers of Wakanow were hosted at an exclusive dinner at the 788 on the Sea Restaurant, Twin Waters, Lekki, Lagos.
It was the first time such an event was taking place and it provided an opportunity for the company to express its gratitude to customers and seek more support from them.
“This event is part of the company’s effort to strengthen relationships with existing customers and show appreciation for their long-term partnership with Wakanow.
“We are grateful to all our partners and staff for making the year an eventful one. With over a decade in the industry, the company has been able to grow a set of loyal customers who have made the brand stand tall in the aviation industry,” the CEO of Wakanow, Mr Bayo Adedeji, said at the event, which brought together customers, travel enthusiasts, and airline partners across the aviation industry.
“We want to use this opportunity to thank everyone that has come a long way with us and reaffirm our commitment to giving more value to our customers and partners.
“All our customers have shown commitment based on the trust they repose in our services within the travel industry. I will like to also appreciate all members of staff who have continued to delight our customers. There can be no Wakanow without you,” Mr Adedeji added.
The CEO said looking into the future, the company will transform into a travel-tech company that will provide technological solutions for the industry.
“This is another way of ensuring that customers get optimal service from us and we keep winning in the industry across the globe. We will also open new offices across the country so that we become more accessible for our customers,” he further said.
At the event, customers were rewarded with various gifts, with some of the winners getting tickets to any destination of choice.
Opeyemi Bada won Turkish Airlines ticket; Elijah Obafemi Nakpodia won Air France KLM ticket; Omotayo Saba won Air Cote D’Ivoire ticket; Adedeji Ashiru won Lufthansa ticket; Abiodun Adegoke and Kogbe Oluwafisayomi won Kenya Airways tickets respectively.
Others who were also rewarded included the highest-selling affiliate- Ifeanyi Nwankwo of Captains Travel Agency with a Business Class Ticket to anywhere in the world; top 2 customers- Adewunmi Ogunsanya and Bright Afiwerie with Business Class tickets; Philip Osadebe got an all-expense-paid trip to Egypt and Wonuola Olatunde Lamidi won a United Airlines flight ticket to the United States of America amongst many other rewards.
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