The Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello Koko, has affirmed the commitment and determination of the management of the agency to improving the welfare of Seafarers in the sub-sector.
Koko made these remarks during a presentation of a goodwill message at the 2021 World Maritime Day celebration with the theme.. Seafarers at the core of Shipping’ Future’ organized by the Federal Ministry of Transportation held in Lagos.
Koko at the event saluted the doggedness of these gentlemen in providing succour in the movement and transfer of goods and services globally to various climes in the face of various challenges ranging from unfavourable weather conditions to attacks from pirates at Sea.
The NPA acting Chief Operating Officer at the event charged all present particularly the Stakeholders to make available a friendly environment to the Seafarers in view of the critical role they play in the lives of the Nigerian nation, noting the numerous unforeseen challenges they would be facing in the nearest future in the discharge of the duties on Sea.
Recall that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was established in Geneva in 1948 but began its operations in 1958 with 174 member nations.
Today, it is a specialized agency of the United Nations established to regulate and monitor the Safety, Security and
environmental performance of International Shipping.
Bello Koko said the theme of this year’s celebration captures the essence of the professionalism showcased by the seafarers even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic threats under which they strive for excellence.
Furthermore, the Acting Managing Director of NPA noted that sea transportation is “world acclaimed as the most environmentally friendly form of transportation”.
He added that Seafarers are major role players in sea transportation, pointing out that “they are global treasures and assets in world maritime trade”.
Koko, quoting the seminar words of maritime novelist Lieutenant Commander Nicholas Monsarrat that “Sailors, with their built-in sense of order, service, and discipline, should really be running the world”.
He challenged stakeholders to be more contributive in ensuring that global ports operations are eco-friendlier while effort should be in unison towards the actualization of world ports sustainability.
The world maritime celebration, an initiative of the international maritime organization (IMO) is a day in the month of September annually set aside to celebrate the contributions of the global maritime sector to the world economy.
This year’s focus is on the seafarers under the theme “ Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future”.
NIMASA set to open Lokoja office to harness waterways resources
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
Prince Nwokeabia rallies support for Comptroller Ukpanah, CAC Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi\command, as she assumes office
She took over from Comptroller AM Adegbite who was re-deployed to Edo/Delta Area Command.
Customs, UN agency collaborate to fight smuggling
“On behalf of the entire Management Team of the Nigeria Customs Service, I wish to inform you that we will partner with you in this campaign, and we will grant you all forms of support you may need to carry out this campaign — and I want to assign one of our amiable DCGs, Abba Kura, to work with you closely.”
He appreciated how they traveled from afar to inform the Nigeria Customs Service of their campaign against smuggling, which, according to him, the Nigeria Customs Service has already started yielding positive results in suppressing the menace of smuggling.
The CGC also welcomed Dr Raymond’s offer to engage officers and men of the Service in capacity—building to enhance their understanding of digital literacy skills, adding that the Service has already started embracing technology to advance its work by introducing related courses to officers.
The CGC appreciated the collaborative effort between the Nigeria Customs Service and UN—Habitat and believes that the collaboration signifies a commitment to tackling smuggling and enhancing trade facilitation in the nation, setting the stage for a more prosperous future.
He also appreciated their pledge to train officers and men of the Service in digital literacy skills, assuring that the Service will continue to prioritize proficiency in the fight against smuggling through a technological approach.
He underscored the importance of digital skills, promising that the relevant Service department will enhance trade facilitation.
On his part, the Director of UN—Habitat, Dr. Raymond Edoh, appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for reposing the responsibility of heading the Nigeria Customs Service on the Acting Comptroller-General, describing him as “a competent Customs officer who knows the terrain and masters the job.”
According to him, they decided to visit the Ag. CGC at the Customs Headquarters to express their interest in partnering with the Service.
He appreciated the Service for being a “gatekeeper of the country” that protects citizens against border threats, stressing that his organization will collaborate with NCS to mitigate the smuggling of illicit goods and train officers and men of Customs on digital literacy skills and certification.
UN-Habitat is the United Nations entity responsible for developing urban policies and translating them into action to create sustainable cities and promote viable urban development and adequate shelter for all.
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