How Amaechi delayed renewal of expired concession agreements of terminal operators
The House Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation has summoned the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi over the delay in the renewal of concession agreements of some of the terminal operators whose concession agreements have expired.
The terminals are ENL Consortium, Apapa Port, Terminal C & D with a renewal bid of $143m, Port & Cargo Handling Services, Tin Can Terminal C with a renewal bid of $120m, Josephdam Port Services, Tin Can Terminal A with a renewal bid of $100m and Associated Maritime Services, Warri New Port, with renewal bid of $2.4m.
The committee members, who expected Amaechi to explain the cause of the delay at its sitting on Tuesday,5th, April, 2022, are agitated that the delay might cause the Federal Government to lose investments worth up to $400m.
The committee, chaired by Ibrahim Makama, disclosed that
The Federal Ministry of Transportation, in a letter dated March 3, 2022, informed the committee that an inter-ministerial committee set up by the Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, had completed its assignment and submitted its report.
The Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) in its memo to the committee, said five of the leases expired in April, May, and November, 2021, respectively, and prior to the expirations and in line with the provisions of the terms of the Agreement Article (2.2), parties indicated their interest and it had completed the processes and forwarded same to the minister for approval on June 10, 2020.
The NPA further declared that the minister had approved the request for renewal on December 17, 2020, but directed that the renewal process should be driven by an inter-ministerial committee, which has equally concluded its assignment and submitted its report to Amaechi but the supplemental agreements for the renewal had yet to be executed.
The committee, therefore, expressed concerns over the delay in granting the requests for renewal by the minister despite taking the necessary procedural steps.
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“Given the impact the closure will have on Port users, the Authority in partnership with LASTMA, Police, FRSC, and the Nigerian Navy have worked out alternative routes and are on the ground to manage the traffic situation in the affected areas.
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NIMASA collaborates with NCC to regulate submarine cable operation for enhanced navigational safety on Nigerian waters
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Apparently alarmed by the indiscriminate laying of communication cables and pipelines underneath the Nigerian waters by telecommunications operators and other allied professionals which has the potential of harming the safe navigation of ships, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) has engaged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in a strategic discussion to forge a formidable synergy with other relevant stakeholders with a view to developing a regulatory framework to provide operational guidelines for submarine Cable and Pipeline Operators in Nigeria.
Officials of both organs of Government in Lagos reached this agreement at a pre Audit meeting on submarine cable regulation.
The Director General of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh, who chaired the meeting, which also had the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) Mr. Dasuki Arabi in attendance, noted that the Agency is committed to the Ease of Doing Business while implementing International Conventions which Nigeria has ratified and domesticated.
He noted that with Nigeria now a destination for global communication players, the time has come to prevent unregulated underwater cable laying, which might become hazardous to shipping.
According to him, “It is worthy to note that marine cable laying has been ongoing for over two decades in Nigerian waters.
“Our focus is to ensure the safety of navigation of shipping in Nigerian waters with all these underwater cables being laid.
“NIMASA is actually developing the guidelines to regulate submarine cable operators in line with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS; which we have ratified and NIMASA is the Agency of Government in Nigeria responsible for its implementation.
“Collaboration is a key component of ease of doing business in the best interest of the country and we will work closely with the NCC to achieve this”.
On his part, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Efosa Idehen, noted that the stakeholders’ dialogue strategy adopted by NIMASA in developing the guidelines would ensure a win-win situation, urging NIMASA management to include the Ministry of Justice, a request NIMASA DG immediately granted.
Also speaking at the meeting was the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms Mr. Dasuki Arabi, who commended NIMASA and NCC for adopting effective Inter-Agency collaboration to avert a potential challenge for the country in the future.
NIMASA had notified submarine and cable operators in Nigeria of a soon-to-be-implemented regulatory guideline for submarine cables and pipelines in Nigeria, in line with the provisions of UNCLOS.
NIMASA and the NCC agreed to identify and resolve areas of likely regulatory overlaps, ensuring a regulatory framework based on consultation to engender the attainment of Nigeria’s digital economy transformation.
Officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment and representatives of Submarine Cable operators in Nigeria were also at the meeting.
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