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Dosunmu lauds Jamoh for saving NSDP from derailment

Dosunmu(L) Jamoh, at a public function


—–appeals to government to appoint professionals to head maritime agencies

The Eyewitness reporter

The former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Dr Ade Dosunmu, has attributed the sustainability and relevance of the National Seafarers Development Programme(NSDP) to the resilience and professional acumen of the incumbent Chief Executive of the agency, Dr Bashir Jamoh.

Dr Dosunmu, who was at the helms of affairs of the agency between 2007 to 2009, lauded Jamoh for bringing the seafarers’ empowerment programme back to track after many years of derailment from its core objective.

The erstwhile NIMASA boss, who was speaking recently during the send-forth of a new batch of 400 cadets to India and Greece for training, said the core objective of aligning the programme with sea time training has long been jettisoned before Dr Jamoh came on board to rescue the programme.

”I would want to specifically appreciate the commitment of the NIMASA team headed by Dr Bashir Jamoh. Your commitment has really brought the NSDP back on track. I remember when the programme started, you are the head of training at NIMASA.

”After the conception, some of us were not around, and the implementation was not in line with the programme’s objective. Sea time training was an integral part of the programme as it was conceived but the implementation did not follow this pattern and that is why we still have up today a backlog of cadets that went on training under the programme but do not have sea time experience.

”Some of them are not even ready to go back for sea training again because they are already doing something else, having stayed for a long time after the four years of training under the programme., some have even married.

”Whereas the original objective of the programme was to go hand in hand with sea-time training. I want to especially thank Dr Jamoh for bringing the programme back on track.

”Today, we don’t have the problem of sea-time training before the cadets set out for the programme, we know they are already prepared up to the point of certificate of competency and that was the original objective of the programme” Dr Dosunmu observed.

He also praised the Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Muazu Sambo for his zeal and commitment to key into the programme.

Dosunmu noted that, unlike other people who on coming to power, will create their own programmes and jettison the ones they met, he said the Minister not only keyed into the programmes he met on the ground but also pursued them with passion.

”I also want to thank the Minister of transportation for his zeal and commitment and for him to key into this programme and several other programmes in the ministry of transportation and NIMASA.

”It is not strange in this country when people come on board and they try to create their own programmes but in your own case, you have keyed into the programmes that you have seen are of significance to the national development.

”I want to thank you and your Permanent Secretary for supporting particularly NIMASA.”

Dr Dosunmu however appealed to the government to always appoint professionals who are within the system as the heads of the agencies in the maritime industry in order to bolster the development of the sector.

He observed that the success story of the NSDP today was a result of the fact that a man who rose through the ranks in NIMASA was appointed as its Chief Executive to drive the policies and programmes that are germane to the development of the industry.

”I want to appeal to the government and policymakers to always put round pegs in round holes. The significance of the resuscitation of the NSDP as we witnessed under the leadership of Dr Jaamo is that the people who are in charge are from within the system.

”I want to say without mincing words that if Dr Jamoh has not worked in NIMASA for close to 30 years, probably he would not be able to bring this programme back on track.

”Government should begin to allow professionals to head government agencies in the maritime industry as it is done in other critical  sectors of the economy

”In health, aviation and other critical sectors of the economy where professionals are appointed to head their parastatals, so also should government begin to make professionals head the agencies in the industry because shipping is international and a specialised area that should be headed by core professionals if the government wants sound policies to drive the sector’ Dr Dosunmu concluded.

The NSDP is an interventionist capacity training programme to empower seafarers. It started in 2008 under the then leadership of Dr Ade Dosunmu as the Director General of NIMASA.

Since its inception, the programme has enrolled 2041 students on scholarships spread across the geo-political zones of the country. Out of these numbers, 892 have become licensed deck and engine officers including Naval architects while they are in their final stage of the programme.


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Exclusive! Hope rises on take-off of proposed $3bn Badagry Deep Seaport as NPA, APMT resume discussion


The eyewitness reporter
Barring any last-minute hitches, the proposed Badagry deep seaport project may soon be on the stream as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has resumed discussions with the lead promoter of the multi-billion project, APM Terminals’ Global investment limited.
The investors/ promoters led a team to the NPA headquarters last Wednesday where they met with Mohammed Bello-Koko, the NPA Managing Director, and his management team.
The discussion centered on the take-off of the Badagry project which was conceived in 2016 to take the pressure off the overstretched Lagos ports.
The investment team was led by Martjin Van Dongen, the Global Head, Business Development of APM Terminals Global investment limited.
An elated Bello- Koko revealed that the two teams discussed how to optimize the potentials of the Badagry Deep Seaport.
“Discussions focused on optimizing the potentials of the upcoming Badagry Deep Seaports and other new ports as NPA Management intensifies action toward the vision to make Nigeria the maritime logistics hub for sustainable port services in Africa”
It could be recalled that the Federal government in 2016 conceived the idea of developing deep seaports in the country to position Nigeria as the hub of maritime activities in the West African sub-region.
The proposed deep sea ports project include Lekki deep sea port, which has already taken off, the Ondo deep sea port, Ibom Deep seaport and Badagry deep seaport.
While preparations for the takeoff of both the Ondo and Ibom sea ports projects are in top gear, that of the Badagry project was initially bogged down by technicalities and disagreement between the NPA and the promoters of the project.
The Badagry deep seaport project is an initiative of a consortium led by APM Terminals, Orlean Invest, Oando, Terminal Investment Ltd and Macquarie.
However, in November 2012, APM Terminals and its consortium partners announced plans to develop the Badagry deep seaport.
In 2020, the NPA disclosed that the promoters paid $500,000 as a commitment deposit into an escrow account to signify their commitment towards the port project.
However, the NPA kicked against the initial Outline Business Case for the port, which has been reviewed to include the suggestions of the Ports Authority.
The Federal Government however has approved a concession arrangement for the development of the Badagry deep seaport project over a period of 45 years.

The approval was finalised following a presentation by the Federal Ministry of Transportation at the Federal Executive Council (FEC)  during the last administration of President Mohammed Buhari.

According to officials, the port is expected to generate $53.6 billion in revenue over the 45 years concession period.

The proposed site of the project is located 55km west of Apapa and the port of Lagos, along the 55km long Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which is being upgraded from a four-lane to a ten-lane expressway.

The port is expected to have an annual throughput capacity of 1.8 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).

The proposal for the project was announced in 2012. Feasibility studies have been completed and construction works are yet to start.

The project will be implemented in four phases, with the overall project cost estimated to range between $2 billion and $3 billion.

Also, it is expected that the new port will primarily ease pressure on the existing ports of Lagos, Apapa and Tin-Can Ports, which handle approximately 85 percent of the country’s non-oil throughput.

It will further alleviate the burden on the country’s existing ports, which are on the verge of exceeding their cargo handling capacities, and address the country’s annual container traffic, which is expected to grow to 10 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units by 2030.

When fully built, the deep-water full-service port will be one of the largest in Africa with 7km of quay and 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) of dedicated yard. It will include state-of-the-art facilities for container, bulk, liquid bulk, Ro/Ro and general cargo as well as oil and gas operations support and a barge terminal.

Plans for the adjoining Badagry Free Trade Zone will include a power plant, oil refinery, industrial park and warehousing and Inland Container Deport functions.

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Jamoh, Bello- Koko, serial award winners, bag National Productivity merit awards

Bello-Koko, Jamoh, NPOM award winners
 The eyewitness reporter

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, is gradually turning into a serial award winner as he has landed yet another plaque of honour from the federal government.

Not left in the harvest of awards which was a reflection of their value-addition in their various endeavours is Mohammed Bello-Koko, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) who is also a recipient of the National Productivity Diadem and a fellow serial awards winner.
Added to the already crowded roll call of honours of Jamoh is the National Productivity Merit Award conferred on him by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to recognize the invaluable contributions of the NIMASA DG to the development of the maritime industry.
To underscore his sterling leadership qualities as the DG of NIMASA and his roles in the current revolutionary trend in the maritime industry, the federal government nominated Dr Jamoh as a recipient of the 2021 National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM, Award.
In a letter of the award signed by Dr Nasir Olaitan Raji-Mustapha, the Director General/CEO of the National Productivity Centre, Abuja, there are five categories of the awards.
Jamoh was listed among the 35 recipients under the category of 2021 Individual Awardees while Bello-Koko was listed among the 36 recipients under the category of 2022 Individual Awardees.
To share the limelight with Jamoh in this same category of the award is the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Agency, Hon. Chudi Offodile, while the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani will share from the euphoria with Bello-Koko under the same category of  2022 recipients of the award.
The official conferment ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 2023.

An excited Jamoh expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, noting that it is a call to greater service to our Fatherland.“I am spurred by this award, particularly as it is coming from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, which underscores the ministry’s role in ensuring reward for hard work and productivity in public service”

“Let me also use this opportunity to dedicate the award to the industry’s stakeholders; external and internal, as they have made our work easier as an administration.

“We will continue to strive to make the maritime sector a viable economic driver, especially with the Blue Economy mantra, which is critical to the sustainability of the maritime sector”, Jamoh said.

Commenting the on the selection of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the DG said it is a well-deserved honour, as she has remained a core professional and astute administrator in the coordination of activities in the Ministry and the Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry.

“I am not surprised by her selection, as she is an administrator par excellence and has remained resolute and professional in the discharge of her duties.

“Little wonder she is commonly referred to as the “Head Mistress” of the Ministry and the Maritime Sector”. I congratulate her on the well-deserving award.
In the same vein, the NPA MD expressed appreciation to the Federal government for the award and said that the recognition will further spur him on to put in his best in his resolve to turn the rich maritime potentials of the country into actualities.
”I will like to express my profound appreciation to the Federal Government for the honour of being conferred with the National Productivity Order of Merit Award.

”This conferment can only spur me and the entire team at the Nigerian Ports Authority whose commitment to exceptional performance culminated in this recognition, to continue pushing the limit and advancing the frontiers of trade facilitation.

”Imbued with the understanding that excellence is a moving target, I want to seize this moment to assure that we will not rest on our laurels in our resolve to turn our rich maritime potentials into actualities’, an elated Koko declared.

The National Productivity Order of Merit Award was instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to recognize and honour productive individuals and organizations in Nigeria in the year of the award for achievements made in the preceding years.

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Shippers’ Council bestows on APMT certificate of registration as regulated service provider at ports

Emmanuel Jime
The eyewitness reporter
AP Moller Terminals led by its Vice President, Mr. Martijn Van Dongen, has led a four-man delegation of the company to the management of the Shippers’Council to receive recognition as a certified regulated service provider at the Nigerian Ports.
This recognition was bestowed on the terminal operators during the visit of his top management staff to the economic regulatory agency at Apapa Friday.
Dongen said the essence of the visit was to strengthen collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, the port’s economic regulator.
APMT received its certificate to operate as a regulated service provider during the visit.
Chinenye Deinde, the Legal Adviser and Head of Corporate Affairs of APMT also called on NSC to pursue the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, stating that it has the potential to sanitize the maritime sector.
In his response, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Rt. Honourable Emmanuel Jime said that the Shippers’ Council is working on the review of its enabling Act which he believes will strengthen the agency in its role as port economic regulator.
According to him, the Federal Government is committed to making Nigeria an investment haven for foreign investors while encouraging local entrepreneurs to be creative in growing the economy.
“The strategic location of this country on the African continent makes it a trigger for investments”, the NSC ES/CEO concluded.
Mr. Dongen was accompanied on the visit by Mr. Klaus Holm Laursen, Head of Joint Ventures, Africa and Europe, Mrs. Chinenye Deinde, Legal Adviser & Head, Corporate Affairs, APMT as well as Mr. Frederick Klinke, MD, APMT Nigeria.
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