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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 12


No Incident Of Piracy On Nigerian Waters In 2 Years – CNS
No Incident Of Piracy On Nigerian Waters In 2 Years – CNS

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla says there has been no record of piracy on Nigerian territorial waters in the last two years. Ogalla made the disclosure in Calabar while addressing participants of Naval Warfare Course 8, on his vision and mission for the Nigerian Navy. He attributed the feat to the sustained counterpiracy efforts of the navy on Nigerian waters, since his assumption of office. The CNS said that the navy had conducted series of operations to maintain credible presence at sea to checkmate piracy and robbery. According to him, the efforts led to the reduction of criminalities on the sea from 22 incidences of piracy and 16 sea robberies in 2020 to just two and three, respectively, in 2022.


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NSDP Cadets Protest At NIMASA Headquarters
NSDP Cadets Protest At NIMASA Headquarters

Some cadets being trained under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) have staged a protest at the head office of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) at Burma Road, Apapa, Lagos. The NSDP was created by NIMASA in 2008 with the mandate of training Nigerian youths to become seafarers and naval architects. The programme was designed to train Nigerian youths up to degree level in Marine Engineering, Nautical Sciences and Naval Architecture in maritime training institutions abroad and to position them to compete effectively in the global maritime industry. However, some of the cadets, who protested at the NIMASA head office last week, said the agency has dragged their training, which should be for four years, to more than twelve years. “We are here to protest peacefully and demand to know why a four-year programme has turned to 12 years,” one of the protesters said.


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FG Requires $1.1bn Reinvestment To Renew Concession Agreement At Ports- Minister
FG Requires $1.1bn Reinvestment To Renew Concession Agreement At Ports- Minister

The Federal Government requires about 1.1 billion dollars’ reinvestment in the nation’s ports to renew the concession agreement. The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, said this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Privatisation investigating ports concession in AbujaHe said at the moment, the concession of the ports was being delayed to allow government conclude its reinvestment plan and reconstruct the ports to meet required standard. He said that the government would not seat back and watch the ports to completely collapsed. The minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Oloruntola Micheal, said the present agreement between the government and concessionaires was unacceptable..


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Gov Eno Renews Bid For Ibom Deep Seaport Project
Gov Eno Renews Bid For Ibom Deep Seaport Project

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has revitalized the technical committee in charge of the actualization of the Ibom deeper seaport project, saying that the pursuit for the Seaport project was back on track. The governor, rising from a meeting with members of theTechnical Committee on the Implementation of Ibom Deep Seaport and some technical partners, assigned a new office accommodation for the committee on the third floor of the 21-storey Dakkadda Towers, in Uyo, the state capital.Governor Eno said the move to allocate the new office space to the committee was necessitated by the need to avail them with requisite and befitting infrastructure to aid the realization of the Deep Seaport project in line with resolutions at the meeting.


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Stakeholders List $700m CVFF Disbursement, Floating Dock Deployment As Low-Hanging Fruits For New NIMASA DG
Stakeholders List $700m CVFF Disbursement, Floating Dock Deployment As Low-Hanging Fruits For New NIMASA DG

As the new Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola settles in, maritime stakeholders have listed the immediate disbursement of the long-awaited $700 million Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) and deployment of the NIMASA modular floating dock as low-hanging fruits that will endear him to players in the maritime ecosystem. Others are addressing concerns around ship registration, maritime security and others. Analysts insist that doing the above remains paramount especially as mixed reactions trailed Mobereola’s appointment, an outsider with near-zero knowledge of the NIMASA’s operations and the maritime world in general.


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Oyetola Commissions 4.8km Road, Marine Crafts At Onne Port
Oyetola Commissions 4.8km Road, Marine Crafts At Onne Port

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has commissioned 4.8km Road “D” Project and also inaugurated six mooring boats at the Onne Complex in Port Harcourt on as part of measures to further enhance the ease of doing business in the Onne port. In his remarks at the commissioning, the Minister highlighted the commitment of the Ministry to leverage Nigeria’s maritime resources under the directives of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He said, “This road infrastructure constructed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the mooring boats we are gathered here to commission today, is another testament to the commitment of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy under my watch to maximize the entire gamut of opportunities conferred on us by our maritime endowments, in line with the directives of His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.”


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