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Gulf of Guinea Focus Week 35


Coup: Uncertainly as 30 ships hang around Gabon
Coup: Uncertainly as 30 ships hang around Gabon

At least 30 commercial ships dropped anchor around Gabon’s waters after military officers said they had seized power in the Central African country. Military officers in the oil-producing country said they had put President Ali Bongo under house arrest, after the country’s election body announced that he had won a third term. Borders were closed and state institutions were dissolved. There was already a build-up of vessels backed up. The vessels included commercial cargo ships as well as tankers that had stopped near to the country’s major ports including Owendo, near to the capital Libreville, and Port Gentil further south, according to ship tracking data.


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Ghana Launches Maritime Strategy to Boost Protection of Territorial Waters
Ghana Launches Maritime Strategy to Boost Protection of Territorial Waters

Ghanaian President: Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS) to boost the protection of its territorial waters. Akufo-Addo launched the strategy while opening the two-day International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference in Accra, the Ghanaian capital. The president said protecting the territorial waters of Ghana is critical due to its economic, environmental, and security importance. However, he said in the face of the maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea, the country needs a navy that is up to protect Ghana’s territorial waters as well as business and security interests.


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Military Destroys 34 Illegal Refining Sites, Apprehends 16 Suspects
Military Destroys 34 Illegal Refining Sites, Apprehends 16 Suspects

The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Delta Safe have in the last two weeks, discovered and destroyed 34 illegal refining sites and apprehended 16 suspected oil thieves in the Niger Delta region. The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, said this at a bi-weekly news briefing on military operations across the country, in Abuja. Buba said the troops also denied oil thieves of the sum of N765.8 million and recovered 55 assorted weapons and 96 assorted ammunition during the period.


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Nigerian Navy Hands Over 5 Suspected Stowaways to Lagos Seaports Immigration
Nigerian Navy Hands Over 5 Suspected Stowaways to Lagos Seaports Immigration

The Lagos Seaports and Marine Command of the Nigeria Immigration said it has received five suspected stowaways from the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft. The suspects who were arrested on board MSC Martha on the 26th August, 2023 according to a press statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, Lagos Seaports/Marine Command, Augustus Maisor hail from Ondo, Enugu and Cross River States. The command informed that during the course of profiling, all the suspects were found to be Nigerians who illegally boarded the ship through her rudder compartment with intent to migrate to Europe.


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3% Hostcom remittance: NUPRC threatens oil firms with sanctions
3% Hostcom remittance: NUPRC threatens oil firms with sanctions

Two years after the Petroleum Industry Act became operational with oil and gas companies mandated to make an annual contribution to the applicable host communities development trust fund of an amount equal to three percent of its actual annual operating expenditure of the preceding financial year in the upstream petroleum, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, NUPRC, has threatened sanctions on companies which have failed to implement the provision. With the country struggling to increase oil production level which has been hampered by oil theft and pipeline vandalism, NUPRC has noted that failure to implement the provision was a major threat to Nigeria’s aspirations.


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Anger, frustration as cooking gas price rises by 9%
Anger, frustration as cooking gas price rises by 9%

A nine per cent hike in the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) (cooking gas) has added to the frustrations of Nigerians and thrown many into the energy poverty net. Checks by Daily Sun in Abuja at the showed that cooking gas prices shot up from N680 per kilogram to N745/N746 per kilogram. LPG dealers who spoke to Daily Sun noted that there was an upward review of prices effective September I in reaction to global hike in prices and other volatilities. The hike is also consistent with the earlier notice from the President of the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGM), Olatunbosun Oladapo, who said Nigerians will pay more for cooking gas from mid-August 2023.


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Reps probe water resources ministry over assets disposal
Reps probe water resources ministry over assets disposal

House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Disposal of Public Property has begun a probe into disposal of assets belonging to the 12 River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) in 2018 by the Ministry of Water Resources. Chairman of the committee and House Leader, Prof. Julius Ihonbvere (APC, Edo), gave the hint, when Managing Directors (MDs) of RBDAs appeared before the panel. The MDs had told the committee that the ministry was responsible for the advertisement and selection of auctioneers, adding that only the ministry could answer questions about the auction.


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Strike: Union Disrupt Economic Activities at Lagos Ports
Strike: Union Disrupt Economic Activities at Lagos Ports

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) disrupted economic activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports. The ports were shut down in line with the two-day warning strike by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). The action was as a result of the escalating hardships and suffering among citizens across the country, occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government. The labour union is agitating the non-implementation of some of the resolutions reached from their previous meetings, by the Federal Government. NAN correspondent, who monitored the level of compliance to the action, reports that the port gates leading to both the Apapa and Tin-Can Island seaports were all locked.


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