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Gulf of Guinea Focus Week 37


Akabogu Law hosts West Africa Shipping Assembly
Akabogu Law hosts West Africa Shipping Assembly

As the London International Shipping Week kicks off, Nigeria will be the focus of attention 12th September, 2023 at the week’s highlight event for Africa, the West Africa Shipping Assembly (WASA). Hosted by Nigerian specialist maritime law firm Akabogu Law, the event is uniquely curated to highlight Nigerian and West African shipping market opportunities from realistic, practical perspectives. Giving insight on the event, Senior Partner at Akabogu Law, Dr. Emeka Akabogu stated that “WASA is part of a strategic initiative to boost investment and operations in West African shipping markets in the emerging regime of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.


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PENGASSAN reacts as Dangote refinery misses production deadline
PENGASSAN reacts as Dangote refinery misses production deadline

The 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Refinery is yet to begin production after the August commencement date, earlier announced by the President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote. While delivering his speech at the official commissioning of the refinery by former President Muhammadu Buhari in May, he said, “Your excellencies, distinguished guests, our first product will be in the market before the end of July or beginning of August this year.” However, no drop of refined petroleum product from the refinery has hit the market weeks after the promised production deadline, according to findings.


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CNS Expresses Satisfaction With Conduct Of Operation Safe Domain II
CNS Expresses Satisfaction With Conduct Of Operation Safe Domain II

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of ‘Operation Safe Domain II’, a joint initiative involving Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Niger Republic. Ogalla made the remark during the closing ceremony of ‘Operation Safe Domain II’ which started on Sept.11 and ended on Sept.15, at Cotonou, Port Naval Base, Republic of Benin. The CNS was represented by the Deputy Director of Operations, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Shuaib Ahmed. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Niger are members of the Maritime Zone E countries established by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Integrated Maritime Strategy (EIMS) in 2013.


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Gas to play a key role in Africa’s energy mix – NLNG
Gas to play a key role in Africa’s energy mix – NLNG

Natural gas should and will play a significant role in Africa’s energy mix to meet the demands arising from rapid population growth and economic expansion, as well as the need for affordable access to clean energy and supply security for industrialisation, according to Philip Mshelbila, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG). Mshelbila made these remarks during a strategic session at the recently concluded 2023 Gastech Exhibition and Conference in Singapore, where he discussed Africa’s role in increasing supply resilience in the energy transition context.


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Navy Visits: New Vistas for China-Nigeria Relations
Navy Visits: New Vistas for China-Nigeria Relations

More than 600 years ago, Zheng He, a Chinese navigator, led fleets to sail across oceans to Africa with precious goods such as gold, silver, silk, porcelain, tea, and so on, opening the “Maritime Silk Road” and conveying China’s wish for good relations with Africa. Nowadays, the 43rd escort fleet of the Chinese Navy visited beautiful Africa once again in the fleet of cooperation, peace, and friendship, commencing friendly visits to five West African countries, including Nigeria. This is a pragmatic move by the Chinese Army to implement President Xi Jinping’s Global Development Initiative, Global Security Initiative, and Global Civilisation Initiative. The visit of the Chinese Navy to Nigeria is a ‘journey of cooperation and development’.


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