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NPA Appoints New Port Managers, others.

L-R: Former Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi; Sokoto Governor, Tambuwal; Shippers Council's Bello Hassa; NIMASA's Dr. Peterside; NIWA's Boss Mustapha; and, Senator Gbenga Ashafa at the 15th National Council on Transportation Meeting in Sokoto, Sokoto State.

New NPA Promotions. Read more

Complete List of 55 NNPC Top Management Changes. Read more.

NPA Board Scraps Zonal Structure, Redeploys General Managers. Read more.

Oworonsoki Reclamation to Develop Transport and Entertainment Hub. Read more

NPA Set To Engage International Consultants to Achieve Deeper Draught. Read more.

NPA MD hosts Korea's Consul General. Read more

Protesters remain on Shell’s facility at Belema flow station. Read more

Chevron, ExxonMobil, 10 Others Top NEITI Compliance Ranking. Read more

No Plan to Increase Petrol Price Now – NNPC. Read more

CBN opens Form A Forex sales for NPA, NIMASA charges. Read more

NPA partners with Lagos State Safety Commission on Traffic Safety issues…read more

Barrister Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers Council more



Nigeria’s 36-Man Delegation to IMO Council Election is a Show of Shame

Nigeria is arguably at its lowest rung in national prestige. Unfortunately, in 2017, when her contemporaries are making progress in the quality of their political leadership, Nigeria is still grappling with poverty-stricken elite and top civil servants whose taste for estacode and out-of-station night allowance is both insatiable and unconscionable. For a government that came to power with an anti-corruption manifesto and politicians who are fond of boasting that they are not corrupt, is it not shameful and corrupt that a mere election event at the IMO was attended by 36 top civil servants and government officials? Read more.

Other Articles & Interviews:

Interview of the MD of NPA, Ms Hadiza Usman, on the future dredging strategy of NPA...NEW
Capt Patrick. C. Iwuji, former Chief Harbour Master of Apapa Port
Barrister Emmanuel Osuala: On the legal perspectives of re-establishing the National Fleet.NEW
Barrister Hassan Bello: On New Developments at the Nigerian Shippers Council...NEW
Engr Olu Akinsoji: On establishing the National Fleet for Nigeria....NEW
Mr. Kunle
Shodipe on how to start a sand dredging business
Mr Pier Luigi Carrodano on his work with Gen. T Y Danjuma's companies and the Chinese sea trade with Nigeria...

Engr Akin Olaniyan on need for NIMASA to return to original mandate and harnessing cabotage trade...

Dr. Wilson Odafe Omene on Niger Delta politics, amnesty programme, Nigerian maritime and local govt, etc....

Capt Adeyemo on River Niger Dredging...

Prof P.C. Nwilo on his assessment of NIWA during sabbatical ...

Mr Nseyeng Ebong on his 8-year tenure as rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron...

Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs as chairman of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, his vision...

Engr Muyiwa Omasebi: The face-off Between NIWA, MMSD and Lagos State Govt.

Otunba K Folarin: The Collapse of Nig. shipping lines.

P.L. Carrodano: How govt can revive Nig. shipping lines.

Sam Epia: The struggles of Nig shipping lines with cargo reservation scheme.

Jeff Gibb: Intricacies of the equipment market in Nigeria.

Environmental Quality Monitoring.

Environment: "How many choppers has DPR got?" - Chief Ogunsiji.

Dredging the Niger Delta: Interview of Ben Efekarurhobo

Role of Surveying in the Dredging Industry

G.B Liman: Of Myth, Reality and Resource Control

Dredging Law: A judgment on the ownership of a sand dredging site by the Court of Appeal.

Dredging Law:
a. Lagos State Attorney General Interpretes state law on sand dredging and stockpile.

b. NIWA public notice on Lagos State intervention in inland waterways regulation.

c. An Extract Of The Law To Provide For The Regulation Of Waterfront Infrastructure Development In Lagos State.











From Designer Lifestyle to Legacy Quest: Musa Danjuma, Still Surging at 67.

On the occasion of his birthday last November, he granted this interview. The themes of our interaction were based on the concepts of his experiences in life, social change vis-à-vis the outlook of the millennial generation, his style of pleasure and relaxation and the glaring misfortune of the Apapa traffic gridlock which threatens the normal routine of maritime business in Lagos and the country as a whole. Read more.

The Anatomy of Revenge: How Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron is Getting Help from Perceived Enemies.

Critics of the situation at Nigeria’s pioneer nautical institution see the current slide in the fortunes of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron as a misfortune that began with the appointment of Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister of Transportation by the Buhari government in September 2015. Read more.

The Jostle for the Rivers of Lagos: NIWA, Lagos Govt, Fed. Ministry of Mines, to the Fray.

In a loud throwback to the erstwhile resource control campaigns of the former Niger Delta Governors, Alamesiegha, Ibori, Attah and Odili, the Governor of Lagos State, Chief Akinwumi Ambode is now in the eye of the storm concerning control of economic activities along the rivers of Lagos State. The principal contenders in the current fray are National Inland Waterway Authority (NIWA) on the one hand, and some Lagos State Ministries charged with regulating ferry activities, dredging and sand mining on land and rivers, principally, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Read more.

Despite Fed Govt Contract Award, River Benue Dredging Not Viable – Report.

The N34 billion contract reportedly awarded for the dredging of the River Benue may be a total waste after all, going by feasibility studies already submitted to the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMOT). The study which was part of the 25-Year Water Transport Master Plan produced by Royal Haskoning on behalf of the Federal Government detailed the drawbacks of the project including the multiplicity of rock outcrops in the river that would frustrate any deepening and widening campaigns. Read more.

Nigerian Shippers Council: The Transport Sector's Emerging Super Agency

With the passage by the House of Representatives of the National Transport Commission Bill in March, the stage is set for the Council to transmute to the long-canvassed role of port economic regulator after Senate concurrence and signing into law. So many other developments in the recent times are propelling the former custodian of shippers’ rights to the leading edge of Nigeria’s growing maritime industry. Since April last year, the Council’s Executive Secretary, Mr. Hassan Bello, has been saddled with the task of midwifing the renascent national fleet for Nigeria after the inglorious exit of the defunct premier national carrier, the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL). Read more

NPA's Future Dredging Strategy

Ms Usman's vigorous aptitude in the new job means that she quickly mastered the learning curve to respond determinedly, as in the handling of last month's freight forwarders' strike, called to protest the impassable roads of Apapa. She raced to the fray with her management team and luckily a reported rescue fund of N100bn was raised, said to be contributed by major stakeholders for the repair of Wharf Road and other exits out of Apapa. Read more.

Lagos Water Corporation: Supplying Water to the Mega City

Lagos Water Corporation has been in existence for over a century, and it is the water facility of Lagos State, with the primary responsibility of providing safe drinking water in sufficient and regular quantity to Lagosians. The Agency has gone through various developmental stages since its inception. It was formerly known as the Federal Water Supply under Federal Government, established in 1910, with the construction of Iju Waterworks... Read more

Dakuku Peterside: Re-Tooling NIMASA’s Core Mandate

When asked who is Dakuku Peterside, the 46 year-old All Progressives Congress (APC) former gubernatorial candidate for River State in the last election simply replied: “ … a humble person, who will not like anybody to be cheated….” At the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) where he now works as Director-General (DG), that self-assessment is about to be tested. Read more...

Why Nigerian Ports are Empty While Cotonou, Lome, Abidjan Bubble...

"...Go and ask any customs man whether they know about valuation, they don’t know. So, you bring in values and threaten people, at the end of the day, you tell them if you don’t pay you leave your cargo. But you can go in the port and do it on the basis that you want to raise revenue. You don’t raise revenue because when you are raising revenue of N1 billion you are scaring away people with revenue of more than N3 trillion. If you look at the what they call the import assessment of cargoes that have left the country, you will be shocked what we have lost..." An interview with Mr. Lucky Amieworo, the Chairman of the Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Clearing and Forwarding Agents. Read more.

Oversight function at the Lagos House of Assembly...

For Hon. Setonji David, representative of Badagry II Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly, the success of Lagos is the success of Nigeria. As chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, he has charged all officials of the Ministry that building collapses will no longer be taken lightly, personal responsibility is now involved... Read more.

The Abeokuta Sand Market

The scenic beauty of Abeokuta is complimented by a rugged sand market which is being enlarged by spillover demand from the Lagos market. The major source of the sand is the Ogun River which snakes for miles through the contours of the old city. In comparison to the neighbouring Lagos sand market, the one in Abeokuta is medium-sized. The Egbas, through time, have been sand miners because of the geological morphology of their terrain. The sharp sand from Ogun state is generally coarser than the variant that is mined in neighbouring Lagos, whether from river or land burrow pits. Read More.

"...if you go to a place like Ughelli, these dredgers are pre-fabricated and kept on the roadside for sale. As we speak, they are fabricating 8-inch and 10-inch pumps..." - Kunle Shodipe.

Mr Kunle Shodipe is one of the notable dredging operators in Nigeria with an enviable bank of experience spanning over twenty years. Currently working as the dredging manager of Shiroko Mining Company, Abeokuta, he is keenly sought after by many dredging companies for advice and consultancy on dredging and sand mining issues. In this interview, he dissects the Abeokuta sand market and compares the growing industry to the larger Lagos market. Read More...

Why Lagos Governor Banned Sand Mining in the State.

Was the recent ban on sand mining throughout Lagos State triggered by a violent clash of rival cult gangs at Ebute Ilaje in Bariga in late January this year, as some national dailies reported? At a one-day stakeholders meeting organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Waterfront and Infrastructure Development (MWID), the ministry engaged the services of an environment expert, Dr. Reginah Folorunsho, from the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Researcher, to demonstrate the delicate nature of the state’s aquatic ecosystem. According to new guidelines on dredging activities in the state, sand mining is still banned in some Lagos communities...Read More.

Lagos Ministry of Waterfront Issues Guidelines for Dredging Activities in 2016

The Lagos State Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development (MWID) has issued the following guidelines to be observed by all operators in the relevant sectors and subsectors. Read More...

DESOPADEC Dredger: The rot amid sinking Itsekiri towns, as politicians battle over equipment.

Hundreds of Itsekiri communities from Koko, Obaghoro, Ijaghalla, Ogidigben, Ajudaibo, Usele, Deghele and others were at the mercy of coastal erosion and vanishing shoreline. The acquisition of a dredger by DESOPADEC was expected to resettle thousands of members of the ethnic groups who fled their homes in the aftermath of the Ijaw/Itsekiri crisis. Read More...

Calabar Port, Despite Constraints, Now Beckons.
One may ask why the Calabar channel is seemingly dogged by protracted high-cost capital dredging campaigns instead of the normal downgrade to the cheaper maintenance mode after the first round of capital dredging? The origin of the problem lies with the geographical morphology of the Calabar River itself. According to experts, the catchment arc of the river falls within the heavy rainfall forest region, which records as much as 10 months of rainfall per annum, thereby causing much leaching and erosion on the surrounding land. The run-off water reaches the Calabar River with lots of materials carried into it by tributaries such as Cross River, Great and Little Kwa River and the Mbo River. Again, one may ask how the Cross River State government can tap into the future potential expansion of the Calabar port system? Firstly, it must be noted that recent unverified political statements that the state government has obtained a Euro500 million fund to use in re-developing the port as a deep sea port flies in the face of the reality on the ground, administratively and in terms of commercial viability and profitability. Read more.

Habib’s Two-Year Scorecard: River Port Dredging, Deep-sea Ports and The Promise of NPA’s 25-Year Development Master Plan.
When Nigeria's economy was rebased in 2013, she became the largest market in Africa with the biggest GDP of N80.22 trillion (about $510 billion). As an import dependent nation, the effect of this expanding market was reflected by increased throughput at her seaports where 76.9 million tonnes of cargoes were handled in 2013. However, for the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the significance of the market expansion is that without sufficient draught at the approach channels and the berths, half of the shipping tonnage (5,185 vessels) that called at the regular Nigerian ports in 2013 and the busy traffic at the crude oil loading terminals would not have made it. Read more.

"Transformation Agenda should be extended to the Shipping and Port Industry" - Musa Danjuma.
Chief Musa Danjuma does not need introduction. As the younger brother of retired General T. Y. Danjuma, he was entrusted with supervising the growth and expansion of the first family heirlooms - the Comet Group of Companies. In this interview, he speaks of business prospects and worries in Africa's largest economy. Pointedly however, he laments the decay in infrastructure and amenities which clogs the wheels of portland-to-hinterland flow of cargoes and therefore makes the case for a special transport master plan for Nigeria's busy port cities. Read more.

Nigerian Dredging Activities in Perspective - A Feature Article by Engr. Emma Ibeh.
With the recent revolution in the indigenous dredging industry and the associated mass exodus, recent survey has shown that many firms and investors have entered the industry with little or no requisite knowledge and expertise. This has led to heavy loss in terms of finance, capital, man hours and reputation. To reduce this growing disturbing trend and to prepare and empower dredging professionals and new entrepreneurs who intend to invest into dredging as an investment stream, a discourse of this nature is being written to cater for issues associated with handling and managing dredging projects. Read more.

How the Niger Delta Crisis Spawns Pirate Attacks on the Waterways
Pirate attacks along Nigeria’s waterways is complicated by partisan politics and almost an uphill task to checkmate because of Nigeria’s current fixation with north-south dichotomy and ethnic preferences. In a related development, the four largest container carriers, Maersk, CMA CGM, MSC and Hamburg Sud have snubbed the governments of West Africa in their latest combined statement on anti-piracy efforts by international jurisdictions. Read more.

O T Africa Line, Dr Asoma Banda: The Story…

Alhaji Dr. Asoma Banda is the undisputed doyen of African shipping. By the way he managed the acquisition of O T Africa Line (OTAL) in 1985 and subsequently sold it to the Bollore Group in the 1990s just before a crunch, he proved his mettle, made a lot of money and a reputation that is hard to put down. At the end of the day, he ate his cake and still has it, for he remains the chairman of OTAL. Read more.

International Dredging Briefs

Van Oord wins contracts worth €100 million in Brazil and the Bahamas
Van Oord has won two orders in Brazil and the Bahamas. The Brazilian project involves dredging work for the construction of a new shipyard in Aracruz, Brazil. The client is Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA), a Brazilian subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine’s Jurong Shipyard from Singapore. Read more.


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