Dredging Summit 2011.
Pictures of Past Dredging Summits
The scorecard on Nigerian seaport
We have focused, in this edition, on
the progress of seaport reforms in Nigeria since 2001. It’s
ten years since the Obasanjo’s presidency kick-started the search
for better fortunes for Nigeria’s port industry. Once upon a
time, the ports were a haven for wharf rats. No more. Ships then spent
weeks in port to load and discharge. Stevedores were unruly, practicing
the infamous “akube” system, where shipping lines paid
for 16-men gangs but get 8 men instead. None could do anything about
it for many years. The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) was
then a glorified gang-up of port industry warlords. Former transport
minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, shocked the nation when he exposed bags
of money brought to him at night to soft-pedal the wheels of the reforms
which started rolling during his tenure.
Thus, the striving to reform Nigeria’s port industry began in
2001 and involved much job loss at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA),
administrative changes industry-wide, changes in Nigerian Customs
Service procedures, etc. It ultimately led to the emergence of private
terminal operators after an international competitive bid for all
NPA terminals nation-wide.
Now ten years since the onset of reforms, five years since the handover
of terminals to concessionaires across the country, what has changed?
Generally, the changes are for the better, in many regards. It will
take a rehash of the daily reports of missing car parts, incorrigible
customs officials, NPA port officers who were not on seat or the ‘flying
containers”, to mention but a few of the shock tales of those
days, before one can realize that we have moved on from those unpleasant
bus stops. But there is still work to be done.
In this edition, we have focused on the operations of one of the terminal
operators, Fivestar Logistics Terminals Ltd and the NPA channel management
joint venture, Lagos Channel Management. Their accounts of operations
in the ports give a bird’s eye view of the pace of advancement
In the other sections, our usual bulletin is intact. We have brought
up reports in the dredging industry, especially a report on the just-concluded
5th Nigerian Dredging Summit at Calabar, with pictures; and hard news
of the goings-on with the proposal to re-dredge the Calabar channel
whose capital dredging campaign was aborted in the hands of Jan de
Nul and Van Oord in 2007.
Our stand is that companies involved in such failed public sector
dredging campaigns should not be pampered but should suffer penalties,
if not outright court cases to recover money paid them from the public
till. And in cases where Nigerian officials were found in collusion,
they should not be spared, if only to serve as a deterrent for other
actors in the public domain.
Other Articles &
Mr Pier Luigi Carrodano on his
work with Gen. T Y Danjuma's companies and the Chinese sea trade with
Engr Akin Olaniyan on need for NIMASA
to return to original mandate and harnessing cabotage trade...NEW
Dr. Wilson Odafe Omene on Niger
Delta politics, amnesty programme, Nigerian maritime and local govt,
Adeyemo on River Niger Dredging...
P.C. Nwilo on his assessment of NIWA during sabbatical ...
Nseyeng Ebong on his 8-year tenure as rector of Maritime Academy
of Nigeria Oron...
Dumo Lulu Briggs as
chairman of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, his vision...
Muyiwa Omasebi: The face-off Between NIWA, MMSD and Lagos State Govt.
K Folarin: The Collapse
of Nig. shipping lines.
Carrodano: How govt
can revive Nig. shipping lines.
Epia: The struggles
of Nig shipping lines with cargo reservation scheme.
Gibb: Intricacies of
the equipment market in Nigeria.
many choppers has DPR got?" - Chief Ogunsiji.
Dredging the Niger Delta: Interview of Ben Efekarurhobo.
of Surveying in the Dredging Industry
Of Myth, Reality and Resource Control
Law: A judgment on the ownership of a sand dredging site by the
Court of Appeal.
Lagos State Attorney General Interpretes state law on sand dredging
NIWA public notice on Lagos State intervention in inland waterways regulation.
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