APAPA, TIN CAN OTHER PORTS SHUT AS WORKERS BEGIN STRIKE

By Tola Adenubi – Maritime workers under the aegis of the Maritine Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Wednesday made good their threat of protesting over their unpaid entitlements by the International Oil Companies (IOC) by grounding port operations. As early as 6:00 a.m., the gates leading into Nigeria’s busiest port, Apapa and Tin-Can ports were shut and all vehicular movement restricted. At about 8:45 a.m., the seaport workers softened their stance and allowed only private vehicles into the ports, barring all container trucks from entering into rhe ports. Speaking…

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AFTER SPENDING 722BIL, FG NOW EXPLORES COST EFFECTIVE WAY OF DREDGING SEAPORTS

The Federal Government has concluded plans to utilise more cost-effective options for the management of its seaport channels, after spending more than N700bn on dredging through a joint venture arrangement, ANNA OKON writes The Nigerian Ports Authority has concluded plans to overhaul its 15-year Joint Venture arrangement with channel management companies in exchange for what it describes as “a more cost-effective option.” Our correspondent gathered that although contracts were awarded to the JV companies towards the dredging of the ports, the job done did not justify the huge amount of…

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SENATE ODERS NPA TO ACCOUNT FOR 282 MISSING VESSELS IN FOUR DAYS OR FACE EFCC

The Senate has ordered the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to, in four days, account for the 282 vessels, which berthed in Nigeria’s seaports without records. The Chairman, Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, Hope Uzodinma, told the Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Usman, at an investigative hearing yesterday, to furnish the panel with details of the vessels. Uzodinma stated that failure to meet the four-day ultimatum would force the Senate to treat the matter as a financial crime. He said: “We are looking for…

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HOW NIGERIA LOST 30TRILLION NAIRA THROUGH PORT SLEAZE- SENATE

The Senate Thursday said that it is in possession of documents which exposed how “port cabal” sleaze Nigeria of over N30 trillion recently. Chairman Senate Joint Committee on Customs and Marine Transport investigative panel, Senator Hope Uzodinma, disclosed this Thursday. Uzodinma said that preliminary findings by his committee into activities of Customs, financial leakages and malpractices in the country’s port and revenue system have shown evidence of how “a group of unpatriotic persons brazenly constitute themselves into cabal to inflict infractions at the nation’s sea ports.” He lamented that the infractions…

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