The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Friday that of the 24 ships expected at Lagos ports, three were loaded with frozen fish.
He said the remaining 21 ships expected at the port contain bulk wheat, general cargo, bulk clinker, bulk sugar, bulk urea container, bulk steam coal, gasoline, auto gasoline and bulk fertilizer.
The NPA in its daily shipping position added that the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos port complex from July 15-31.
He said seven other ships carrying general cargo, bulk wheat, bulk gypsum, containers and gasoline were waiting to dock.
It said 22 other ships were also unloading bulk wheat, frozen fish, bulk sugar, containers, gasoline, butane gas, base oil, soybeans, bulk coal and bulk urea.
The newly appointed Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo says he is back home, having started his career in the Maritime sector as a Civil Engineer with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and ended up as the Lagos Area Manager of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). He said this on assumption of duty alongside the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adewole Adegoroye in Abuja. Mu’azu was deployed from the Ministryof Works and Housing by President Muhammadu Buhari. Recalling the fact that he has very little time to operate, the Minister said: “We will look for the low hanging fruits and make sure that we put them on the table as quickly as possible”. Speaking further, the Minister said that he was coming with an open mind and expects same from Staff and Management while calling them to give him the needed support to do his best. “I have come with an open mind to do my best and leave humanity and posterity to judge” he said. In her handover speech, the ex-Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki who was deployed to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development as Minister of State, reassured the Ministers that they have an exceptionally hard working team of staff in the Ministry of Transportation, while disclosing that transportation remained one of the focal point of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration and that the Ministry goes beyond rail as it has both maritime and road transportation departments. Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Magdalen Ajani, in a welcome address, promised a smooth working relationship with the Ministers for the development of the sector. Also speaking on behalf of the Staff, the Director, Finance and Accounts, Hassan Umar assured the Ministers that the team on ground are professionals, worthy of their calling as Civil Servants as they apply exant rules and regulations in the discharge of their duties.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Thursday said that eight ships that arrived the ports were waiting to berth with petroleum products and others.
The NPA in its ”Daily Shipping Position” listed other products waiting to berth as general cargo, container, bulk wheat, fertiliser, petrol and butane gas.
It said that another 22 ships at the ports were discharging petrol, bulk wheat, general cargo, container, bulk sugar, base oil, soya bean, bulk coal, bulk urea and frozen fish.
It added that 23 other ships also laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods were expected from July 14 to July 31.
The authority said that the ships were expected to arrive at the Lagos Port complex.
It indicated that the ships contain general cargo, frozen fish, bulk sugar, container, bulk wheat, bulk clinker, bulk gypsum, automobile gasoline, bulk steam coal, petrol and bulk fertiliser.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Wednesday said two out of the six ships waiting to berth at the port were carrying 149,985 metric tonnes (MT) of petrol.
The NPA in its daily Shipping Position said the other four ships were carrying bulk wheat, fertiliser and container.
It said that 25 other ships laden with petroleum products, food items and others were expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex from July 13 to July 28.
NPA said that the ships contained general cargo, container, bulk sugar, bulk wheat, frozen fish, bulk clinker, bulk urea, bulk gypsum, bulk steam coal, petrol and bulk fertiliser
The organisation said that 19 other ships were at the ports discharging bulk wheat, general cargo, frozen fish, soya bean, bulk sugar, container, bulk coal, butane gas and petrol.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Friday said that 18 ships at the Lagos Ports were discharging petrol and other items.
The NPA, in its daily Shipping Position, said that the ships were discharging bulk wheat, general cargo, frozen fish, container, bulk gypsum, bulk sugar, butane gas, bulk urea, soya bean and petrol.
The authority said that 27 other ships were expected to arrive the port between July 8 and July 28.
It listed the expected items as bulk wheat, general cargo, frozen fish, bulk sugar, butane gas, bulk urea, bulk fertiliser and containers.
It indicated that six others that had arrived at the ports were waiting to berth with base oil, fertiliser, automobile gasoline and petrol.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Wednesday said seven ships that had arrived at the Lagos ports were waiting to berth with petroleum products and others.
NPA in its ”Daily Shipping Position” listed other products waiting to berth as: bulk sugar, container, bulk sugar, fertiliser and base oil.
It said that another 21 ships at the ports were discharging petrol, bulk wheat, general cargo, container, bulk gypsum, ethanol, soya bean, automobile gasoline, bulk urea and frozen fish.
Meanwhile, 23 other ships also laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected from July 7 to July 17.
The authority said that the ships were expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.
It indicated that the ships contain general cargo, frozen fish, bulk sugar, container, bulk wheat, bulk coal, petrol and bulk fertiliser.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is seeking out-of-court settlement with the contractor dredging the Calabar channel.
The NPA Managing Director, Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, made the disclosure when he paid a visit to the Calabar Port Complex.
According to him, dredging of the channel is a priority of the authority.
“The contract for the dredging of the Calabar channel was awarded many years ago but there is litigation between the Nigerian Ports Authority and the contractor.
“This has inhibited our ability to dredge the channel. What we have done in recent time is to start looking for out-of-court settlement.
“The authority, working with the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Justice, has resumed discussions in terms of how to settle this out of court, either to return the same contractor to continue dredging, or appoint another company.
“This has been delaying the dredging of that channel, we have taken it very serious, it is one of the reasons we are here today,” he said.
The managing director added that the visit was to enable NPA management to meet with stakeholders and reassure them that the Federal Government was taking necessary steps to ensure dredging of the channel.
On business traffic to Calabar, Bello-Koko said that the authority was aware of some limitations on the channel but believed that there would still be imports that would go to Calabar.
“We have been discussing with shipping companies and consignees; so, we will locate major importers and encourage them to use Calabar,” he said.
The NPA boss noted that a vessel recently berthed at the port through efforts of the port manager and NPA management.
He gave the assurance that more efforts would be made to make the eastern ports more active.
Bello-Koko said that NPA engineers had done conditional survey of the depth of pile in Calabar Port and other eastern ports to determine how decayed the quays were.
He said that it would lead to decisions on whether it would be constructed or replaced.
“Modernisation of the port is holistic, it is not just about TinCan or Apapa.
“We are talking about holistic modernisation of all the ports owned and operated by the NPA,” he said.
At the Ecomarine Nig. Ltd., Bello-Koko said that any concession by the authority must bring a positive change, adding that NPA would do its best to get Calabar Port functional.
“We have a tug that is supposed to come here, we wanted it to come together with marine vessels that we imported so there will be another tug that will ease the problem being experienced,” he said.
At the palace of the Obong of Calabar, Bello-Koko appealed to him to encourage his subjects to protect equipment and buoys for navigation on waterways.
“I have come to thank you for your support and cooperation that we have been getting from the community and to intimate you of our activities that will bring more economic activities to the society and the kingdom,” he said.
Responding, Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, said that waterways had been serving as highways to the community.
He said that the community had been taking care of them.
“Unfortunately, activities there were killed. We have been crying for sometime and we believe that the game changer, as he is being called, will make the change for us.
“I appeal that this should not be political but critical. Do something to ensure that things work well for us,” the royal father said.
Mr Utan Uye Utan, Operation Manager of Ecomarine, told Bello-Koko that it cost much to bring vessels to Calabar because of the challenge of getting vessels to berth.
He appealed to him look into it. (
The Calabar Port Manager, Mr Festus Olumati, on Saturday said that the vessel traffic at the port complex between the months of January and May was 72.
Olumati gave the figure during the visit of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, to the Calabar Port.
The port manager said that between January and May 2022, vessel traffic into Calabar Port recorded high returns with huge corresponding increase in the revenue of the authority.
“Within the period under review, the Gross Register Tonnage (GRT) is 1,611,441 and a cargo throughput of 990,154.
“Cargo turn around time is four days per ship, with 16 container 24-foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) and 15 per cent berth occupancy.
“From January to May 2022, our revenue growth earnings increased as follows: revenue generated in dollars, $6.6 million, while the actual revenue in dollars collected was $5.8 million.
“The revenue generated in naira is N646 million and the revenue collected in naira is N309.2 million,” he said.
Olumati stated that the Calabar Port Complex had been reconnected to the national grid, as the management had resolved the frosty relationship between the NPA, Calabar Port Complex and the Calabar Electricity Distribution Company (CEDC).
He said that despite huge improvements, the Calabar Port was still faced with some growing challenges impeding its attainment of her full capacity as one of the fastest-growing ports in Nigeria.
He listed some of the challenges to include: Low depth of the Calabar Port water channel, which required full dredging, collapsed berth at the shoreline jetty, abandonment of Delta Queen Rig since 2012 and others.
Responding, Bello-Koko said that he would ensure that the berth occupancy, which stood at 15 per cent, be improved.
With regard to the issue of light and encroachment on the port land, he urged the port manager to ensure that whatever had been collected back be put to proper use, to avoid encroachment.
He congratulated the staff for the berthing of a vessel at the port, noting that it was a big feat, and also appreciated them for attaining the ISO certification.
“I hope we get to see that we don’t celebrate this after another year or month. Management will work with you to ensure that it becomes a new normal in the port.
“Dear colleagues, it gives me pleasure to physically engage with you today.
“As you must have noticed from my several correspondence through email, we are committed to openness of communication between management and staff.
“Your opinion and idea matter to us and as such, we will appreciate constructive feedback from you through appropriate channels.
“The task of ensuring that our strategic intent to be the maritime hub for sustainable port services in Africa goes beyond mere rhetorics, it’s a collective one.
“This is why I expect that all hands should be on deck,” he said.
Bello-Koko stated that all hands being on deck would ensure not only to meet, but to also surpass stakeholders’ expectations and add greater value to the national economy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Calabar Port Complex stands on the threshold of about 45 nautical miles, which is approximately 83 kilometers, comprising the Old Port, the New Port and the Dockyard.
Currently, Calabar Port is operated by three world class Terminal Operators namely: ECM Terminal Ltd., INTELS Nigeria Ltd. and Shoreline Logistics Nigeria Ltd.(
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, has generated N522.4 billion in the first half of 2022.
The Area Controller, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Friday.
Yusuf said that the figure showed a significant increase of N156 billion or 42.54 per cent when compared to the N366.5 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2021.
“This feat was made possible because of our officers’ resilience in ensuring identified revenue leakages have been mitigated, while sustaining the level of compliance by the in the clearance value chain,” he said.
On export, he said that in line with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non-oil export, the command recorded a boom in the exportation of non-oil commodities with about 2.5 million metric tonnes, above the 540 metric tonnes in the year 2021.
He noted that the Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items also rose from $1.6 million in the year 2021 to $138 million in 2022.
“Items exported include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products amongst others.
“The Federal Government policy and export incentive schemes have played vital roles in boosting export trade in Nigeria,” he said.
He said that for the period under review, the command curbed the smuggling of dangerous items, resulting in the seizure of 83 containers with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N8.3 billion.
“Some of the seized items include: wood, 32 containers; five containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals, 18 containers of used ; 13 containers of foreign parboiled rice.
“Others are vegetable oil – seven containers, tomato Paste – three containers, and 1x20ft container laden with 150 cartons of tramadol,” he said.
Yusuf said that 21 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizures.
He added that a suspect arrested in connection with the seized 1x20ft container of tramadol was currently undergoing .
Yusuf said that to further strengthen existing relationship between relevant government agencies in the port, the command had recently handed over 2x20ft containers no. SUDU 7774749 and UETU2798479 laden with 150 cartons of illicit hard drugs to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
On the issue of the non-utilisation of the scanner, Yusuf said that they had logistics challenge because of the ongoing rail construction.
“We can’t operate the scanners while the rail construction work is in progress because the radioactive activity will pose health threats to the workers.
“These scanners have already been synchronised with the current platform of the NCS which is the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II. The scanners in Onne and Tin Can Island are working,” he said.
He, however, expressed optimism that with the level of cooperation from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the intervention of the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki; within the next two months Apapa scanners would be deployed and utilised.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Friday said that 28 ships were expected to arrive Lagos ports from June 24 to July 7.
According to NPA’s daily `Shipping Position’, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex with petroleum products, food items and other commodities.
It said that the ships contained general cargo, frozen fish, containers, bulk sugar, butane gas, bulk gypsum, bulk wheat, base oil, bulk salt, bulk urea, automobile gasoline, bulk fertiliser, butane propane and soya bean.
NPA reports that three other ships had arrived the ports waiting to berth with petrol and automobile gasoline.
It said that 20 other ships were at the ports discharging bulk wheat, general cargo, frozen fish, containers, bulk sugar, bulk urea and petrol.