Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo on Friday described the nation’s Inland Waterways as cash cows long overdue for harnessing.
Sambo said this at the inauguration of the Technical Working Group (TWG) Proposal for Channel Management between Escravos, Onitsha and Baro Port on the Niger River on Public Private Partnership (PPP) Arrangement in Abuja.
According to him, Nigeria’s waterways abound with economic potential capable of boosting the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
“Providence has challenged me to put into reality what I went to China to pursue as an employee of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
”I went to China in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In my own case, I was marketing the waterfront lands owned by NIWA and we zeroed on the Marina NIWA Area Office with proposal to reclaim that land to build a container terminal and a passenger terminal for people passing through Apapa.
”The idea is that when containers come into Lagos, you don’t have to discharge those meant for Onitsha in Lagos.
”But transport them in barges or vessels that can transverse low draughts to Onitsha port to be picked by vehicles for distribution in the hinterlands.
“The primary objective is to invest, maintain and operate a high grade Inland Waterways channel between Baro River Port point to Onitsha River Port to the Warri Port at the Niger River and onward connection to the Gulf of Guinea.
”This is to ensure a sustainable maritime transportation route and lay a solid foundation for navigation network that will connect the Lagos ports, Lekki Deep Seaport with the Onitsha and Baro River Port. ”For transportation of containerised and non-containerised cargoes for shipping efficiency in Nigeria,” Sambo said.
The minister observed that the value of such activities would lead to the decongestion of Lagos Ports, prolong the life span of the roads, reduce pollution, and create a new mode of transportation by water.
He said this would in turn not only engage civilians but security forces as the cargoes had to be escorted.
Sambo said the terms of Reference of the TWG was to carry out legal, Financial and Technical Due Diligence on Messrs DIDs Ltd. home and abroad.
”Documentation of every single data and raw materials collected from survey and the operational processes for the purpose of security and future use for the development of a robust Project Structuring Report (PRS).
”It will also x-ray policies applicable for the purpose of putting the Inland waterways channel for economic use.
”Negotiate what is accruable to at every operations and any other responsibility as may be directed by the honourable minister.
”The 18-man TWG has technocrats from National Inland Waterways, Nigeria Ports Authority, the Navy among others, with the Permanent Secretary, Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani, as the Chairman.
”The Managing Director, NIWA, Dr George Moghalu, will stand as alternate Chairman, the Deputy General Manager, Business Development, NIWA, Mr Hassan Kaka as Secretary,” he added.
The Federal Government is considering the use of Compressed Natural Gas(C, which the country has in abundance to reposition the transportation sector in urban cities across the country.
The Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye said this in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, Mr Eric Ojiekwe on Tuesday in Abuja.
Adegoroye made this known when he received the report on “Implementation-Ready Report on National Strategy Development for the Adoption of Compressed Natural Gas (C-based Transportation System in Nigeria’s Urban Cities” in Abuja.
The minister, while commending his erstwhile colleague, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, assured that the report would be given prompt attention.
“I appreciate that the last minister who was here, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, had the initiative to set up a committee to work on this, I think it is a wonderful Initiative.
“I assure you that Nigerians must say something about us that when we were here, we took steps to getting things done.
”And this things are in tandem with what the world wants or what the world desires at this time,” he said.
According to Adegoroye, greenhouse gas emissions poses health and dire environment consequences and Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind.
He said this was especially due to the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to Green House Emission Policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the environment.
While presenting the report to the minister, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Magdalene Ajani said that the report was sponsored by World Bank and done by Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).
Ajani said this was done through the Federal Ministry of Environment with highlights on strategic steps to take in the adoption of CNG vehicles in the transportation sector in the country.
“It will help us in kick-starting the revolution in the change of the transport sector, with vehicle conversion to CNG on the adoption of CNG vehicles, for our road transport mode within the urban city to start with.
“Original Equipment Manufacturers in couple of years down will probably not be supporting vehicles that are powered by diesel or gas as everyone is moving towards Electric Vehicles (EV).
”The report takes into cognisance of how Nigeria can move from diesel and Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) to natural gas and in about 10 to 15 years,” Ajani said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in May 2019, the Federal Executive Council approved a National Action Plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
This plan developed by the Federal Ministry of Environment, aims to improve air quality and reduce Nigeria’s contribution to climate change.
This will be done through 22 specific mitigation measures in eight source sectors – transportation, cooking and lighting in households, industry, waste, oil and gas, agriculture and power.
The Federal Ministry of Transportation is vested with the task of coordinating the implementation of these mitigating measures.
The Federal Government has restated its commitment to reposition the Onne Port to maximise its huge potential in export and import trades.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Mu’azu Sambo, said this in a statement by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Eric Ojiekwe on Friday in Abuja.
Sambo said this at Onne, Rivers, during a three-day fact finding tour to ascertain why the port was not performing at maximum capacity.
“Part of the reason why I’m here is to look into why the Rivers Ports are not working.
Whatever the challenges are, we will address them.
“I will discuss with stakeholders and we will come up with short term, medium term and long term plans on how to overcome those challenges and make the ports productive”, he said.
Sambo assured that Sukuk IV would rehabilitate the dilapidated access road to the Onne Port. He said he would liaise with his counterpart in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on how the repairs could be fast-tracked.
The minister warned that government would no longer tolerate nonpayment of practitioners operating fees by Terminal Operators.
In a related development, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello- Koko, said government was keen on increasing traffic at the Eastern Ports, to decongest the Lagos ports.
Bello- Koko said the agency was working with the Nigerian Navy to improve security on the country`s Waterways.
“The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have deployed assets under the Deep Blue Project that will be working with the Nigerian Navy to improve security’’.
The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) Nigeria, Managing Director, Naved Zafa, while briefing the minister on their facility, said: “ we have acquired sufficient cargo handling equipment at our terminal to improve the efficiency of the port’’.
He said Nigeria Customs Service had installed a new scanning machine at the port complex.
Zafa said the scanner would facilitate trade, ensure security and drastically reduce the importation of illicit goods by unscrupulous persons.
He said it would also reduce dwell time by promoting faster and easier treatment of cargoes.
Other facilities visited include, Integrated Logistics Services Terminal, International Container Terminal, Onne Multipurpose Terminal and Brawal.
The minister was accompanied by the Director, Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Transport, Umaru Hassan, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Dr Magdalene Ajani, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria among others.
Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, has expressed optimism that within 90 days the ministry will secure accommodation to enable the take off of the Regional Maritime Development Bank(RMDB) .
Sambo said this in a statement by the ministry’s Director of Media and Public Relations, Mr Eric Ojiekwe in Abuja on Wednesday.
He made this known when he received the Secretary-General, Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa, (MOWCA ), Dr Paul Adalikwuat the ministry.
Sambo said: “When I resumed here, I realised immediately that the Regional Maritime Bank is one of the lowest hanging fruits that we can achieve within a very short time.
Infact 90 days is too long.
”I observed that all efforts towards getting accommodation via the Central Bank of Nigeria has not yielded any outcomes.
”So I will approach the Attorney General of the Federation to see if one of the forfeited properties can be allocated to the bank.
”Sambo encouraged the Secretary-General, to leverage on MOWCA as a regional organisation to push for Nigeria’s intent of becoming member of Category C in International Maritime Organisation( IMO).
Speaking earlier, the Secretary-General of MOWCA, Adalikwu, stated that the idea of RMDB was conceived 11 years ago.
He said it was meant to facilitate single digit interest loans to provide leeway to key players in the sector and enable them compete favourably with their international counterparts.
Adalikwu said:” Eight countries have signed the Charter as required in the document establishing the bank.
”Two weeks ago, DRC Congo also signed making it nine countries.
One above the threshold required for the establishment of the Act.”The organogram of RMDB as adopted by council members has positions of President of the body, Company Secretary and a seat on the board ceded to Nigeria.
” Cameroun is to produce the Vice President 1, and Ivory Coast, Vice President 2, while other member countries are to provide board members for the maritime bank.
”The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Magdalene Ajani, commended Adalikwu on the forthcoming regional meeting scheduled for Abuja in November.
Ajani said during the meeting, the Secretary-General of IMO, Kitlack Lim, would seek to prevail on the 25 member states to adopt the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act.She explained that the Act would enable the trial of piracy cases within the MOWCA sub-region, irrespective of whichever sub-region the crime was committed.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, Director, Maritime Services, Babatunde Bombata, Deputy Director, Cabotage and Shipping, Rita Zoaka and others.
The Ministry of Transportation has recognised and awarded some members of staff of the ministry for excellent performance, integrity, commitment and dedication to duty.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Ma’azu Sambo, presented the awards on Tuesday, during the 2022 Ministerial Award and Town Hall meeting for staff in commemoration of the 2022 Civil Service Day Celebration.
While presenting the awards, Sambo urged other members of staff to take a queue and improve on their performance.
”Today’s event is set aside to celebrate and recognise these officers who have distinguished themselves in the course of performing their duties excellently through their commitment, dedication, diligence and leadership skills.
” This will equally encourage and motivate other staff to work harder and improve their performance with a view to winning the awards in the future,” he said.
According to Sambo, there is a new template for measuring the performance of civil servants known as Performance Management System (PMS) and the system will be used in the award selection process going forward.
”It is also important to note that the newly introduced Performance Management System will soon become fully operational and will provide the parameter for future selections for the awards.
”At the end of the year, instead of having APER form the new system will be put in place.
“The system is designed to show you clearly your performance and it is now left for you to seek for ways of improving your contribution.
”According to Sambo, the ministry in spite of its lean resources has prioritised the provision of a good working environment for it’s staff.
”We have ensured training and re-training of staff, provided working tools, motivated staff towards increased productivity and improved service delivery.
”I want to use this medium to encourage staff to be solution providers, and also develop attitudinal change in fulfillment of the objectives of FCSSIP – 2021 – 2025.”While responding to appeals by members of staff on welfare, the minister assured his commitment to approve welfare packages for staff as it was a neccesary factor for optimium performance.
He however urged the staff to show commitment and meet their end of the bargain through their performance.
”As for palliiatives, the permanent secretary and I have discussed it and we are going to do something about it.
This is the eight month in the year and nothing, and I reject it wholeheartedly ,” Sombo said.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Magdalene Ajani, while congratulating the awardees, reiterated the need for members to take seriously the PMS and Enterprise Content Management.
”We are already started on the PMS and by Dec. 31, PMS report of all staff will go to the office of Head of Service and that will feed into your information for 2023, there is no more aper form.
”Don’t forget that as there is reward, there is also sanctions for non-performance,”Ajani said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Anastasia Ogbonna, Mr Yahaya Adesina and Mr Desmond Adyo all of the media unit in the ministry were among the 20 members of staff that were awarded.
The Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, says routine exercise is panacea for a healthy workforce.
Adegoroye, in a statement issued by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the ministry on Friday in Abuja said that excersise promotes healthy body and mind leading to increased productivity.
He said this when the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Magdalene Ajani, led members of the Sports Club to present him trophies won at the June edition of the Exercise to commemorate the 2022 Civil Service Week.
Adegoroye promised to join them in their exercise saying: “I am going to join you and we are going to do this together.
”Keeping healthy promotes a lighter and happier individual, while not doing so has negative effects on the body.
”I urge you to make sure the trophies which are for a cycle of one month and are up for another deserving team at the July must be brought back home in July and always.”The minister extolled the Permanent Secretary, noting that, “because it was through the instrumentality of her exceptional, innovative and purposeful leadership that the sports club won the laurels.
He appreciated her efforts at fully kitting the staff and setting up an ultra-modern workout gym, saying: ”this is a pointer to a new Nigeria where leaders prioritise welfare of all.”On the numerous requests presented to the minister during the visit, including a bus for the sports club, the minister promised to discuss the issues with the Minister of Transportation, Mr Ma’azu Sambo.
He also pledged to assist within his capacity to the attainment of a fit and healthy transport workforce.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, said that the office work tends to make one stationary, thus encourages accumulation of calories which was unhealthy for the body.
Ajani said: ”It is in this regard that I am encouraging the Ministry’s sports club to resuscitate the various sporting activities.
Also, the Director of Human Resource Management, Patricia Umo, describe sports as the only fora that promote peace, development and unity irrespective of political affiliations.
Umo appealed to the minister to support the Permanent Secretary to give the Sports Club the desired support.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s Sports Club Manager, Mr Samson Ojon, explained that the trophies were for the best kitted and team with the highest number of attendants at the event.
He pledged the team’s commitment to excelling with the kind of support being received from the Ministry.
Dr Magdalene Ajani, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, on Friday reiterated that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) remained the only port economic regulator.
Ajani made the pronouncement at the sensitisation seminar with the theme: “Promoting Competitiveness in the Maritime Industry: The Mandate of Nigerian Shippers’ Council,” in Lagos.
She noted that the Federal Government in 2015 declared the council as the port economic regulator.
Ajani said that as the port economic regulator, NSC was saddled with the responsibility to institute effective regulation at ports, working with other government agencies.
She, however, enjoined all stakeholders in the maritime industry to give the council the needed cooperation and support.
“I want us to note that while shippers council is the port economic regulator, the Nigerian Ports Authority remains the technical and operational regulator.
This is very key so that we understand the distinct role between the two agencies.
“Having realised that these two agencies are working within the mandate of the law of Nigeria, we, therefore, urge all those in court to have a rethink.
“This is for us to enable a good progression in the marine ecosystem and deliver the Nigerian economy of our dream,” she said.
Ajani said that the council port economic regulatory mandate and rules should be reflected in the port concession agreement under review and other subsequent agreement.
“Relying on the sub-existing order on the port economic regulation as issued by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I hereby reaffirm that the Nigerian Shippers’Council remains the interim port economic regulator in our nation’s port.
“This is pending the establishment and operationalisation of the national transport commission as an independent regulatory authority in the transport sector,” she said.
Ajani recalled that the nation’s port prior to 2006 port concession agreement had the lowest level of efficiency with anomalies such as imposition of different tariffs and shortage of modern cargo handling equipment, among others.
She noted that the NSC was appointed as an interim port economic regulator in 2014 to fill the vacuum and address the challenges bedeviling the port system.
Ajani said that the major objective of government in appointing the NSC as an interim port economic regulator was to create an effective regulatory regime at the port.
“The port economic regulator organ as gazetted has provided for various functions and roles of the council in line with the provisions of section 3c, f and j of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council Act cap 133 Law of the Federation 2004,” she said.
Earlier, Mr Emmanuel Jime, the Executive Secretary, NSC, noted that the port as a critical infrastructure needed to be competitive and should not be for free entry and exit.
According to Jime, this is in order for its users to enjoy the benefit of lower prices and efficient service delivery usually associated competition.
“It is against this backdrop that the Federal Government of Nigeria, pursuant to the Nigerian Shippers Council Act Cap N133 LFN 2004, appointed NSC as the Ports Economic Regulator.
“The aim is to create an effective regulatory regime at the Nigerian ports for control of tariffs, rates, charges and other related economic services, make the transportation sector efficient and contribute positively to the development of the nation’s economy,” he said Jime noted that the council could only achieve its mandate with the support and collaboration of all players in the industry.
Also Bongo Adi, Professor of Development Economics and Data Analytics, Lagos Business School, said that the port system was a natural monopolistic system and needed regulation to protect public interest.
Speaking on the theme, Adi lamented that the council could not regulate effectively due to pre-concession issues.
He called for an introduction of standards of operations for operators in the market space to make NSC regulation easier.
Other dignatries present at the event are Dr George Moghalu of the National Inland Waterways Authority, Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, Chairperson of Nigerian Ship-owners Forum, Mr Kunle Folarin, Chairman, Port Consultative Forum and Managing Director, Grimaldi Agency Nigeria Limited, Mr Ascanio Russo, among others.
Dr Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, on Friday tasked agencies in the maritime sector to support the Port Standing Task Team (PSTT) to work seamlessly.
Ajani, represented by Mr Adams Ofie, Deputy Director at the Federal Ministry of Transportation, made the appeal at the Enlarged Presidential Standing Task Team flag-off of the second phase of Operation Free the Port Corridor in Lagos.
She noted that the corridor was along Apapa-TinCan-Coconut-Berger yard-Mile 2-Orile-Ijora SIFAX area.
Ajani pointed out that the ministry was aware of the various challenges of the task team, which included inadequate logistics and operational need for a more robust and effective implementation of the Nigerian Port Process Manual.
She said accordingly, the request of the task team was currently receiving attention of the ministry for possible intervention and immediate facilitation of the acquisition of logistics and operational needs for seamless operations.
“The Enlarged Presidential Standing Task Team on assignment tagged Operation Free the Port Corridor mission is to remove all illegal checkpoints and shanties on the port corridor.
“The team is also aimed at eliminating traffic gridlock and corrupt practices that are impinging ease of doing business in Nigerian port.
“The first phase was flagged off on April 14 by the minister of transportation to ensure that issues of corruption and gridlock on the port corridor is a thing of past,” she said.
She appreciated the members of the PSST for their achievement in the first phase, urging all stakeholders to support the team for better results in the second phase.
Mr Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, said the second phase was a 15.6km stretch of road littered with shanties and trucks parked indiscriminately.
Jime noted that the trucks caused untold hardship and created opportunities for extortion and other sharp practices by non state actors.
According to him, many people have reservation on the ability of the task team to clear the Apapa port complex with a view to bringing sanity and ensuring free flow of traffic.
“We all know the enormity of the task but the NSC with other committed stakeholders are resolute in their resolve to contribute to changing the narratives.
“The task team has achieved its objectives, however, the successes recorded were not without dire consequences such as intimidation, threat to live and physical assault of operatives and also their gadgets.
“I urge the port task team to continue to sustain the achievements recorded so far,” he said.
Mr Moses Fadipe, National Coordinator, PSTT, appreciated the support of the ministry in asking sister agencies to shoulder some of the financial and logistical responsibilities of the task team.
Fadipe, while giving an overview of the successes and challenges of the first phase, added that the burden of funding the task team was solely on the Nigerian Shippers Council, despite its paucity of income.
“The imperative of multi-agency support for logistical and personnel needs of the task team is more relevant now considering that the operational phase we are about to flag-off will be covering 15.6km compared to the 2.6km earlier covered during the pilot phase.
“The intervention of Nigerian Ports Authority and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency will be greatly appreciated in this regard.
“In addition to any other support that they may wish to render, we specifically require more pick-up vans in the fleet to aid the operation,” he said.
Other stakeholders present at the flag-off are Nigerian Ports Authority, Department of State Service, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Road Safety Corp, among others.
Dr Magdalene Ajani, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, on Wednesday urged maritime women practitioners on the need for collaboration to achieve maritime safety, security and build capacity.
Ajani made the call at the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, and the African Women in Maritime (WIMAfrica) conference to mark the International Maritime Organisation Women’s Day.
The theme of the conference was: ”Maritime Security: Issues and Blue Economy.”
She said that women in the maritime sector had done a lot for the industry which made the global maritime section to create a day to celebrate women.
“I am very proud of all of you women latching onto this to make sure that we mark the inaugural day in the history of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
“I thank in particular WIMA and WISTA-Nigeria for collaborating to have this programme today. I have been in the background listening and proud of the lectures put up to educate everyone of us,” she said.
She said that while celebrating the victory in the maritime security, there was the need for everyone to collaborate to be able to achieve victory too in maritime safety and capacity building.
“We have training institutions in Nigeria where such training is done and I encourage women to latch onto this opportunity and educate themselves,” she said.
Also, Mrs Jean Chiazo-Anishere (SAN), a maritime lawyer, pointed out that a barrier- free working environment for women could not be achieved without an enduring and sustainable collaboration between all organisations of women in martime sector.
Chiazo-Anishere commended the collaboration between WISTA-Nigeria and WIMA-Nigeria, in putting together the laudable seminar.
“This welcome and glorious declaration by IMO is to highlight the contributions of women in the maritime industry and meditate on issues affecting them, while proffering solutions to them.
“The declaration is also aimed at getting women to pick interest in maritime, so as to disabuse their minds on the erroneous belief that maritime is meant for the menfolk,” she said.
She noted that in maritime security and in reaching sustainable solutions, there was the need to address the root causes of piracy including the plight of coastal communities.
Mrs Rollens Macfoy, President WIMA Nigeria, said that the event was not just about celebrating women but empowerment, professionally, to give women growth, capacity building that was required to be properly positioned in the industry.
She said that to encourage more women in the sector, they had an ongoing campaign for women to rise up to the call, take trainings, seminars and be particular about fields they want to go into.
“I am pleased with the turn out of today’s seminar but we can do more. This is the first time maritime women association are collaborating to host an event, this means that they are moving and are ready to take over,” she said.
Mrs Eunice Ezeoke, WISTA-Nigeria President noted that today’s event was very significant in the sense that IMO had recognised the need for women in the maritime sector to be more visible and focus on training to breaking of barriers.
According to Ezeoke, it means that even with the strides of women now, there is aneed for a lot to be done to showcase them.
“This will give them the opportunity to operate at a higher echelon of the Industry,” she said.
She noted that the issue of funding was one of the challenges women were facing in the industry as maritime and shipping were capital intensive venture.
“Women need to own vessels, we are looking forward to that day where women will be able to collaborate, form consortium and buy vessels, watercraft, barges, ferris so that they can be in a position to have a meaningful say in the industry.
“We are very happy that we have been given this opportunity to speak and showcase those area of challenges we face,” she said.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has inaugurated the five Governing Boards of Parastatals under the Ministry.
Amaechi, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said the board members would help restructure and reposition the agencies for a robust, transparent and accountable economy.
While inaugurating the boards, Amaechi charged them to work in line with the policy directives of the Federal Government aimed at assisting the Parastatals to achieve its mandates.
“You are also charged with the responsibilities of measuring performance against targets and introducing broad policy measures that will curtail deviations and ensure that the targets are achieved.
”It is expedient to note that the need to engender harmonious working relationship with the management of the various parastatals to achieve the objectives of the government is paramount,” he said.
The minister warned the boards not to interfere with the day to day management of the Parastatals.
He explained that the minister in line with the guidelines to Administrative Procedures in the Federal Public Service (chapter 7), could exercise control over the parastatals at policy level through the board of parastatals.
He urged them to be acquainted with relevant government circulars and directives on relationship of the boards with their parastatals for a good and harmonious working relationship.
Amaechi also advised the boards to promote the tenets of prudence, transparency, accountability, equity and fairness in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Speaking earlier, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Magdalene Ajani said “the role of the Board is a part time role.
”You do not have offices assigned to you neither do you have vehicles assigned to you. You are called for meetings quarterly in line with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
”When meetings are called, facilities will be provided to make you comfortable for those meeting period and of course your seating fees will be paid.
“As you are inaugurated and work starts, I am sure the ministry will have a more robust retreat session.
“The session where we can discuss stakes that might have been disturbing or that will help you to support us better in the management of the agencies,” Ajani stated.
Responding on behalf of the newly inaugurated Chairmen and Board members, Chairman, Governing Board of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Akinwunmi Ricketts appreciated the Federal Government for giving them the opportunity to serve.
He pledged the commitment of the members to deliver on their mandates.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the Boards of agencies inaugurated were Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) and Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. (MAN Oron).
Others are, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).