Category: Columns

Of frequent changes at Customs Commands

Present Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi, was appointed into that office by his late kinsman, President Umaru Yar’Ádua,...

Adieu Captain Omotayo

“The captain goes down with the ship” is the maritime concept and tradition that a sea captain holds ultimate responsibility for both his ship and his...

The Lilypond mischief-makers

Some of the clearing agents operating at Lilypond container depot, Ijora, are either suffering from crass ignorance or engaging in palpable mischief by claiming that APM...

Where are the Cowardly Lions?

The Cowardly Lion is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. He is a Lion, but he talks and interacts with humans. Since lions...

KILLED BY A PADDLE 6

Continued from last week The management of the company was changed as often as Transport Ministry officials liked. Every NNSL Managing Director who was seen as...

KILLED BY A PADDLE 5

Continued from last week During the era of the Nigerian Produce Marketing Company, NNSL was overburdened with the carriage of Cocoa produce and other export commodities...

KILLED BY A PADDLE 4

Continued from last week The management of the shipping line rightly decided to acquire new ships to retonnage the ageing fleet. Decision was made to acquire 19 combo...

KILLED BY A PADDLE 3

Continued from last week In 1961, the Nigerian government acquired the 49 per cent shares held by Elder Dempster and Palm Line. There was no rational justification for...

KILLED BY A PADDLE 2

Continued from last week On Ships Nostalgia Forum, I stumbled on an interesting post by one Derek who claimed to have worked on Oduduwa which he erroneously referred to...

KILLED BY A PADDLE 1

The story of the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) is a fitting narrative of the topsy-turvy state of affairs of the nation’s shipping sector. The total...

If Jonathan had turned up

Could President Goodluck Jonathan, in spite of the much-touted Transformation Agenda of his administration, after all be paying mere lip service towards the growth and...

Jane Shoboki: Saint or Sinner?

Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Jane Shoboiki, is either a very good Customs officer or a very bad one. Shoboki has consistently been in the news for the wrong reasons....