Category: Columns

Welcoming Mr. Thief Catcher

Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, was a very happy man on Thursday 31st January, 2013 during...

A needless waste of life

“If you appreciate the value of life, you don’t joke about death.” -Anonymous I read with deep concern the death of two personnel of the Nigeria Customs...

Before we dredge Calabar Port again…

In the twilight of General Yakubu Gowon’s administration in the mid-1970s, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) was battling with the problems of ports congestion as a...

MV Abuja: Time to bring the culprits to book

The story of the last Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) ship known as MV Abuja is a reflection of the culture of impunity that is destroying Nigeria and its...

The grandstanding and hypocrisy of Customs

Some top shots of the Nigeria Customs Service are often too quick to point accusing fingers at terminal operators for the delay in cargo clearance at the port when the...

Nigerian ports and Rep. Jibrin’s faux pas

I was in Abuja last week when a friend drew my attention to a story in Daily Trust newspaper of Monday 21st January 2013 titled Nigeria losing billions to ports...

Stakeholders ‘fault’ Customs bill? Hellooo..!!!

I read an article in one of the newspapers sometimes last week that ‘stakeholders in the maritime industry’ have faulted the Customs and Excise Management Act...

Bonded terminals: The End is Nigh

“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” Herbert Stein The above quote from the late American economist, Herbert Stein, is sometimes paraphrased as...

Indeed, There Was a Country

I have just finished reading my copy of Chinua Achebe’s controversial book and civil war memoir, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra. I honestly fail...