Professional Services

Engineers Call for State of Emergency in Road Sector

The Nigerian Institute of Highway Engineers (NIHE) has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the road sector to attract private sector funding.

The Chairman of the institute, Mr Isa Emoabino, made the call in an interview in Abuja on Thursday.

Emoabino, who described the state of Nigerian roads as ``extremely very poor’’, advised that sufficient money must be allocated to the sector to give it a complete turnaround for good.

Transport Ministry to Partner Marine Engineers, Surveyors –Amaechi

The Federal Ministry of Transportation says it will work closely with the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) to uplift the maritime sector.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made this known on Monday in Abuja when the Executive Committee of AMES paid him a courtesy visit.

He expressed dismay at the unsatisfactory state of affairs at the country’s seaports and the insecurity on the nation’s waterways.

``I want to, with the management of the ministry of transportation, move the maritime sector forward.

NCS Warns Against Illegal Berthing of ships, Midstream Discharge

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Retired Col. Hameed Ali has directed strict enforcement of all relevant provisions of the extant laws of NCS on ships and vessels that berth illegally outside Customs ports.

The directive is contained in a circular issued by the service dated Jan. 21, 2016, and sent to all units, commands and zonal headquarters.

The circular was signed on behalf of the comptroller-general by a Deputy Comptroller-General, Ms Grace Adeyemo.

We’ll Continue to Welcome Supports from U.S. –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday in Abuja that his administration will continue to welcome the support and understanding of the United States as it strives to achieve greater internal security and socio-economic progress in Nigeria.

Receiving a delegation led by the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny Pritzker at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari applauded ongoing American collaboration with his administration on security and developmental issues.

We Must Work Together on Climate Change to Avert Disaster for Human Race –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abu Dhabi called for greater global cooperation against the devastating effects of climate change to avert disaster for the human race in the 21st century.

Addressing the opening of the 2016 World Future Energy Summit, President Buhari reaffirmed Nigeria's readiness to work with the United Arab Emirates and rest of the world in a collective effort to mitigate the effects of climate change.

We’re Taking Urgent Action to Sanitise Defence Procurements –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday, December 21, 2015 in Abuja that his administration was taking urgent and appropriate actions to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the nation's Armed Forces.

Speaking at a meeting with the British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Michael Fallon, President Buhari lamented that the procurement of equipment for Nigeria's Armed Forces which followed due process  in the past, had become open to corruption and shady deals under the last administration.

I will Discipline, Dismiss, Jail Corrupt Officers –Customs Boss

Retired Col. Hameed Ali, the Comptroller -General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Wednesday warned that he would either discipline, dismiss or jail any officer found guilty of corrupt practices.

Ali gave the warning while addressing officers and men of the NCS in Calabar, capital of Cross River.

He said that there was the need for them to be of good conduct and show professionalism while carrying out their duties.

Immigration Service Generates ₦19.4B in 10 Months

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Martins Abeshi, says the service generated N19. 4 billion between January and October 2015 as part of its renewed revenue drive.

Abeshi disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja when the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, visited the NIS as part of his familiarisation tour of parastatals under his ministry.

Unions Fault Virgin Atlantic on Laying Off of Nigerian Cabin Crew

Two trade unions in the aviation sector have faulted the recent laying off of Nigerian cabin crew by Virgin Atlantic Airline management.

The unions, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) said this in a statement issued in Lagos at the weekend.

The airline had recently laid off the cabin crew comprising 20 Nigerians.

Customs Agents Urge FG to Abolish Cargo Tracking Note on Imports

The National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) on Tuesday told the Federal Government to abolish the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) policy on imports to reduce port charges.

The President of NCMDLCA, Lucky Amiwero, made the plea in a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lagos.

Amiwero had sent a similar letter to the secretary to the government of the federation, minister of finance, minister of transport and the comptroller-general of customs.