Victoria Hanson

The Federated Maritime Media Chapel ( FMMC) of the Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) has rounded up its  3 – Day Training yesterday in Lagos.

The training which was organized by Eyis  Resources Limited was commenced on Monday 3rd April 2017 and ended on Wednesday 5th 2017.

Delivering a lecture on ”Concept Of Concession And Component Of Port Regulation”, The organizer of the training, Mr Lucky  Eyis Amiwero said that one of the greatest challenges facing developing nations port is the globalization and liberalized nature of the world economy which makes it more imperative for various government to introduce more dynamic suitable programmes so as to contain the intensity of increasing world wide competition to a better managed port.

Amiwero who is the Managing Director/ CEO Eyis Resources Limited listed the strategies for improving organizational and operational performance in the port to include: Modernization of port administration and management, commercialization, corporation, joint venture, privatization among others.

He explained Port Regulation as one of the essential components of a port which is not expected to be transferred to the private sector,given the inherently public good nature of Port Regulation.

Regulation according to him is required to promote port efficiency, prevent pricing or service discrimination, monitoring and enforcing compliance with general standard and also protect consumers and users against monopolistic or other abuse by the operators.

Infrastructure and Superstructure, Labour , Traffic and Tariff were the four ( 4) element of concession.

The Director defined concession agreement as series of contract that defines the relationship between government and private sector regarding the right to exploit port land and facilities as well as the obligation to construct port structure and superstructure.

Declaring the event open, Customs Area Comptroller Apapa, Jibrin Musa called on Journalists to collaborate with them so as to form formidable force in pushing man power together for better economy.

The Chairman Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Comrade Deji Elumoye commended the chapel for the development and therefore warned  other members who are parading  themselves as journalists and therefore writing petitions against the group to abstain from such acts and maintain decorum and peace so as to boost the growth of the group as well as members.

Earlier, the Managing Director,Nigerian Ports Authority( NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman said as those involved in the profession of news gathering and dissemination, agenda setting, discourse, opinion molding and data providers, maritime journalists need to be periodically equipped and updated in order to sharpen their understanding of their profession and the expectations of the sector to them.

Usman who was represented advised journalists to ensure that whatever information they disseminate is factual, accurate and truthful.

To achieve these, The MD said that they must be balance, fair and objective beyond all reasonable doubt.

While commending the facilitator of the training for organizing such training for journalists, he however assured them more support for all their programmes to pilot the union to a greater height.

Other stakeholders from the industry who graced the occasion include The Secretary General ,Nigeria Shippers Council, Mr Hassan Bello represented by Ahmed, The Assistant Director,Cooperate Communication, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ( NIMASA), Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS) among others.

Lectures such as ” Overview of Nigerian Port Authority Act, Single Window Concept, Nigerian Maritime Administration And Safety Agency Act and Its Core Function Implication on Cabotage, The Overview of the Customs and Excise Management Act C45 of 2004 as well as  Licensed Custom Agents and Implication of the Council of Regulation of Freight Forwarding Laws”.

Certificates were also issued at the end of the training.

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