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By Andrew Airahuobhor  -   Lagos   If Nigeria does not put its house in order, encourage trade facilitation devoid of bottlenecks inhibiting trade; other West African countries will certainly reap the benefit inherent in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Common External Tariff...

By Andrew Airahuobhor  -  Lagos   With a N50 billion Maritime University scheduled to begin academic activities in September, and a donation of...

By Andrew Airahuobhor  -  Lagos   The inability of Federal Ministry of Transport to dispassionately address a festering economic crisis in the port is threatening to disrupt cargo clearance system with major players in the process in fierce disagreement over how more than N2 billion that would accrue from collection of transaction fees in the ports and border posts...

By Andrew Airahuobhor –  Lagos   Despite the one per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) levy, which has climbed to an estimated...

Nigeria was reported to have led the sub-regional piracy table in 2014. The menace globally cost between $13 and $16 billion, but the cost implication on the Nigerian economy cannot be fully quantified, said Mike Igbokwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He said while the Gulf of Guinea region accounted for 153 attacks or attempted piracy attacks, Nigeria came up as...

By Andrew Airahuobhor  -  Lagos   The inability of seaports terminal operators to carry out 24 hours operations has caused a major crisis at the ports, and is threatening government’s revenue generation drive. Attempt by Customs brokers to shutdown ports operations in protest of demurrage charged by Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT) for weekend and public...

By Andrew Airahuobhor   With prevailing level of corruption, Nigeria has been eating the crumbs from its lucrative maritime industry. But the inauguration of a new administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, known for his aversion to corrupt tendencies, the country is set to enter the path of progress. By entrenching transparency and accountability in the activities...

Lanre Arogundade is the Director, International Press Centre (IPC), a non-profit; non-governmental organisation and independent resource centre, based in the South-Western part Nigeria. Arogundade in this interview with Judith Eshemitan, spoke on what should be media agenda for the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari; the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill,...

Maritime stakeholders insist government should ensure that auto assembly plants start rolling out locally assembled vehicles before the contentious policy is fully implemented. This position is fuelled by the many import irregularities linked to some auto plants registered by the National Automotive Council (NAC). In the automotive industry development plan, Federal government...

By Andrew Airahuobhor   The April 27, 2015 circular issued by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to operators in the country’s free zones has kicked...