Operators in the fishing industry in the last one year had acquired 18 vessels within one year at a cost of one billion naira each.
Reports also said that 15 to10 years ago, there were about 35 fishing companies in Nigeria but due to economic hardship, some left while some other merged thereby reducing the number to16.
According to the President of Nigeria Trawler Owners Association (NITOA), Mr. Akinsola Amire said that there has been significant improvement in the past 5 years especially in the past one year.
He said “There is a significant improvement, if in the last one year, about 10 vessels have been added and I know that as at today, we expect about eight others that are already ordered.
I think we are making progress because the cost of one vessel is about a billion naira) now”.
He however adduced the high cost of the vessels to the exchange rate of naira to a dollar.
Speaking on the insecurity on water, the NITOA helmsman maintained that the situation is better compared to what it used to be in the past.
He said that the Nigerian Navy had improved in its performance and response time.
He added that the presence on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was not felt on securing the waterways.
“I think most sincerely, the Nigerian Navy is improving on its performances, response time and has said all fishing vessels operating in and from Nigeria must Automatic Identification System (AIS) installed on board to the extent that at any point in time, even at Naval headquarters, they can see all vessels from their operation room called ‘Falcon Eye’ ” he stated.
Goje assumes duty as NPA image maker
The new General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications Division of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Aliyu Abdullahi Goje has assumed duties.
Goje was the General Manager, Eastern Zone of the Authority but deployed to the Division recently following the scrapping of the Zonal structure.
A seasoned Port Administrator, Goje began his Civil Service career with the Borno State Government as Land Officer in the Ministry of Land and Survey shortly after his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) assignment in 1983 and rose to the rank of Deputy Director in charge of Land Administration in 1992.
The new image maker transferred his service to Nigerian Ports Authority, in August 1993 as Traffic Manager and has since managed the Traffic Department effectively.
He has been senior Traffic Manager in Lagos Port Complex, Assistant General Manager at both Eastern and Western Zones, Port Manager Onne Port Complex, among others.
The Borno State born Port Administrator attended University of Maiduguri and Bayero University, Kano where he bagged Bachelor of Science Degree (B.SC.) in Geography and a Master Degree in Land Resources respectively.
Happily married with children, Aliyu Goje also attended several Management courses within and outside Nigeria, among which are Port and Shipping Management, Logistics, Transportation and Port Training in New York, a performance culture in a concessioning system, South Africa, Strategic Management and Policy etc.
In an interactive session with the officials of the division, Abdullahi Aliyu Goje called on everyone to key assiduously into the current Management thrusts which is anchored on “Excellence of Service” prioritizing a most “effective synergy with team work as our theme”.
According to the new image maker, result is key in the activities of the divisions which he stated must be geared towards the NPA brand appreciation through commendable information Management and dissemination.
“I have high hopes we will deliver on our targets and responsibilities.
He said “As professionals, we have to tinker the best way to ensure we sustain plausible publicity mileage for the NPA Management utilizing technology and Innovation.
This way the Organisations Vision, Mission and Values essence would essentially be upheld to the appreciation of both Stakeholders and the public at large.
Goje further urged the divisional staff to brave up towards imbibing service excellence in tandem with International best practices whilst enlisting the collaboration of the entire organisation in this very auspicious task of perception Management.