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Electronic truck call-up: Deadline for commencement is February 27 – NPA

The NPA has stated that the deadline for the commencement of the electronic call-up system is Feb. 27, 2021.

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NPA discovers new method Apapa businessmen use to avoid port duties

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman has disclosed that the deadline for operators to register in the electronic call-up system is February 27, 2021.

The MD disclosed this in a meeting with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, stating that the scheme would improve its relationship with the Lagos State Government.

“The deadline for the commencement of the electronic call-up system is Feb. 27, 2021 and we are here to strengthen collaboration with the Lagos State Government.

“On implementation and compliance as we commence the process. The new system will be done in collaboration with the State,” Usman said.
She disclosed that all stakeholders have been briefed so far about the recent development and that “Any truck found in Apapa corridor without call-up clearance will be impounded and Lagos Government will provide the platform with which any fine payment will be collected.”

What you should know

  • Nairametrics reported last month that the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, launched Eto, an Electronic Truck call-up system designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa, Lagos.
  • Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has decided to impound trucks packed on highways to proffer a solution to the menace of trucks causing gridlocks in Apapa.

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SEC denies Oando’s shareholder court victory

SEC has denied ever being served with court processes with respect to the purported matter at the FCT High court.

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unclaimed dividend, SEC restrains fintech company, Chaka from advertising or offering for sale shares

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has denied the claim by one of Oando Plc’s shareholders, Engr Patrick Ajudua, that he won a court case against the capital market apex regulator.

SEC disclosed in a statement it issued and seen by Nairametrics on Wednesday that there was never a time it was served with court processes with respect to the purported matter at the FCT High court.

It stated, “The attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) has been drawn to several publications in the media, where it is reported that a shareholder of OandoPlc, purportedly obtained a judgment from the Federal Capital Territory High Court against the Commission.

“The Commission wishes to inform the general public that it was never at any time served with court processes with respect to the purported matter at the FCT High court. The Commission will consequently take all necessary steps to verify and set aside the purported decision of the said Court.”

What you should know

  • On Tuesday, Ajudua, reportedly won a legal suit, which was filed at the High Court of the FCT against SEC, according to Nairametrics.
  • He filed that the directive of the SEC suspending Oando’s Annual General Meeting is in breach of his right to freedom of association as guaranteed under Section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution and Articles 9, 10 & 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
  • In the said hearing presided over by Honorable Justice O. A Musa, all cases filed were granted in his favor.

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FG urged to sell-off “unproductive” Ajaokuta Steel Plant

The FG has been urged to sell the moribund Ajaokuta steel plant located in Kogi State.

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Ajaokuta Steel Plant: FG Spends N2bn Salary Every Year on Workers Doing Nothing 

The Federal Government has been urged to sell the moribund Ajaokuta steel plant located in Ajaokuta, Kogi State. The FG was advised to sell the defunct facility to the private sector, which would be more capable to turn the massive structural investment into a profitable venture.

The call was made by the Chairman and Managing Director of Energy Services Limited, Chief Sunny Onuesoke who spoke to newsmen in Warri after visiting the plant last week.

He lamented that no Nigerian would feel good about the country after visiting the $8bn structural investment which has never “produced a single bar of steel since reaching 98% completion as far back as 1994.”

On his visit to the plant, he reported that it was a very emotional experience for him.

“I went there, I cried and asked what exactly is the problem?” he said.

He reflected on the numbers associated with the moribund Ajaokuta steel Plant from its flag off in 1979 to date.

  • 3.9bn was budgeted for the resuscitation of the facility in 2016
  • 4.27bn was budgeted for the same purpose in 2017

Onuesoke said that successive governments have plunged about $8bn into the complex since 1979. He lamented that the FG has been wasting the huge sum of N2 billion for payment of staff salaries every year for doing nothing.

“Why would anyone continue to pump money into an unproductive enterprise? Why do government keep promoting, paying staff salaries, pensioning, and retiring them?

“Why does government spend an appropriation budget on the maintenance of a plant that is not working? How do you maintain a non-commission plant?” Onuesoke queried.

The Ajaokuta steel plant has been in a moribund state for four decades with no concrete plans on the ground for its full resuscitation.

What you should know 

  • Nairametrics earlier reported on the 3 key reasons why the Ajaokuta Steel Plant has remained moribund for more than 4 decades. You can find them here
  • The Ajaokuta steel company was constructed by the Soviet Union in 1979 under a cooperation agreement with Nigeria, the complex reached 98% completion by 1994.

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