By Ladi Patrick
Left To Right: SP Awe Kayode of SEC Police Unit, SP Ogbuefi Henry-King Head of SEC police unit, Rev. Fr. Ukeje Samuel Ikechukwu, the Complainant, Mrs Ifunayanchi Atuorah and ASP Onuoha Uka when Ikechukwu was presented with a cheque of N1.5m recovered from illegal sale of his shares in Abuja at the  weekend. Nigeria left out of IMO GMDSS review
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NIGERIA, seems to be completely left out from the review of international Maritime Organization (IMO) a despite its status as maritime nation and a member of the organization.  This is because the country’s maritime academy is yet to acquire the equipment and students that have passed through the institution do not even know what it looks like. Students from the academy have variously been described by commentators as half-baked that cannot compete internationally. The organization continues the review and modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) this week at the fourth session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue. Recently, the Acting Rector of the Maritime Academy (MAN) Oron, Mpkandiok Ante Mkpandiok confirmed the fears of maritime industry stakeholders when he openly admitted that the quality of seafarers churned out by the school is well below acceptable standards. Mkpandiok told newsmen in Lagos that the nation’s foremost maritime training institution lacks basic equipment like the Global
Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) simulator, which is indispensable in seafarers training. GMDSS is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols to enhance safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft. GMDSS training is mandatory for all seafarers. The lack of basic equipment to aid the students of the institution in their learning has left many wondering whether the government is serious about producing the right professionals in the industry. This question has remained unanswered by those in authority. The GMDSS requirements in SOLAS Chapter IV were adopted in 1988 and ensure an integrated communications system using satellite and terrestrial radio- communication systems. The meeting which runs from March 6-10 is expected to develop a draft modernization plan for the GMDSS for approval by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). The meeting is also expected to prepare draft amendments to SOLAS to accommodate additional, global or regional, mobile satellite systems. There are several agenda items related to e-navigation. Also on the agenda are the technical review of proposed new or amended ships’ routeing measures; the functioning and operation of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system; and search and rescue related matters, including the harmonization of aeronautical and maritime search and rescue. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim opened the session, which is being chaired by Ringo Lakeman of Netherlands.
NIGERIA Postal Services, NIPOST, says it has began a process of repositioning the nation’s postal industry with a view to engender its operational efficiency towards enhancing its revenue generating capacity in the country. The Postmaster General NIPOST, Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi who stated this in a statement signed by its media assistant, Mr. Frank Alao and issued yesterday in Abuja, said this would enable it to attain competitiveness and value for effective service delivery. Adegbuyi the unfolding , of strategic reform programmes  is expected to  ensure the realization of this objective, his management team having critically studied and analyzed the Net Post Consultant Report of 2008 on NIPOST reforms has approved the creation of Six {6} Commercial Business Units and Seven [7] Zonal Structures. He said the reform programmes will take off in the second quarter of the year, 2017. Upon commencement, NIPOST will operate on the basis of the Seven Zonal structure as against the hitherto Thirty Eight [38] Territorial arrangement while the following Six [6] Commercial Business Units {CBUs} will also come on stream. He listed the strategic plans to includes,  Mails,Counters, EMS/Parcel, Financial Services,E- Commerce/Logistics and Properties and Workshop “The new CBUs are significantly existing Ventures/services either merged and or strengthened for the purposes of enhancing their service delivery capacities/ competitiveness in consistent with industry global best practices as well as improving on their revenue profiles”. According to the plans, the newly created zones will consist of group of existing Territories. The Zonal arrangement purely for Postal administrative convenience is aimed at entrenching the principle of delegation and devolution of powers as well as aids accelerated decision making process particularly in key operations areas like Mail routes delineation, deliveries and postal enquiries. On the whole, management is confident that the reforms when fully operational would midwife a commercially oriented organization sufficiently repositioned for better service delivery that satisfies the aspirations of all stakeholders and also herald a new regime of increased streams of revenue to NIPOST coffers.

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