- Stakeholders Back Buhari’s Rejection of Maritime Security Bill
Stakeholders in the maritime sector have backed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold assent to the Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board (Amendment) Bill 2018.
The bill, an Act to establish the Maritime Operations Coordinating Board to formulate policies for the effective control of all maritime operations in Nigeria’s territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone, also aims to create a maritime security fund and establish anti-piracy offences.
A member representing the All Progressives Congress, Sokoto State, Abdussamad Dasuki, who led the debate on the bill in the House, noted that the complete absence of an anti-piracy law made the enforcement of the Cabotage Act (2003) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act (2007) incredibly ineffective.
He said stakeholders had fingered the lack of legal framework and competent jurisdiction to try all maritime related offences as being responsible for the high rate of sea piracy and robberies on the waterways.
The bill was passed by the National Assembly and forwarded to the president to sign into law.
But the president, in a letter to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on January 4, explained that the proposed amendments would create distortions and duplications with the functions and operations of NIMASA.
Stakeholders stressed that the president did not reject the bill, but only raised objections on some issues he observed in it.
They called for a holistic look at the bill and wider consultation with maritime sector stakeholders before it could be presented again to the president.
A maritime consultant and policy analyst, Alhaji Galtima Liman, said the policy initiators would need to sort out some of the functions said to clash with NIMASA’s and expunge them from the document.
He recommended wide consultation with the maritime sector’s stakeholders to achieve this.
Speaking in an exclusive chat with our correspondent on Tuesday, Liman said, “One thing about the maritime sector is that it is quite large; look at the college of fisheries for instance, it is buried somewhere in the ministry of agriculture.
This factor sometimes makes it difficult to involve active stakeholders in policy formulations and decisions regarding the sector.
“There should have been a holistic consultation before drawing up the bill.”
The Director-General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, Obiageli Obi, advised the people who drew up the bill to look at it again in consultation with stakeholders so that ‘we can all be on the same page.’
She said, “The challenge in this sector is that most policies affecting it usually lack stakeholder’s input. They need to do increased advocacy and stakeholders’ voices need to be heard.
‘We all need to get together on certain issues and stakeholders should not be quiet, otherwise decisions will continue to be taken without their input.”
itel Partners Amatem and Drug-Aid Distributes Relief Materials In Fight Against Malaria
To commemorate this year’s World Malaria Day, itel recently partnered with Amatem Softgel, an anti-malaria drug in Nigeria, and Drug-Aid Africa, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that provides medical drug supplies and support to low-income patients in Nigeria and across Africa.
A statement by itel explained that in tandem with the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day, ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’, the three brands joined the global fight against malaria by donating treated mosquito nets, free medical tests, mosquito repellent cream and free anti-malaria drugs to over 1,500 households in Isale-Akoka Community, Bariga, Lagos state.
It explained that malaria is a prevalent disease in sub-Saharan Africa, and was responsible for thousands of deaths yearly, adding that as socially responsible organisations, itel, Amatem Softgel, and Drug-Aid Africa, “believe that they have a quota to contribute in ensuring a relatively healthier society.”
The Marketing Manager for West Africa and Nigeria, itel, Oke Umurhohwo, expressed commitment in bridging the gap in low-income communities through its ‘Love Always On CSR initiative.’
He added that the brand was partnering with Amatem Softgel and Drug Aid Africa to provide these communities, “with an even greater fighting chance against malaria is a part of our commitment to them.”
The General Manager, Elbe Pharma, Shivakumar, said: “Malaria is a life-threatening disease, but it is preventable and curable. We at Elbe continue to find a better way to combat this disease, support the vulnerable ones especially the young children. Hence, the introduction of this innovative anti-malaria brand AMATEM SOFTGEL and this CSR partnership.”
The Programme Officer, Drug-Aid Africa, Oluseyi Sanyaolu, said malaria has been ravaging the vulnerable in the society for years, saying, “it is the reasons why Drug-Aid Africa is dedicated to supporting those in indigent communities with medicines and medical supplies. Together, we can end this menace.”
South Africa’s Largest Fund Administrator Goes Live with Temenos
Temenos Multifonds Global Accounting platform enables Curo Fund Services to deliver seamless back office service; Curo is a third-party administrator for 3,000 funds with assets under management in excess of $150 billion; Agility and scalability of Temenos platform supports Curo’s large multi-client fund base and rapid pace of product evolution in the investment industry.
Temenos (SIX: TEMN), the banking software company, today announced that Curo Fund Services, South Africa’s largest third-party administrator, has gone live with Temenos Multifonds Global Accounting platform, completing the first phase migration of funds from its five legacy systems to a single instance of Temenos’ award-winning funds administration platform.
The move to Temenos’ platform has transformed Curo’s operating model by simplifying its architecture and enabling more automated exception-based processing to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and open up new opportunities for growth.
Curo provides investment operations and fund accounting services to life companies, asset managers and multi-managers. It employs 300 people and services 3,000 funds with assets under administration of more than $150 billion. Its clients include Sanlam and Old Mutual, South Africa’s largest asset managers.
With Temenos’ platform, Curo is able to deliver a seamless back office service with a higher degree of automation and straight through processing. This reduces risk and cost by reducing human processing and enables Curo to deliver a best-in class service to clients with automated information flows between the administrator and asset managers.
Having successfully completed a first phase migration of funds, Curo expects to transition all 3,000 funds to the Temenos platform during 2021.
Temenos’ platform has proved it can easily scale to meet the needs of Curo’s large multi-client fund base. It has also demonstrated it supports requirements specific to the South African market, including complex life and pension portfolio structures and reporting; market specific requirements for asset classes such as bonds and swaps; and South Africa tax reporting and regulatory reporting.
Curo is now looking ahead at international opportunities. Operating its business on Temenos Multifonds Global Accounting gives Curo the agility to expand geographically and support its local clients that operate in international markets.
Barri Maggott, Chief Executive Officer, Curo Fund Services, commented: “We are delighted to complete the first migration of funds to the Temenos platform. Temenos’ single, scalable platform delivers cost-efficiency benefits and provides the agility and flexibility we need to deliver a best-in-class service to our clients. With Temenos technology, we can more efficiently support our clients’ key asset servicing, position keeping, valuation and accounting functions. We can also support their rapid pace of product evolution to bring timely, creative investment offerings to their markets. In the fast-paced investment industry this gives Curo and our clients a competitive edge.”
Oded Weiss, Managing Director, Temenos, said: “We are delighted the largest fund administrator in South Africa is now live on the Temenos platform. Temenos is trusted by leading fund administrators and asset management firms around the world to administer, service and value assets for their global client base. Curo is building a world-class fund administration service and we are proud to support them as they continue to innovate and expand their offering on our platform.”
Temenos was awarded the highest ‘best in class’ status in Aite’s Matrix Evaluation of Investment and Fund Accounting Systems report. Temenos Multifonds Global Accounting also gained the highest status in five portfolio management and accounting solution categories by Adox Research.
Ardova Appoints Mr. Oladeinde Nelson-Cole as Company Secretary/General Counsel
Ardova Plc, an indigenous energy group, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with extended operations in Ghana, has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Oladeinde Nelson-Cole as Company Secretary/General Counsel with effect from 1 April 2021.
This was disclosed in a letter signed by Olumide Adeosun, Chief Executive Officer, Ardova Plc.
Mr. Nelson-Cole is a lawyer with over 14 years of experience spanning Company Secretarial, Corporate Compliance and General Legal Practice. He is a graduate of the Lagos State University.
Prior to joining Ardova Plc, Mr. Nelson-Cole was a Senior Associate in the law firm of RouQ and Co.
As the Company Secretary/General Counsel, Mr. Nelson-Cole will continue to guide the Board of the Company in ensuring strict compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements.
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