- FG to disburse CVFF soon
The Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo has described the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Gidahyelda Mustapha as an exemplary leader as the SGF marks his 66th birthday celebration today.
Sambo noted that the SGF’s exemplary leadership is worthy of emulation, stating that he admires the SGF’s vision for nation building, and elevating the lives of others through diligence, passion and hardwork.
In his birthday wishes, Sambo said: “Boss Mustapha is one individual in whom Nigeria and Nigerians take great pride in. He holds one of the country’s most challenging positions, but he maintains his composure and modesty.”
“Following his activities since taking office as SGF in 2017, one would vouch to the great way he manages government affairs.”
Recall that the Minister served under the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, when the SGF was the Managing Director of the Nigerian Inland Water Ways (NIWA) and both of them have maintained cordial relationship before their time at NIWA and the mutual respect exists till date.
“As you celebrate another year of excellence in good health and heart-filled with kindness, I pray God will continue to reward you,” Sambo prayed.
In another development, the Transport Minister revealed that the Federal Government is set to disburse the Cabottage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) to enable indigenous shipping operators compete favourably with their international counterparts.
Sambo disclosed this on Friday when he visited the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Area Office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Describing the CVFF as a low hanging fruit, the Minister said it would support maritime activities which is the gateway to the nation’s economy, adding that “if we get our acts right, the maritime industry can replace the revenue from the oil”.
While answering questions from newsmen at the BUA Ports and Terminal Limited, situated at the Rivers Port, the Minister expressed delight at the progress of work, saying: “we are making good progress, bringing this place to a world standard,” but urged the operators to ensure completion by 2025.
Furthermore, the Minister assured that as part of the railway modernization policy, rail lines would be linked to the seaports for effective and efficient haulage of cargoes.