SIFAX Inland Container Terminal, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group, has achieved a massive feat by recording 8,736 hours of zero lost time to injury (LTI) during operations at the terminal.
This was disclosed by Mr. Paul Linden, Managing Director, SIFAX Inland Container Terminal, during the company’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Week held recently.
According to Linden, after a few minor accidents recorded during the company’s first year of operations between 2020 and 2021, the terminal’s management did a thorough review and evaluation of its health and safety processes and procedures with a view to minimizing accidents in the terminal.
He said: “The terminal is glad to announce that we recorded zero accidents in the 2022 business year. This is a good one for us and we will improve on this in the coming years. I must applaud our HSE team for the thorough job of making sure that all staff and visitors comply with the policies of the terminal. Through their efforts we can roll out the drum to celebrate one year injury free work place. A special thank you to all our staff for their cooperation too”.
Mr. Godwin Okoyeaniche, Head of HSE, SIFAX ICT explained that the terminal was able to achieve this feat due to collaborative efforts of all stakeholders. “We are celebrating the 2022 HSE Week to appreciate all our stakeholders for their support towards helping us achieve a zero LTI this year. We promise that the New Year 2023 will bring more possibilities for us all”, he said.
Mr. Bode Ojeniyi, Group Executive Director, SIFAX Group remarked that the Group’s mantra of ‘Safety First’ has engineered a safe work environment for all its employees, clients and other stakeholders. He noted further that the company has invested heavily in health and safety equipment as well as training of its personnel in order to make the workplace safe.
In his words: “Across all our Group entities, we were deliberate about health and safety in the 2022 business year, and we made a lot of progress in this regard. This progress recorded at Sifax ICT is a great achievement for us and we intend to make this a template for all our subsidiaries going into the future”.
Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group, has described the death of Otunba Kunle Folarin, Chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC) as a great loss to the Nigeria’s maritime industry.
In a condolence message, Afolabi described Folarin, who died at the age of 85, as a “maritime encyclopedia” due to his wealth of experience and expertise about the sector as well as his willingness to share his intellectual resources with others.
He said: “I recall his outstanding performance when he graciously served as the Keynote Speaker at the 3rd edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference where he spoke passionately about the place of port costs and charges in the overall port reform regime in Nigeria. It was indeed an enlightening session where he brought to bear his depth of knowledge and experience to proffer workable solutions to this recurring problem. Even at a short notice for the conference’s 4th edition, Otunba Kunle Folarin’s insights as a panelist became a key highlight of the occasion.”
Afolabi further noted that the demise of Folarin has left a huge gap in the country’s maritime watchdog space, adding that the sector will greatly miss his bold personality and intellectual approach to industry discourse.
“His death has depleted the tribe of knowledgeable maritime professionals in Nigeria with a razor-sharp intellectual bent who are never afraid to speak truth to power in a bid to reposition and maximise opportunities in the country’s maritime industry for the overall good of the nation’s economy.”
The SIFAX Group boss also appealed to NPCC and all Folarin’s allies to sustain the advocacy for a better maritime industry in Nigeria for which the deceased was noted for
As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, SIFAX Shipping ICT, Ijora, a foremost inland container depot in Nigeria and a subsidiary of SIFAX Group, has donated a new bus stop to the Ijora community in Lagos.
The new bus shelter was constructed at the popular Ilaje bus stop to ease passenger movement and traffic around the busy Ilaje junction which is a very popular intersection in the community.
Speaking at the commissioning and hand-over ceremony, Paul Linden, Managing Director, SIFAX ICT Limited, said the company, at the inception of its operations, promised to play a critical role in the human and infrastructural development of the host community. He noted that the bus stop is the latest of the interventions provided by the company for the community.
He said: “Since we started business here in Ijora about two years ago, we have enjoyed the support and cooperation of the people in the community. This has allowed our business to thrive. As a responsible corporate citizen, we have also reciprocated this gesture in a number of ways, including employment for local indigenes and support for various youth programmes. This bus stop donation is in furtherance of our company’s strategy of forging a mutually-beneficial relationship with our stakeholders, especially the host community.”
On his own part, Bode Ojeniyi, Group Executive Director, SIFAX Group, who represented the Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, at the event, assured the community of the company’s unflinching cooperation and support, adding that other projects that would positively impact the community would soon be embarked upon. He said the donation was in line with SIFAX Group’s robust social responsibility and stakeholder engagement strategy.
While commissioning the Ilaje bus station, Ojora of Ijoraland, Oba Fatai Oyeyinka Ojora, who was represented by the Bashorun of Ijoraland, Akeem Oladipupo Ojora, thanked the management of SIFAX ICT Limited for its continuous commitment to bettering the lives of the Ijora people through their numerous corporate social activities and stated that the company has been a blessing to the community since it started operations.
“I want to thank the management of SIFAX for what they have been doing for our community since they started here. We always pray for Dr. Taiwo Afolabi and SIFAX as a whole that they would continue to grow. Your company have given jobs to our indigenes, this bus stop is another good thing you have done for the community and we appreciate you. With this, the traffic snarl on this intersection would become a thing of the past”, he said.
Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi has been honoured with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award by the Lion’s Club International for his dedicated humanitarian services.
The award was presented to him by Lion Anogwi Anyanwu, District Governor, 2022-2023, District 404 A1, Nigeria at SAHCO Plc Head Office, Ikeja, Lagos.
Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock Nigeria Limited, has been conferred with the fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Nigeria.
At the event held at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Mrs. Mfon Usoro, President, of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport said the new awardees comprise leading figures who have distinguished themselves in the area of logistics and transport over the years in their various organisations.
Olugbade, who has been a transport and logistics expert with over thirty years’ experience, is currently the Executive Director overseeing all the SIFAX Group’s inland container depots. He was Nigeria’s erstwhile Alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London between 2011 and 2016.
He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Transport Management from the Nautical Institute for Technology, Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt and Master Class Revalidation Certificates from the University of Tasmania, Australia and Australian Maritime College Launceston, Tasmania. He also possesses 1st Mate & 2nd Mate Certificate of Competency from Arab Maritime Transport Academy, Alexandria, Egypt and a National Diploma in Nautical Science from Maritime Academy of Nigeria.
His professional experience spanned various maritime organisations both locally and internationally, including the Nigerian National Shipping Lines (NNSL); the Nigerian Ports Authority, where he served variously as an Harbour Master in different Nigerian ports and rose to become an Assistant General Manager; and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, where he was Deputy Director, Maritime Survey & Certification and Director, Maritime Safety & Security.
Olugbade, while reacting to the honour, lauded CILT for the recognition and promised to contribute more to the development of the maritime industry and be a good ambassador of the institute.
Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group has hailed the impact of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in ensuring a sustainable maritime sector is achieved.
He made this known at the 2022 World Maritime Day Celebration which was organized by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) at Eko Hotel & Suites with the theme “New Technologies for Greener Shipping”.
Afolabi, who was the event’s Special Guest of Honour and represented by Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, ED, SIFAX Off Dock, lauded the International Maritime Organisation for establishing an institutional framework that prepares the sector for a green future.
He said: “IMO is helping to boost global green shipping by regulating exhaust emissions, anti-fouling, ballast water and many more strategies. These coupled with the influx of new technology, innovative techniques, efficient training and heightened security are some of the environmentally friendly solutions the institution has provided. The IMO has also proposed a sulphur limit on the exhaust from the stacks of ocean-going ships with a view to reducing by 50% the total greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“The environmental damage is not discriminatory, it affects the rich and not so rich, old and young. But more importantly those who cannot afford the necessary health care. The life of everyone matters. I believe we all must join to raise the awareness on CLEANER FUEL FOR A CLEANER AIR. Let us all support the efforts of the IMO to make sure that there is a better life for us and our children.”
The stakeholders present at the event include; Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mu’Azu Jaji Sambo; Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi; Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adewole Adegoroye; Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko amongst others.
Bode Ojeniyi, Group Executive Director, SIFAX Group, has urged young Nigerians to ideate innovative solutions that will boost the country’s economy and provide jobs for the teeming population.
Speaking at the premiere and unveiling of the top 18 contestants of The Next Titan Season 9 show which was held at the Lagos Continental Hotel recently, Ojeniyi said entrepreneurship is the way to go, especially at a time like this. Citing the example of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, SIFAX Group’s Chairman, whose entrepreneurial prowess has birthed a conglomerate, he urged the contestants to guard their loins with hard work, faith, tenacity and dedication in order to succeed.
“I am here today to represent our Chairman, who is a worthy example of an entrepreneur who stayed focused on the grind and today has achieved a lot for himself. Never give up and don’t under estimate the power that you have. Whatever you set your mind to achieve will be done. Always distinguish yourself with excellent customer service offerings”, he said.
The top eighteen contestants were chosen from the seventy two finalists who made it to the boot camp. They will do battle among themselves for the next ten weeks.
This year’s edition tagged ‘The Game Changer’ will see the winner go home with the sum of twenty million naira (N20,000,000) and the runner’s up with five million naira (N5,000,000). The Next Titan is Nigeria’s foremost entrepreneurial reality TV show.
SIFAX Group is the only brand that has been associated with the show since its inception.
Dr. TaiwoAfolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group, has described the death of his twin brother, KehindeAfolabi, as a devastating and great loss.
Mr. KehindeAfolabi, Managing Director/CEO, Ken Dallas Hotel, died on Saturday in Lagos.
According to the SIFAX Group boss, the deceased, a caring family man and consummate businessman, was a key part of his life for over 60 years, adding that they enjoyed a special relationship that stood the test of time.
He said: “It’s quite unfortunate that Kehinde would depart so soon. We celebrated our landmark 60th birthday just few months ago. It was an opportunity for both of us to appreciate God for how far He has taken us in the journey of life. Friends and associates came together on the occasion to also celebrate our modest achievements and contributions to the society. It however sounds unbelievable that Kehinde would leave just like that.
“Though we have different personalities – he, an extrovert and I, an introvert – we complimented each other seamlessly. He devoted his life to the service of his family – both nuclear and extended – friends, associates and humanity. His death is a devastating and great loss to me particularly and the Afolabifamily in general. I will greatly miss his friendship, sense of devotion and dedication to beneficial social cause, which saw him served on the board of the AjokeAyisatAfolabi Foundation (AAAF) through which various less privileged individuals across the country have found succour.”
The deceased is survived by a wife, children, siblings and family.
Alhaji Muazu Sambo, Minister of Transportation, has lauded SIFAX Group for its socio-economic impact on the nation and promised to support the company’s businesses in order to contribute more to the economy. He made this known during an inspection tour of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, the flagship business of SIFAX Group at Tin Can Island Port.
According to the Minister, SIFAX Group and its subsidiaries are adding great value to the Nigerian maritime sector and by extension the economy, and as such, deserves the government’s support.
He said: “I am excited at what your company is doing. You are really doing a great job. I want to assure you that we will look into the issue of concession renewal and make sure that this is wrapped up in no time. All the challenges being faced by your business have been outlined and we have begun consulting relevant agencies to make sure that we tackle them headlong. The maritime sector is dear to my heart and with the right atmosphere it can become the major earner for government. We will make sure that this terminal will operate at maximum capacity in no time”.
While welcoming him to the terminal, John Jenkins, MD, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, noted that the company was committed to exploring the potentials of the maritime sector, adding that SIFAX Group, the parent company, is continually investing in the terminal in order to deliver best value for all customers and grow the industry.
Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock Nigeria Limited, also highlighted SIFAX Group’s intervention in the maritime sector through the development of various inland container terminals around Tin Can and Apapa Ports.
He said: “We have developed various inland container terminals around Apapa and the most important of them is SIFAX Inland Container Terminal, located at Ijora. In the nearest future, we are hoping to receive vessels at this terminal. We move boxes from various terminals to the off docks and also received empty containers too”, he said.
The Minister was taken on a tour of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited and SIFAX Inland Container Terminal, Ijora, Lagos.
The Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja is delighted to announce the opening of its Asian Fusion Restaurant–Wakame Asian Kitchen & Grill Restaurant. The Restaurant features a contemporary Asian dining interior and an attractively styled terrace, which will seat 109 guests and 35 people respectively.
Wakame is strategically located within the hotel facility on the first floor and is purposely designed to reflect your lifestyle experiences; be it social evenings with family and friends or colleagues out to celebrate special occasions. The restaurant’sdécor derives its style inspiration from the scenic, rich and beautiful mosaic architecture and design reminiscent oftraditional Asian settings.
The General Manager for Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja– Rudi Janse Van Rensburg gladly affirms, “We are extremely delighted today at the opportunity to deliver this addition in elevated food & beverage offerings to our discerning and inventive class of customers. We are well prepared and our doors are open to welcome our intuitive Lagosians, our expatriate community and of course all lovers of Asian cuisine within the neighborhood. We believe that the opening of Wakame has strategically complemented our hotel in line with delivering very distinct brand experiences. Here, our new breed of brilliant travelers will experience alongside the restaurant’s excellent service offerings an extensive variety of curated beverages and menus.
As Wakame Restaurant opens today, we unveil our highly talented team of Asian chefs who are devoted to fulfilling the palatial desires of every guest preparing Asian cuisines with only the freshest ingredients and topnotch culinary equipment.
The restaurants’ semi-open kitchen will highlight its feature specialty cooking, as our Chefs get passionately busy with varieties of traditional Asian blended cuisine, which will include Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Northern Indian recipes.
Our Chef de Cuisine Saiful and his team will deliver creatively crafted menus from the Robata Grill, Crispy Duck Oven, Wok and Tandoor Oven.
Our menu offerings designed around multiple dishes are set up to allow guests to share and try, further unlocking the desire to discover more.
You can be sure to savor a variety of refreshing cocktails from the bar mixologists; built around Asian spirits and creatively curated cocktails. In this light, supplementary Asian beers and traditional tea rituals from all across Asia will provide signature service points unlocking the potential for enriching story-telling experiences.
Our Marriott Bonvoy members who dine with us will enjoy discounts on meals. We have also planned a line-up of enriching time bound offers for our customers and you can expect e-correspondences on all our exciting promotions and activities”.
Rudi further explained ‘Wakame debutswith its own dedicated website www.wakamerestaurant.com and Instagram page @wakameikeja therefore we cannot wait to provide the much needed compelling content and stories for our social media fans to engage and interact with’.
Wakame Restaurant will deliver warm and professional servicetailored to our brand name and promise.We will operate as a reservation only restaurant which opens Wednesdays – Sundays from 12h00 – 16h00 and 18h00 – 22h30; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
We look forward to delivering enriching and elevated dining experiences to our inventive class of diners’’ Says Rudi.