A new date has been announced for the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) maiden annual lecture (MAMAL).
The annual lecture with the theme “Maritime Security: Emerging Threats and Actionable Steps” was earlier scheduled for Tuesday, November 21 in Lagos
However, the association which remains the umbrella body of journalists covering the maritime sector of the economy said it is now going to take place by 9am on Wednesday 29, 2023 at Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos.
Among other things, the annual lecture targets proffering long-term, sustainable solutions to the insecurity plaguing the maritime industry over the years.
These were contained in a press statement signed by the President of MARAN, Mr. Godfrey Bivbere and obtained by Maritime Bits at the weekend.
The statement quoted Bivbere saying that the 2023 MAMAL would effectively address maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region and protect seafaring and fishing communities in the affected countries.
According to him, MARAN, as the foremost umbrella body of journalists covering the Nigerian maritime sector, has identified and commends the collaborative initiatives and efforts of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and other maritime agencies which led to a significant reduction in piracy incidents in Nigerian waters and the GoG throughout 2022.
To a large extent, the establishment of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum for the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (GOG-MCF/SHADE) has enabled stakeholders within and outside the region to connect and discuss frequently how best to tackle piracy in the area and this had yielded verifiable results.
He noted that the special guest of honour is the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola while the keynote speaker is the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh.
Those expected to attend the event include the former Director General of NIMASA, Barrister Temisan Omatseye; President of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Alhaji Aminu Umar; President, Maritime Security Providers Association of Nigeria (MASPAN), Mr. Emmanuel Maiguwa; as well as maritime expert, Captain Waredi Eniosuo.
Stakeholders in the maritime sector including ship owners, the parasatals in the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy such as NIMASA, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) are expected to attend MMAL.
Others also expected to grace the epoch making event are the Nigerian Navy, shipping lines, terminal operators, Chief Isaac Jolapamo, President General of MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyunju, former Minister and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Genesis Worldwide Shipping, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, and the Chairman of Starz Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun,