The umbrella body of journalists covering the maritime sector of the economy, the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) has concluded plans to partner the Chartered Institute of Environmental and Public Health Management of Nigeria (CIEPHMN) to host a confab on the environment.

The confab which is expected to attract stakeholders from various sectors of the economy is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Osun Hall, Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

The confab tagged the “2021 Annual International Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Conference and Leadership Excellence Awards will give participants opportunity to brainstorm on critical issues in the environment and beyond.

A press statement issued in Lagos and signed by MARAN Secretary General, Mr. Obiajulu Agu said the event earlier billed to hold at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, was shifted to the revamped Lagos Airport Hotel for what he called “strategic exigencies”.

The statement which was made available to Maritime Bits quoted the organisers saying that the event was instituted to provide a forum for seasoned experts and technocrats from the public and private sectors nationally and internationally to gather annually and discuss germane and contemporary issues affecting Nigeria’s maritime sector.

“The Annual International Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Conference is strictly a corporate social responsibility (CSR) and non-fee-paying project where all stakeholders converge to find lasting solutions to complex challenges facing the maritime and marine environmental health sector. As a special conference that targets practitioners and stakeholders in the maritime, health and environmental management sectors, the objective is to critically examine the challenges facing the marine and seaport environmental health management and come up with a communiqué that will serve as an addendum to the Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Blueprint in Nigeria”, the statement added.

According to the organisers, the resource persons include Professor Dele Badejo of the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences and Management, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State; the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Professor Aliyu Jauro; and the Director of the Institute of Maritime and Energy Research and Sustainable Development, University of Ghana, Professor Kwesi Addo-Appiah.

Others are the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh; the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa; the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Lagos State, Mr. Tunji Bello; and the Chairman of the Seaports Terminals Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Victoria Haasstrup.

The former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Adebayo Sarumi is expected to pilot affairs at the event as the Chairman.


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