• Iheanacho, Jolapamo Adeyanju Among Confirm Attendees

More stakeholders have confirmed their readiness to attend the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria, (MARAN) Annual Maritime Lecture (MAMAL) scheduled to take place next Wednesday.

These the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, former Minister of Interior and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Genesis Worldwide Shipping, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, and the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), Nigeria Indigenous Ship owners Association (NISA), Chief Isaac Jolapamo.

The annual lecture with the theme: “Maritime Security: Emerging Threats and Actionable Steps” is targeted at proffering long-term, sustainable solutions and will take place by 9 am on November 29, 2023 at Rockview Hotel Apapa, Lagos.

President of MARAN, Mr. Godfrey Bivbere in a press statement made available to Maritime Bits, stated 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 revealed that the special guest of honour is Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola while the keynote speaker is the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh.

Other speakers include former NIMASA Director General, Mr. Temisan Omatseye, President of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Alhaji Aminu Umar; President, Maritime Security Providers Association of Nigeria (MASPAN), Mr. Emmanuel Maiguwa, and former Director in NIMASA, Captain Waredi Eniosuo

Maritime Bits had reported other stakeholders in the maritime sector including ship owners, terminal Operators, shipping lines and seafarers’ organizations are all expected to grace this epoch-making event just as government agencies such as NIMASA, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and the Nigerian Navy are also expect to attend.

Also expected to grace the occasion is the Chairman of Starz Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, NISA and the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN).


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