By Innocent Orok
Maritime stakeholders and oil and gas industry experts are set to discuss the various challenges facing the sector and to proffer solutions in the second All Nigerian Maritime Journalists retreat holding in the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Topo, Badagry, Lagos.
The three days event which is organized by the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) will begin on Friday 14th and end on Sunday 16th December 2018.
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA),MS Hadiza Bala Usman , the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Barrister Hassan Bello and the Managing Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) among others are to present papers at the event.
The theme of the retreat is “Promoting a Synergy between the Maritime, Oil & Gas industries for National Development and is aimed at identifying strategic importance of the inland waterways,fishing, oil and gas and port operations.
According to a statement signed by the association’s Secretary General, Roland Ekama, the event will focus on four paper presentations by the Chief Executive Officers of some maritime and Oil and Gas agencies in the country.
The retreat is expected to house stakeholders from both Maritime, oil & gas and allied industiri to find a way out of the quagmire the sectors were plunged. It is expected to unravel some of the salient bottlenecks militating against the ease of doing business as championed by the federal government.
The statement added that the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council will treat the topic: “Creating a Workable Tariff Template To Boost Economic Relationship Between Shippers and Terminal Operators,while the MD ,NPA will speak on the topic, “The Task of Rehabilitating Critical Port Infrastructures for National Economic Development.
Other key paper presentations includes, ,the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) with the topic: ” Tank Farm At Port Access Area: How DPR Can Ensure and Sustain Hazard Free Operations.
According to the statement, the event will be rounded up with honours to deserving Chief Executives with the AMJON Excellence Leadership Award.
It could be recalled that AMJON instituted the All Nigerian Maritime Journalists retreat in 2016 as a yearly program to gather industry stakeholders to discus and proffer solutions to the problems facing the Maritime, oil and gas and allied industries in Nigeria.