By Innocent Orok
The Nigerian International Maritime Summit (NIMS) has elected, Mrs. Mfon Ekong Usoro as the pioneer Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian International Maritime Summit, while Alhaji Aminu Umar was also elected as the chairman of the event’s Advisory council.
The summit is confirm to hold from 5th to 6th October, 2021 in Lagos State.
According to a statement from Adejoke Oluwamayowa Marquis, Programme Administrator of NIMS, the event is the only ‘whole-of-value-chain’ business event for operators, service providers, regulators and development organisations in Nigeria’s maritime industry. It incorporates a strategic conference, a hybrid exhibition and an industry gala, creating a first-rate promotional, business development and policy activation opportunity. Promoted by an industry-wide coalition of the Nigerian maritime private sector, NIMS also draws on support by key government bodies.
Mrs. Usoro is renowned for cross-cutting work in key shipping areas including Cabotage, finance and ports. Other members of the Governing Board are Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi and Mr. Emeka Akabogu.
Aminu Umar, a leading shipowner and operator, chairs the advisory council that represents diverse sectors of the maritime industry. It also includes Princess Vicky Haastrup (ports and terminals), Mr. Olumide Sofowora SAN (maritime law), Engr. John Oguntokun (marine engineers), and Mrs. Jean Chiazor-Anishere SAN (women in maritime). Otunba Kunle Folarin (services), Dr. Bolaji Akinola (media), Capt. Tajudeen Alao (master mariners), Alhaji Mahmud Bamanga Tukur (oil trading) and representatives from the freight forwarders, finance and security services also make up the council.