All are already in the works for the 2021 edition of the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) Annual Conference/Awards slated to hold at the prestigious Sheraton Hotel Ikeja on Friday, 19th November, 2021. The theme of the Conference is Seamless Port Operations in Nigeria.
According to the President of AMJON, Mr. Paul Ogbuokiri, this post COVID-19 edition has been repackaged to be the biggest event to be held by the vibrant Nigerian Maritime press this year.
Also, Chairman Organising Committee, Mr Innocent Orok disclosed that the event billed to the gathering of who is who in the maritime industry and even from allied transport and logistics chain sub-sector will also honour deserving and patriotic Nigerians who are working hard to reposition and change the narratives in the Nigeria maritime economy.
He disclosed that while the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi who is the Guest of Honour is slated to declare the two-day event open, President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents ( ANLCA), Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike (Iju Ozubulu) has graciously accepted to chair the occasion.
Mr Orok said that the event will feature paper presentations by Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Government agencies and Organisations including Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Grimaldi Group, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, among others.
The high point of this year’s event is the Award ceremony and launching of the AMJON Express Magazine, a Special Purpose publication packaged by the topnotch professionals in the association led by the award winning Maritime/Energy journalist, Mr Muyiwa Lucas as the Editorial Production Committee Chairman and Uzor Odigbo, an Editor at the Ninche Newspaper who is the Editor of the magazine
Mr Orok stated that the Magazine would be a collectors item and reference material for Mari time journalists ans students. He noted that prominent industry figures who despite the challenges are recording giant strides will be honoured at the event.
The Awardees are DG of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh; Acting MD of NPA, Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko; DG of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim; Rector of MAN,Oron, Comdr. Emmanuel Effedua and Gbenga Omotosho, Honourable Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Lagos State.
Others are, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta of Apapa Customs Command, Comptroller Festus Okun of PTML, Command, Comptroller Immigration, Ikoyi Passport Office, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Engr. Sarat Braimah, Lagos Area Manager NIWA, Tarzan Balogun , President ATBOWATON, Dr Koyode Farinto, National Vice President ANLCA, Alhaji Abdulazeez Babatunde Mukaila , National Secretary ANLCA, Hajia Bola Muse, National Financial Secretary, ANLCA and Segun Alabi, President, Advocacy for Maritime Development Association. Others are: PTML terminal, ICNL, MMA and ONNE Chapters of ANLCA.
Meanwhile, the president of AMJON, Mr Paul Ogbuokiri has stated that the event is set to be the best and the biggest edition. He called on stakeholders in the industry to endevour to participate in this one of its kind event as issues concerning the industry will be dissected on sector by sector basis and way forward for the Nigerian maritime economy with a communique issued at the end of the programme.
He further noted that as the Nigerian maritime is seen as the unhanessed low hanging fruits for the President Mohammadu Buhari administration’s economy diversification vision away from it current state where oil & gas which is a diminishing asset is the mainstay of the economy, the hands of all stakeholders must be on deck to ensure that the maritime sector starts to live up to its potentials .