A former Nigerian Minister and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Worldwide Shipping, Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho; Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), Chief Isaac Jolapamo; President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Prince Adewale Adeyunju; among other maritime bigwigs have confirmed their attendance for the upcoming Maritime Security conference to be organized by Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, November 29th.
The MARAN Annual Lecture (MAMAL) themed: “Maritime Security: Emerging Threats and Actionable Steps” is targeted at proffering long-term, sustainable solutions and will take place at Rockview Hotel Apapa, Lagos by 9 am.
In a press statement signed by the President of MARAN, Godfrey Bivbere, he 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.
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, ” the association President said.
Bivbere, however, noted that the Special Guest of Honour is Minister of Marine & Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola CON, while the Keynote Speaker will be the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh OFR.
Other speakers include; former NIMASA Director General, Barr. 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 a former NIMASA Director, Capt Warredi Eniosuo.
Stakeholders in the maritime sector including Shipowners, NIMASA, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Navy, Shipping Lines, Terminal Operators, and major seafarers’ organizations are all expected to grace the event.