All is now set for the 2021 edition of the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) Annual Conference/Awards, with the theme; “Seamless Port Operations in Nigeria” slated to hold at the prestigious Sheraton Hotel Ikeja on Friday, November 19th, 2021.
A statement jointly signed by the President of AMJON, Paul Ogbuokiri, and the Chairman Organising Committee, innocent Orok, says the post COVID-19 edition of the conference has been repackaged to be the biggest event to be held by the vibrant Nigerian Maritime press this year.
Orok disclosed that the occasion will bring together the bigwigs in the maritime industry and the allied transport and logistics chain sub-sector. “Deserving and patriotic Nigerians who are working hard to reposition and change the narratives in the Nigeria maritime economy will be recognized and honoured at the event.” He said.
According to the statement, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi, who is the Guest of Honour, would declare the two-day event open, while the President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Hon. Tony Nwabunike, has graciously accepted to chair the occasion.
“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 statement read.
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 topnotch professionals in the Association led by the award winning Maritime/Energy journalist, Muyiwa Lucas, as the Editorial Production Committee Chairman and Uzor Odigbo, an Editor at the Ninche Newspaper who is the Editor of the magazine
According to Orok, the Magazine would be a collector’s item and reference material for Mari time journalists, students and other stakeholders adding that prominent industry figures, who despite the challenges are recording giant strides, will be honoured at the event.
The Awardees include; the DG of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh; Acting MD of NPA, 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, National Secretary ANLCA, Hajia Bola Muse, National Financial Secretary, ANLCA, Segun Alabi, President, Advocacy for Maritime Development Association, PTML terminal, ICNL, MMA and ONNE Chapters of ANLC
Meanwhile, the president of AMJON, has called on stakeholders in the industry to participate fully in the special 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.”
“All hands must be on deck to ensure that the maritime sector starts to live up to its potentials as the unharnessed low hanging fruits for the President Mohammadu Buhari led administration’s economy diversification agenda, away from the oil & gas sector which is fast diminishing as the mainstay of the nation’s economy.” He further stated.