At least 10Â maritime industry stakeholders who have distinguished themselves in various aspects of maritime and related fields and who recently emerged from a long list of previously short- listed top players are to be honored at a top- rate celebrity showcase which has been tagged â€œMaritime Industry Night of Honourâ€.
The event is being put together by the Maritime Reportersâ€™ Association of Nigeria (MARAN) and itâ€™s billed to hold soon in Lagos.
Coming about five years after a similar recognition was bestowed on some distinguished stakeholders; this yearâ€™s roll-call of awardees is still being kept close to the chest of the award committee which is headed by the associationâ€™s former president Mr. Sesan Onileimo.
Mr. Onileimo who also issued a statement in Lagos on behalf of the committee, disclosed that even though MARAN does not want to go to town yet with the identities of the awardees, â€œit is important to explain that what we are doing is to (once again) single out those who have distinguished themselves consistently since 2004 when we last held this kind of eventâ€.
â€œMARAN will roll out the red carpet for them in what we have appropriately tagged Maritime Industry Night of Honourâ€, he stressed even as he confirmed that the identity of the awardees will further confirm that as journalists, we are indeed unbiased and objective.â€
â€œAs a matter of fact, the process leading to the emergence of these personalities was entirely left for stakeholders who were discretely guided through a gallop poll which eventually produced the awardeesâ€, he disclosed. The process started a few months ago when MARAN sent out a teaser which was responded to by some, we followed it up with requests to stakeholders and eventually, we sent out nomination forms which were massively filledâ€, he disclosed further in the statement.