The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Prince Andy Usanga, said, this year’s conference, the second in the series, which holds at the Rockview Hotel on Marine Road, Apapa, Lagos, from Monday December 9th to Wednesday 11th is open to all stakeholders, operators, regulators, insurers and investors in the sector so that results expected of the conference could be achieved. “The Chairman, Cargo Defence Fund and former Chairman Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator (Capt) Cosmas G. Niagwan will declare the conference open for the activities of the day”.
Usanga, whose company is working in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Shipping (NIS) as co-hosts of the Conference, said, NIMADEC Group aims to evolve into a major industry trade group as stakeholders in the maritime industry development.
“The group expects also to act as the bulwark for motivation, interaction, policy development, investment protection and capacity building in the sector, reason being that maritime capacity is the bedrock of economic and industrial development, saying Nigeria’s maritime potential is actuality bigger than Nigeria’s petroleum business. All it needs is private sector investments support and stakeholders pooling resources and talents together, to drive it to the optimum.
According to Usanga, dignitaries, corporate organisations will be honoured with awards at the Gala Night event for their immense contributions towards the success and development of the Nigeria’s maritime sector. President Goodluck Jonathan will be honoured with an award for his outstanding maritime policy actualisation; Dr Bamanga Tukur, for his pioneering role in ports modernization and shipping development; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for the highest cargo in Nigerian ports, as well as the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar and Dr Godswill Akpabio.
Corporate awards will also be granted to Intels Ltd of Onne Free Trade Zone, Ladol, the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics company; Dorman Long the Steel Fabrication Giant; GGI Group, the maritime logistics chain and Aveon Offshore, the maritime infrastructure design and fabrication outfit.
In addition, stakeholders are ready to discuss the best way to tackle the challenges of piracy, ship acquisition, capacity building, IMO code compliances, insurance, manpower development, fishery, petroleum assets protection, equipment leasing, cabotage etc., Usanga said.