Transport Minister, Bello-Koko, Hassan Bello, Others Set for MARAN At 34 Anniversary

Transport Minister, Bello-Koko, Hassan Bello, Others Set for MARAN At 34 Anniversary

By Joy Mmereole Okoli

All is set for the 34th edition of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) anniversary and award scheduled to hold on the 28th of November 2022 at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos.

A statement issued by planning committee members of the anniversary  indicated that all arrangements had been concluded for a hitch-free event, which would have the Minister of Transportation, Muazu Jaji Sambo as the chief guest of honour.

Apart from him, doyens of the nation’s maritime industry including the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mohammed Bello-Koko, Director General NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, former Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council, Barrister Hassan Bello,  Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Mrs Chiazor Anishere (SAN), Princess Vicky Haaatrup among others are expected to be in attendance.

Also,the former managing director of NPA, Chief Adebayo Sarunmi would deliver the keynote address on the theme.

The committee stated that the conference with the theme: ‘16 Years of Port Concession: The Pains and The Gains' would provide ample opportunity for notable maritime experts and professionals to speak on critical issues affecting the port  since 2006.

While the Minister of transport has indicated interest to be part of the event, all the maritime agencies, including: NPA, NIMASA, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) among others have equally expressed their desire to be fully involved in the one day anniversary and awards,

The 34th anniversary and Awards 2022 of MARAN is expected to be attended by over 250 maritime industry professionals; cutting across the maritime agencies, terminal operators, security agencies, international and domestic companies operating in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Chairman Planning Committee of MARAN 34th Anniversary and Awards,Dapo Olawuni in a statement last week noted that MARAN Awards comes once in a decade and the last edition was held in December 2013.

He informed that  MARAN is the foremost maritime media association which was formed in November 1988 and has since then remained the umbrella body of all journalists posted to cover or report the activities of the nation’s shipping and allied business.

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