By Babajide Okeowo
Nigeria’s leading Maritime Association, the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria MARAN and the Chartered Institute of Environmental and Public Health Management of Nigeria CIEPHMN will on Thursday, September 16, 2021 host the 2021 edition of their Annual International Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Conference.
According to a statement signed by the Secretary General of MARAN, Obiajulu Agu, the one-day multi-sectoral event is scheduled to hold at the Osun Hall of the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja and would also feature Leadership Excellence Awards for deserving stakeholders, who have contributed to the growth and development of the sectors.
According to the statement, the multi-sectoral conference would also provide the much-needed platform for stakeholders to brainstorm on critical issues, even as professional competence would be celebrated.
The statement reads in part: “The event is instituted to provide a forum for seasoned experts and technocrats from the public and private sectors nationally and internationally to gather annually and discuss germane and contemporary issues affecting Nigeria’s maritime sector.
“The Annual International Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Conference is strictly a Corporate Social Responsibility and non-fee-paying project where all stakeholders converge to find lasting solutions to complex challenges facing the maritime and marine environmental health sector”.
It was gathered that this special conference targets practitioners and stakeholders in the maritime, health and environmental management sectors, even as its objective is to critically examine the challenges facing the marine and seaport environmental health management and come up with a communique that will serve as an addendum to the Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Blueprint in Nigeria.
Some of the resource persons include Prof. Dele Badejo of the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences and Management, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State; the Director-General/CEO, National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro; and the Director of the Institute of Maritime and Energy Research and Sustainable Development, University of Ghana, Prof. Kwesi Addo-Appiah.
Others are: the Director-General/CEO, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; the Director-General/CEO, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA, Mr. Idris Musa; the Lagos State, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello; and the Chairman of the Seaports Terminals Operators Association of Nigeria STOAN, Princess Vicky Haasstrup.
A former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, will pilot affairs at the event as Chairman, where a number of persons are billed to receive Leadership Excellence Awards.