MARAN Holds Reception In Honour Of NUJ Lagos State Council Chairman

By Ambrose Obioma Okeh

All roads will be leading to the popular Rockviw Hotel Apapa GRA, in the Lagos area of the State as the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), an umbrella body of all the Maritime Reporters covering the maritime industry of the Nigerian economy will be honouring one of their own.
The event which will be taking place on Thursday,March 25, 2021 will be gathering of who is who in the entire maritime sector and beyond March in a grand reception packaged by the group to honour a one time MARAN president and now NUJ Lagos State Council, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi.
In a statement issued by the association, the Secretary General, Dapo Olawomi the association said it has concluded all arrangements to formally honour Lagos State Council chairman of NUJ in a grand reception/ lecture.

MARAN is the foremost umbrella body of all maritime Journalists in Nigeria established in 1988.

The statement issued in Lagos on Monday by the President of MARAN Mr. Anya Njoku and the Secretary General ,Mr. Dapo Olawuni further noted that the event which will see the creme-de-la-creme of the Nigerian maritime sector and beyond will be Chaired by Prince Olayiwola Shittu, the former President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA).

The theme of the  event is ”National  Development: The Challenges of and the Prospects for the Proper Implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in Nigerian Maritime Industry “

The statement quoted the President of MARAN, Mr Anya Njoku as saying that “MARAN is proud of one of its own, Adeleye Ajayi who was a bonafide member of the association until his emergence as the Lagos NUJ Chairman”

“Mr Ajayi had served MARAN meritoriously at different times and different capacities as Secretary General and later as President” 

“The Association is therefore planning a grand reception to celebrate his electoral success”  

The MARAN Scribe also stated that the grand reception and lecture aims to boost the synergy between the Maritime Press and Maritime Publics and Government Parastatals.

The lead paper would be presented by seasoned Journalist and the Editor of the XPRESS Newspaper, Mr Emeka Okoroanyawu, who was one of the founders of MARAN in 1988. 

Former General Manager, Lagos Traffic FM, Mr. Layinka Adagun, a pioneer MARAN Member, would also be a panel discussant to enhance the theme’s perspectives. 

The special guests of honor expected at the event includes; the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council, Barr Hassan Bello, and Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Dr George Moghalu.

Others are; Assistant Comptroller General of Customs in charge of Zone ‘A’ Lagos, ACG Kaycee Ekekezie and the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho.

The Chief Guests of Honors are; Chairperson of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) Princess Dr Vicki Haastrup, the President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade Adewale Adeyanju and immediate past chairman of Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) Aare Hakeem Olanrewaju.

Others are; President of ANLCA,  Hon Tony Iju Nwabunike and the founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) Dr. Boniface Aniebonam.

In addition, all MARAN past presidents and executives would be on ground to grace the grand reception and lecture.

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