Sambo, Ali, Shittu, Others Set for League’s Retreat
BY EGUONO ODJEGBA
All is now set for the League of Maritime Editors(LOME) Retreat , where the Minister of Transportation, Muazu Jaji Sambo , the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) among other distinguished stakeholders will be conferred with different categories of awards for agenda setting and excellent performances, in their various areas of endeavours.
Those slated for the prestigious awards include Col. Ali, Director General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) , Mr. Mohammed Bello Koko, Chairmen of Skellas Group and Sifax Group, Prince Olayiwola Shittu and Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, respectively.
Top performing commanders in the NCS namely, Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf, Customs Area Controller, Apapa Area 1 Command; Comptroller Albashir Hamisu Psc (+) , Controller Federal Operations Unit, Zone B Kaduna; Deputy Comptroller Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu , Controller Federal Operations Unit , Zone A, Ikeja; Coordinator, Comptroller General of Customs Strike Force Lagos, Deputy Comptroller Umar Yusuf; and the Customs National Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bomodi.
The Honourable Minister of Transportation is expected to declare open the retreat holding at the Airport Hotels Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday December 8, 2022, during which lectures are also to be delivered by key operators and experts.
The theme of this year’s retreat titled ‘Lekki Deep Seaport: Identifying Gains, Challenges and Potential Threat to Lagos Ports’ will be presented by the Mohammed Bello-Koko. The lecture shall dwell on the expected gains and challenges of having a new deep seaport. Believing that the Lekki Deep Seaport will lead to severe competition, the paper is also expected to dwell on the likely threat that the new deep seaport may pose to the existing Lagos ports considering the infrastructural decay in the system and Apapa port environment that has become a nightmare to shippers.
Other stakeholders expected to deliver papers include the Chairperson of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup.
While Sambo has been invited as the Chief Guest of Honour, the Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Honourable Emmanuel Jime, is scheduled to be the Chairman of the occasion.