Sambo To Declare League 2022 Retreat Open
BY EGUONO ODJEGBA
The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, is expected to declare open this year’s League of Maritime Editors (LOME) Retreat, coming up on December 8, 2022.
The Retreat which will hold at the Airport Hotel in Lagos includes lecture and award ceremonies. LOME Publicity Secretary, Mr. Francis Ngwoke in a statement said part of the programme lined up for the retreat is a lecture involving maritime stakeholders who will be discussing industry issues.
According to Ngwoke, the theme of this year’s retreat ‘Lekki Deep Seaport: Identifying Gains, Challenges and Potential Threat to Lagos Ports’, which will be presented by no one else but the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko.
The lecture the statement emphasized 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 will pose to the existing Lagos ports considering the infrastructural decay in the system and Apapa port environment that has become a nightmare to shippers.”
Among stakeholders expected to deliver papers on the occasion 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, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Honourable Emmanuel Jime, will be the Chairman of the occasion.
Part of the retreat is presentation of awards to the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo and few corporate individuals who have distinguished themselves in their professional field of calling.
Among those to be conferred with awards include the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hammed Ali (Rtd), Director General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Mr Mohammed Bello Koko, Chairman, Skellas Group, Prince Olayiwola Shittu and Chairman, Sifax Group, Chief Dr. Taiwo Afolabi
Ngwoke explained that the award recipients were selected considering their different contributions to the maritime industry.