As stakeholders prepare for this year’s edition of the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) Conference and Awards, its organisers have disclosed that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have confirmed their attendance of the event.
A statement signed by the Secretary, Planning Committee of AMJON, Oluwasegun Oladipupo and made available to The Trumpet, stated that Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi and Managing Director of NPA, Muhammadu Bello-Koko have confirmed their attendance.
Also confirmed for the event are the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Patron of AMJON, Chief Iju Tony Nwabunike among other top maritime industry stakeholders and personalities.
The organisers also revealed that key spokespersons of agencies in the maritime industry and others, who have excelled in their duties will be honoured during the event slated for December 14, 2023 at the Rockview Hotel Apapa, Lagos.
At the conference with the theme: Rebuilding Nigeria’s Economy Towards Viable Trans-border Trade, Adeniyi, heads of government agencies on trade and fiscal policy matters will declare the event open and speak on The Future and Prospects of the Nigeria-Benin Customs Trans-border Trade Agreement.
The NPA will educate stakeholders on the available port infrastructure to boost trans-border trade in Nigeria in a paper titled: Providing Functional Ports Infrastructure for Efficient and Effective Trans-border Trade: The Journey So Far, while
NIMASA will present a paper on Providing Adequate Maritime Security for International Trade in Nigerian Waters: The NIMASA Strategy.
Also, NIWA will speak on Developing Nigerian Waterways Infrastructure for Effective Movement of Goods and Services, just as the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), will speak on Curbing Influx of Substandard Products into Nigeria Through International Routes: The SON Strategy, while Nwabunike will speak on The Role of Customs Brokers in Sustaining a Viable Trans-border Trade for National Economic Growth.
President of AMJON, Paul Ogbuokiri, who said all roads will lead to the Rockview Hotel, venue of the AMJON 2023 Conference and Awards on December 14, charged industry stakeholders to make it a day with the biggest maritime media event of the year.
Also speaking, Chairman, Planning Committee, Innocent Orok said AMJON is holding the event at a critical moment of national history to further inspire the heads of government agencies in the maritime sector to work in tandem with the performance bond they signed with the Federal Government.
“For the Nigerian ailing economy to rebound, government agencies, stakeholders and members of the public must be properly sensitised to key into the vision of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration,” he said, adding that conference will feature awards presentations to deserving Nigerians and organisations, while a communiqué will be issued at the end of the event.