AMAE 2nd Edition: Art Will Aid In Driving Maritime Sector Agenda – Oyetola

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The Minister for Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has disclosed that Maritime art can be a very effective tool in driving the agenda and ideas of the Maritime industry since art connects with human emotions.
Oyetola said this in Lagos on Friday at the opening ceremony of the 2nd edition of African Maritime Art Exhibition (AMAE) themed: “The Convergence: Maritime meets ICT”.
Oyetola who was represented  by a Technical Aide, Prof. Busayo Fakinlede, said maritime art can be a viable alternative to project the enormous potentials available in Nigeria’s blue economy, thereby diminishing sea blindness in the country.
According to him Maritime Art Exhibition is another way to reach out to Nigerians about blue economy. It can be an effective way to build the consciousness of the maritime in the minds of Nigerians
He added that with the creation of the new Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, there is a greater need for this awareness to enable citizens grasp the importance of the sector.
While giving the assurance of the Ministry’s  willingness to collaborate with industry stakeholders to infuse the required technologies and infrastructure to optimize the huge socio-economic gains accumulative  from the sector, he said “For people to have that clarity and understanding about maritime and how to channel the necessary sectors, we have to explore all approaches.
” It could be via social media, traditional media or art. We have to explore all approaches and art can play a vital role.”
While giving his remarks, the Chairman of AMAE 2023, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, former minister of interior noted that he would have love to  turn the  theme to “Maritime Meets AI” as  Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Artificial intelligence (AI) have already changed the operations of all facets of life.
Capt. Iheanacho who was represented by Mrs. Jean-Chiazor Anishere (SAN), Principal Partner, Jean-Chiazor and Partners commends the Convener of the event for such theme, adding that.as the world is going global so is the need to be more rooted in Information Technology.
Anishere opined that a more proactive approach to ICT and innovations will be more beneficial to the nation as it seeks to maximize the gains inherent in blue economy.
While delivering lecture on “ICT Disruptions for the Sustainability of the Blue Economy”, the guest speaker for the event, Mr. Idongesit Udoh, UK Government Country Lead & Programme Adviser and Global Digital Access Programme in Nigeria, stressed the need for human capital development and infusion of technology in the nation’s maritime space.
Mr Udoh who speaks to the media, identified three key areas in urgent need of ICT deployment in the  maritime sector as real-time monitoring and surveillance, climate resilience and predictive analytics, and documentation, storage and cyber security.
According to him “ICT is an enabler of development irrespective of the sector. For blue economy, there are lots of areas where ICT could drive growth from marine transportation to tourism.
 “However, surveillance using artificial intelligence and internet of things; documentation and cloud computing; as well as decision making guided by big data and data analytics; not forgetting climate related technologies. These are areas in maritime can be enhanced with the deployment of ICT,” he states.
Representing the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko at the event, Port Manager, Apapa Port, Mr. Charles Okaga applaud the Executive Creative Director, Mrs Ezinne Azunna for the silence advocacy role she and her team has been playing in the industry.
He  recounted some successes already recorded in the Authority’s activities as a result of ICT deployment.
He hinted  that ship manifests handling at ports have been enhanced with ICT; nonetheless, he identified ship/ port security to curb piracy and checkmate stowaway as possible areas to explore ICT deployment
On her part, the AMAE Convener/ Programme Director, Ezinne Azunna explain that AMAE 2023 which is the second edition comes with a new twist- the conference, aimed to facilitate quality exchange in the industry.
Ezinne added that the theme, “The Convergence: Maritime Meets ICT”, underscores the invaluable need for updates technologies across the value chain with the audience largely drawn from the Blue Economy, Art and ICT word.
She stated  that AMAE uses photography, textile art, paints, sculpture and other motifs/subjects to tell stories and support causes around the Blue Economy. It is a meeting point for the town and gown.”The conference will help participants/stakeholders find Information Communication Technology solutions” she said.
Dignitaries present at the exhibition are representative of Minister of Marine and Blue Economy,
Blue Economy Minister’s , Mrs Jean Chiazor Anishere SAN,,  Mrs. Eunice Ezeoke, President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, ; Vice President, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Ify Akerele; first Nigerian female Bonded Terminal Operator, Chief Executive, AML Bonded Terminal, Mrs. Affi Ibanga; Barr. Mrs. Gloria Kanabe and Mrs Temilade Ogunniyi, Commercial Manager, AP Moller Terminals.
Others are Director General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Mrs. Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike; President, Female Seafarers Association of Nigeria (FESAN), Koni Duniya; Assistant Director, Public Relations, NIMASA, Mr. Osagie Edwards; Engineering Manager, Radical Circle Technical Services, Engr. Ajibade Hamzat; among others.

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