OMIS Award To Hold Technical Summit To Address Maritime Industry Challenges



Mr Femi Da-silva

The maitime and Offshore Award (The OMIS), which is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates excellence in the maritime industry in Nigeria, has announced the inclusion of a technical summit in its year 2023 edition.


The summit, which is also in celebration of the World Maritime Day (WMD) by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and scheduled to take place on September 23 at Lagos Oriental Hotel by 12noon prompt.


The event aims to bring together prominent maritime experts, industry leaders and regulators, and other stakeholders to collaboratively address pressing challenges confronting the nation’s maritime industry while formulating innovative solutions.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of The OMIS, Mr. Femi Da-silva, the theme of this inaugural summit which is powered by Prime Atlantic Safety Services and Hybrid Group is “Safety and Security in Maritime”.adding that the technical summit is a pivotal addition to this year OMIS Award.

Appreciating the industry stakeholders, Mr. Femi Da-silva said “While appreciating the laudable efforts of industry regulators, we believe that convening experts and stakeholders in the maritime industry will foster a collective approach towards tackling the challenges we face and drive the industry forward.”

He noted that the summit will be moderated by Dr. Alban Igwe, member, United Nations Advisory Committee on Trade and Transport.

Among the panelists expected at the event to share their expertise and insights are representatives of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Navy, Total Energies, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigeria Customs Service, and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Others are Dr Ken Ukaoha, President, National Association of Nigerian Traders; Prince Olayiwola Shittu, former President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA); Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, Chairman, Starzs Investments, among others.

As the maritime industry plays a crucial role in Nigeria’s economy, and faces several complex challenges, including maritime security, technological advancements, sustainability, and regulatory compliance, the organizers hope that the technical summit will facilitate productive discussions and innovative problem-solving strategies.

“We anticipate that the technical summit will not only shed light on the challenges but also pave the way for transformative solutions. The collective expertise of the participants will be instrumental in driving positive change,” Da-silva hinted.

The OMIS boss revealed further that the summit will also provide a networking opportunity for attendees to establish new partnerships and collaborations, fostering a stronger maritime community in Nigeria.

Interested participants can register for the event through The OMIS website.

Illicit Drugs: WMC Handover 8,240 Loaves Of Marijuana, 23,000 Capsules Of Tramadol To NDLEA



The officers and men of Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service had on Thursday 7th September 2023 handed over 103 sacks containing 8,240 parcels of cannabis sativa also known as marijuana and 23,000 capsules of 100mg of tramadol to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action.

The Area Controller in charge of the command, Comptroller O.A Salefu disclosed at the handling over that about 0.400hrs on Thursday 3rd of August the command received a credible intelligence upon a follow up on one of it’s numerous lead that a crime was about to be committed.

Comptroller Salefu revealed that his officers got information of attempt to snuggle a large shipment of Cannabis Sativa into the country through the western waterways from a neighbouring country.

According to the Area Controller, the command immediately assembled a joint patrol Team of Marine patrol Officers and set out towards the Ibeju Lekki Deep Sea costal water where they intercepted and arrested one wooden boat with two (2) Yamaha outboard engines (40hp each) loaded with 103 sacks of substances suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.


He disclosed that the evil perpetrators abandoned their boat for their safety when they realized their covers had been bursted “The smugglers upon sighting our patrol Team dived into the water and abandoned their Boat with all the items in it which was immediately brought to Western Marine Command Headquarters Ibafon APAPA and found to contain 8,240 parcels (loaves) of Cannabis Sativa having a total weight of 3,811 kg.

” The duty paid value of the cannabis sativa stands at N692,160,000 (Six hundred and Ninety Two Million, One Hundred and sixty thousand naira only) with a total weight of 3,811 kilograms while the duty paid value of the means of conveyance and two Yamaha outboard engines of 40 horse power each stands at N7,350,000 (Seven million, three hundred and fifty thousand naira only). Giving a combined duty paid value of N699,510,000 for the entire seizure”.

The marine anti smuggling czar stressed the command readiness to stand as the frontier along the waterways in guarding the Nation under very strenuous and challenging circumstances against illicit and illegal trade that brings injuries to the economy and health in the cause of it’s trade facilitation.

He added that the inordinate quest by citizens to get rich by any means necessary fuels the menace of smuggling. “Citizens must understand that smuggling is injurious to our economy and smuggling of hard drugs has even more devastating effect on our health and the economy” Comptroller Salefu said.

While receiving the seized drugs from customs, the Natural Drug Law Enforcement Agency Commander under Marine, Paul Ahom expressed satisfaction over the seizures made by officers and men of the marine customs command.


Highpoints of the handling ceremony was the letter of commendation presented to five personnel involved in the seizures.and signing of the handing over document between the two agencies of government.



NNPP Queries Presentation Of Sole Presidential Candidate In 2023


..Accuses Buba Galadima Of Corruption, Illegal Imposition Of Candidates

The new leadership of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) under Dr Agbo Gilbert Major in its maiden meeting at the Abuja National Secretariat has come up with punching resolutions after a review of the situation resulting from the gross mismanagement of the party in the past one year.

The resolutions reached after the meeting as signed by Ag National Publicity Secretary, Abdulsalam Abdulrasaq are slated to include conducting a thorough probe into the mismanagement of well over one billion naira (N1b) raised from the sale of forms to aspirants between March 2022 till date.

While the meeting resolved to invite relevant security agencies to properly examine the accounts of the party with a view to demanding explanations from the party’s presidential candidate, the party’s chairman who left in March 2023, the sacked acting chairman and the National Secretary. This is to restore confidence of party members / candidates who came forward with their hard earned money to purchase forms.

The party also queried the rationale for location of the Situation Room to the presidential candidate’s personal residence. It noted that the illegal location created room for the massive corruption and manipulation leading to imposition of candidates by Buba Galadima and his co-travellers and resolved to set up a Committee to launch a probe into it.

It therefore called for written complaints from aggrieved candidates who were shortchanged after making payments for forms into the party’s account.

Another resolution reached is resolved to query the rationale behind the denial of other presidential aspirants the right to purchase form and participate in the primary election that illegally produced Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, while insisting that it was against the spirit of fairness and equity which the great party preaches.

The party also confirmed its withdrawal from the Memorandum Of Understanding signed by it with the Kwankwasiya Movement and TNM, insisting that the principles of these two groups are targeted at massaging the ego of its sole owner and so not in line with the party’s policies of openness and inclusivity.

In view of this, the party called on its numerous members and supporters to remain calm in the face of this brazen assault of the Kwankwasiya movement whose members were erroneously made to believe the party is sold to them and called on all aggrieved and displaced members who left for whatever reason to return home.

The New Nigeria People’s party also resolved to overhaul its structures across all levels nationwide in the coming days and weeks.

NNPP South West Chairman, Ajirotutu Says Kwankwaso Is A Political Liability

Alhaji Wasiu Adebanjo Ajirotutu
Vice National Chairman (South West) NNPP

Alhaji Wasiu Adebanjo Ajirotutu who is the newly elected Vice National Chairman (South West) of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has described the 2023 Presidential Candidate of the party as Political Prostitute with liabilities.

Ajirotutu became the Southwest Chairman of the Party on Tuesday after the Board of Trustees sacked the Kwakwasya’s faction of the NWC and handed 6 months suspension to Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.


Alhaji Wasiu Adebanjo Ajirotutu assure Party faithfuls of his readiness to make the party an enviable one in the South West Region.

While reacting to the question on the suspension of Kwankwaso, Ajirotutu made it clear that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is a Political Prostitute with lots of liabilities.

“He cajoled us as if he is contesting for Presidency whereas he is a Pretender and not a Contender. He came to trade with the name of the Party by hobnobbing with candidates of other political parties most especially APC”.

New Nigeria People’s Party Suspends Kwankwaso For 6Months While Party Founder Resigns


The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has revealed the suspension of it’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso for six months.


The party Board of Trustees (BOT) made this known on Tuesday at a General Assembly Meeting, disclosing that the party’s Founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has also resigned as BOT Chairman.


These decisions were part of resolutions drawn from a 12-hour meeting in Lagos on Monday as Kwankwaso was accused of short-changing the party by holding unapproved meetings with presidential aspirants of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC), and Labour Party (LP) amid the 2023 polls.

According to the resolutions, adopted by Hon. Adeyemi Olusoja, Ogun State’s Yewa South Local Government Chairman and seconded by Mr. Abdullahi Nasamy, NNPP Kwara State Secretary, Kwankwaso will no longer be recognized as a national leader of the party following his suspension.

NNPP’s BOT, however, reversed the suspension of dismissed national officers as well as dissolved state chapters by the National Working Committee (NWC), denouncing the NWC labeled ‘incompetent’ and describing the actions as irrelevant.

The communique also noted that NNPP constitution has been amended severally without recourse to due process and procedure by a clique of individuals within the system, adding that the party’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been infringed upon and violated by NWC members.

“BOT decided that material evidence in the public sector affirmed that Senator Kwankwaso was involved in anti-party activities in various meetings, suggest political discussions with Mr. President, Atiku and Obi without authorization from the board, has earned him 6 months suspension pending the outcome of investigation by the Disciplinary Committee.”

“About 8 states Chapters of the old NNPP was unceremoniously dissolved by the incompetent NWC. The letters of reinstatement of the suspended executive Chairmen of the various states issued by the Chairman BOT in accordance with the Board’s inherent power to call to order stands valid.”

“The BoT Chairman Dr. Boniface Aniebonam; resigned and a new BoT Chairman, Dr. Chief Tope Aluko was elected with Eng Babayo Muhammed Abdulahi as new BOT Secretary, while High Chief Tony Obioha was elected as BoT spokesperson.”

“BOT members take strong exception to Buba Galadima’s parading of himself as BOT Secretary. This conduct is in violation of the composition of the members of the BOT in accordance with our constitution.”

“The NWC was declared incompetent and due to attrition and failure of the members to follow the constitution and due process in filling of the vacant positions, the NWC can no longer perform its role and is no longer relevant in the eyes of the law,” the communique stated.

Meanwhile, the BoT appointed new national officers headed by Dr. Agto Major as acting National Chairman and Comrade Ogini Olapos as acting National Secretary with about 18 others inaugurated today.

“Constitutionally, the nomenclature, the national leader is not in existence for a failed Presidential candidate, so the board moved that no more Engr. Rablu Kwankwaso referenced an National Leader. Ditto state leader.”

“The purported suspension of the Founder was a flagrant gross violation of the NNPP constitution such that it is tantamount to recklessness and irresponsibility on the part of the incompetent NWC.”

“Our Abuja office remains plot 511, Herbert Marcaulay Way, Suite A1 to A3, Willian’s Plaza, Zone 4, Wuse, Abuja.”

“The BOT insisted that the avoidable violation of MOU between NNPP on the one part and Kwankwasla, TNM and NAGAFF on the other has no other choice than to withdraw from the partnership. It is therefore to state clearly that the MOU have been rendered invalid,” the communique read.

Tincan Customs Nab 2 Suspects In Connection With Importation Of Illicit Drugs


Officers and Men of  the Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Command has on Monday disclosed that the Command arrested two suspects in connection with importation of illicit dangerous drugs (unregistered regulated ,pharmaceutical products) concealed in two (2) by 40ft containers

The Unregistered’ pharmaceutical products intercepted are regulated products by NAFDAC, lacking the required permits and certificates for importation in which the documents are to ascertain the safety of the products to Nigerians, hence these illicit dangerous drugs were concealed in the two containers.

Addressing news men at the Command, the Customs Area Controller in charge, Comptroller Adekunle Adewale Oloyede said that the Command received a timely intelligence from its Intelligence Unit on the suspected importation of illicit dangerous drugs concealed in 2 by 40ft containers with Bill of lading Nos 227578945 and 227898171. On arrival of the vessel in Tincan Island Container Terminal, the containers (MRSU 592397/0 and MRKU 553432/1) were transferred immediately to the Enforcement Station for 100% physical examination and further investigation.

He added that after a physical examination was jointly conducted on both containers by Enforcement Officers, Customs Intelligence Operatives, Customs Police and Examination officers of the Terminal on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd, it was discovered that Container No MRSU 592397/0 with Bill of Lading No 227578945 stated the items laden were 1,016packages containing Electrical Goods Ceiling Fan 36 Jewel (Cooper) and Chilly Cutters (Stainless Steel Plastic) but after examination, the container was found to contain 5cartons of Timaking 120 Tapentadol (Tramadol) Hydrochloride Carisoprodol capsule. Each carton contains 50 rolls, each rolls contains 5 packets, each packet 200 tablets.

The two arrested suspects paraded by Customs

Also contained in it were 84cartons of Gastro Resistant Omeprazole capsule BP 200mg. Each carton contains 50 packets, each packet contains 10 capsules, 876cartons of CSMIX cough syrup containing Codeine (each bottle 100ml). Each carton contains 200 bottles, 50cartons of Manual Grater Machine-70 pieces per carton as means of concealment and 1carton of Ceiling Fan as a means of concealment.

While container No MRKU 553432/1 with Bill of Landing number 227898171 stated the items laden to include 1,021 packages containing Electrical Goods Ceiling Fan 36 Jewel (Cooper) and Chilly Cutter (Stainless Steel Plastic) but after examination the container was found to contain 10cartons of Super Royal 225 (Tramadol). Each carton contains 50 rolls, each roll contains 10 packets, each packet 10 tablets, 105cartons of Omeprazole Capsule BP 200mg. Each carton contains 50 packets, each packet contains 10 capsules.

Others are 754cartons of Barcadin with Codeine (each bottle 100ml). Each carton contains 200 Bottles, 50 cartons of Manual Grater Machine – 70 pieces per carton as means of concealment and 1 itcartons of Compo Ceiling Fan as means of concealment.


Comptroller Oloyede disclosed that the two suspects arrested are presently at the custody of the Enforcement Unit in accordance with the investigation process of the Service.

He added that one of the suspects in custody, Mr. Boniface Ike accepted that he is the owner (Importer) of the two containers and sought to discuss privately with OC Enforcement DC GI Aliyu and Team Manager CIU AC H Abubakar. “I instructed my officers to play along, the request was granted in expectation of receiving vital information from the suspect but to their bewilderment, the suspect pleaded for his freedom from detention and release of the containers while offering gratification to the tune of Fifty Million Naira only which is equivalent to $54,330 at the current exchange rate N920. The money was collected and kept in safe custody at the Enforcement Unit to be tendered as exhibit.

“The suspects, containers and the exhibit will be handed over to the Agencies that are in charge of regulation of such importation as soon as the Service directs and the Service may decide to prosecute according to the Service Act, Nigeria Customs Service Act (2023)” he said.

Speaking further, the Command boss hinted that following an intensive surveillance operation on a routine examination carried out at the command, a container was found to contain frozen poultry products.Adding that the Single Goods Declaration (SGD), other supporting documents (Form M and PAAR) stated Tangerines but was used to conceal imported frozen food products.

He stated that the goods were falsely declared as they are under the import prohibition items and the container has been seized for contravention of Section 233 of the Nigeria Customs Service Acts 2023.

“The persistent fraudulent nature of importers and agents drives us to be more innovative in putting methods and measures to combat smuggling activities, ensure no leakage of revenue to the government and the safety of Nigeria.

“The Nigeria Customs Service will not be a part to nefarious acts which jeopardize the safety of lives of the citizens of our dear country, Nigeria. Any fraudulent importer or agent who tries to perpetrate such acts, will be prosecuted accordingly.

“The Command in particular and the Service in general will deploy all necessary resources and strategies at our disposal and in collaboration with other Security and Regulatory Agencies to check the menace of illegal importation of illicit and unregulated dangerous drugs and substances” Oloyede quipped.

NIPR Delegates Paid Courtesy Visit To Customs CG In Abuja


The President/Chairman Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Mal Mukhtar Sirajo, Members of the Governing Council, Fellows, Chair of State Chapters and other members of the Institute had on Wednesday 23 August 2023 paid a courtesy visit to the Ag. Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR at the NCS Headquarters, Abuja.


The visit, according to Mukhtar Sirajo, was to congratulate the Ag. CGC on his appointment by President Bola Ahmad Tinubu GCFR and also to discuss the Institute’s level of preparedness to hold its Annual General Meeting and elections slated for Thursday, 23rd August 2023.

He said, “As this meeting marks my final act as the President, I feel mandated to congratulate the Nigeria Customs Service for having Bashir Adewale Adeniyi as Ag. Comptroller-General of the Service, I want to tell you that he is an excellent team player.”

He, however, appealed to the CGC to deploy patience and humility in his leadership to take the Service to the next level while assuring the audience that the Nigeria Customs Service will be better under his supervision.

He assured the CGC that the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations will not relent in supporting him in all ramifications to succeed.

Responding, the Ag. Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, welcomed the entourage to Customs House, hoping that the AGM, electioneering process and transition will be successful.

The Ag. CGC, who is a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and also the Vice President of the Institute, expressed his appreciation, assuring that the Nigeria Customs Service will continue to support the professional body.

“Now that you are in Abuja for this AGM and elections, I want to implore all of us to maintain our good relationships even after the election, irrespective of how it goes.” He concluded.

NDLEA, Tincan Special Area Command Seizes 799.95kg Of Cannabis Between January Through August


…Refute Claims Of Extortion On Containers

The Area Commander of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Tin Can Island Port Special Area Command, Mohammed Aminu Abubakar CN has disclosed that the Command recorded seizures of 799.95kg of cannabis indica imported from mainly Canada and USA between the period of January through August 22 of year 2023.

The said drugs intercepted within the period has street value put at 2,664,230,000 naira. While another 24kg of cocaine from a bulk cargo vessel MV Cooper Island at one of the terminals was also intercepted within the period under review.

According to a press statement made available to news men on Tuesday in Lagos, the Command debunked a reports published by an online news portal alleging involvement of operatives of NDLEA involvement in extortion of money on containers from clearing agents and shippers at the port on the watch list for drug import, adding that such allegations are completely baseless without any merit.

Stating that watch listing containers has a standard procedure that must be followed, Abubakar said :”Firstly, it is important to clarify the purpose of watch listing containers. The watch listing process is a standard procedure implemented to ensure international trade compliance and security.

“It seeks to prevent illegal activities such as smuggling, money laundering, or trafficking, among others. It is a globally recognized practice that aims to protect the interests of countries and their citizens.

“To insinuate that our organization would engage in extortion under the guise of watch listing containers is not only unfounded but also malicious. We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest ethical standards and strictly adhere to all legal and regulatory requirements

He maintained that the command maun focus is solely on promoting transparency, facilitating legitimate trade, and maintaining the integrity of the supply chain.

The Area Commander hinted that the real impediments to the federal government ease of doing business at the port are the non-compliance alongside with false declaration of cargo and concealments by the importers and traders aided by agents.

In his words “Importers and agents are expected to be honest and transparent in their activities which will make our jobs easier and straightforward.

“Unfortunately, the tendency of the importers and abetting by agents to effect false declaration and concealment have led to too numerous seizures of illicit drugs shipped into the country.

“Arrests and prosecution of many importers and their collaborators (agents) by NDLEA Tin can command is a testament that we operate in highly non-compliant environment. ”

He explained further that the watch listing process is not undertaken independently by officials of NDLEA noting that It involves collaboration with government authorities, customs agencies, and relevant stakeholders who are responsible for overseeing and implementing these measures.

He stressed that these checks and balances ensure that decisions made regarding container watch listing are based on actionable intelligence and objective risk assessments rather than personal interests.

“We strongly refute any claims of improper conduct or ulterior motives in the watch listing process. Such baseless accusations not only tarnish our reputation but also undermine the credibility of the entire international trade ecosystem.

“We remain committed to upholding the highest standards of professional integrity and will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action against those spreading false allegations.


Dr. Farinto Embraces New Ministry , Congratulates Ministers

Adegboyega Oyetola, Minister of Transportation

The Chief Executive Officer of Wealthy Honey Investment Limited and immediate past Acting National President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) , Dr Farinto Collins Kayode has congratulated the Ministers of Transportation, Adegboyega Oyetola and Minster of Marine and Blue Economy, Olubumi Tunji-Ojo on their appointments, promising that ANLCA and other maritime stakeholders will rally round them to succeed in their new task.

Dr Farinto who spoke with newsmen on Friday in Lagos said he is very happy that the President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu yielded to the patriotic call by stakeholders including himself for the balcanization of the bogus Transportation Ministry in order to fully harnessed the potentials of the Nigerian maritime industry, especially the Blue Economy project.

Olubumi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Marine and Blue Economy.

Farinto in his words disclosed ‘I must say that am very happy with Mr President for having a listening ear and acting as such. You could remember I was in the forefront of asking the President to balcanize the Ministry of transportation which in my view was very bogus , but not performing optimally. So I started glamoring if you could remember since the President Mohammedu Buhari regime, even though the last regime did not create it, but we never stopped.

” It may surprise you that during the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu campaigns , I made a proposal for the maritime industry and I suggested the creation of Ministry of Maritime Affairs. Am happy that our efforts yielded fruit and now we have Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.

Dr Farinto Collins, CEO WeaIthy Honey Investment / immediate Past Acting National President of ANLCA

” It will also interest you to know that, when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu won the presidential election, while congratulating him in June, I reminded him of the need to create a Ministry of Maritime Affairs.”

According to the letter dated 20th June, 2023, addressed to President Bola Tinubu, with the title “THE NEED TO CREATE MINISTRY OF MARITIME AFFAIRS” Farinto said ” your Excellency Sir, the previous administrations up to President Mohammedu Buhari have administered the maritime industry through the Federal Ministry of Transportation, which is too large and bogus , hence the reason that all these administrations were unable to harness the maritime industry and tap the full potentials properly. The last administration was only able to concentrate on the rejuvenation of the rail system, which was not even completed”, part of the letter reads.

The letter also suggested that if the Ministry of Maritime Affairs is created , it will achieve the United Nations , Sustainable Development Goals which provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet with 17 SDGs.

The proposal further suggested that the new Ministry can calve out such agencies like Nigerian Aquatic Splendour Authority ( NASA), National Inland Waterways Authority ( NIWA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Department of Oceanography (DOO) and Department of Maritime Insurance ( DOMI) and others as may be required.

Dr Farinto however promised to make himself available for contributions and advises to make sure the new Ministry kicks -off properly to harness the Nigerian maritime and Blue Economy potentials for the property of all Nigerians.

He said he will support both Ministers and the Federal government to make sure , the maritime industry which has a lot of human and material resources is repositioned to create employment for the teeming unemployed youths as well as generate more revenue for government .

OMIS Award 2023: Prince Olayiwola Shittu, Moses Fadipe, Ladol Md, Other Prominent Stakeholders Shortlisted For Honors



The Chief Executive Officer of The OMIS, Mr Femi Da-silva has disclosed in a press statement some of the prominent and outstanding stakeholders in the Maritime sector shortlisted for the year 2023 award.


Mr Femi Da-silva said that the captains of industry and frontline practitioners who were nominated for the award is based on their leading voices in the maritime and offshore industry because of their selfless leadership roles and contributions to the growth of the sector.


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Mr Femi Da-silva

ortlisted Maritime and Offshore sector voices are Group Chief Executive Officer of Matrix Group, Abdulkabir Aliu; Managing Director, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), Dr. Amy Jadesimi; Chairman, Shipping and Logistics NCCF NCDMB, Mr.Mina Oforiokuma; former Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and a board member of Brittania-U, Mrs. Chinwe Florence Onyeagom Ezenwa; the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani; lead the roster of eminent personalities that have been shortlisted alongside frontline industry practitioners.


Da- silva identified other distinguished individuals that have been shortlisted in various award categories as President, Shipowners Association of Nigeria, Dr. Mcgeorge Onyung; Former President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Prince Shittu Olayiwola; Managing Director, Greenview Development Nigeria Ltd (GDNL), Mr. Akin Omole; Assistant General Manager, Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Mrs. B. Olufunmilayo Olotu; CEO, Starzs Investments Company Limited, Ms. Iroghama Ogbeifun.

Also shortlisted are National Coordinator, Port Standing Task Team (PSTT), Mr. Moses Fadipe; Managing Director, Bricks, Mr. Emmanuel Maiguwa; CEO, Marine Platform, Mr. Taofik Adegbite; Chief Operating Officer, Maritime Innovations Hub, Ms. Ronke Kosoko; Managing Director, Trucks Transit Park, Mr. Jama Onwubuariri;
President, Association of Marine Engineers & Surveyors (AMES), Engr. Israel Obadan.

On the list of honorees are young professionals in diverse maritime fields including outstanding seafarers, Da-silva added.