By Ambrose Obioma Okehi &Sandra Chukwunyere
Preparations are on top gear as members of the Chartered Institite of Environmental/Public Heath Management alongside with the foremost Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) this week.
The long-awaited event which will bring together Multi-sectoral stakeholders within the maritime shipping and health subsectors is scheduled to taking place on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at the Osun Hall of the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State.
According toa statement from the MARAN as signed by its Secretary General, Obiajulu Agu, the event will see stakeholders brainstorm on critical issues likewise professional competence of the experts would be displayed and celebrated, at the 2021 Annual International Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Conference and Leadership Excellence Awards.
The statement further added that the event which is organised by the Chartered Institute of Environmental and Public Health Management of Nigeria in collaboration with the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN), will open at 10:00 AM.
Earlier billed to hold at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, but for some undisclosed reasons and exigencies, it was later shifted to be held at the revamped Lagos Airport Hotel.
The organisers however, said the event is instituted to provide a forum for seasoned experts and technocrats from the public and private sectors nationally and internationally to gather annually and discuss germane and contemporary issues affecting Nigeria’s maritime sector.
The statement reads: “The Annual International Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Conference is strictly a Corporate Social Responsibility and Non-Fee-Paying Project where all stakeholders converge to find lasting solutions to complex challenges facing the maritime and marine environmental health sector.
“As a special conference that targets practitioners and stakeholders in the maritime, health and environmental management sectors, the objective is to critically examine the challenges facing the marine and seaport environmental health management and come up with a communique that will serve as an addendum to the Marine Pollution and Seaport Environmental Health Management Blueprint in Nigeria.”
The resource persons at the event will include: Prof. Dele Badejo of the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences and Management, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State; the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Prof. Aliyu Jauro and the Director of the Institute of Maritime and Energy Research and Sustainable Development, University of Ghana, Prof. Kwesi Addo-Appiah.
Others are: the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh; the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa; the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Lagos State, Mr. Tunji Bello and the Chairman of the Seaports Terminals Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haasstrup.
A former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Adebayo Sarumi, will pilot affairs at the event as Chairman, where a number of persons are billed to receive Leadership Excellence Awards.