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2021 AGM: Maritime stakeholders moves to proffer approach to address security constraints

President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Dame Gladys Olajumoke Simplice (middle); Deputy Director, Debt Recovery, Financial Services Department, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Odunayo Ani (right); and tax consultant and former Director, Special Duties, NIMASA, Mr. Victor Onuzuruike, at the 22nd Annual Tax Conference organised by CITN in Lagos, recently

By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – As Maritime experts are set to converge from the public and private sectors for its 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Board of Trustee Chairman of the Maritime Security Providers Association of Nigeria (MASPAN), Rear Admiral Francis Akpan (Rtd) has charged stakeholders to proffer a holistic approach via partnership to address the security constraints in the sector.

The event themed: “Maritime Security Efforts in Nigeria: Government and Private Sector Partnerships”, is scheduled to hold on Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to the BOT Chairman who is also the Chief Host of the programme, the event will provide an appropriate platform for NIMASA, Nigerian Navy and other stakeholders to highlight and consolidate on the gains recorded in the area of maritime security in recent times.

The Rear Admiral stressed that in order to provide a safe and secure shipping environment where seafarers will have confidence to sail onboard the nation’s waters, there must be an efficient collaborative effort between NIMASA, Navy and private stakeholders.

The group has invited all maritime experts to participate in the conference, especially those involved in Maritime Security.

According to the organizers, the event would also be streamed on YouTube and Zoom to enable robust participation from industry stakeholders.

MASPAN is a body of professionals in Maritime Security and its core objectives include; to promote the use of common and standardize industry practice; to promote the education and increase the knowledge and skills of its members in the field of maritime security; to generate and increase the awareness of maritime security issues among individuals, communities, educational institutions, business and government.

The Special Guests of Honour to grace the ocassion include the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral A.Z Gambo, and the Acting Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko.

Others are; to provide communication to keep members abreast of currents, events in maritime security globally; promote awareness and understanding of maritime security; encourage professional development and foster unity and peace among members and to perform all other things necessary for or ancillary to the purpose and activities of the association.

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