From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
Vital Values Limited (VVL), in collaboration with the Shipping Correspondents Association of Nigeria (SCAN), will be hosting the maiden Annual Nigeria Maritime Awards (ANMA) in Lagos.
The awards, coming up on December 7, 2018 with the theme, “Positioning the Maritime Sector for Challenges of Global Competitiveness,” aims to celebrate and appreciate individuals and organisations that made sterling marks in the Nigerian maritime industry in 2017.
These individuals/agencies, whose actions and inactions shaped the maritime industry in 2017, will also bag awards of recognition over their philosophy of value addition that has impacted positively the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.
According to the organisers, Nigeria as a state of about 853 kilometers of coastline and an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of approximately 315,950 square kilometers, including a vast network of navigable and potentially navigable rivers, lakes and creeks that traverse over 3,000 kilometers of inland waterways, “much credence should be given to individuals and agencies saddled with managing these enormous and vast national resources.”
First of its kind, the awards will witness the gathering of captains of leading maritime agencies, outstanding maritime practitioners and shipowners, as well as leading freight forwarding and clearing agents in the country.
Among them are the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello.
Others include the National President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Tony Iju Nwabunike, and members of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN).