8th edition of the Annual Shipping Career Summit organised by Ships and
Ports Communication Company Limited has been scheduled to hold at the Petroleum
Training Institute (PTI) in Effurun, Delta State on Thursday 21st August,
Chief Executive Officer of Ships & Ports Communication, Mr. Bolaji Akinola,
said the Annual Shipping Career Summit was created to enlighten Nigerians on
the various career and investment opportunities that abound in the nation’s
Summit, according to him, will also empower participants especially youths, to
take advantage of such opportunities through mentoring.
said that Nigerians should ordinarily not have any business with poverty or
unemployment, considering the country’s vast resources, especially her enormous
words: “The maritime sector is where every attention should now be focused.
Those who rule the seas rule the world. If we truly desire to become one of the
top 20 economies of the world by 2020, we must pay closer attention to our
maritime sector is endowed with enormous natural resources, which provide great
potentials and opportunities necessary to achieve sustainable growth and
development. Our country is blessed with a vast coastline of about 850
kilometres and an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of well over 300,000 square
country also has navigable inland waterways of 3,000 kilometres, eight major
seaports, 11 oil terminals, and over 170 private jetties, as well as six major
Inland Container Depots (ICDs), and two Inland Freight Stations.”
an insight into the genesis of the Summit, he said that its maiden edition was
held at the MUSON Centre at Onikan, Lagos, in July 2006 while the second
edition in July 2007, third edition held in July 2008 and the fourth edition in
June 2009 where held in Abuja, Ibadan and Ilorin respectively.
said the Summit has also been hosted in Abeokuta, Yenagoa and Makurdi in 2010,
2011 and 2012 respectively.
said Warri was chosen for this year’s event “because of its large
population of youths and because it is a natural maritime domain with ports in
Warri, Koko and Burutu; a maritime university; several maritime training
institutions; the NIMASA shipyard and several shipping operations domiciled in
persons at the seminar include former President of the Nigerian Association of
Master Mariners (NAMM), Captain Adewale Ishola; Honorary Secretary, Institute
of Marine Engineering Science, and Technology (IMarEST), Engineer Alex Peters;
and President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)
Nigeria, Mrs. Jean Chiazor-Anishere.
speakers at the one-day event include the Executive Secretary of Nigeria
Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barr. Hassan Bello, and Director General of NIMASA,
Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi.
and investment opportunities to discuss at the summit, according to Akinola,
include Investment /Business opportunities in the Maritime Industry,
Opportunities in non-oil export, Ship Chandling, Engineering Career at Sea and
Building a Career in Seafaring.
& Ports, popularly called the voice of the maritime industry, is the
production stable of the popular daily maritime radio programme on Radio
Nigeria One 103.5FM Lagos. The company also published the Ships & Ports
Free Daily newspaper and organises the Annual Maritime Football Competition and
the Annual Ships & Ports Essay Competition.