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Nigeria’s Olugbade elected Chairman IMO London Convention

An officer of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) London
Convention, Edward Kleverlaan; 1st Vice Chairman, Dr. Gi Hong; 2nd
Vice Chairman, Betsy Valente; newly elected Chairman of the London
Convention/London Protocol Governing bodies and Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent
Representative at the IMO, Captain Ibrahim Olugbade; outgoing Chairman, Mrs Sue
Milburn-Hopewood; officers in the IMO London Convention office, Jennifer Rate,
and Frederick Haag, shortly after Olugbade’s election as Chairman of the
convention at the IMO Headquarters in London Thursday 7th Novermber,
Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent
Representative (APR) to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Captain Ibrahim
Olugbade has been elected Chairman, Governing Bodies of the IMO London
Convention and Protocol.

Olugbade was elected to the prestigious
seat on Thursday 6th November, 2014 during the meeting of the governing bodies
at the IMO headquarters in London. 
Olugbade is a highly respected
Master Mariner and member of the International Federation of Shipmasters
Association (IFSMA), London and a fellow of both the Nautical Institute of
Technology and Institute of Shipping Technology Nigeria.
He holds various professional and
academic qualifications from the Australian Maritime College; the Arab
Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt; Rivers State
University of Science and Technology; and the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron.
The purpose of the London
Convention is to control all sources of marine pollution and prevent
pollution of the sea through regulation of dumping into the sea of waste
materials. The purpose of the Protocol is similar to that of the Convention,
but the Protocol is more restrictive: application of a “precautionary
approach” is included as a general obligation; a “reverse
list” approach is adopted, which implies that all dumping is prohibited
unless explicitly permitted; incineration of wastes at sea is prohibited;
export of wastes for the purpose of dumping or incineration at sea is
prohibited. Extended compliance procedures and technical assistance provisions
have been included, while a so-called transitional period allows new
Contracting Parties to phase in compliance with the Protocol over a period of
five years, provided certain conditions are met.
Contracting Parties are bound by the
Protocol to take effective measures to prevent pollution of the marine
environment caused by dumping at sea.
Dr. Felicia Mogo, an assistant director
in the Marine Environment Management department of the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was also appointed Chairman of the
Compliance Group under the London Convention and Protocol.  
Olugbade’s election and Mogo’s
appointments are seen as a boost for Nigeria’s standing and respectability in
the comity of maritime nations. 

It would be recalled that Nigeria’s
High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Senator Dalhatu Tafida was elected
first Vice President of the 28th IMO Assembly in London in November 2013.
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