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UNILAG, Bowen, EKSU emerge winners of Maritime Blueprint Competition

L-R: Durola Ayobami Tosin, Ekiti State University and third prize
winner; Adekeye Olanrewaju and Dunmade Samuel, Bowen University and first prize
winners; Basil Agboarumi, Acting Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling
Company Limited (SAHCOL); Pius Bankong and Ipinnuoluwa Ade-Ademi, University of
Lagos and second prize winners; Oyewole Sunday, Ekiti State University, third
prize winner and Damilola Oguntade, Vice President, Maritime Forum, University
of Lagos during the prize presentation for winners of the Taiwo Afolabi
Maritime Blueprint Competition.

The University of Lagos (UNILAG)Akoka Lagos; Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, and Ekiti State University (EKSU), have emerged winners of the
Maritime Blueprint Competition in which law students from six universities

The competition, sponsored by SIFAX
Group, is one of the activities of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference,
which is in its third edition and held in partnership with the Maritime Forum
of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.

At the end of the keenly-contested
competition, which was done in a debate format, Bowen University, Iwo, represented by
Adekeye Olanrewaju and Dunmade Samuel emerged the overall winner with 85 points, while the University of Lagos represented by Pius Bankong and Ipinnuoluwa Ade-Ademi, and Ekiti State University by Durola Ayobami Tosin and Oyewole Sunday came
second and third respectively with 81 and 78 points. 

Other schools that
participated were University of Benin, University of Ilorin and Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife.

The first round of debate was on the
merits and demerits of foreign direct investments in the maritime sector. The
final round of the debate was on the topic “Port Costs & Port Charges: A Recurring
Decimal Under Port Reform Regime.”

Mouth-watering prizes including
laptops, smart phones and cash were given to the winners.

Speaking on the competition, Dr.
Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, said the need to
deepen the knowledge base of the law students and to stimulate their interest
in the country’s maritime industry were responsible for the company’s
sponsorship of the competition.

“We don’t have enough maritime legal experts
in the industry as I speak to you. Very few students also show interests in the
legal aspect of the sector. Having identified this, the company decided to take
up the sponsorship of the competition.

 “We believe that this gesture would go a long
way in stimulating interest of students in maritime law. I am personally
leading the mentorship charge because as a lawyer, I have experienced firsthand
the many opportunities inherent in the application of law to the maritime sector.

“We are also doing this because at
SIFAX Group, it’s part of our corporate philosophy to positively affect the
society,” he said.

SIFAX Group is one of Africa’s fastest growing
multinational corporations with diverse interests in Maritime, Aviation, Haulage
& Logistics, Oil & Gas and Hospitality.

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