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Obaseki, Omatseye to speak at 2019 MMS Transport Leadership Lecture

Edo State Governor, Gov Godwin Obaseki 

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the former President of
African Ship-owners Association, Barr. Temisan Omatseye, will lead a delegation of transport veterans to the 2019 Kings Transport Leadership Lecture
and Awards.

While Obaseki will feature as the Chief Guest of Honour at the occasion,
Omatseye will chair the event as the Secretary-General to the Abuja MOU on
Port State Control , Barr. Mfon Usoro delivers the lead paper on the theme;
“Leadership In A ‘Next Level’ Democracy: Striking A Positive Balance In
Transport Sector”

The upcoming Transport Leadership Lecture and Awards organized by Kings
Communications Limited, publishers of MMS Plus newspaper, is scheduled for
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The event will feature double panel sessions as experts will dissect
“Optimizing Digitalization and Connectivity in Transport Sector” to upscale
leadership performance for improved contribution of the transport sector to the
growth of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).
All heads of parastatals in the transport sector have been invited as
Special Guests of Honour, including the likes of the Director General of
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Ms. Hadiza
Bala-Usman, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Mr. Hassan
Bello, Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Senator
Olorunnimbe Mamora, Managing Director of Federal Airport Authority of
Nigeria(FAAN), Mr. Rabiu Yadudu; the Commissioner, Accident Investigation
Bureau(AIB),Engr. Akin Olateru, among others.
The two panel sessions would be moderated by the Chairman, Ports
Consultative Forum, Otunba Kunle Folarin, and the former Director General of
National Maritime Authority (NMA) Mr. John Egesi; the panelists include: Barr.
(Mrs.) Margaret Orakwusi, Chairman, Ship Owners’ Forum; Dr. Mkgeorge Onyung,
President, Ship-Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Mr. Paul Ndibe,
Director-General, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
Others are: Chief Cajetan Agu, Director, Consumer Affairs, Nigerian
Shippers’ Council; Mr. Chris Aligbe, CEO, Belujane Konzult; Captain John
Ojikutu, Chief Executive of Centurion Security & Secretary General,
Aviation Safety Roundtable Initiative (ASRTI); Engr. Sambo Muazu, General
Manager, Lagos Area Office, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)
Princess Vicky Haastrup, Executive Vice Chairman, ENL Consortium; Prince
Olayiwola Shittu, Former President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs
Agents (ANLCA); Mrs. Folake Soji-George, Co-Director, Al-Hadiat Nigeria
Limited; Dr. Obiora Madu, Director-General, African Centre for Supply Chain
(ACSC); Mr. Charles Akhigbe, Chairman, Implementation Committee for Edo Inland
Container Depot and Mr. Muda Yusuf, Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (LCCI).
The forum will also feature the awards for winners of the 2018 Quarterly
Transport Agency Performance Rating. The winners emerged after a thorough
rating of the performances of all transport sector agencies and institutions
with regards to their core functions in 2018 to ascertain the Most Purposeful Transport
Agency of the Year 2018. This rating was carried out quarterly in 2018 and
conducted by Kings Communications Limited.
Justifying the need for the Lecture at this time of the industry history,
the leader of the organizing team, Mrs. Ifeoma Iloh, said, “The leadership of
maritime industry and the transport sector agencies have not paid optimum
attention to addressing the core functions of the organizations”
She stressed that the event which would witness a robust discourse on the
place of digitalization and connectivity across all modes of transport in the
country, would spur purposeful leadership across the transport sector and lead
to immense benefits of transportation to the nation’s economy.
According to her, the lecture seeks to address the leadership content of
the problems, which is the key to other problems.
“Simply put, the character or leadership qualities of a leader to a large
extent determine the direction of an agency. We are calling on Nigerians and
transport sector operators in particular to join the campaign for good
leadership in the sector, especially against the prevailing practice of having
square pegs on round roles with the concomitant consequences of vision
derailment, looting of funds, human and material resources under-utilization,
among others,” she said.
It is expected that the outcome of the brain-storming sessions at the
event would be a compass for the government’s future leadership choices in the
industry and the expectations of the leaders as well as how the people can hold
them accountable by measuring their performances with the actual functions of
their organizations.

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