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Shasore leads discussions at Taiwo Afolabi Maritime Conference

Dr. Taiwo Afolabi
Olasupo Shasore (SAN), former
Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Lagos State from 2007- 2011 and
Partner, African Law Practice, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria will
deliver the keynote address at this year’s Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime

conference, which is in its 4
th edition, will hold on Friday,
September 13, 2019 at the JF Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos.

conference, held in honour of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice-Chairman,
SIFAX Group, is an initiative of the Maritime Forum, University of Lagos and
SIFAX Group.

Shasore will lead other eminent
maritime industry leaders, legal experts, academics and university students
drawn from about ten institutions to discuss on the theme “
and Practical Reforms Towards Sustainable Growth in Nigeria’s Maritime Sector.”

Other discussants expected at the
event include Major Henry Ajetunmobi, Vice President, Nigerian Ports
Consultative Council; Adetola Bucknor Taiwo- Partner, Paul Usoro & Co.,
Rollens McFoy, Executive Director, Operations, Oceandeep Services; Prince
Olayiwola Shittu, former President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs
Agents; Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigeria Shippers’ Council; Ms
Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority among others.

While speaking
on the forthcoming event, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, said the need to deepen discourse
around topical issues in the country’s maritime industry, as well as proffering
practical solutions to them gave birth to the conference.
He said: “The
fourth edition of the conference would dwell on issues bordering on innovations
and practical reforms needed towards the sustainability of growth in the
country’s maritime sector. We are at a point where the country’s maritime
sector needs a consistent and sustained growth. To achieve this, we need to
invest in innovations and more reforms. 

“The sector’s reform in 2006 which gave
birth to the concessioning of the port has yielded great gains for Nigeria.
Infact the concessioning has served as a model for many other African countries.
Now that we have seen the fruits of concessioning, we need to embark on more
aggressive reforms and innovations that will make the maritime sector the major
earner for the government.

experts have been invited as speakers to provide practical insights into
various innovations and reforms we can embark on to achieve the maritime sector
of our dreams. I look forward to the useful insights based on years of industry
experience that they will bring to the conference. I am convinced that such
insights would be useful to the industry, the government and participants.”

On his own
part, Mr. Gbenga Akinlade, President, Maritime Forum, said the conference would
be beneficial both to the industry and the students due to its objective of
being an avenue to stimulate intellectual discussions between maritime experts
and the university community, especially students with interest in the maritime
industry, on contemporary issues in the industry, both locally and

He further explained that the conference has launched a
dedicated website (
where relevant information about the conference are available.

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