Terminal Operators Lead Agencies, Stakeholders On Automation To Town Hall Meeting


Stakeholders in the maritime industry are set converge  for the Town Hall Meeting being  organized by the League  of Maritime Editors and Publishers(LOMEP) to discuss  automation in the logistics and the supply chain as well as the maritime in Nigeria.

Players in Nigeria’s port industry in particular have been automation-minded following the global disruption of businesses occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic but there could only be networking and collaboration to achieve optimal efficiency in the supply chain hence the need for this one-day event with the theme:’Achieving Effective Digitalization In Nigerian Maritime Sector’.

Leading the stakeholders in the  discussion will be the Seaports Terminal Operators of Nigeria(STOAN) led by their Chair person, Chief(Mrs) Vicky Haastrup.

Mrs Haastrup will be speaking on”The impact of automation in cargo handling  operations “.

Other speakers on the occasion include Mr.Mohammed Bello- Koko, the Acting  Managing Director  of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), who will speak on ” Automation  of Port operations in today’s  digital  age, ” while the Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer(CEO), Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC), Hon, Emmanuel Jime will speak on ” Enhancing  Automation at Ports: The perspective of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.”

Comrade Adewale  Adeyanju, President  of Maritime workers Union of Nigeria  , will tackle  the issue of “ Impact of digitalization on  maritime workers ”  while Customs  Comptroller General,  Col. Hameed Ali(rtd) will talk on, “Facilitating Trade with Technology to Boost Efficient Clearance of Goods at the Ports”.

Dr Bashir Jamoh, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency,  NIMASA will treat the issue of “The Impact of Digitalization on Shipping Development “.

Having criticallyfollowed the trends in the Nigerian shipping industry  for decades now, the senior maritime  journalists believe that the time has come to digitalize our seaport operations.

The  world business  environment  has gone digital, a development that offers efficiency in all aspects of  service. The Nigerian  shipping industry cannot be left out.

In developed countries, all aspects of international trade, involving  movement of cargoes from one port to another is automated.

 The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday November 25th,  2021 at the Rockview Hotel,  Apapa, Lagos.

 The Communique  which will be issued at the end of the event  will also be officially  handed over to the Minister  of Transportation,  Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi,  for further action.

As part of the programme also, few stakeholders  have been identified  to be honoured with Awards. They include Comrade Adewale Adeyanju,  President of  Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) and Comptroller Usman Biri Yahaya(rtd), former Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone “A”.

The League of Maritime  Editors  and Publishers  is a foremost Maritime  Journalists  Association  and all her members are equally members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).

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