Ahead the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) scheduled for July 3, in Lagos, the Minister of Interior, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho had assured the shipping community of his contribution to the growth of the sector.
Ihenacho gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of the NAMM members in his office in Abuja.
The minister stated that his ministry was acting in an advisory capacity to the transport ministry, adding that a close and cordial relationship with NAMM and the shipping sector would drive the sector to greater heights.
Ihenacho who is also a master mariner noted with dismay the difficulties and challenges that are fast growing in the maritime sector and stressed the need for the partnership of all stakeholders in the sector in rising to the challenges and move the nation’s maritime sector forward.
While giving assurance of his presence at the forthcoming NAMM anniversary, Ihenacho charged the master mariners to remain unrelenting in their efforts aimed at improving the shipping sector.
Earlier in his speech, the leader of the NAMM delegation, Captain Niyi Adeyemo, disclosed that the association’s 25th anniversary would serve as a medium through which challenges in the shipping sector would be fully highlighted and solutions provided to move the sector forward.
While commending the minister for his commitment to the betterment of the Nigerian society, Adeyemo said such commitment would be required of Ihenacho as he would use his ministerial position to help meet and solve some of the problems experienced in the association.
He said “we have come here to kindly request you to grace the occasion as special guest of honour especially, considering your immense contribution to the growth of the shipping sector in Nigeria before your appointment as the Honourable Minister of Interior knowing that your contributions will highly needed even now”.
Adeyemo disclosed that the Minister of Interior, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho and his transport counterpart, Alhaji Yusuf Sulaiman were expected as Special Guests of Honour at the event while the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola would be the anniversary celebration Chief Host.
The NAMM 25th anniversary celebration would be chaired by the chairman, African Business Roundtable, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Other dignitaries expected at the occasion include the governors of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Adamawa State, Delta and Niger State as well as Managing Director of NPA, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, former Chief of General Staff, Admiral Mike Akhigbe, serving executives of agencies and parastatals under the ministry of transport and other stakeholders.
It would be recalled that the NAMM was founded in 1985 with the responsibility of promoting seafaring in Nigeria, serve as rallying point for all Nigerian Master Mariners engaged ashore and afloat, raise, maintain and regulate the standard of nautical practice in Nigeria and promote professional ethics and standard among its members.