Ship owners elect new leaders

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The Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) has reelected the Chief Executive Officer of STARZS Group, Greg Ogbeifun as President, for a second term of another two years.

Other officers  elected by the group included  Dr. M. K. George Onyung, first Vice President; Mr. Alfred Okoigun, Second Vice President; Mr. Eno J. Williams, Financial Secretary/Treasurer; and the Mr. Sonny Eja, the Chairman Ethics & Privileges Committee.

Also elected were  Nnamdi Obiagwu, as Chairman Finance and Membership Committee; Lucky Akhiwu as Chairman Technical Committee; and Joseph Awodeha as the Chairman, Training and Capacity Building Committee.

In an interview, Ogbeifun pledged to collaborate with other ship owners to strengthen  the relationship between the group and government agencies, such as the  Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), NPA and the NNPC, to boost the economy and generate fresh employment opportunities for the youths.

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He assured that SOAN would leave no stone unturned to equip the cadets trained at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron (MAN), Oron and those educated abroad by various foreign institutions.

“The shipping industry needs them. We need them. Without them, there will be no enviable future for the nation’s shipping industry. So we are going to crystalise a strategy of articulating all our vessels and make them available for the training of  Nigerian cadets; working in full collaboration with NIMASA and of course, with the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron; as well as other maritime institutions in the country, to see that the standard maintained is global.

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“The Cabotage Act itself is good, but it needs to be reviewed to sharpen it and revitalise so as to make it achieve the purpose for which it was created,” he said.

Ogbeifun said he sees his reelection as a further call to service; thanking SOAN and other stakeholders for their support.

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