Stage Set for League’s Digitalisation of Port Operations Town Hall Meeting

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, MWUN President General

All is now set for the Town Hall Meeting being   organized by the League of Maritime Editors and Publishers to discuss ways of effectively  digitalising Port industry operations  It will  take place on Thursday, November 25,  2021, at the Rockview Hotel,  Apapa, Lagos.

Leading the stakeholders in the discussion will be the Seaports Terminal Operators of Nigeria(STOAN) led by its  Chair person, Chief (Mrs) Vicky Haastrup..She  will be speaking  on ” The impact of automation in cargo handling  operations “.

Other speakers  on the occasion will include Mr 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 Mr Emmanuel Jime of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council will discuss   ” 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 wii treat the issue of “The impact of Digitalization on Shipping Development “.

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 fact that the League, which comprises versatile and seasoned journalists  has   critically followed the trends in the Nigerian Shipping industry  for decades now, it is convinced  that the time has come to digitalize the Nigerian  Seaport operations, which informed the organization of the event.

The League is also of the view that  the  Nigerian  Shipping industry cannot be left out of the   world business  environment , which  has gone digital, a development ,that offers efficiency in all aspects of  service.

This is coupled with the fact that in  developed countries, all aspects of international trade, involving  movement of cargoes from one port to another is automated.

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.

Stakeholders in the Nigeria’s Port industry are already  excited about the concrete measures that could be put in place to reduce human contacts in the cargo traffic.

Effective Digitalization of our Port operations became more imperative after the COVID-19 pandemic which  kept industry operators indoors for weeks and  necessitated that anybody could work from anywhere without coming to the ports.

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).