…As NISA prepares for first general election
The leadership of the Nigerian Indigenous Ship-owners Association (NISA) is set to changed, as a general election has been slated for October 9, 2014.
Already, the current NISA General Secretary, Capt. Dada Labinjo has declared his intention to run for the position of the arrowhead; the Chairman, Chief Jolapamo Isaac has pleaded with members to allow him to step down, after a decade of leadership, involving different levels of personal sacrifice.
“I am ready for the NISA battle”, Labinjo declared on phone when contacted, confirming the veracity of the information and stressing his desire to create a sense of belonging, while assuring that he would build on the gains of Jolapamo’s endeavour.
The Maritime First learnt that other contestants, which include industry operators like Greg Ogbeifun and Temisan Omatseye may also be in the race, though their intentions could not be confirmed, as at the time of going to press.
This is the first general election that NISA is holding, and all the offices were indicated to have been thrown open, to be contested for.
It was however gathered that it is the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) that would act as the Returning Officer for the NISA election; perhaps, either to boost its credibility or to enable the agency directly influence its outcome.
It would be recalled that Chief Jolapamo, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho and Capt. Dada Labinjo conceived the idea of an association that could represent the collectively interest of Nigerian ship-owners, and the maritime industry, at the advent of the Cabotage Law in 2003.