…As fear of emergence of a parallel body grows
The Nigerian Indigenous Ship-owners Association (NISA) may have set up a high powered reconciliation committee, mandated to explore every legitimate option, to reconcile members who became aggrieved, by fallout of the recent election results.
The committee, it was also gathered, has been tasked, to unite all parties involved in the election, with a view to present a formidable common front, in the fight against foreign domination of the nation’s strategic national shipping industry.
The Maritime First learnt that NISA took the decision, in a collective bid to persuade those who were presently distancing themselves from the body, against the attraction of establishing another parallel body. The reconciliation team is reportedly headed by the elected National Publicity Secretary, Engr. Emmanuel Ilori.
“The executive noted that all the candidates that contested the elections, deemed free, fair and credible were united in the call to develop the indigenous fleet”, Ilori told the Maritime First, while stressing that the overall goal of the body was to collectively engage in a decisive battle of bringing back the NISA jobs.
“NISA seeks unified effort to create thousands of maritime jobs”, Ilori explained further,
It would be recalled that following disenchantment which attended the historical election of the Nigerian Shipowners Association, the newly elected executives, had no option after their first executive meeting, than to call for unified industry effort to restore peace, stability and synergy, before embarking on the arduous task of creaking jobs.
Already, the first vice president of the the association, Chief Mrs. Margaret Onyema-Orakwusi, has resigned, confirming that the reconciliation effort may be coming a bit late.
Orakwusi who was the Chairman of the 2014 Planning Committee of the annual Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX), Orakwusi, was elected NISA first vice president during the association’s maiden general election held on October 24, 2014, her resignation, brings to three the numbers of those who resigned, after the election.
It would be recalled that Orakwusi alongside the second vice president, Aminu Mohammed and Port Harcourt Coordinator, Emi Membere-Otaji, shunned the inauguration of the new NISA executives led by Captain Niyi Labinjo on November 11, 2014.
Former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Temisan Omatseye and CEO of Starzs Investment Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, who both contested the NISA presidency with Labinjo were also conspicously absent at the event.
Emeka Ndu who was elected Lagos coordinator, resigned less than a week after the election while Membere-Otaji had said he would also resign his position.
The aggrieved NISA members resigned their positions in protest of Labinjo’s emergence as the association’s leader and had indicated unwillingness to work with him.
An election petition panel headed by retired Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, had on November 6, upheld Labinjo’s election after throwing out petitions filed by Ogbeifun and Omatseye.
Kanu said the election “was carried out with minimal margins of error” and “reflects the wishes of the majority of NISA members”.