SOAN: Okauru, Otunba Folarin, Usoro, others to proffer solutions to transportation challenges

Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, President SOAN
…As Amaechi hosts Obaseki ***

Five distinguished experts, each of them a revered authority, will today at the Civic Centre in Lagos, dissect and attempt to fix the puzzle of how the nation may overcome its transportation challenges.

The Managing Partner of Compliance Professionals Plc, Mrs. Ifueko M. Omoigui Okauru; a petroleum industry guru and Chairman, M.E Consulting Ltd, Victor Eromosele Fiod; shipping sector dynamo, Otunba Kunle Folarin; the Group Head, Oil and Gas, Bank of Industry, Victor Agina; and legal expert and creator of NIMASA’s Maritime Guard, Barrister Mfon Ekong Usoro, are scheduled to guide highly informed industry stakeholders, as they embark on a new mission of taking the country into enviable heights. Their event begins at 4.00 pm.

Organized by the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), the Workshop and dinner bash, according to the SOAN Arrowhead, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, was painstakingly designed to provide Nigerians, particularly the business class the unique opportunity of brainstorming and synergizing, with the ultimate aim of finally lifting the country out of the economic quagmire, by ensuring that both the policymakers and industry stakeholders come on same page.

The Maritime First also learnt that the event in which the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi would be playing the role of a Chief Host to the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki would actually go beyond issues of policy formulation or examination, but actually into identifying and removal of bottlenecks or unnecessary bureaucracy.

Minister Of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

A glimpse into the profiles of some of the distinguished speakers showed that MRS IFUEKO M. OMOIGUI, OKAURU, MFR is deeply involved in providing support to individuals and organizations to ensure compliance with rules and regulations; as well as providing cutting edge Leadership, Trust, Productivity, Execution, Sales and Education solutions. She serves on several boards in Nigeria, which include the – Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS), Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (Chairman of the Board of Trustees); Nigerian Breweries Plc. She was also part-time member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.

The petroleum industry guru, Eromosele, retired in late 2013, at the end of a petroleum industry career spanning over 33 years, 19 of which were in management positions. Victor Eromosele is presently the CEO, Mentor Energy (M E) Consulting Limited, having served as General Manager, Finance at the Nigeria LNG Limited for nearly seven years, during which he helped raise $1.41bn for six LNG vessels for its subsidiary BGT. He was GM Finance NNPC-NAPIMS two years prior to NLNG.

The Chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council, OTUNBA KUNLE FOLARIN is an Economist with over thirty five years cognate exposure and experience in the Maritime Sector.

He has at various times held positions of Chief Executive in Shipping and Maritime Services of leading Multinational Companies and Managing consultant of a frontline consulting firm. He served as chairman of Shipping and Transport Trade Groups of the Lagos; and delivered lectures at several Maritime National and International Seminars, Workshops and Conferences in various fields particularly on ports, Shipping and Maritime Services.

He has participated on the work of several standing committees of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London and the International Labour Organisation in Geneva in the last ten years. He is the Chairman of the National Seafarers Welfare Board.

The first female Secretary and present head of Abuja Memorandum of Understanding, on Ports State Control, MFON EKONG USORO (MRS), is the pioneer Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. First female CEO of a Federal Government maritime agency in Nigeria. Chairperson, Inter-Ministerial Committee on Finalization of the Draft National Transport Policy, 2017. She established the Maritime Guard Force domiciled in NIMASA to maintain and operate efficient Search and Rescue operations and enforcement in cooperation with the Nigerian Navy.

Both in legal practice, Public Service and in Advocacy she has been involved in drafting legislative bills, Regulations, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) Charters and Conventions at the National, Regional and Continental levels; having consulted widely for West and Central African Region, Africa Union and United Nation Environmental Protection Agency.

Some of the Bills she worked on include -NIMASA Act 2007, Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003, Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding Act 2007 and other associated Regulations, the National Transport Bill, African Union Maritime Transport Charter 2009, Convention for co-operation of in the Protection and Development of Marine and Coastal Environment of West and Central African Region (Abidjan Convention) amongst others.

While BOI VICTOR AGINA, is a seasoned banker with diverse experience in project, energy and vessel finance. He has been involved in several ship acquisition transactions, new-build financing and ship finance enforcement. He holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School. Victor currently serves on the Technical Committee for the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund.