The Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) has reconciled and absolved members of other maritime journalist associations, particularly the Maritime Journalist Association of Nigeria (MAJAN) alongside its members suspended over various reasons.
A statement released in Lagos on Thursday, issued by the Secretary General of MARAN, Dapo Olawuni said that this was the major highlight of the inauguration ceremony held at the International Maritime Press Centre in Apapa, to usher in the newly elected executives.
According to the statement, members who were brought back into MARAN fold includes; Mr. Ray Ugochukwu who hitherto was president of MAJAN, and his Secretary, Mr. David Oladimeji.
Others are; Mr. Leye Ajayi, Femi Orioye, Friday Odoemena and Obiajulu Agu.
Speaking at the inauguration, President of MARAN, Mr. Anya Njoku said that the move to bring back members of the association as well as other associations members is in fulfillment of an agreement signed by MARAN and three other associations at a meeting supervised by the National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Mr. Waheed Odusile.
At the end of the meeting which held at the Rockview Hotels in Apapa three years ago, the four associations agreed to collapse into a single body; Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN)
The three other associations that signed the agreement included; League of Maritime Editors, MAJAN, and the Association of Maritime Journalists (AMJON)
According to Njoku, “The war is over, there is no need for bickering, the door of MARAN has equally been opened to other qualified journalists covering the maritime sector and new intending members should submit their applications”
Njoku also noted that MARAN is happy to reconcile journalists back under one umbrella in compliance to a Ministerial directive issued by Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi three years ago.
The minister had noted at that time that their was need for journalists to speak with one voice.