…As Eno Williams says November Conference will address Niger Delta question***
The President, Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Dr. Mkgeorge Onyung has stressed the need for Nigeria to pay more attention to its shipping industry, noting that the huge returns the country stands to gain will include expansive employment opportunities.
“If you are not shipping, you are not shopping!”, Dr. Onyung stated, noting that the ocean is not just a two-third of the earth, the tool for harnessing the oceans which in deed is shipping, has also snowballed into the biggest business around the world, through which cargoes are moved, with wealth and employment opportunities harvested.
Positing that not less than 90 percent of the world trade comes through the Ocean, Dr. Onyung joyfully announced a pending Shipping Conference with a theme: ‘Shipping, Global Economy and National Development’, slated to hold between November 27th and 28th, at the Oriental Hotel, in Victoria Island; describing it is an enviable follow-up to the just concluded Abuja 2019 Global Maritime Security Conference, needed to finally consolidate the GMSC gains, before the year ends.
The SOAN Boss urged for the Federal Government to rejuvenate shipping in the country through appropriate policies, and implored investors to participate in the November conference, saying the brainstorming sessions would concretize the investment foundation for the orchestrated Blue Ocean Economy, hence a place for every investor, who is presently not there yet.
Speaking in the same vein, the First Vice President, Eno Williams noted that the November Conference would also enable shipping stakeholders to further and more effectively tackle the issues of Maritime Security, particularly in the Niger Delta, in addition to ridiculously high Customs Duty, since key decision makers from the relevant Departments, parastatals and Government agencies would be adequately represented.