The Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and his Edo State colleague Mr Godwin Obaseki would join other stakeholders at a brainstorming session towards making a vibrant maritime sector and the impact of the Local Content Development Act.
They are billed to speak at a two-day sensitisation seminar on local content development in the oil and gas and shipping industry, a programme organised by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN).
They would be joined by other eminent stakeholders including the nation’s foremost shipping mogul, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun and the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman.
Secretary General of MARAN, Mr. Dapo Olawuni in a press statement issued at the weekend said the event is targeted at encouraging Nigerians to be fully integrated in the logistics operations in the oil and gas, particularly in the upstream sector.
He noted that a special focus is being placed on the EGINA Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platform recently delivered by TOTAL Nigeria Limited.

Mr Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor

The two days seminar tagged “Local Content Development in Shipping, Oil and Gas Logistics Operations in Nigeria” is billed to hold on 21st and 22nd of August 2018 at the Rockview Hotel Apapa Lagos.
Olawuni said the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has indicated his interest to participate in the programme as the state has recently joined the list of oil producing states in Nigeria.
In the same vein, Olawuni noted that special focus is equally on Edo State which has signed a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of Chinese and African companies for the construction of a 5,500 barrel per day modular refinery, states first refinery.
Maritime and Oil and Gas dignitaries billed to speak at the event includes the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring board, Mr Simbi Wabote, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations, Maikanti Baru, the Managing Director of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Umunna Okon Umunna, as well as the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dakuku Peterside.
Others are; Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) Mrs Emmy Jadesinmi, Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) Mr. Roland Ewubare, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners, Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA) among others.
Engr Greg Ogbeifun

The MARAN secretary, Olawuni stated that “As maritime journalists, we believe that the benefits of Nigeria’s participation in the oil and gas logistics operation would add to the multiplier effects in employment opportunities, capacity building, technology transfer, cost-saving and reduction in capital flight”
“It will in addition make Nigeria an oil and gas hub in the West African sub-region”
Olawuni also said the event is to further showcase the importance of the shipping sector to the oil and gas industry and the need for more Nigerians to be aware and take advantage of opportunities in the local content law, the Cabotage Act among others.
He assured that MARAN as the umbrella body of all maritime journalists in Nigeria and vibrantly discharging its unique mandate in the past 30 years, will not shirk in its noble objective of setting and consummating agenda for critical stakeholders and the federal government towards enhancing policy formulation and implementation.