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League of Editors opt out of proposed Maritime Journalists Association

The proposed merger of all Maritime
Media Organizations ran into serious hitch at the weekend with the pulling out
of its most senior partner – the League of Maritime Editors (LOME).

Earlier, three associations had agreed to fuse into what is called Association
of Maritime journalists of Nigeria (AMJON).
Those groups include – The League
of Maritime Editors, Non – Aligned and Maritime Correspondents of Nigeria

At the groups’ rescheduled general meeting at the weekend attended by the
merging groups except MARCON; the League of Maritime Editors expressed
disappointment over what it called ‘name –dropping’.
The league said some members had portrayed
unprofessional behavior, and considered it as one of the key reasons for its
decision to opt out of the proposed merger.
The League also frowned at the
hijacking of the intended new Association by seemingly unqualified persons
masquerading as journalists and whose motive it described as ‘self-serving.’

The League further expressed
displeasure at the way the good intention of the Hon. Minister of
Transportation Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi was derailed by greed, inordinate
ambition and the cantankerous attitude of those jostling to lead the new
The editors said the development
heated up the polity thereby forcing the League to recall its member who
was serving as the Chairman of the Electoral Committee – Chief Timothy Paul
Okorocha, who thus, resigned as chairman.

At the meeting, three-time MARAN President Ray Ugochukwu as well as David
Olademeji -a member of the Electoral Committee pleaded with the League to have
a rethink, but it insisted on pulling out.
 Notwithstanding the turn of events, the League
of Maritime Editors pledged its unflinching support to work harmoniously with
the Hon. Minister of Transportation in his quest to reposition the maritime

Signed: President,  Ovie Edomi, and  Secretary General, Eddie

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