AMES plans wider scope for summit to address more issues in Nigeria’s maritime industry

...Recognises Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron as bedrock of manpower development for maritime industry in Nigeria

HRH Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu(fourth from right) hosting members of the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors
at his Lagos Residence

As part of its value contribution to further developing the maritime industry in Nigeria, the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) will be expanding its scope in its future Summits, to enable it discuss and proffer possible solutions to problem areas.
HRH Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu (left), the Obiatuegwu 11 of Umuatuegwu- Okija, Anambra State receiving a gift from the President of AMES, Adeyinka Okunade, who led the association members on a courtesy visit the Royal Father at the weekend.
The association has held two of such summit lately, where problem areas in the maritime industry were discussed and workable solutions proffered. The issue of the revitalization of the national ship registry is one to its credit.

Disclosing some of the association’s planned action for improving on sub areas of the industry, President of AMES, Adeyinka Okunade, said in an interview at the weekend in Lagos that the association, with its pool of experienced marine engineers, would begin remarkable knowledge-sharing sessions during its Summit, to help strengthen the next generation of marine engineers in Nigeria.   

Okunade said: “With our qualification and collective experiences, the best positioning we can do is to share the technical knowledge for the benefit of the industry, just as our two summits helped in the rejigging of NIMASA and the Ship Registry.

“Like we have started doing, the association will keep aligning with the relevant parastatals and agencies, giving the best advice, to help them in the technical areas for the growth of the industry. With our pool of knowledge, it is very important that we collaborate with the relevant agencies and parastatals to ensure the industry is doing things right and ensure we proffer helpful solutions where needed.”

Recognising the foremost maritime training institution, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom, as a foundation institution for manpower training for the maritime industry, Okunade said plans were on for further discussions with the management of the Academy to work out modalities for members to make contributions in training aspects for the cadets.

“We are very willing to support MAN, Oron. Without MAN, Oron, even our profession will die. Even this association we are running now, it is being done for the sake of the future. The Management of MAN, Oron has invited us. But, we want to ensure we work out the issue of remuneration, so that those who would be there can also be able to care for their needs as it is done globally.”

Okunade spoke while leading executives and members of AMES on a special courtesy visit to one of theirs in his Lagos residence, His Royal Highness, Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu, the Obiatuegwu 11 of Umuatuegwu- Okija, Anambra State.

Members of the association are renowned to have gathered experience working globally for such companies as the Global Maritime UK, Lloyd's, ABS, and across different maritime oraganistions in Nigeria.

In attendance on the visit to HRH Obi Obiora  Nwabuikwu were the President, Adeyinka Okunade, immediate past president of the association; Charles Uwadia,  Jonathan Nwora, Josiah Wasa, Wade Ebuku, Emmanuel Ilori, Israel Obadan, Nnajiuno Ogbuagu, John Oyedeji, Kato Abuja, Oderinde Hakeem, Kuzi Onyibe, and Emmanuel Popo.